Gestational Diabetes

30 06 2008

GlucometerMy wife was recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  Since we are planning to have our daughter naturally, this poses additional concerns for us.  I am not a doctor, but my understanding is that this condition generally causes the baby to grow larger than normal.  Our last baby was 9lbs 4oz, so bigger than that is scary…especially for my petite little 5’2″ wife.

She met with a dietitian who gave her a nutrition plan.  She also went out and bought a glucometer and is supposed to check her glucose levels each morning and 2 hrs after every meal.

I want to give big props to my wife for her steadfast dedication to the diet and to religiously taking her glucose levels on time.  Good job, honey, you are doing great.

In fact, she lost 3 pounds in the week after going on the plan.  Which is saying something when you are 8 months pregnant!  She met with the dietitian again this week and she asked her how many cokes she has had lately.  My wife said, “None…you told me not to have any”.  The dietitian was flabbergasted.  Apparently, they aren’t used to patients actually taking their advice!

Thank you, honey, for being the best momma in the world to our three children!  I know this has not been easy for you, and it is certainly not over, but I want you to know that you are doing a great job.  And, I know that you will always do what is best for our kids and for our family!  Our kids definitely have the best momma in the world!


Episode 4 – What IS the matter with people?

27 06 2008

Slave ownerWhat IS the matter with people?

Today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People comes from this article.

I don’t know what else to add other than:

What IS the matter with people?

Supreme Court – Capital Punishment decision

25 06 2008

Supreme Court

Here’s why I think the Supreme Court made the right decision today to prohibit the death penalty as a punishment for child rape:

  1. The risk of innocent people being convicted in these types of cases is too great for such a punishment.  I believe that false convictions happen way more than anyone wants to acknowledge, especially in cases like this where the prime witness is likely a child and especially in cases like this of sexual misconduct.
  2. Having the death penalty in place for someone who rapes a child practically incentivizes them to go ahead and kill the child.  If they know they have committed a crime that will get them put to death, there is no reason not to go ahead and kill the child to reduce their chances of getting caught.  Hopefully today’s decision will save lives.
  3. Child rapes are often committed by a trusted adult.  If the child tells the truth and gets that trusted adult in trouble.  And, that leads to a punishment of death, that child could endure additional emotional trauma if they feel that they are the reason that the rapist was put to death.

episode 3 – What IS the matter with people

25 06 2008

What IS the matter with people?Valedictorian

Today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People comes from this article.  Here’s the boiled down version: The graduate with the highest GPA in her class, Anjali Datta, is not going to receive the valedictorian honor.  The reason is because she accelerated her high school education and finished in 3 years.  The policy is that the valedictorian honor will be granted to the student with the highest GPA who attended that high school for 4 years.

Wow.  This policy was put in place to prevent someone from transferring from another school and receiving the honor.  That makes sense…common sense.  Commense sense is obviously lacking in the leadership in that school district.  They are apparently suffering from “letter of the law” disease.

Are they seriously telling us that absolutely no one has the guts to stand up and do the right thing in this situation?  I can’t believe the quote from Megan Overman, the district spokewoman: “There was a lot of thought involved in this. There is no perfect answer”.

I can give you a perfect answer: How about giving the valedictorian honor to the person who rightfully earned it?  Simple, clean, justified, and no one should be upset by this.  Sounds like a perfect answer to me.

I said no one should be upset by this.  Surely, the school district isn’t worried about someone being upset.  How can anyone be upset by this decision?  And even if they were somehow concerned about that, couldn’t they fall back on the fact that this student, in fact, completed 4 years worth of study at this school?  There is no disputing that.  I don’t see how they could come to any other decision but to give her the honor.

“Ms. Overman said the district researched the decision for months.”  Give me a break.

There is something else that bothers me here.  The school is giving Anjali Datta what they are calling “”Valedictorian – Three-Year”.  The mother of the student who was named valedictorian says that her family didn’t raise the issue with the school district.  She said someone brought the district policy to her family’s attention.  Her quote is, “We feel obviously that the other student deserves recognition as well.  Considering all of the different factors, this was a good solution.”

Are you kidding me?  How can you say that?  Why would you even want the Valedictorian honor under these circumstances?  Your family could surely stand up and put a stop to this.  But the best you can say is that all things considered, the 3-year-Valedictorian honor is a good solution.  What a joke.  It would have been great to see this student and his family stand up and put a stop to this nonesense.  Something tells me this kid is going to always wish he had.

So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?

Pro-Life / Pro-Death

24 06 2008

Pro Life

I read this article yesterday.  It’s an interesting write-up on the “young” evangelical voting group and their Shane Claiborne - The Irresistable Revolutionpotential impact on the upcoming election.  (I place the word “young” in quotations because the article ranges this group between 18-29, but I still consider myself in the young christian crowd at 31:)).  The article is interesting to me for a variety of reasons.  One reason is that it references Shane Claiborne – author of an outstanding book I read a few months ago called The Irresistable Revolution – Living as an Ordinary Radical.  (If you haven’t read this book, please buy it and read it).

But there was something else in the article that really caught my attention that I want to focus on for this post.  Speaking about this “young” evangelical group of voters, the author of the article said:

“Most favor stricter laws to protect the environment, for example, an issue not typically associated with Republican platforms, yet remain conservative on issues like opposition to abortion and support for the death penalty.”

OK, does this bother anyone else?  This is something that has perplexed me for quite a long time.  How can anyone be an opponent of abortion and a proponent of capital punishment at the same time?  How can you call yourself pro-life and yet support something called the death penalty?  These two hot-button issues seem to be completely at odds with each other.  But, it always amazes me the number of people I know who are pro-life and pro-death at the same time.

Of course, I do understand there is a fundamental difference between the life of an innocent unborn baby and that of a death-row convict.  But, is there really a difference in the value of their lives?  Does God love one more than the other?  I personally don’t think so.  I think God loves each human being the same and the value of our lives stems from that love.  So, in my pro-life way of thinking, I can’t make a distinction between the killing of unborn babies and the killing of rapists and murderers.  To me, killing is wrong no matter the target.

Child of the 80s

19 06 2008

I am a child of the 80s.  This week has made me feel like a kid again.

Watching the Lakers and the Celtics battle it out in the NBA finals reminds me of those fantastic battles those teams had in the 80s.

And, then last night, my wife and I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie.

If I didn’t know better, I would assume that I have jumped through some kind of time warp and ended up back in the 80s.

It’s fun feeling like a kid again.  I don’t feel this way very often anymore!

Larry and Magic  Indiana Jones

What IS the matter with people? – episode 2

17 06 2008

What IS the matter with people?

For today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People, I have two incidents to report – both involving parents disciplining their children.

1.  A couple in North Carolina decided it was ok to tie their 13 year old kid to a tree because of his disobediant behavior.  Here is the article (thanks to my wife who pointed me to it). 

2.  A 27 year old man in California decided it was ok to take his 2 year old out of the car and beat him death because he was “trash” and filled with “demons”.  Authorities showed up and the man refused to stop beating his boy so he was shot and killed.  Here’s the article

So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?