Goodbye, maybe

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2013-02-02 19:09:29 -0600
Started 2013-01-30 11:43:06 -0600

Well, today might be the day I am called Home. I am at camp and a section of roof just blew off one of our buildings. The winds are probably 60MPH plus. Not too bad, but when they come up the valley or down from the mountain they seem to pick up speed. My brilliant co-worker asked me "What are we going to do about the roof?" I said, "Today? Nothing." He said, "We have to do something" so I said, "Well, go get the ladder, a tarp, and duct tape and cover it." He is expendable. I am glad I had just repaired the chapel roof. Unbeknownest to me the shingles we were finding around the Lodge, were actually from the Chapel. I climbed up onto the Lodge roof and all looked ok. I looked over to the Chapel roof and the side I could see was okay. Got the extension ladder, put it into the bed of my truck (I needed an additional 2 feet of height) and checked out that roof. Yep, plenty of repair to do there.
Thankfully it is the blind side of the roof, you can't see it from the ground. So my repairs were not asthetically pleasing, but so far they are holding.
Now sometimes people say, "What does this have to do with diabetes?" I say, "Everything" I am much more than a person with diabetes and so are you! Oh, and if you have BS that akes sudden drops, make sure you eat before doing stuff like ladder and roof work.

22 replies

Nick1962 2013-02-02 19:09:29 -0600 Report

A clink of the brandy glass there Jim. Here's to the expendables that allow us to keep living. Glad you're not among them this time.

Mair 2013-02-01 01:12:59 -0600 Report

Hello Jim, wish you the best there and please be careful ! Thanks for the inspiration.

s l k
s l k 2013-01-31 20:51:21 -0600 Report

Jim you have made me laugh for two days now! Laughter really is the best medicine! Hope all is well!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-01-31 15:26:24 -0600 Report

Hi Jim,

Nice to run into you again, my friend. It's been ahwile. This is such a great post! You said it so well. Life goes on, the good, the not so good, the really annoying. You deal with the challenges of life as the unfold every day, and experience the joys, just like you did before you were diagnosed. Life is different, life is the same.

Thanks for sharing your empowering words!


Type1Lou 2013-01-31 09:35:13 -0600 Report

You are so right Jim…Diabetes need not define who we are. Glad you made it through the storm!

granniesophie 2013-01-30 21:21:21 -0600 Report

They figured out who the suspect is and possibly a motive. But I think he will have committed suicide by the time they find him. This whole thing is very sad.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-30 19:52:35 -0600 Report

Jim you are not going anywhere until it is your time. No one can predict when that will be. Be careful on that roof. Buildings and roofs can be replaced. We can't replace you.

granniesophie 2013-01-30 13:40:49 -0600 Report

I might go before you-3 people were just shot in an office building I pass EVERY day on my way home from work. The shooter is still at large. Not going home that way tonight!! However, if you do happen to go first, don't put in a good word for me-we have had enough rain here, and you're request will make G-d laugh so hard she'll pee her pants, thus causing rain!
Didn't know that was where rain came from-well, think about it, us humans are so goofy sometimes that I bet she pees her pants laughing regularly-thus causing rain!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-30 20:00:33 -0600 Report

Sophie that was terrible. I saw it on the news. There is one thing I have learned living in a major city. Do not live in fear, it can hinder you in many ways. Several years ago and I came in my front door, I let the dog in and I was on my way upstairs when shots rang out. The dog and I both ran up the steps. Wasn't easy with a 90lb dog behind you running on for legs and my two. A man was shot in front of my house. That same year a woman around the corner sent her 12 year old across the street to take fruit to a senior citizen and someone opened her door behind him and shot and killed him before she got to her inside door. The next day I got a call from our Community Relations Sgt who asked me what time I got off work. When I left work a police car was in front of the building where I worked. He came to take me home because he didn't want me walking down that street. I walked down that street from the bus.

To this day the murderer of the kid has never been found and the man who shot the man in front of my house was killed several months later. We never know when our day will come and I have every intention of making the best of the days I have left. I hope they catch the person in Phoenix. Good luck my friend and I like the rain theory.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-01-30 15:32:45 -0600 Report

Geez, I don't know. We were kinda of hoping you would come along with us. come to think of it I am not sure what, if anything, Jewish folks believe about afterlife. Enlighten me if you would. I know I believe that all those people I like are coming with me and the rest, well if there are only 2 options and I take the heaven one, then…
Isn't it funny how we think we know the mind of G-d (Yes, I did remember not to spell out his/her name in full, thank you Rabbi Franf) G-d must laugh his/her head off everyday at us. Here there are probably over 100 different Christian religions, I know of at least 2 Jewish sects, the muslims, oh, and since some Christians don't consider Catholics, christians, the Catholics. And G-d, "Not a single one of them has a clue" Oh and come judgement day, I want mercy for me and for my few offenses, but for those that have wronged me in thought, word, or deed, I want JUSTICE! :)

GabbyPA 2013-01-30 13:05:00 -0600 Report

Well, can I presume that since you are writing this, that today is not your day?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-01-30 13:18:58 -0600 Report

The day is not over yet. I have about 2 hours I need to spend on the ladder, which is on top of the 7' high scaffolding, which is on top of the 40" high stage.

GabbyPA 2013-01-30 13:20:41 -0600 Report

Well, maybe you could ask for your wings early so they could help prevent the fall?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-01-30 15:25:48 -0600 Report

Well, that would work. I just hope there isn't a breaking in period. It is probably only 3 seconds to the ground. My legs and lower back started to ache, so I called it quits. There is always tomorrow!