Indiana Joanna (khakipants) wrote,
Indiana Joanna

Bad time to be in Norman

wowbagger wrote about this already, I know, but I want some record of it in my journal. Also, it's serious enough and strange enough that it's worth the documentation in multiple places.

My dad's side of the family lives in Oklahoma, and we heard from his mother a couple of days ago. First of all, our oldest cousin (only in her mid-30s at most), Stephanie, has recently been feeling terrible pain in her back. She went to a doctor, who gave her some medication, but eventually it just got too much for her to bear. So she went back for some tests. They didn't find anything wrong with her back, so they tried some sort of scan on her hip. And they discovered that she had somehow fractured it without noticing. She has no idea how this happened. But they had to do surgery and put some pins in and she's now stuck in a wheelchair for two months. She's already bored. So. Strange.

So that was bad and odd enough. But then. Our cousin Rachel, who we think is about 12 (I know, I know, we should know these things), has been losing weight lately. She had been trying to do so, so they didn't immediately think much of it, but eventually her mother decided that this weight loss was too drastic, so they went to the doctor. And she has diabetes. Her sugar was too high, and she was dehydrated, so she's been checked into the hospital and is now in intensive care until they can get her back to as close to normal as possible. She'll be on insulin the rest of her life.

I can't imagine. I mean, I remember how our cat looked when we first found out she was diabetic. She was not a healthy cat, and you could tell right away. So I'm trying to imagine a human equivalent of that in my cousin, and it's not fun. Also, I'm thinking about the fact that she's going to have to be so careful about her diet and behavior and carry certain things around with her at all times, and I know that plenty of kids deal with that, but it still doesn't sound like a fun way to start your teenage years. I just hope that she's responsible enough and realizes the seriousness enough to take proper care of herself. I admit that I don't know most of my cousins terribly well, but I think that she will.

Not much planned for today. Right now, a shower.

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