Off the Dial


Reminders this week that my kids are getting older.

Benny’s blood sugar readings have been crazy the last couple of weeks. We think we’ve got it under control and then he gets a crazy high reading.

I’ve been talking to his doctor and I think this is just the beginning. You see, like most toddlers, he’s growing. Since his diagnosis in December, he’s gained weight and gotten taller. It’s great news, especially because he’d lost two pounds in the weeks before we realized he had diabetes. Two pounds are a big deal when you only weigh 30! His growth means we need to make some adjustments.

Benny gets two different types of insulin during the day. One is a 24-hour type called Lantis, the other, Novolog, is short acting. Both doses are based, in part, on his size. So we’ve upped the Lantis by a 1/2 unit for now. It’s such a teeny amount, it seems like just a few drops, and I’m still amazed at how such a little bit of medicine has such an incredible effect.

Just to give you an idea of how far diabetes research has come, my understanding is that Lantis wasn’t even approved for children as young as Benny until 2 or 3 years ago. Taking a 24-hour insulin means fewer shots (even though he still gets 4-6 a day) and hopefully, better control.

My daughter is going through a few changes of her own. After what seems like months of waiting, Lea has her first loose tooth.

She has been dying for this to happen all school year. I have been absolutely dreading it. There is something about little kids losing their teeth that I find incredibly gross. It’s all the wiggling I think. But Lea is the youngest kid in her class and she’s been hearing about the tooth fairy for months.

What is the going rate for the tooth fairy, anyway? I’m thinking a dollar, but let me know if I’m off base. And what do you do with the teeth? Bleah.

The First Tee

So I was at SouthPark the other day, hanging out with Davis Love III. Just me and a few dozen of the PGA golfer’s close, personal friends.
Love was kind enough to make an appearance to benefit The First Tee of Charlotte. It’s a great group that uses golf to reach out to kids. Sort of like a Big Brothers, Big Sisters with a driving range.
I know Ralph Lauren is one of Love’s sponsors, but I still think it was nice of him to come to the store. He had to spend time schmoozing with people like me.
There were probably about 40 of us mingling aimlessly around the store, making small talk and nibbling whatever it was they were passing on trays.
They had a small cocktail bar set up in the back (the children’s apparel section!). I stuck to water – excuse me, sparkling water – it was a work night and I had to get back up to Davidson. Even so, they must have offered me a glass of wine about five times.
About an hour into it, Davis Love showed up and he couldn’t have been nicer. I talked to him for a while about the First Tee. He was enthusaistic and explained that golf is just a way to reach these kids who really need mentors and people to look up to.
Then I asked him about playing in the Wachovia Championship. That conversation went something like this. Me:”How was it out there today?” DLIII :”Windy.”
I probably spent about five minutes with him.. and then he had to do that about 40 more times!
Photographer Ron Deshaies took this picture (thanks, Ron!) and you can see more from this event and other great pictures of Charlotte events at his website, Treasured Events of Charlotte.

Hey – I Know Him!

You know the back of college alumni magazines? The part where they list all the accomplishments of graduates? It always seems like other people are doing great and exciting things – wonderful jobs, exciting travels, beautiful families.

I was listed once, when I first started here at WBT. It was pretty cool to flip open Syracuse University Magazine, turn to alumni notes and see my name. But then my eyes drifted to the name just below mine in the class of ’93. Eric Stangel. Don’t know him? He and his brother are the head writers for Late Show with David Letterman. They had just won an Emmy award. So much for me.

I got that same feeling this week, looking up at the TV screens that line our studio wall. On the CBS Early Show – there’s consumer reporter Susan Koeppen. Hey, I worked with her in Utica, NY at WKTV! Not ten minutes later – there’s newly named CBS national correspondent Jeff Glor. I worked with him at WSTM in Syracuse! We sat next to each other and anchored the morning news together for three years.

It got me thinking about some other I-knew-them-whens.

Jim Axelrod is CBS’s Chief White House correspondent. I interned with him while I was a student at SU and he was a television reporter in town. He also started his career at the same station I did, WUTR in Utica, NY. I worked in Syracuse at the same time as David Muir, newly named anchor of ABC World News Saturday and Primetime, as well as Chris Lawrence, CNN correspondent.

My point? I don’t know. I’m very happy with the way things turned out. I’ve got an amazing job I absolutely love and hope to do forever. I’ve got a great family and my schedule allows me to juggle home and work in a pretty cool way for a full-time working mom.

There’s still that little pull, though, when you think about what might have been. If I’d taken the television anchor jobs I was offered rather than coming to Charlotte as a reporter. If I’d stayed in television instead of switching to radio.

The nice part is that all the folks I mentioned are hard workers and great people who’ve really earned their success. Yeah, I’m definitely jealous.

Oh well. I guess on my next visit to New York I can always go stand outside the CBS Early Show studios with a big sign, “Hey, I know you!”