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On being like Dad

I swear I'm becomeing my father. I recently found out we share a particularly nasty affliction of the esophagus in common, the remedy for which does not sound friendly at all. I'm going through the same concerns with weight that he did at my age, 4 years a go he found he had Type 2 diabetes so i guess I've got that to look forward to as well. Still it's better than some of the health concerns my mom has suffered with. I also find I'm regarded in he same light that he is by others which si not an entirely bad thing since he is much admired in many circles. Last night I left work to go help my future mother in law move furniture (an extermely heavy oak entertainment center which she didn't bother to take the components out of, making it that much heavier). Just like Dad, always helpful.

Afterward, despite still being in the grip of a nasty sinus infection, I went home and mowed the lawn and realized to my perverse satisfaction that my neighbor, a morning drive DJ was probably already in bed and would not be able to mow his lawn until this afternoon at the earliest barring another rain storm this morning. This means he's going to have to stare at the unconformity of his unmown and dandelion overgrown yard next to the perfection of mine for at least half a day and I know how much that tears at the neat-freak in him.

Insert maniacal laughter here.

Forget the fact that in another day or so, the dandelions will be popping up all over my lawn. I can torture him for at least one day. also forget the fact that the barnyard at the farm is at least tall enough to lose a small dog in. But my neighbor can't see that so it's all good.

But that little satisfaction I get is so much like Dad too who used to whip the rest of the family into shape to do our part on the lawn to win the "Yard of the Month" conetests on all the Marine Corps bases we lived on...I kid you not. As a winner you got your family's photo, standing in your yard in the local paper and a neat little sign posted in your yard for a month to make all the other officer's families envious of you. Some PR guy must have dreamed that little scheme up to make us forget we were living in sub-standard housing.

Oh well, becoming Dad is not really so bad. There are worse things in life.




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May. 8th, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
do you know?
Is diabetes a result of BEING overweight? Or a result of the same bad diet that also leads to being overweight?

I'm wondering because my mom is always worried that I will get diabetes.. so I wondered if I fasted or rarely ate, but didn't change WHAT I ate, I know I would lose weight - but would I still become diabetic?
May. 9th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: do you know?
My Dad was completely healthy for over 60 years of his life. They caught the diabetes on a routine physical update for his insurance carrier. As far as anyone can tell with him it is completely hereditary except that it skipped a generation between his grandfather and him. I've been tested a couple of times for it because when I used to get frequent migraines, they thought that might be the trigger. But it's never shown up for me. So maybe it will skip me...I don't know. But I know plenty of overweight people who never develop diabetes so it's not a given that if you are overwieght, you will develop it. If you are worried about it, get tested adn see if you have any of the warning signs that might point to it and modify your diet from there if you do.

May. 9th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
Re: do you know?
If I'm not mistaken, I believe type II diabetes doesnt typically show up until over age 55-60 (average). I was gestational (type I) while I was carrying my baby. They said the chances of me having type II are good cuz its rampant in my family, but insulin can be avoided by a good diet.
May. 9th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
Re: do you know?
Sure enough. Dad was 61 when it showed up and a modified diet before it ever shows up can help too.

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