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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Funny Fail?

I have a knock knock joke.
You go first.

Let's try that again.

Knock knock
Whose their?
Hard.
Hard who?
Hard to be funny with so much on my mind.

I was in the doctor's office two weeks ago, and he diagnosed me with Diabetes. It's a combination between genetics, high levels of stress, and bad eating as a result.

I've had an incredibly stressful year. If all my coworkers were to throw their health problems into a box and shake, the box would explode. That is if they stuck around long enough to watch. One by one, many have quit. Those of us who have stuck it out have suffered from high blood pressure, shingles, and now let's add my Diabetes to the list.


As for the dreaded diagnosis, I've been expecting it for some time. After all, genetics loads the gun and life style pulls the trigger. My dad was diagnosed when he was around my age and under going a lawsuit from his business. In many ways, I am my dad in that I'm a worrier who wants to please. Interestingly enough, I've had a lot of dreams recently that involve Dad being with me. Although he died in 1993, I've never stopped missing him. I guess we never do.

Looking at dream analysis sites, dreaming about one's father hints at a need for protection. This makes sense because Dad was always looking out for me. With me being only 31 when he died, I felt cheated; however, I've since gotten over these feelings by talking to people about their dads. I was better off with my father for 31 years than theirs for 62.

Dad never hit me, but I believed he would. He told me to do that with my kids.
Unfortunately, although we never even spanked our children, we could not pull off the believed fear that we would. As for me, I've only successfully beaten the crap out of fictional characters. Does that mean the violence is in me? I could claim that to scare my kids, but it's too late. They are adults, and I'd have a hard time convincing them that they'll be going over my knee for their insolence. By the way, my kids' favorite thing to do is to tell "You're mama" jokes in front of me, but I'm being ADD, again.

The good thing about my dreams of Dad is that at night he shows up walking. Dad lost both of his legs to Diabetes. Mom, on the other hand, never had severe problems with her Diabetes. I hope to keep the disease under control. I've lost five pounds in the last few weeks and plan to lose more. Plus, I will be eligible to retire in a couple of years. Pray that I can hang in there long enough to receive full benefits for thirty years on the job. It's hard to believe just how close I am.

As a side note, you may look forward to reading about how I abuse my characters after I retire and have time to focus on getting published.


9 comments:

Rhonda Albom said...

Oh Joyce, Sorry about your diabetes. That's not so good. Hope you can find something to reduce the stress, we just got a spa, you should come for a visit. Here is a bit virtual {{hug}}.

Kim Turner said...

Sorry that things have been so rough!! Huge bummer about being diagnosed with diabetes - is it treatable through diet alone?
Love that you are dreaming about your dad - hopefully those dreams bring you some peace right now.

Laurie Collett said...

Praying for you, for complete healing. Thanks for the great post! Linked up with you at Friday Flash Blog.
God bless,
Laurie
http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

messymimi said...

This is one of the times i wish i knew someone on the other side of the computer, so i could go give that person a hug.

Rory Bore said...

So sorry about your diagnosis. I had gestational diabetes twice and it was no picnic. literally! the diet they put me on was so strict -- and here I am pregnant and wanting ice cream! I had to take insulin in the final weeks because my sugars would go out of control when I ate a tuna sandwhich on grass (yeah).
They test - literally - right after I give birth - and GONE. no more diatbetes - so weird. But I know I am still at risk for Type 2 later on, so I try to keep that sensible diet and exercise daily to help combat it. So I know it's mostly manageable and it sounds like you are already doing a fantastic job of it!
One of the things I felt helped a lot was having some vegetables first thing in the morning. It seemed to help control my sugars for the rest of the day. Just make sure it's the right vegetables.

Binky said...

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Joyce. Hopefully you can keep it under control and minimize its effects with the lifestyle changes you've started.

Beate said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis and I really hope you'll have less stress this year so you can relax and take good care of yourself!

mail4rosey said...

I'm sorry to hear about the Diabetes. It is great that you're taking what steps you can to help. Wishing you tons of great thoughts from over here!!! Retirement is that close?? Hurrah!! And that's a great picture of you and your dad. :)

ImagesByCW | C. Willison said...

So sorry to hear about your diabetes, Joyce, But then again, it is better to have the diagnosis and being able to treat it or rather live with it. You lost a five pounds?! Wow - I wish I did. I can totally relate to your relation with your dad. I lost mine when I was 29, he was 64, cancer within one short year. I will also never stop missing him.