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A MOTHERS THOUGHTS on an HIV MUPPET
Home Sweet Home ^ | Saturday, July 13, 2002 | Katherine Jenerette

Posted on 07/12/2002 9:13:48 PM PDT by kjenerette

I wish that this was a easy subject to discuss, but it's not. The way I view this there are really three issues here that need to be separated to make any sense at all:

#1) How to deal with people who we love who need our love and who are dying - this does not necessarily mean HIV only.

#2) How to deal with a deadly disease that is spreading throughout the world and is communicable from person to person by contact or contact with body fluids.

#3) How to best, as parents raise our children to be good, honest, compassionate and kind - and protect them as they grow from all types of danger - physical and mental, and emotional - so that our children can pick up this world and carry it into the next generation.

As many of you know, I am a gen-Xer, who grew up with Sesamee Street and I have four children under 10-years old. My brother died from aids not long ago. My husband is trying to come to terms and deal with the eventual loss of a younger brother, who he loves and respect tremendously, who is HIV positive. And when I cross the street I hold my children's hands. This sums up my perspective pretty well...


Anyone who has small children understands the tremendous weight everyday carries when they go off to school, or visit a friend, or even the first time they climb on a bicycle or climb a tree in the back yard. Apprehension, fear, prayer and a million emotions - for our little ones. I'm sorry, if you are not a parent you really won't understand the range of emotions a mother endures, daily....


I teach my children to be kind, I teach my children the golden rule, I make them wash their hands before meals, I pray with them at bedtime, I teach them not to talk to strangers, I pick their friends carefully, I teach them the 10-Commandments. I have a picture of Jesus across from a picture of George Washington in the reading room, I tell them never to pick up hitch-hikers and don't drink out of anyone else's glass. I bring them in the house during a lightning storm, I keep them home when they are sick so that they will not pass on their cold or the flu to other children. I hook up their seatbelts when we drive....and I pray that G-d will watch over them and all the other children of the world...


After all of this, can anyone at Sesame Street please tell me, why would I teach my children that HIV is NORMAL and they should treat it as such?! Anyone who has ever had children and watched NORMAL childhood play knows that it involves bangs, cuts, Contact, biting, spitting, holding, grabbing, on and on, day in and day out. Soccer, kickball, tag, volley ball, baseball...please - am I to assume that this is perfectly safe if a child with HIV is part of the playground equation?
Please, don't mix the issues here - parents are supposed to protect at the same time they teach their children - can Sesame Street's Schneider convince me that teaching is as valuable as protecting when all he wants to do is indoctrinate a character that teaches - but mentions nothing about protection?


As a mother, am I supposed to buy the Sesame Street standards, they will provide the kindness message and if that's all that happens don't I need to provide the protection lesson that includes- no scratching or spitting - wresting - no contact - no bleeding no exchange of sweat... carry Clorox and rubber gloves - disinfect immediately any blood from scrapes - report any spitting to the principal. Goodness, just review the rules and procedures for health care workers and law enforcement officers who may have been in contact with someone HIV positive...and this is what every responsible parent would have to instruct their child to do!


My G-d, no one denies that HIV infected children need love and kindness, but we as adults should at least have the mature social courage to treat dangerous communicable illness as a dangerous communicable illness - and take what ever means are necessary to stop the spread of this and any other communicable disease to other children! This is true responsible kindness and understanding and by no measure does it equal hate or meanness! An HIV child is like the child in a bubble in reverse. Geesh, are we expected to treat chicken pox and the flu with higher standards than HIV? You can fill in the blanks from there anyway you please...


Can't anyone see how our values of kindness and compassion have become the 'Trojan Horse' of those who wish to eventually destroy the family? In today's world there are people and groups whose sole aim is to tear apart what is good, pure and innocent - starting with our children.
It's much like the person who uses the story of the good Samaritan and they feign injury in order to rob or rape a passerby.

These children with aids are being used as political and social pawns and their tragedy is being exploited for a larger scheme - to normalize a radical and perverted agenda. If you want proof just ask (or answer) the following question: If these people are so full of compassion then why haven't they told the entire truth about the how/who/and why AIDS has reached this critical dimension? Fully two thirds of HIV transmission would never happen if people(both men and women) stopped dropping their pants outside of marriage. In this case just erase and replace the name of this illness with say syphilis, gonorrhea, meningitis, cancer - and see if it would qualify for a pre-school children's television show character...the conclusion itself should raise a red flag...


Yes, we can become like Africa - if we continue to have a POLITICALLY CORRECT HIV policy and we will follow them down the same path of social suicide - just continue telling half truths and taking half measures to deal with the reality of a fatal contact transmitted disease.


My 5-year old once asked me "Who's the parent here?" My answer to her was - "I am..." and before I finished, she told me that I have to "...do what a parent does." I intend to do exactly that. I will teach my children right from wrong and I will teach them love and compassion - and I will do everything in my power to protect them from ALL harm and danger. If that means don't talk to strangers as well as don't watch Sesame Street - that is what I will tell them.


I would wager to say - most who view this new character in a favorable light have no small children that they are trying to raise in today's real world. Please don't try to use my little children for politically correct ideas, indoctrination or politically protected illness...I'll stop you anyway I can.


Please, don't try to tell me the how's, what's, and why's, of raising my four children...use it on your own little ones. I watched my brother die from AIDS.

Some may say I can turn off the TV channel.
I intend to. I am a mother.


Katherine Jenerette
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www.jenerette.com


P.S. Compassion? Try this - Have some compassion for the unborn children of the future, and those young people who will become HIV infected tomorrow if we adults don't have the courage to treat AIDS today in the same manner as other communicable and dangerous fatal diseases.



TOPICS: Editorial; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: aids; elmo; family; hiv; jenerette; sesamestreet; tv
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This is just a simple Carolina mother's perspective....
1 posted on 07/12/2002 9:13:48 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette

Here ya go, the gay muppet.

2 posted on 07/12/2002 9:17:19 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: kjenerette
Bookmarked and Bumped. I am sure the wife's SAHM group will want to read it.
3 posted on 07/12/2002 9:17:42 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: Slyfox
That looks like the lost Village People member.
4 posted on 07/12/2002 9:20:15 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: kjenerette; RJayneJ
Wow! What an essay! I nominate this essay as "Essay of the Week". I am a mother of 4 grown children (9 grandchildren) and I agree with every word you write.
5 posted on 07/12/2002 9:27:22 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: kjenerette
Nice post.

I heard the HIV muppet is scheduled for viewing in Africa, but I don't doubt that it will show-up here eventually.

We stopped watching Sesame Street long ago... after I saw the episode about the rabbit who is too old to go to day care. An adult asks the rabbit if he went to daycare when he was a child, and the rabbit answers sadly: No, there wasn't daycare back then, so I just stayed home with my mom. The adult responds: Awwwwww.... My reaction: Who the hell do they think is watching this show??

Side note: Ever notice how school policy requires your children to be "fully vaccinated" before admitting them, but then turns around and states that HIV-positive children AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES need not be tested nor are they required to reveal that information. Double standard. I'm so glad I homeschool my kids.
6 posted on 07/12/2002 9:36:25 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: kjenerette
....and I pray that G-d will watch over them and all the other children of the world...

You might do better by praying to God.

7 posted on 07/12/2002 9:51:22 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I second that motion. Did you know that the National Institute of Health and the CDC came up with a list of 5 things you can do to avoid HIV, and none of them was 'avoid having anal/homosexual sex?
8 posted on 07/12/2002 10:03:49 PM PDT by My back yard
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To: kjenerette
replace the name of this illness with say syphilis, gonorrhea, meningitis, cancer - and see if it would qualify for a pre-school children's television show character...

Very good point.

9 posted on 07/12/2002 10:07:39 PM PDT by My back yard
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To: chance33_98
I liked your picture of your baby and I'm sure that Dad's and Mom's share the same hopes and dreams for their children. Just this morning my husband was trying to teach our daughters how to hoola-hooop. HIV is not even close to what our six and four year old should be exposed to - thanks again for your post.

Katherine

10 posted on 07/12/2002 10:17:41 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: Barnacle
Friend. . .

SOME traditions hold that saying His name is blasphemous: many Jews use G-d as the title for Him. Her heart is in exactly the right place, why quibble ???
11 posted on 07/12/2002 10:18:27 PM PDT by Salgak
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To: Paul Atreides
However the new character looks, I'm sure that Sesame Street will try to make it look better than someone who looks really like someone who has AIDS....wouldn't want scare those kids....
12 posted on 07/12/2002 10:21:18 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette; PoisedWoman
You're a very powerful writer. Impressive website as well (and I'm the almost-wife of a web designer :)
13 posted on 07/12/2002 10:30:02 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: grlfrnd
Notice how a lot of Clinton sleepers are coming out over this Muppet event? I suspect they're swarming over at http://www.aidstrust.org.
14 posted on 07/12/2002 10:33:39 PM PDT by vikingchick
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To: Tired of Taxes
Ever notice how school policy requires your children to be "fully vaccinated" before admitting them, but then turns around and states that HIV-positive children AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES need not be tested nor are they required to reveal that information. Double standard. I'm so glad I homeschool my kids.

I didn't even think of that. I will certainly will use this as an example for my college critical thinking class this fall semester.

Do the Liberals really think that we are so stupid that we miss the obivious?

15 posted on 07/12/2002 10:35:02 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette
After all of this, can anyone at Sesame Street please tell me, why would I teach my children that HIV is NORMAL and they should treat it as such?!

They’d preach heroin addiction is normal if they thought they could get away with it. Sesame Street promotes it’s own morality and guess what folks - It ain’t Christian.

Please don't try to use my little children for politically correct ideas, indoctrination or politically protected illness...I'll stop you anyway I can.

The tactics of the left have grown ever more insidious. I still remember the day my wife called me at work and said, “Barnacle, (Can you believe she calls me that?) Tinky Winky is wearing a tutu.” I said, “So what?” She said, “Tinky Winky is a boy!” I thought she was mistaken. But, she was right.

That was the last time Tella-Tubbies was viewed in our home (except for those rare exceptions when we’d forget to turn off the TV.)

Good essay. Bravo!

16 posted on 07/12/2002 10:37:57 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: kjenerette; Tired of Taxes
In San Francisco, which does NOT have nurses btw in school sites (truth!), the SECRETARY is supposed to take care of all injuries and is NOT ALLOWED TO KNOW IF THERE'S HIV+ children in the school site!
17 posted on 07/12/2002 10:46:41 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: kjenerette
"Do the Liberals really think that we are so stupid that we miss the obivious?"

As a matter of fact, yes. The typical liberal doesn't think you are capable of critical thought.

18 posted on 07/12/2002 10:48:35 PM PDT by blackbart.223
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To: Barnacle
Wow! Did you hit the Nail on the Head! We are stuck using pre-1995 Barney tapes for our 11-month old.

Isn't there anything worthwhile for children anymore? I'm buying Baby Einstein Videos on E-Bay. Hopefully, they haven't gotten politically correct yet.

Katherine

19 posted on 07/12/2002 10:48:46 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: Salgak
Because I believe in honoring God and giving Him praise.

Referring to Him as "G-d" (how the heck do you pronounce that anyway?) puts His name into the same category as four letter works that we don't utter in polite company.

However, I do appreciate that she used G-d in the following vain reference to His name:

My G-d, no one denies that HIV infected children...

20 posted on 07/12/2002 10:51:59 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: blackbart.223
I guess this public education is paying off after all. I can't wait to start teaching my critical thinking class at the college. This issue of "Kids: "HIV 'r'US" is so bogus that it deserves classroom examination. Unbelievable isn't it?

Katherine

.223 Rem (5.56mm) - I just love my M-16A2...and my Car-15

21 posted on 07/12/2002 10:58:01 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette
Katherine,

You wrote a great essay. My wife enjoyed it too. I apologize for quibbling about the "-" thing.

Sincerely,
Barnacle Bill

22 posted on 07/12/2002 11:00:13 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: blackbart.223
Its simple...you just turn Seseme Street off. Don't let your kid watch the show. Then you turn around and send a letter to your congressman to turn off PBS funding. I have already done that with 3 congressmen and will continue to do it. PBS can go and get commercials, and watch how quick the sponsors dictate what is allowable under their name. Capt Kanagroo was the greatest kid's show ever, and its the benchmark of kid's shows today. It still ranks as number one. And they never would have gone to such a silly point as adding some gay dying muppet!
23 posted on 07/12/2002 11:05:49 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: kjenerette
BTW, my post #22 was not inspired by you reference to firearms. ;^)

(I'm into .223 Rem (5.56mm) too.)

24 posted on 07/12/2002 11:07:15 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: Barnacle
Thanks for the note. I really like your name, especially since me and my family live 1/2 block from the ocean. My favorite place.

Tell your wife she's a great gal...you already know it - anyone who calls her husband 'Barnacle'...

Thanks again, Katherine & Van Jenerette

www,jenerette.com

25 posted on 07/12/2002 11:10:28 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette
Bump...and nice profile page Mom!
26 posted on 07/12/2002 11:10:56 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: pepsionice
Capt Kanagroo was the greatest kid's show ever..

Yeah, that's what I thought too. But it turns out that the Dancing Bear was just some guy dressed up in a costume.

27 posted on 07/12/2002 11:13:04 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: pepsionice
"Its simple...you just turn Seseme Street off."

Not a problem. PBS is never allowed in my house.

28 posted on 07/12/2002 11:15:13 PM PDT by blackbart.223
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To: wardaddy
You ain't doin half bad yourself...by the looks of your profile page. You have been there and back and I would say that you are a credible person to address this 'Sesame Street' muppet mess with a great deal of authority....Whoa to the flag of Mississippi on your page...!SCV all the way.
29 posted on 07/12/2002 11:17:53 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: Tired of Taxes
We stopped watching Sesame Street long ago...

Never did like it, even as a kid in the 70's. I and my brothers were stuck on Captain Kangaroo. Plenty of our friends thought Sesame Street was the coolest, but we never got into it. The Captain was more real I think, and like Mr. Rogers never did try to fill kids' heads with political sludge.

30 posted on 07/12/2002 11:18:38 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: kjenerette
"This issue of "Kids: "HIV 'r'US" is so bogus that it deserves classroom examination. Unbelievable isn't it?"

It's sad when you think about it.

PS My favorite .223 is a Ruger Mini 14. It's has a 3 to 9 scope and shoots dead on out to 500 yards.

32 posted on 07/12/2002 11:21:02 PM PDT by blackbart.223
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To: kjenerette
You're a gracious and forgiving Lady and Patriot.
33 posted on 07/12/2002 11:21:20 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: FlyVet
Nice comments. I liked Mr. GreenJeans myself. BTW my step son is a USAF Academy Grad '93. My 9-year old wants to become a Navy Pilot. Lord, I was Army, my husband was Infantry, but the children all love the jets...go figure - what's a Mom to do?
34 posted on 07/12/2002 11:22:55 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette
I think the purple telletubby and the gay muppet were seen in Key West last month.
35 posted on 07/12/2002 11:26:59 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: kjenerette
This is a snippet of the Yahoo story on the HIV Muppet:

“The Muppet character will join the cast of the children's show [in South Africa] in September to help educate children about AIDS at the urging of the South African government.

Some 4.7 million South Africans — one in nine — are HIV positive, more people than in any other country in the world.

There are no plans to incorporate an HIV-positive Muppet in the American or other versions of the show, said representatives of Sesame Workshop, its New York-based production company.”



It doesn’t appear that the lovable HIV Muppet will appear on the American TV version, so you shouldn't have to protect your children from it, or explain this very difficult issue to them.

But I was thinking that maybe this Muppet was the least or your problems. How do you explain away the deaths of two (possibly) beloved uncles to them without dealing with this issue eventually? Weren’t the uncles more lovable and real (and thus more dangerous to your children’s innocence about this subject) than any puppet that Sesame Street could ever create?

I totally understand wanting to protect them from subject matter on television that might make give them the wrong message or make you uncomfortable. But how do you shield them from the tragic HIV realities of your own family?
36 posted on 07/12/2002 11:34:10 PM PDT by Land of the Freep
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To: kjenerette
BTTT
37 posted on 07/12/2002 11:35:08 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: kjenerette
Re #34: I remember them all, Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, Mortimer, Lariat Sam. No matter on the jets, all branches of the services have aircraft and we're all on the same side. I'd say infantry is the toughest and most noble profession although pilots don't have an easy time of it in war. I grew up playing with toy guns, toy airplanes, toy soldiers, no wonder I ended up in the AF. Two of my brothers used to "play the guitar" on their teddy bears, both ended up being part-time musicians. Who knows how a kid will turn out? I think a lot of it is decided before they are born.
38 posted on 07/12/2002 11:36:55 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: kjenerette
Is this HIV positive Muppet also homosexual? If not, do they plan on including a homosexual muppet?
39 posted on 07/12/2002 11:42:28 PM PDT by SamBees
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To: Land of the Freep
Of course, this is something I will deal with on my terms with my children....not on Sesame Street producers timeline or anyone elses. I have a pretty good grasp on reality(military - world-etc.) and I don't need my pre-schoolers told by some 'outsider' about family matters. Period. I'm so glad that so many people are concerned about 'my' children...please remember one important overriding point. I AM THEIR MOTHER.

Katherine

40 posted on 07/12/2002 11:43:06 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: Tired of Taxes
Sesame Street goes the way of MTV.
41 posted on 07/12/2002 11:43:24 PM PDT by SamBees
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To: kjenerette
"Isn't there anything worthwhile for children anymore? "

Have you seen Veggie Tales and 321 Penguins?

Also, my 4 and 2 year old LOVE the child version of the "Jesus" video. It is their favorite video. It is a remake and summary version of the Campus Crusades "Jesus" video with children injected into the story and a children's sinner prayer at the end.

42 posted on 07/12/2002 11:49:45 PM PDT by griffin
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To: Barnacle
After all of this, can anyone at Sesame Street please tell me, why would I teach my children that Homosexuality is NORMAL and they should treat it as such?!
43 posted on 07/13/2002 12:00:37 AM PDT by Khepera
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To: griffin
We LOVE Veggie Tales! Maybe more than our kids too and they are now teens. They STILL love Veggie Tales and 321 Penguins! To find anything worthwhile, we also have to go back to old classic movies like "High Noon" or "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".

I miss Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans, Moose and Bunny Rabbit. Are there any reruns to be found on tape or anywhere?

I used to feel guilty for not giving to PBS or NPR when they had the fundraisers. Now I am glad I never gave. If I were to start my family all over today, my kids wouldn't even see a television for the first 5 years. Period!

Visiting at my grandparent's house, we only watched Bugs Bunny on Saturday mornings, Johnny Carson at night on occasion and we saw movies like "The Sound of Music" on primetime back then. The rest of the time, we were way too busy having fun playing store, learning how to build stuff in grandpa's garage and learning how to crochet, embroider or dance the schottische!

As much as I try to pass some of this on to my own kids, I find the competition difficult to battle. It's not impossible but it's a constant barrage of unwholesome entertainment. I am not impressed with Nickelodeon or Disney who make adults look mostly dumb and irresponsible. There are many kids now out there who think that adults are their equals. Drives me nutty.

Sorry for the tangent. This subject of brainwashing by media strikes a very deep chord with me!
44 posted on 07/13/2002 1:19:46 AM PDT by BringingUpPatriots
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To: My back yard
What are the five things then?
45 posted on 07/13/2002 1:22:43 AM PDT by Dimensio
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To: BringingUpPatriots
This is just the beginning of things to come to America.I really believe it is time to reap what we have sown sadly to say!
46 posted on 07/13/2002 3:54:07 AM PDT by gunnedah
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To: kjenerette
Try this - Have some compassion for the unborn children of the future

Tell that to the abortion lovers

47 posted on 07/13/2002 5:10:57 AM PDT by Mark was here
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Thanks for the nomination! };^D)
48 posted on 07/13/2002 5:11:16 AM PDT by RJayneJ
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To: kjenerette
Told ya your post was "Over the Top"..;)
49 posted on 07/13/2002 9:42:40 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: kjenerette
This is a rant I wrote a while back...it is somewhat relevant to this topic.

First of all, let me say that I'm angry. I may even let a few four-letter words fly, so if that's a problem, you may not want to read any more of this f***ing rant. I'm angry because a few months ago my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes and it has turned her life upside-down. It has also caused considerable stress in our family.

I will readily admit that prior to her diagnosis, I probably thought about diabetes for a total of about an hour in my whole life. For that, I am truly sorry. I am sorry because I have been unaware and insensitive to the plight of diabetics. And I'm talking about Type 1, juvenile-onset, or whatever you want to call it. Not Type 2 or adult-onset. I now have great compassion for anyone with diabetes, but it is for the children that I weep. I'm sorry that there is such a lack of awareness or "publicity", if you will, in our nation. In the back of my mind, I assumed that diabetics had insulin, and that was all they needed. My father-in-law became diabetic later in life with Type 2. His lifestyle practically begged for diabetes. Even still, no one deserves diabetes, but it is the children that are truly innocent. They cannot "prevent" diabetes as an adult might. They did nothing to cause it. Who will speak for them?

It seems that diabetes is not a favored disease. This is not to belittle the many dedicated scientists and researchers who are working diligently for a cure. Godspeed to them. As a woman says on a diabetes list-serv I belong to, "where's the &*?#*!! cure?" Well, let me be a little more blunt. Where is the f***ing cure?

I am certainly not a scientist or biologist, but it seems to me that a great nation with vast resources like ours, that has cured smallpox, whooping cough, polio, etc. should be able to cure diabetes. We are told how lucky we are. There have been so many advances in diabetes care in the last few years. But I'm thinking, when insulin was first discovered in the 1920's or whatever, they injected it with needles into the lucky diabetics. Granted this was a huge improvement over death, but I can't see how things have changed that much in the subsequent 80 years. My daughter is still injecting her insulin via needle. Yes, we have better insulins, and we can monitor her blood glucose eight times a day if we want, but when it comes right down to it, diabetes is still a crapshoot. We try to give her the proper dose, but half the time we are wrong. So then we have to correct the next dose, and so on. Or we can get her an insulin pump. She can carry it around like a beeper, strapped to her body, with a semi-permanent I.V. tube dripping insulin into her body. And believe it or not, that is state-of-the-art.

Three months ago, I was the type of parent who was paranoid about giving my kids children's Tylenol. I would always give them a conservative dose, probably to their detriment. Now I'm drawing out insulin (or supervising) in a syringe, with life-or-death implications three times a day.

Let me tell you what happens when she gets too much insulin. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, sets in. She becomes dizzy, she feels faint. Today she felt nauseous. If she is able to recognize her hypoglycemia, she will eat something sweet, candy or juice. This will normally bring her around and she feels better. If she is unable to tell us she feels bad, and the low blood sugar becomes worse, she may become incoherent and difficult to deal with. Thank God we haven't been to this stage yet, but I wake up every morning thinking this will probably be the day. If she can't eat or drink, we can squeeze some glucose gel or cake frosting into her mouth and hope that somehow she ingests enough of it to make a difference. If she completely passes out, we have been given a special syringe with glucagon in it. We are supposed to inject it immediately, and this will cause the liver to release stored glucose. When they told us about the glucagon syringe at the hospital, I dismissed the likelihood of us needing it. As responsible parents and caregivers, we would never let her get to that state. What a truly barbaric remedy. Come to find out, it's not all that unusual. My friend's sister, diabetic for 40 years, has needed the glucagon many times. She has often been found unconscious in her bed. That freaks me out. If the glucagon doesn't work, then 911 is called. Hopefully, it's not too late. I've read about this... it's called "dead-in-bed" syndrome. I try not to dwell on it.

If she receives too little insulin, her blood sugar gets high. She gets cranky, headachy, and nauseous. If it remains too high for too long, she will begin (and has begun) down the slow, inexorable path to the pathetic complications of diabetes...neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy. As you probably know...as I knew, but never really thought about....diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in our country, consuming 10% of our healthcare dollars. But with insulin, it's manageable, right?

Now I'm getting around to the politically incorrect part of this diatribe. If you are squeamish or very P.C. then I would by all means recommend you read no further. Because you see, diabetes is not a P.C. disease. I know that millions of dollars are donated to diabetes research every year and for that, I have become almost nauseatingly grateful. When my daughter was diagnosed, I began donating to the cause, but soon realized the pitiful amount I could manage would not be a drop in the ocean. I have even fantasized that maybe it's not too late for me to become a brilliant scientist and "cure" diabetes. Needless to say, that is not happening and I am feeling quite inadequate.

Money may not cure this disease but it will sure as hell help. There is a small army of researchers with very expensive toys trying to find a cure. If there were more money available, there will be more toys for them to play with and more incentive to find the cure. We need more money, more scientists, and more equipment.

I think we all know what diseases are politically correct. Breast cancer is P.C. Prostate cancer is not, even though both kill approximately the same amount of people. One of these days, men may learn to organize like women have on behalf of their disease. But I digress. I do not begrudge any dollars spent on breast cancer research. After all, if my daughter survives diabetes, I certainly don't want her dying of breast cancer. And of course, cancer is not a disease one can readily prevent. But the most P.C. disease is of course AIDS. Why, there has been more publicity and hoopla generated on behalf of AIDS in the last 5 years than there has been for diabetes in the last 100.

Now I'm beginning to get very f***ing angry. I am not a homophobe. I wish that so many thousands of young men in America had not died of AIDS or had not become ill. I have had several good friends who were homosexual. They were some of the most delightful people I have known. I have attended "gay-liberation" balls in college that were wildly entertaining, if not decadent. But the simple fact of the matter is that AIDS is almost entirely preventable already. There is no need to spend multi-millions of dollars on this disease. There is no need for big Hollywood stars to make themselves feel good by lending their name to this cause. There is no need to wear a f***ing red ribbon on your lapel to show that you are hip and caring.

Why is there no need?

Because all we need to do to prevent AIDS is for these people not to put their penises in other men's anuses. That is a little blunt, but is quite apt. If the thousands of young men had not engaged in homosexual sex they would not have died. It's not a question of whether it's perverted sex or if God is punishing gays. It is simply a fact that most AIDS victims are homosexuals. Surely, 95% of the people on Earth (and 99.9% in the USA) already know how you get AIDS. Some just choose to ignore these inconvenient facts.

I don't understand why Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor are so adamant about defending and encouraging the right of men to put their penises in other men's anuses. Does she really care or is it just P.C.? Are the Hollywood stars (I don't mean to pick on them... there are plenty of non-Hollywood types with the same predilections) really concerned about everyone having this option? They always act like AIDS is this mysterious scourge sweeping across the planet, endangering everyone, when in fact, it mainly affects men who engage in this type of sex. And intravenous drug users. Don't get me started on intravenous drug use. I've seen enough of it in the last few months. And Africa. The pathology of AIDS in Africa is not relevant to this rant.

Anyway, I don't really begrudge funding for AIDS research. But let's get real. AIDS is preventable. Diabetes, one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, is not. I will have respect for these Hollywood types when they advocate for diabetes sufferers like they do for AIDS. Surely innocent children are more deserving of compassion than young men who choose to ignore the dangers of unsafe sex.
50 posted on 07/13/2002 9:52:25 AM PDT by gremu
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