Welcome to My Tour de Cure Web Page!
Support Me in Tour de Cure!
I will be cycling in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure
fund-raising event. Please support me with a donation by selecting the
"Click Here to Sponsor Me" button. Our efforts will help set the pace
in the fight against diabetes. So let's get in gear and bike to beat
Help Make a Difference!
Pedal power works!
Each mile I ride, each dollar I raise will be used in the fight to
prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people
affected by diabetes.
Anyone who has type 1 diabetes or knows anyone with type 1 diabetes knows the warning signs are hard to ignore.
My symptoms came to a head the evening of November 8th, 2001.
For a week I was constantly thirsty, drinking nonstop. I was also going to the bathroom every half an hour. I was very irritable (OK more irritable than usual). I was always falling asleep in meetings or sitting at my desk, staring at my monitor. My eye site was terribly blurry, I could only see things by staring at them at an angle. I was working as an RN part time evenings in the local Emergency Room. As a nurse you would think all of this would be obvious but I still could rationalize everything. The heat in the build just came on making me dry and thirsty, I was peeing because I was drinking. This was just after 9/11 and everyone was irritable. I was working too much making me tired and always falling asleep. I probably got some dirt in my eyes from raking leaves which made my eye site blurry. So there I was going to the ER to work. I couldn’t tell if the Stop lights were red or green. I had to stop the nurse trying to tell me about my patients because I had to pee. The first task I had to do that night was test the urine of my first patient. Oh crap, I have to pee again. Well since I’m already testing one urine sample, might as well test my own. A normal ketone test is a very light green, a normal glucose test is a very light pale pink. Both my glucose and ketones were immediately black. Ummm not good. The ER’s Fingerstick machine was next to me in the lab. I did my very first Fingerstick that night. The Machine said “HIGH”. I said “High to you too”. Another nurse came in and saw the Urine test sitting there showing black and black and then the Fingerstick machine saying HIGH and goes “Oh my God who’s that?” I go MINE! And try to go back to work. Next thing I know, I’m being lead to a stretcher, being stuck numerous times for Labs and IV’s and was admitted for Diabetes DKA. A very rude awakening.
Why do I ride?
Excercise is an important part of everyone's Diabetes care. And everyone with Diabetes will tell you, you become very aware of how your body is working. That blurry vision - is that old age eye site or Diabetes Retinopathy? Am I tired because I'm old, worked out too hard - or is my blood sugar too high or too low? That pain in my foot or shin - is that a shin splint, stress fracture, sore feet just from running - or is that Neuropathy?
That's why I ride. It helps control my Blood Sugars and Weight. But most importantly - it makes me feel normal. I don't wonder about all the Aches and Pains, or feeling tired and what everything means. I just ride.
No matter how small or large, your generous gift will help improve the
lives of more than 20 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, in
the hope that future generations can live in a world without this
disease. Together, we can all make a difference!
Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so
important to me!
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