Monday, February 2, 2015

Elaine's Journey

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Nicer than one thinks to walk upon
Ten steps.  Elaine counted, running fingers along ridged strip along the wall…linen closet door…towels rolled and placed in color value…Elaine inhaled with satisfaction.

Nine steps…bathroom and its cold bumpy tile.  Those ridiculous river rock titles that make a path to the toilet, to the shower and now the modified sink…Life is bumpy, will become bumpier, and then what?

Eight steps…a painting Elaine had done once, when all had been well and her hands did what she said.  The colors and the brilliant textures Elaine felt in her mind, painted with a broad brush and pallet knife. How glorious!

Seven steps: sixth—a step up, fifth step…then the landing, all with the blessed railing.

Fourth, third, second, holding onto a thick rope and then Praise God! Finally the last step…her bed with night gown and turned down covers, soft and warm, producing a deep sigh of relief.

Lamp light filled the room.  It was night, but for some reason, knowing light glowed above was a blessing.

Diabetes is a disease increasing in numbers as more and more people become obese.  Diabetes has become a part of my family members.  Blindness can be caused by this horrible diabetes.

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20 comments:

  1. Nice juxtaposition between what is and what was. Her disease robbed her of so much.

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    1. My sister in law who was my age, died in 2013 from the ramifications of diabetes. She suffered so much at the end.

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  2. Susan...Dad developed diabetes in his later years and yes, his eyesight diminished steadily until he was almost in the dark. It was frightening for him. How I hope they can find a way to stop this disease in its tracks.

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    1. Someday I hope. My father and f-in-law both developed diabetes in senior years.

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  3. A terrible disease that needs a remedy. My grandmother and her sisters were felled years ago, and still no reliable solution.

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    1. With diabetes on the rise, research should also keep pace.

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  4. I'm sorry.
    Apt description of what it would be like to use one's hands to get around.

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    1. It would be more difficult than one can think.

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  5. Be nice if they found a way to stop the horrible disease. Best way is prevention though, but sometimes that doesn't even help. And it's no help to those we already have it.

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    1. Dr. say it can be "managed" with diet, exercise, and medication. It can be, with great determination.

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  6. Diabetes is common, invasive, and dreadful. A beautiful post about a painful reality.

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    1. Diabetes, MS, ALS...diseases with horrible endings.

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  7. It must be so awful to lose one's sight, never to read a book again, see a movie.
    Changes in my mother's eyes alerted her optometrist who told her to see a doctor who then diagnosed her diabetes. She got lucky.
    I hope your family is equally lucky and stays free, as much as possible, from this disease.

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    1. She received some good care from an alert optometrist. I hope she is well.

      My husband is obese, has Type 2, takes pills. He does not listen to me.

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  8. Sadly mum died in 2004, but not from her diabetes, she had bowel cancer.

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