Tuesday, August 02, 2011
24 HOURS TO LIVE
You can lead the horse to water, but you can't keep your foot on it's submerged head for more than 30 seconds. It's dangerous.
Put more simply, I am all about family and friends. Fortunately, or unfortunately for some people, I am like herpes - once you have me, I'm a friend for life.
Friends and family have the ability to encourage and also frustrate you more than anyone else. If they would just listen to me, everything would be ok!
The hardest thing about life is realising that we have control over very little. That fact can be empowering if you embrace it by learning to adapt. Adaptation is actually a great skill to have and essential for filmmakers in the changing landscape.
Its troubling, though, in the context of loved ones.
My younger brother Jack is a Type 1 diabetic. Though he is frustratingly stubborn for a 19 year old, he is his own character, and I love him dearly.
He was diagnosed over a year ago with diabetes and, given he is 19 and thinks he is invincible, he has not been managing his condition properly. But mismanaging a permanent chronic illness is like playing Russian roulette. You can get away with it for a while, but eventually....
On Saturday, he had his first major diabetic crash since he was diagnosed.
We had pleaded with him to check his blood sugars. We demanded he monitor his insulin levels.
On Monday, the doctor told us Jack was 24 hours of non-treatment from death. He said that once a person goes into a diabetic coma, they are only a 50-50 chance of coming back.
Jack was lucky.
Loving someone makes you vulnerable, be they a friend, a partner, or even a brother. It would be worse, however, to feel nothing at all.
I'm just glad he's alive.
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