Thought of the moment....

No matter how hard you try, you will NEVER control anyone else's attitudes, actions, or outcomes. The only person that you have the ability to directly impact is you, and it is your responsibility to learn how to do just utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have been given to impact the world in the most positive way that you can EVERY chance you get!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The mouse and the glucose meter.

Strange title? Okay well you just have to go with me on this one. Trust in me…oh. T-R-U-S-T in me. ( Do you feel a little like Mowgli in the Jungle Book?) Anyway, so some of you know that my mum has not been well. See, she had been through quite an ordeal several years back with a heart attack and they put stints in and the works until they had to replace a valve in her heart.

She has been on so much medication that her kidneys are pretty shot so they want to put her back on dialysis so therefore, she had to have a new fistula put in. Hence the current surgery. Well, me mum (no, I’m not British, just like to say it that way.) is also a diabetic and hasn’t been taking very good care of her self.

She has been letting her blood sugars get out of control. So my nephew who is a super genius with computers and I came up with an idea. My mom is a humongous Facebook junkie and plays Farmville like there is no tomorrow. She’s 72. I know right?!

So anyway I called her. Told her that since she is not watching her blood sugars and taking care of herself that I was going to take her computer mouse and turn it into a glucose meter and when it tested her blood, if it didn’t come out in the clear, then she couldn’t log on. Heeheehee I’m tricky like that. I am.

Mom told me I was a meanie. I said “I know, but at least you would start keeping yourself in check and taking care of yourself. If I took Facebook away you would go crazy.” She told me I was right. She would behave better. So she said that she would make sure she started taking better care of herself. Right on!!

I love me mum, but sometimes it’s just tough love. You have to take away the things they cherish to get them in line. *tisk, tisk*

So I will let you know if I get a patent on this idea in case any of you have the same issue, which I pray you don’t have any misbehaving little parents like I do.

Anyway on another highlight. I finally got MATCHED by ALLY CONDIE!! Ahhh. Can’t wait to read it. It took two months to get here. Well worth the wait I’m sure. Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Hope everyone is staying warm.


Colene Murphy said...

I'm sorry to hear your mom is under the weather! You're a good daughter for the tough love!! Whatever works!
And I LOVED Matched!!! Read it! Quickly!! Want to hear what you think!

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mom!

I still haven't read Matched but I've heard a lot about it--can't wait to find out what you think of it!

Carla White said...

Sorry to hear your mom hasn't been well lately, but good for you for making sure she takes care, even if it means tough love.

Matched is on my TBR list. I hope it's as good as it sounds, you'll have to let me know what you think.

Mary said...

Hope you mom is listening to you (and don't be afraid to take that mouse away ;)

Maybe you can set something up on Facebook so she has to input an acceptable sugar level in order to continue. (The mouse checking the sugar is a cool idea, too!)

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Oh Regina, so sorry to hear your mother is struggling with her health. I have a mother who is 70 and struggles with kidney issues, so I know the feeling. Enjoy Matched - it's on my TBR list!

Trisha Leaver said...

Sorry to hear your Mum hasn't been feeling up to par.

On a better note, I picked up Matched today and can't wait to start reading it. Stuck it next to the computer as incentive to finish my WIP so I have time to read it.

Donna Hole said...

LOL! Sorry to seem sadistic; but I hope you get your patent. I have that "trust in me" song flowing through my head now and it makes it hard to be serious.

Can you invent a homework tester that keeps my kids off the X-Box live if they don't have the right answer to the homework question when they touch the controller?

(Dark humor is such a downfall for me; I work in social services you know . .)

Good luck with your mum; and I hope MATCHED is worth the wait.


Margo Kelly said...

Oh boy. I'm getting into that stage also - of caring for an aging parent. Role reversal. Scary and complicated.

I wish you the best of luck, and I hope all goes well with your MUM.


Talli Roland said...

I hope your mum feels better soon! I think you're doing the right thing!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your mom's health issues. I must say though, you've got quite the brilliant plan for her computer mouse!

Best wishes,
Christi Corbett

Jennifer Hillier said...

Oh, so sorry to hear your mum isn't doing well, but I think you were brilliant in how you've inspired her to get better!

Anonymous said...

I hope your mom's health improves. :( Sometimes a situation calls for drastic measures.

I loved Matched. Two months is a long wait.

Cheryl said...

What a great idea! You're a good daughter!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I hope your mum is doing better now and that she'll listen to you. She sounds like my dh. He's diabetic, has dialysis, and won't eat what he's supposed to. If he was into computers I'd try your idea with him, but he doesn't care for them.

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