Wednesday, February 29, 2012
First, let me say that I'm praying for all of those injured in last night's storm and for those whose homes and/or business es where damaged or destroyed. Tornadoes are nothing to joke about. Here in Missouri, they do happen and people lose their lives and homes.
I have a $25 weather radio, purchased from my local electric coop. They even tuned it for me so that I only get the local warnings - not the warnings from 100 miles away. At 2:00 am (approximately), I was woken up to the loud alarm of a tornado warning and a major thunderstorm warning. I listened, realized that the tornado was probably far enough away to not bother me, and rolled over and went back to sleep as the thunderstorm hit. Being complacent about tornadoes and storms is perhaps not my best idea - I plead exhaustion. I have a basement and beds set up in the basement. It isn't like I have to trek outside to an uncomfortable storm shelter...I just needed to leave my bed, go a couple of feet and downstairs into the basement.
Sometimes I think my approach to my health is a lot like my approach to storms - I listen, and then I ignore the warnings. I tell myself I'm too tired to exercise, I'm too busy/tired/pick your excuse to cook so I'm just going to stop and get fast food today, I'm supporting a great cause so I'll buy two boxes of cookies/candy bars/caramel popcorn. You would think as the only sibling out of four who doesn't have diabetes, I would watch my weight and my diet. But no, I do the right things about getting tested, and then ignore the warnings. Maybe I better wake up and listen to the warnings before my house (and body) lie in ruins around me.
Laurel in Stormy Missouri