Rainy Wednesday Morning

May 7, 2008 at 10:00 am | Posted in Diabetes, Feeling Lousy, Uncategorized, Weather | Leave a comment

 My ds woke up feeling lousy this morning and asked to stay home from school; he complained of a headache and tummy ache, so I let him go back to sleep.  He woke me up at 9:30 asking to go to school since he felt better.  So I just dropped him off.

I have been feeling nauseated since last night.  I took my Byetta at 5:30 but dh didn’t get home until 6:30 and by then it had taken effect and I was feeling like I was going to barf (sorry for TMI!).  I tried to eat something but it wasn’t until I drank some orange juice that I felt better.  Then I had a bowl of cereal – couldn’t stomach the pasta and Italian sausage – and felt much better.  But this morning am still a bit queasy.  So when ds said he felt queasy, I worried (of course) that something was going around the family.  But thankfully he’s better and is now at school.

Am currently at the local library.  It’s a rainy and gloomy morning.  We start a flood watch at 1:00 pm (again).  We’ve had the worst flooding this year…the creek downtown has come over its banks twice, once a teen from the high school drowned in it….dangerous weather.  All I ask is NO tornadoes, please!


Anyways, I stopped by the library to see if they had the new Beverly Lewis book and the new one from Debbie Macomber, but they aren’t available, yet.  My name IS on the list, though!

~ Patty


Update on our Blizzard

January 31, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Diabetes, Laundry, Neck/Spine Troubles, Shopping, Supper, Uncategorized, Weather | Leave a comment

The good news?  There isn’t one.  My hubby says we aren’t supposed to get more than 2-3 inches of snow.

The bad news?  The wash tub next to my dryer somehow got a hunk of paper in the drain and my laundry room and family room got flooded.

The good news?  It’s tile and not carpeted.

The bad news?  It was still a mess to clean up.

Ahhhhhh, life.  Just when you think it’s safe to do laundry, hunks of paper appear in drains and mess up your floors.  Poor Daniel, I had sent him in to unload the dryer and bring the laundry basket up and he hollered, “Mom, I think you better come down here!”

I thought he was just trying to get out of doing his chore LOL  

Anyhow, for an update on my loved one who was in the hospital for depression:  they are out of the hospital, on new meds and will be seeing a new therapist, so things are looking up.

As far as me, I felt so good today that I went to Walmart and promptly had an episode of numbness in my left leg that left me limping and hanging onto my basket like a drunk….I almost called my dh to come find me in Aisle 12 but figured that the numbness would pass before he found me….and it did.  So I drove home carefully afterwards and haven’t even mentioned it to him.  I forgot to mention it at supper….oh well.  I think I just have to get used to having them occasionally and pray that they don’t happen while I’m on Interstate 44 going 70 mph!

Dinner was good….spaghetti with meat sauce (Italian sausage) and a French baguette.  Both dh and I remembered our Byetta so neither of us ate much.  Yay!  If only it would start showing up on the scale.

Okay, off to Amity Mama to see what’s going on.

Toodles for now!

~ Patty

Friday Night

December 21, 2007 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Christmas, Diabetes, Feeling Yucky, Telescope, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
What’s up for the weekend?

Not much here.  I just need to go to the store on Sunday to purchase our ham and a few items for Tuesday’s dinner…and stop by the dry cleaner’s for some of dh’s clothes and a couple of comforters that needed washing. 

Was feeling yucky again today….had some Cream of Wheat for breakfast (with maybe 1/4 tsp. of sugar and made it with 2% milk) and around 9:30 this morning, felt the floor drop out on me.  Thought I was going to PASS OUT!  There was no juice in the teacher’s fridge so I stuffed my face with a couple of chocolate chip cookies, praying that the sugar in them would get me going again…..I sat for a few minutes and finally after about 30 minutes, felt better.  Not 100% but better.  Then at 11:00 the children came over for pizza and lemonade and cupcakes.  I had a few bites of pizza and a cup of lemonade and a bite of cupcake.  Didn’t feel like eating…..not like me at all (LOL).

After coming home (after delivering Christmas packages), I slept for a couple of hours and woke up feeling alright.  My dh took us out for Chinese and I had egg drop soup, pork fried rice and hot tea.  I feel better now than I have all day.

Okay, back to delivering Christmas packages:  ds and I went out after school with a TON of gifts for a single mom and her children.  Daniel was amazed that so many people lived in one small trailer.  I am, once again, reminded of how blessed we are, how well God is taking care of us.

My dh celebrated his 10th anniversary at work on Halloween; for an anniversary gift he chose a telescope that we can all enjoy.  I hope it comes soon!  It will be fun to scan the skies and teach ds about the universe.

Back to the diabetes, I’m monitoring still.  This am, it was 137 which is about 20 points higher than usual.  Tonight before dinner it was 111, which is good.  I’ll measure again before bedtime.  Problem:  I ran out of Byetta and ordered it tonight but it won’t come until probably Thursday.  CRAP!  I never never never let myself run out of meds and can’t figure out how this happened…….

Okay, off to see what is new in the world.

My dh might take the computer line this weekend, so am not sure if or when I’ll be back………until then………


~ Patty

The Cookie Factory is Now Officially CLOSED!

December 20, 2007 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Christmas, Diabetes, Feeling Yucky, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
I have been slaving in the kitchen baking since SATURDAY.  I have cookies for TWELVE teachers (each in their own little cute Christmas container) plus a big bowlful for the TWENTY-TWO people my dh works with.  Plus fudge for them.

Tonight I frosted my LAST gingerbread man.

The Cookie Factory is now officially CLOSED!

Um, until MONDAY, anyways LOL

On Monday, we must bake for Santa.  I have some sugar cookies that sound really yummy…….the roll out and cut out and decorate and frost kind.  SH!T, this is a difficult time of year to be diabetic.

Speaking of which, my sugar has been way out of whack.  Usually in the mornings I run around 110, but for the past 2-3 weeks, it’s been in the 130-140s and even this morning it was 167.  And for dinner last night, all I had was a small portion of spaghetti with meat sauce, one slice of garlic bread and for dessert, a PEAR.  NO cookies.  I have been careful in what I eat.

I called the endocrinologist and he said to add a new med to the ones I’m already taking………and to phone in my sugar for this week to him next week.


I hate diabetes.  It really sucks.  NOPE, not as bad as cancer does, but it really does suck to be a diabetic.  I am so overwhelmed with my three meds:  one I take 45 minutes before breakfast and dinner, the second I take 10 minutes before breakfast only, the third I take 5 minutes before breakfast and dinner and it makes me nauseated sometimes.  And then there’s the monitoring.  I do it before breakfast and this week I’m doing it before dinner.  Tonight before dinner it was 105, so that was a good reading.

What a pain.

Anyhow, tomorrow is ds’s last half day of school before Christmas break.  Lucky kid!  I’m spending the morning there with him in the classroom volunteering and then at 11:00 am, we’re having a Birthday party for Baby Jesus, complete with singing Christmas songs, then pizza and pop and cupcakes.  Yay, a sugar rush for 100+ children!!!

Then we (ds and I) are delivering Christmas presents to the family that the 3rd grade adopted.  I hope ds realizes how blessed we are to have to many things……..some of the families adopted asked for such simple things………things that I take for granted, like shoes for their children or a curling iron for the mom, a flashlight for the dad…….wow.  Whenever we need to make any purchase like that, we just do it without thinking twice.  God has been good to us.

Okay, off to Amity Mama to see what’s going on –

Hasta manana!!!

~ Patty

Remembering my Dad

December 10, 2007 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Dad, Diabetes, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today would have been my dad’s 72nd birthday, except that his diabetes destroyed his body and took him away from us in 1991.  Tomorrow, we are having the 8:00 am Mass said for him. 

I’ve been thinking of him off and on all day.  He would have LOVED my son.  He lived long enough to see and meet his first granddaughter.  She was about 15 months old when we lost him, so she has no memory of him and the two grandchildren since her only have stories that we tell them.  Daniel LOVES to hear about him, I tell him about how we went fishing when I was a little girl, I tell him how much his grandfather loved working for the railroad…..and how much I know he would love him today if he were here.

But he’s not.  Damn diabetes.  I hate it.

My relationship with my dad was never easy, but he mellowed out in the last years of his life.  He was so angry all the time, at his diabetes and at God for sending it to him.  He had too many health issues because of his diabetes.  That’s why I’m scared because now I’m diabetic and I KNOW that I have to be careful because I don’t want to die young like he did…he was only 54.

Happy birthday, Daddy, I love you and I miss you.

~ Patty

December 7, 2007 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Diabetes, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Hello Friends and Family,

I am writing to ask you to help me raise money for the American Diabetes Association. I will be participating in School Walk for Diabetes, a fund-raiser that teaches kids about getting exercise and eating good-for-you foods. 

The money I raise will be helpful to all people with diabetes. Did you know that more than 20 million people have diabetes and more than 6 million of them don’t even know that they have it? That number includes many kids too.
You can help me by making a donation online at my personal Web page.

Thank you!

Patty Burke

To donate to me and my School Walk for Diabetes, click here.

To send a donation: (Please make all money orders payable to: American Diabetes Association)
Mail to: Patty Burke
ADA School Walk
407 Seventh St
Monett, MO, 65708-2051

It’s Tuesday Night!

November 27, 2007 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Christmas, Diabetes, PCCW, Shopping, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 I ran around today…did lots of stuff in preparation for SUNDAY!  We (the ladies of the PCCW) are preparing dinner for the Priests to enjoy, after the Penance Service at 4:00 pm.  We are fixing a pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and hot rolls.  We are asking one lady to prepare two homemade pecan pies – Father D loves her pecan pies!  I’ll make my famous SOUPer pot roast and the potatoes.  The rest is up to the other ladies LOL

Sister S is preparing appetizers and serving wine to the Priests before dinner; they’ll have coffee during dinner and with their dessert.  I’m bringing some tea bags for myself, since I don’t partake of alcohol OR coffee.  It should be a very nice dinner, which the Priests definitely deserve.

So that means that my dh and ds will be “on their own” for dinner on Sunday since I’ll eat there after serving.  They didn’t seem to mind when I told them at dinner tonight.  Oh, BTW, dinner tonight was spaghetti with meat sauce, and garlic bread.  Yummy!  Although my Byetta and Metformin stopped me from PIGGING OUT on the spaghetti…which is a GOOD THING!

Speaking of not pigging out, since August, I’ve lost 17 POUNDS!  Yippee for me!  That will look good to the surgeon WHEN we finally get to see him in Columbia.  I come home daily and check my phone messages but so far nobody has called to make the appointment for the consult.  It’s so HARD to wait!  But wait I shall do…because I know that SOONER or later, they’ll call me and we’ll go to Columbia and get GOOD NEWS!

See how optimistic I can be?!? LOL

It’s not always easy but tonight I can be positive……………

Tomorrow me and D are going to Springfield to shop for Christmas decorations for the tables for the dinner on Sunday.  Yippee!  I love to shop!  Especially when we are spending HER money and not mine! LOL

Okay, off to Amity Mama to see what’s up!

~ Patty


Another Day is PMS-Land

November 16, 2007 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Car Problems, Cooking!, Diabetes, Grocery Shopping, PMS, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
So this morning I needed to drop off my car at the tire place…to have them fix the rear tire.  Of course they said to leave it and come for it later (figures!) so I had to call my mom to come get me.  Oh joy!  Don’t get me wrong – I truly love my mom and love spending time with her but with my PMS bugging me, I just wasn’t in the mood for her.  So while I was at her house waiting for my car, I slept.  I know, that’s cheating, but it’s better than getting frustrated with her silliness and yelling at her…which I have been known to do.

I was concerned about my ds and his cough again and wanted to call his doctor (the allergist – asthma doc) in Joplin but couldn’t get in…so I called our family doc here in town.  The receptionist said that Dr. P was on her way out the door, to call back on Tuesday but I got tough and said NOPE, please go chase her down and let her know that I am truly concerned about my ds and won’t wait until Tuesday…

Well it worked!  I got a call back saying to come in immediately…so I drove to ds’s school and snagged him out of class and took him in.  Thank God it hasn’t turned to pneumonia – she said it was a VIRUS and that the antibiotic that the nurse practitioner gave him on Monday was useless…she gave him a cough syrup and said to continue his puffer (Albuterol), especially 30 minutes before bed.

FINALLY my car was finished, so we dropped by to get my mom and have her take me to it.  Thankfully it only cost $7 to repair the problem.

Then I ran to the glass shop for the new kitchen window (long story) and to the pharmacy for ds’s cough syrup…and then home FINALLY to sit on the couch for a breather…only to remember that I forgot to buy MILK!

So I called dh and thankfully he said he would pick it up.  I needed it for the fish!  We (ds and I) fried cod and fixed mac & cheese, and mixed veggies.  Thanks to my Byetta, my stomach said “no thanks” and I barely ate.  Thankfully, too, my Metformin isn’t making me nauseated.  But I still didn’t eat much.  Yay!

I’m exhausted now…..

Gotta run to my Friends Page and see what’s new…

~ Patty

Thank God it’s Friday!

September 21, 2007 at 8:55 am | Posted in Busy, Busy!, Diabetes, Doctor Appointment, Foot Surgery, Mom's Cooking | Leave a comment
So this morning I am rushing around trying to get myself and my son ready – my darling husband comes out of the bathroom, takes one look at me and announces, “You look like you stuck your finger in a light socket!”Okay, so I hadn’t showered yet and my hair was a bit frizzy!  Did he have to laugh at me about it?!?  I mean, come on, I only have to much time to do everything in the morning and this morning, showering was not #1 on my priority list.  Just last night, I was telliing him everything that I have to accomplish in 90 minutes……..

1.  Wake up and shower and dress myself
2.  Wake up Daniel, get him to wash, brush teeth and dress himself
3.  Check my blood sugar and take my Byetta
4.  Make Daniel’s lunch and pack it in his backpack
5.  Feed Daniel a somewhat healthy breakfast and feed myself, too
6.  Get out the door by 7:30 to get him to school on time

So this morning, I decided to sleep in until 6:30 (I usually get up at 6:00) and not shower until after returning home from dropping him off at school.  And I guess my frizzy head was kind of funny looking.  I just didn’t realize HOW funny looking, ha ha!

Now I am at home, it’s just after 9:00 and I’ve showered and my hair is no longer laughable….it may not be much improved over this morning but at least it’s not sticking out all over the place!  I have a load of laundry in the washer and three more piles in the bedroom upstairs that need washing today.  Looks like I’ll be up and down the stairs a bit today.

Yesterday I was at Mom’s all day.  We made posole and had some for supper.  Yummy!  Wow!  Was it good!  I had two servings, plus tortillas.  And for dessert we made a peach cobbler.  I shouldn’t have had that for sure, because (1)  it was made with peaches in heavy syrup and (2) it had added sugar.  It sucks to be diabetic!  But I did have some and brought home the rest for the guys to eat.

Yesterday before going to Mom’s, I had my foot doctor appointment.  It’s bad.  My entire toenail needs to be removed, PERMANENTLY.  The rest of my toenails are in really bad shape, too, the doctor said.  I imagine that over the next few years, some of them will also need removal…..yuck.  My appointment for the removal is two weeks from yesterday.  He said I’ll be “out of commission” for a day or so and will have some pain (I hope he’ll give me some drugs for the pain!) and my toe is going to be “gross” for about a month.  Oh, joy!  I can’t wait.

Gotta run and catch the washing machine….probably will BBL.


It’s Wednesday Night

September 19, 2007 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Diabetes, Doctor Appointment, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dinner tonight was good:  pork chops, mac and cheese and mixed veggies.  Daniel smothered his chop in mustard, I have NO idea how he can eat it that way!

Right now, he’s outside playing.  I’ll need to call him in soon for a shower.  Ron is finishing up with mowing.  It’s tough living on three acres, he’s got a lot to take care of.

Tomorrow is my podiatrist appointment.  I hadn’t complained to dh about my toe and when I told him tonight he wasn’t happy.  I can’t be in denial about my diabetes anymore.  I’ve been taking my Byetta faithfully for a few days and have been taking my sugar in the morning…but this toe shouldn’t have gotten so bad.

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