Step Out: To Stop Diabetes

Yesterday I had the honor to be apart of the annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes here in Kansas City. The walk started out in the park across from the Nelson Atkins art museum and we walked along brush creek to the country club plaza then back to the park. All in all it was about 2.5 miles in some of the nicest weather, along some gorgeous scenery. I walked with the team from my mom’s work North Kansas City Hospital and my brother in law and his kids walked for Team Subway (he owns several Subway restaurants)

Team North Kansas City

Team North Kansas City

Team Leaders

Team Leaders

My family me, my mom Georgieanna, my sister Angela, my nephew Drake, and my niece Hailey.

My family me, my mom Georgieanna, my sister Angela, my nephew Drake, and my niece Hailey.

my brother in law Jeremy and niece Cloe

my brother in law Jeremy and niece Cloe

 

As a health care professional I know all to well the horrible side effects that diabetes can have on the human body. Amputations of toes and feet is common a long with diabetic neuropathy (loss of sensation in feet and hands). Often times I have to teach people how to compensate for loss of sensation so they can still live as independently as possible. We use our hands so much and never stop to think things like “How would I know my bathwater was too hot if I couldn’t feel it with my fingers?” and I have to teach people to use a thermometer since their hands can’t feel. Or teach them how to do skin checks on feet and hands since any cut or sore can lead to disastrous consequences up to and including amputation. Then I have to help rehab them to get them (hopefully) back to where they can live independently as possible. Often times they can’t and wind up either living with family or in long term care.

This is why I walked yesterday…for all my past and future patients affected by this disease.

Everyone who came out

Everyone who came out

Long line of walkers

Long line of walkers

Waterfall along the walk

Waterfall along the walk

One day I hope we can cure diseases like diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s….this is my dream!

Tomorrow back to my regularly scheduled pinning post! Have a good day!

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September 11th

I decided today was not a day to write about the latest tasty thing I had cooked/baked or some cute project I had finally completed. Today is a day of remembering all those who lost their lives, their friends, and their family. I was sleeping that morning since I was a new mom, my daughter was just 6 months old, and we’d had a really fussy, cranky late night. I heard her dad yelling for me and I got up rather annoyed to yell at him for waking me and the baby when we’d gotten so little sleep. When I went into the living room he told me a plane had hit the World Trade Center in shock all I said was “On purpose??” we then watched, as most of nation did, in horror as the second plane hit then the fall. I remember sitting there thinking “My God what world have I brought this innocent baby into?” I held her most of the day thinking about all those people who would never get the chance to kiss their kids, wife’s, husband’s, parents, or any of their loved ones again. We were safe in Kansas City but many in NYC were not. I pinned the following pictures to my inspiration board because  everyone who was there that day is inspiring to me.

The board: http://pinterest.com/aradias/inspirations/

Never forget

Never forget

 

Thank you for all who gave their lives past and present whether it be police, firefighters, the members of our military, or the random good Samaritan who stood up to help.

 

God Bless America

God Bless America

 

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. ~Psalm 23

(credit to those who took the photos and made the gif. Also credit to God for his words of comfort in our darkest hours.)