Friday, December 19, 2008

A Holiday Poem

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the blog,
Not a new post was stirring, your time it won't hog.

Friends started e-mailing notes filled with care,
Wondering why updates had now become rare.

There's shopping and knitting and holiday crap,
I know I should post, but I all I want is a nap!

I'm cranky and blue and just keep feeling sadder
So I test my blood sugar to see what's the matter.

First it's too high, then it's too low
Holiday stress wreaks havoc on blood sugar, you know?

Bolus a correction when the highs appear,
And for those lows, gobble eight tiny reindeer.
(um, reindeer cookies!)

Then grab the knitting needles, so lively and quick,
And work on those gifts, just like St. Nick.

Less rapid than eagles my gifts how they came,
But I whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, mittens! now, scarves! now, socks and toys!
On, lace! on cables! for girls and for boys!

To the top of the skein! to the top of the yarn ball!
Now knit away! knit away! knit away all!"

Then off to the mall in my car I flew,
To buy other gifts for the people I knew.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in my head
The buzzing sound I've long come to dread.

I drew in my hand, and again pricked my finger,
Knowing I'd have a low that would linger and linger.

Shopping makes blood-sugar crash, from my head to my foot,
I need to sit down, eat something, stay put;

A bundle of candy I had flung on my back,
It's the reason my purse is as large as a sack.

The blood sugar woes make it hard to be merry!
And my muscles ache from the supplies I must carry!

I wish I'd stay home to knit one more row,
Instead of braving the mall and fighting this low;

But soon after the SweetTarts are safe in my belly,
My legs stop feeling as if they're made of jelly.

I'm feeling much better, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh as I shop, in spite of myself;

A few more gifts from the list in my head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

I make my way home, but then remember more work,
I've forgotten to bake cookies; I feel like a jerk!

A batch of shortbread, shaped like Christmas bows,
Just thinking of them and my blood sugar rose.

So much left to do, as my blog drops out of sight,
"Happy Knitting to all, and to all a good-night."


Melissa said...

very cute!!

I hate to hear that you are having blood sugar issues!!

I hope you get all regulated in time for Christmas!

Marissa said...

We all do it to ourselves every year- the chaos and craziness! Not exactly the tradition I had hoped to pick up from my Mother and those before her, and it looks like I'll be passing it down, too. Sigh...'tis the season!! Great poem; will catch up with you after the madness ends...

Sonya said...

Leave it to you to write a cute poem about holiday craziness and fluctuating blood sugar! You're a talented poet. Sorry you're having blood sugar issues. This time of year is so hard to be healthy. My vacation started today and I'm glad to be away from all the goodies at the library!

Qutecowgirl said...

Yep I am in the same boat (just replace your blood sugar problems with my RA)

Merry Christmas!!

And do get a rest every so often


kathy b said...

Oh honey. I so want your sugars to get better. Im glad for the post, I was wondering too. I love your poem.

Zonda said...

Aww that was very informative and too cute!! Take care girl! :)

christine karr said...

Ho Ho Ho - sorry to hear about the blood sugar highs and lows.........but, at least you dont' live in Illinois, where we all have some problems that insulin won't cure..............

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Bravo!

Jennifer said...

Christmas can be so hectic, especially when you have blood sugar issues. Hang in there! I love the poem.

Heide said...

Oh dear, I'm sorry that you're having holiday highs and lows with your blood sugar. I hope you have the chance to relax a bit.

Olga said...

Oh, Karen! That was brilliant, but take good care of yourself! I just thought I'd drop by to say hi; I know I've been MIA for a long while, but that's not to say I'm not sending warm thoughts your way. Hope you and Pea have a wonderful Christmas!

Andrea said...

I'm so glad to hear that you're okay - we were getting a bit worried. Sit back, let the better half do more, and have some reindeer cookies!

Have a very Merry Christmas over there :)

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

You are so hilarious, Karen! Have a great holiday:)

knitseashore said...

Sorry to hear your blood sugar has been giving you a challenge. I hope that things are better as the knitting flies off the needles, and you can relax and enjoy Christmas!


Trina said...

What a fantastic poem, you're very clever!

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