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  • JROrtega 

    To answer everyone's question, they are working as the Highway Patrol Tactical Marine Unit. They will be out there helping other agencies in patrolling the waters for any type of illegal activity.

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  • JROrtega 

    By all means SugarMagnolia, I think that's a great question. I spent about two hours with Mr. Navratil, and I can assure you he is well aware of his deteriorating situation. His whole mission during my interview was to show people that even in death, there is hope. The sentence you reference also best describes what was happening at the scene. I feel readers won't fully grasp the severity of Mr. Navratil's cancer by simply saying something along the lines of, "He's very sick," or "He is close to death." I admit, the opening sentence is one that makes you somewhat cringe at what this man is going through, but I believe I brought it back by saying this "Oh, boy," he said, his gasps turning into soft wheezes and then eventually - a smile. "That was sweet." Again, I reinforced the fact that even though this man knows his situation, he still takes the time to smile and view his life as something wonderful. He was also completely surprised and overwhelmed by what members of the Victoria County Relay for Life did. He kept repeating throughout my interview how thankful he was for what everyone did. A great question, SugarMagnolia, I appreciate it, and thank you for reading.

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  • JROrtega 

    I've seen several people comment about the A1C and the blood sugar readings.

    Allow me to clarify.

    "Poarch's A1C, which is used to provide the most accurate blood glucose average, was slightly elevated.

    The window to be viewed as a pre-diabetic has shrunk over time from 70 to 120 to 70 to 100, said Joy Holladay, a family nurse practitioner at Mission Valley Clinic, where Poarch was diagnosed three weeks ago."

    PatB is right, the two paragraphs are speaking of separate tests: A1C and just a routine daily blood sugar check. The A1C averages about three months and goes based on single digit values.

    Thank you all for bringing this up. I can see how it sounds as though the nurse practitioner was speaking about the A1C, but was not.

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  • JROrtega 

    They usually post the story once it's edited and then all the other components. On this page, it should be the second breakout that talks about Type I and II. Of course, the second part of my series will go more in-depth.

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  • JROrtega 

    Oops. I forgot to mention the breakout on the difference is on the side of this story online.

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  • JROrtega 

    EdithAnn,

    Great point! It's difficult when writing a feature story to strike a balance of having great information and keeping the character of the feature strong. The only way I could figure it out was to breakout what you have just asked for. In the print story, there is a breakout with the difference between Type 1, Type II and Gestational Diabetes.

    I will be sure to touch on that a bit more in next week's story about the pre-diabetic.

    Thanks again!

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  • JROrtega 

    WoofWoof,

    Thanks for commenting. I always open up my blog to some dialogue. The story that I linked in this story was reporting I put into this story. I spent most of the morning on campus gathering information, reactions and color; so the story is complete. Still, I'd love to hear from some of our online readers what they think of the entire situation. Also, be sure to pick up tomorrow's Advocate. We have several story angles that will be presented about the shooting. Thanks again for commenting.

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  • JROrtega 

    Blan,

    Yes, I should have clarified this in the story; my apologies. Thank you for reading.

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  • JROrtega 

    That sounds like a GREAT remedy, haha.

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  • JROrtega 

    I'm going to be buying this book this weekend. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20...

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