From My Nebraska Notebook

Posted by: LuAnnin Nebraska-isms
19
Apr

                Last week I wrote about diabetes and its effects.  I told the story about a former student – John – and a situation that occurred in my classroom when he was in eighth grade.

                A friend (and Nebraska-isms reader) told me that I should have differentiated between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes since John’s anecdote seemed to describe someone who has Type 1 diabetes and the rest of the article dealt with information regarding Type 2.

                Point taken.

                I called John’s parents and asked about his diagnosis. John’s diabetes did not surface until he was in sixth grade when he was identified as a Type 1 diabetic.

                Type 1 diabetes can take two forms: Idiopathic, a rare form with no known cause, or Immune-mediated, which occurs when the body’s immune system destroys, or attempts to destroy, the cells in the pancreas that manufacture insulin.

                The University of Nebraska Med Center estimates between five and ten percent of cases of diabetes in the United States fall into the Immune-mediated Type 1 category. It can occur at any age, but most often, children, adolescents, or young adults are diagnosed.

                The cause of Type 1 diabetes is unknown. It may be genetic; it may have an environmental origin.

                Type 1 diabetics rely on insulin injections. Some diabetics require a pump which delivers insulin all the time.

                Type 1 diabetics cannot take a magic pill to cure the disease. While increasing exercise and monitoring food consumption is recommended by health professionals, these steps will not undue what nature has done.

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                Did you survive the weekend’s tornadopocalypse? Based on the number of tornadoes spawning across Midwestern states, the chaotic hail storms that trounced several Northeast Nebraska communities and the five tornado-related deaths in Oklahoma, many Nebraskans should be counting our lucky stars that the damage was not worse.

The potential definitely existed for a doozy of a weather system to wreak havoc.

We were in Lincoln on Saturday, preparing to head to Omaha, when The Weather Channel featured Petersburg and the baseball-size hail storm that pounded the town. With the forecast models predicting intensified tornado activity, we cut our visit short, driving into a blinding downpour near Rising City, only to see the tips of cerulean tinged with pale sunshine streak the sky by the time we reached Silver Creek.

I heard comments the last several days questioning why the National Weather Service issued the tornado watch a day early.

Folks, it’s about prevention and preparedness. We may not be able to outwit Mother Nature, but we can be ready when she comes knocking.

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The 62nd annual Red-White Scrimmage was cancelled due to Saturday’s weather. I remember sitting with my dad through a rainy spring scrimmage, back when umbrellas were allowed in Memorial Stadium.

In those days, only the east stadium was open and maybe a couple thousand fans attended.

Now, the 50,000+ planning on attending Saturday’s inter-squad game will have to wait til the season opener to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of the Big Red.

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