Louisville Sports Commission announce the Fall Runathon this week. Amy and I are planning on running the races. If you sign up now, they are offering a discount. Please let them know that Run Across KY sent you.
I've had a busy week, and not finished that blog post yet. Patrick emailed me a short piece based on his experience. Patrick is a former colleague at BCHS who teaches at his alma mater, Seneca. When I first moved here, I knew many people Patrick and his wife Katie knew, but I never met them until I started working at BC.
As a child on the most distinct memories that I have is my maternal grandmother using a device that I can only describe as a pointed guillotine for her finger. My brothers and I would watch in fascination as she got out her test strip, aligned her finger, and then pushed the button. It was amazing to us that she could do this without any sense of discomfort or pain. It had become such a part of her life and daily routine that sh did not think much of it and of course we also became used to it and eventually the fascination was gone. That is until we began to use the device to prick our fingers just for fun something that to do this I cannot understand.
Another distinct memory from my childhood is that of the dietary choices at my paternal grandmother's house. After school as a child my youngest brother and I would frequently spend some time with my paternal grandparents. As with many people from older generations immediately upon entering the house you were offered some food and something to drink. The key to any kids life is to have as much sugar as a possible but at Grandma's house we always had sugar free lime chek cola and sugar free moon pies. As you can imagine this was not necessarily the most appealing after school snake for a child.
I think it is important that we all reflect on the impact that diabetes has on our lives. In my case it greatly complicated the lives of both my grandmothers, created lasting memories, and shaped my belief that we need to do a better job of educating ourselves. As a teacher I have had several students with diabetes and while it not an issue on a daily basis for me or their classmates it certainly impacts their daily routine. As part of our education we need to try to understand what the impact is and how we can be more responsive and supportive. That is why Kevin's run is important to increase awareness. Please support him in any way you can.
Social Studies Teacher
Cross Country Coach
Seneca High School