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Phone Call

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friday evening, while at Lifetime Fitness, I received a phone call from my Mom. She called to let me know that Kevin, a childhood friend, who I haven't seen since we were teenagers, had died. Apparently, Kevin had 3 heart attacks and had stopped breathing. Also, his blood sugar was 900. How can that be correct? If a borderline blood sugar is 103 and a high blood sugar is in the 250's. That number can't possibly be correct.

I met Kevin and his family because our fathers worked together. Every summer, over the July 4th week, my family, Kevin's family, and Lily's family would each rent a cabin on a lake in Kenora, Ontario. Kevin, was a cute, sweet, chubby boy. He was always happiest when surrounded by his family.

There used to be four of us, close to the same age, me, Kevin, his brother Doug, and Lily. Lily, committed suicide while still a teen. So, now it is just Doug and I. I'm not sure why this bothers me so much, I haven't seen Kevin in over 20 years. I guess, it's that, other than a few choices I've made, I could see what happened to Kevin, happening to me.
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    emoticon A Loss is still Loss no matter how long ago or who it is. (speaking from experience) ... emoticon for your sadness!

    and when I found out I had diabetes I was at 450 and my Ex-SisNLaw was rushed to the ER one time with hers at 1200. I have no idea what the highest could be and can't bear to think about the complications that come with that!
    3420 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. There are friends who are there whether you see each other regularly or not...
    3422 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    So sorry for the loss of your childhood friend. I know when I lost one of my friends from childhood thru hight school It bothered me---some how knowing someone your age group I think makes us feel like gee that could have been me.
    as for the high blood sugar reading, I can attest that that is possible, when I found out that I was type 2 diabetic, my bloood sugar was over 700. I had been tested less that a year before and had a normal reading. It just came somewhat fast and my only symtom was excessive thirst, had my mom check it for me and made and appointment immediately.
    3426 days ago
  • LGAR519
    I'm very sorry you lost your friend. When I was a child, a young girl I played with died of the complications of diabetes. Not many advancements in treatments back then.
    3426 days ago
    I'm so sorry.
    3426 days ago
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    I'm really sorry for your loss. I guess when we hear this terrible information it wakes us up a bit to the realities of obesity. Wouldn't it be something if you can use Kevin's death as added impetus for you to get healthy.

    hugs, Sue
    3426 days ago
    I'm sorry that he died. I hope you're doing ok.

    Yes, if left unchecked, blood sugar can get that high. He probably didn't know he was diabetic. Many times a person doesn't know that they have that high of blood sugar until it's too late and they're in the hospital. Nick Jonas was on Ellen this season telling his story about how he was in the ER with a blood sugar level around 700! It's now under control and he's better, but that just goes to show you how few symptoms there are of that disease.
    3426 days ago
    Even though you haven't seen him, lately, it's still tough. It's someone you knew. A part of your childhood.
    Man, this has been a really crummy week for us spark ladies. Think of your friend today, Julie, the fun you had, and smile. emoticon
    3426 days ago
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