Other places to find me.


My Torchbearer Video
Most Recent Tweet
No RSS feeds have been linked to this section.

Entries from November 1, 2009 - November 30, 2009


Avoiding Sick

Last weekend my son was George was sick. Headache, cough, congestion, fever. The whole mess. 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday Gillian got sick. Poor thing was sneezing like crazy and coughing all night. She too had a fever and finally got over it all on Saturday. 

Yesterday morning Jasmine wakes up feeling bad. Fever 101° and a splitting headache. She is home sick today coughing, sneezing, congestion, and aches. 


So now I wait. I have been trying to drink a lot of fluids, and wash my hands as often as I can but honestly, I know it's just a matter of time. 

It seems that if anyone in my office is sick or if anyone at home gets sick I get it. No matter what. They are sick for 2 days and I am sick for a week. 

Does this happen to you? I have been told before that us diabetics have weaker immune systems but I wonder if you in the diabetes community online have the same problem.

Let your ninja friend know k?

p.s. Yay for the last day of NaBloPoMo!

p.s.s. There is a message on the home page you may want to read. 



Last Tuesday I had an appointment with my Endocrinologist. I was looking forward to finding out my A1C and clearing the air about me having type 1 and not type 2. 

"Oh Mr. Simmons, I am sorry to inform you but your medical group has not approved your referral so we cannot see you today."

The voice on the other end of the phone was nice about it all but I was extremely irritated. 

"So now what do I do? I mean, I made this appointment 2 months ago? What am I supposed to do?"

She explained that my medical group is "behind" on things and that I should file a complaint. She also told me that many type 2's don't receive the approval for seeing specialists. 

I swear I did not say a cuss word or huck the phone at the point although I wanted to. 

"Ok, well can you tell me the results of the blood work I had? I want to know my A1C and the C-Peptide results."

"Sure. Can I just fax this over?"

I gave her my number and waited. 

The A1C came in at 8.0% which is not where I was hoping but much better than last time.

C-Peptide shows >.1 which means I am a type 1. HA!!!

And you know what I said???



What a Surprise!

Back in October, my son George entered a contest through his school.

The Reflections program, as it's called, was started by Mary Lou Anderson who wanted a way for kids to express themselves through art.

Students submit artwork to their local PTAs. Works are judged at the local level and the winning entries advance to the council, district, region, and/or state PTA levels, depending on the state structure. Top state award–winning entries advance to the national level of judging.

George submitted an original song he wrote called "See the Beauty Inside." The theme of this years contest is "Beauty is..."

The song he wrote, he had to record by himself. No help from parents which bummed me out. He played guitar, bass, drums, and sang. I was very impressed.

 Anyhow, we got a call on Wednesday that he had won an award at school. We went out of town for the holiday so he missed Wednesday. When we got to our family's home my wife called the school and found out that George one first place for his division in our school district.    

Here is a clip I recorded from my iPhone when we told him.

For what it's worth, his school disctrict has 6 high schools in it so this is no small feat. Now he moves on to regional judging, then state, then national. We shall see how it goes. But no matter what happens we are already so proud of him.

I was proud of him when he decided to enter. That takes guts and confidence, and some self esteem. I am thankful that he has all of those and is still humble.

Congrats son.


You Made It!

It's the day after Thanksgiving and you made it! Hooray! 

Ours was a very nice one spent with my in-laws. Too much fun but lot of fun.

Here's the thing, our friend Amy of Diabetes Mine has a fun contest running called the 2009 DiabetesMine Holiday Survival Story Contest: 

Share your "Best of" and "Worst of" holiday stories with diabetes, and win cool prizes! Submissions are being accepted until December 11th and now that you have a holiday fresh on your mind, go ahead and share a story! Who knows, you may be a winner!



And like I mentioned on Wednesday. Today is Fight-It Friday! If you have not contributed yet, then today is the day! For just 1 dollar you can change someone's life! 



What I'm Most Thankful For


I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!