Sunday, January 30, 2011

Diabetes


Diabetes has given me thick skin!
I had a nerve test done over winter break on my arm to figure out if I had CTS (and it turned out I had Pronator Syndrome instead!) and the doctor stuck a big ol' needle in my arm over and over (and over...and over...). He said, "Have you been diabetic for a long time? I can tell...your skin is like puncturing a grapefruit. Most people are like tangerines."
Huh!

29 comments:

  1. Oh you poor thing, that's terrible! It makes an adorable story, but that's probably not much consolation. I hope your Diabetes and Pronator Syndrome don't affect your life negatively too much!

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  2. Haha thank you for your concern! I've had type 1 diabetes for a decade now and I'm proud to say I manage it excellently, so there's really not too much to worry about there!
    Pronator has been ANNOYING to say the least, but I had a minor surgery now and it's healing beautifully and I can draw again, so I'm very thankful!

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  3. funny drawing:D glad to hear that they figured out what was wrong.

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  4. so cute ayoubi! the middle tangerine is the best.

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  5. Hahahah thats a pretty interesting analogy your doctor made. Grape fruits are still the shit

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  6. grapefruits are more delicious than tangerines! such a cute drawing hannah :D

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  7. Hi Hannah,my name is Caroline. I used to go to school with you dad Tarek. He was saying how good you are managing your diabetes.I am sure he is very proud of you.My son Andrew was diagnosed with type1 diabetes when he is 5 years old.I know how difficult it could be. Good luck and keep up the good work x

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    1. Caroline, wow!!! The internet is incredible, I can't believe that you are able to be in contact with my dad and even me haha! Thanks so much for your comment.

      I'm sorry your son has the same unfortunate ailment! It is difficult and can be frustrating but I always try to remind myself how much worse it could be, and to be thankful for the AMAZING convenience modern medicine is and to be born in this day and age.

      Thanks again. Wish I could meet you and your son in person!

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    2. Yes the internet is incredible,we managed to get in touch after 36 years!!You are right it is great to have all this new technology that helps you to be more in control. You sound a sensible and talented young lady and I am sure you will have a bright future. It must be fun studying character animation in California:)
      Andrew has just finished a degree in pharmacy;he is 23 years old now. I am proud of him as well. He is a sensible and kind person.
      We live in London, UK. you are more than welcome to visit. Best wishes xx

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  8. Dear Hannah, I am another one of of your Dads classmates the 76ers, my name is Susan. Your Dad has been telling us how proud he is of you and what a fighter you are. I love your work, you are so talented my dear, good luck in all you do. Your Dad was very talented at school too in art, tennis and music so you must take after him. I will follow your work regularly. Best wishes xxxx

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    1. Unfortunately I didn't inherit his tennis genes...gotta work on that one...Thank you very much Susan!! Nice to "meet" you!

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  9. hey Hannah, yet one more of your Dad's classmates! My name is Salma! I was with him in class one year only. Looking at your cute post about that doc up there, I couldn't help but think: but grapefruits are stronger than tangerines!! I'd love to hear more about what you're studying, it must be GREAT FUN! I'll ve visiting your blog every now and then to say hello! I live in Italy by the way, so, if ever you go on a European tour, think of making a stop here, I'd love to meet you! XX

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  10. (it's me, Salma, again, when I tried to post, the system gave me the option of "anonymous" or "name and URL"...I don't like "anonymous", but I don't have an URL address! Do you think that, if I wrote something like www.noURL.com, would it take? Or would it create problems for your page?! Funny how the system works, when giving two words to copy, it said, "prove you're not a robot"...I was tempted to say real silly things...not on your blog, naturally, but to the program itself! Anyways, sorry for the ranting spree here, have a great weekend, and looking forward to staying in touch :-) )

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    1. Hahaha, your comments made me laugh Salma!! LOL I like the URL you chose :)
      You know, my sister and I have been scheming and fantasizing for the past year about backpacking in Europe Summer 2013! If that happens you will be the first person we contact :D

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    2. Hi again! You know what I ended up writing? This: www.myurlisasecrethaha.com :-) (in ordinary circumstances, I'd have written something naughtier but I didn't want your dad to be on my case so I behaved :-)) If you do backpack through Europe 2013, then please let me know beforehand, we can arrange it so you'd make a stopoever here (I live halfway between Milan and Venice, in the North)I have an extra room (thank Heavens you told me now because it would take that long to put it in order for guests :-)) it has only one single bed, but there's a sofa in the living room, and, if you have a sleeping bag, so both of you could stay over! This part of Italy is stupendous! I could speak a mile about it! Of course, it all depends on how long your entire trip will be and how much of it in Italy. I suggest a good portion, as it's a beautiful country! You'd want to see Venice and Florence and Rome, but a stop in Verona is still worth it! Nearby, is the city alleged to be home of Romeo And Juliet, with loads of Roman monuments, and there's a gorgeous lake (Garda) with loads of small towns all around it (my little town is a 15 minute drive from the lake), and, there is, of course, my balcony! You girls could also help me take revenge on my neighbor downstairs who sits some 25 hours a day in front of a play station barking. And, there is, of course, the famous cremino ice cream that I was telling everybody about, which is worth the trip from Texas :-))). (It would be GREAT to meet you two!!) :D (I think I'll put another URL this time, unless the system refuses it saying: HEY! Wasn't it "myurlisasecrethaha"?! We'll see! :-)))

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    3. Salma you are a hoot!!! I MUST come visit you!

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    4. I'm counting on it! Yesterday I was making plans all morning inside my head! "If the girls have one day, we'd do this...if they have two, we'd do that...if three,..."etc. :-) I'm really looking forward to it! :-))) (by the way, the "system" did not let me change "my URL", so I'll just stick with that one!)

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  11. Dear Hannah ,my name is Sally and i live in Egypt i,m another school friend of ur dad ,i,ll join Salma ,Susan and Caroline ur quiet a talanted young lady( i saw ur mini movies ur work) and a true fighter keep it up,i admire ur strong will power ..and Hannah from ur dad,s posts we( his friends) can tell how proud he is with u and ur sister ...hopefully u wont mind having old friends (well not very)but its a pleasure to know u and we can be ur fans in the near future too,takecare

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    1. Hi Sally!! Wow so funny how all of you are contacting me now! Thanks so much for your kind kind words! I wish we could just throw a big party and all meet one another!

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  12. Dear Hannah, yet one more of ypur dads clasmates.... Mu nsame is Nadia Khairat and i just saw this activity now and I have to say I do admire your strength and sense of humour... only the strong ones can do that .... make fun of their ailments. I would love to meet you in person one day as your simply inspired mr. I come to Houston often and would love the opportunity to meet you and your family.... cheers from Egypt

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    1. Hi Nadia!! Wow thank you, I don't deserve such kind words. YES please do come visit!!! That'd be soooo fun! I think the next time I will be back home is at Christmas...

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  13. Sorry for the typos ... its the damn eyesite ... NOT WUI

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  14. Hi hannah there goes another pal if your dad my name is Amir we used to sit on the same bench and he smelled like shit every mornjng due to his breakfast cigarette by the time I picked the habit myself things were much bettet. . I see you:ve got a leading character like him but in a positive way. ..oh I'm just kidding. .you've got a wonderful dad. I 'm happy we're back in contact. .take care and be in touch

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    1. Hi Amir!! LOL Your comment cracked me up. He's quit smoking and smells much better :) now he smells like chocolate and sunflower seeds!
      Nice to meet you, thanks so much for the comment!

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  15. Rohy,
    Remember when I told you there was a retarded kid in A class, well that is him. You got to meet him. What a small world. His name is Amir btw.
    Daddy

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  16. Well that retarded kid used to be very useful during class exams passi.g you answers that by simple luck turned out to be the right ones. .LOl Ayoubi its realy a small world ..;)

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  17. See what I mean, daddy, he doesn't know how to spell. Maskeen. I am tellin you xxx

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