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THIS. IS why I ride:
On last day of Diabetes Awareness Month. I shared facts and information all month about this chronic disease. That day was personal. I got up that morning and my blood sugar was fine. Didn't give insulin for about an hour, so my blood sugar had started to climb. An unknown occurence that happens to me if I don't give insulin shortly after I get up. Hard to give insulin when you are 111, and not planning to eat for a while. So, an hour later, I test and am 145, slowly going up. So, I plan on having cereal and a banana for breakfast, and milk, and count out 60 carbs worth. The type of insulin doesn't take doesn't start working for 15 minutes. So I wait about 20 minutes, and am about to est, when I realize I waited too long, and blood sugar dropping, quickly. I eat, but blood sugar going down, and I am now feeling starved. I have a handful of trail mix, but have to just wait it out. Hard to do when you are low, feeling starved, and nothing you can do but wait. I had planned to go swim this morning, but that can't happen now, due to the time frame I had, and now having a headache due to the drop in blood sugar and waiting for the blood sugar to come back up. Can't go do errands, cause can't drive like this. It would be so cool, to be able one day to exercise, drive a car, go to bed, float on a floatie in the ocean, eat a Blizzard, without having to check my blood sugar and take necessary actions before doing that.
I am not surprised the people with diabetes are twice as likely to be depressed. Having to deal with this 365/24/7 forever.
2020. I have made it 47 years of having juvenile (Type 1, T1) diabetes!! WOW! Never really expected that. Things are going pretty well. I was in a study for almost a year with Medtronic testing their new 670G pump and continious glucose monitor (CGM) and their closed loop system. Closed loop means that the pump determines your basal (or background) insulin for you. If your blood sugar is going up, it increases your rate. If you blood sugar is going down, it lowers the rate. Its goal is to keep your blood sugar at 120. It will never replace giving insulin EVERY TIME YOU EAT CARBS! The study is a little over a year, and you get to use, for free, their pump and CGM, and a blood testing meter, strips, all the pump and CGM supplies for free. At the end, you give back the pump and CGM, but get to keep the rest. I am excited. Study was going well, but I was informed early January, that since I had a stroke in October, they had to kick me out. Oh, you didn't know? I had a stroke in October, and while they were doing the MRI, they learned I had 2 prior strokes in the back of my brain. Currently they are doing a lot of tests to determine why I had a stroke. So far, several things have been crossed off the list, like AFIB and sleep apnea. And, I am going to therapy to have my balance worked on. There is another study coming up, version 2 of the same pump and CGM, but with updated technology in the CGM. I am on the list, and they are hoping I can get in.
This is my 21st year riding in the Tour de Cure.
THIS is why I ride. To raise money, to raise awareness, to get funds to help researchers find a way to CURE diabetes. I would have so much extra time, if I wasn't diabetic. CAN I EXERCISE, what is my blood sugar, what is my blood sugar doing, do I have to eat something to exercise, do I have to give insulin to exercise (if your blood sugar is over 250, you shouldn't exercise, as it could actually raise blood sugar), do I have enough snacks, do I have my blood glucose tester, is the battery dying in the tester or pump, do I have spare batteries, do I have enough insulin in my pump for where I am going, do I have test strips to test my blood, do I have insulin to fill my pump, do I have resevoirs and canulas to refilll my pump, is my pump going to be able to handle the temperatures where I am going, is my blood sugar okay to drive a car, do I have an appt with the endocrinoligst to discuss my diabetes?
Periodically, when I am changing my pump, and my blood sugar is low enough, I wonder around for a few minutes, unconnected. Wow, does that feel weird. Someday, maybe that will be reality. Still happens, and still feels weird, and so freeing!
I will be cycling again in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fund-raising event. This is my 21st year. I am still fighting and trying to raise money to find a cure for diabetes. Please join my team and ride, WALK, or 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 diabetes!
I ride because I enjoy being on a bicycle. I commute to work almost every day, year round, because I enjoy it so much. It takes a while to get used to doing this, year round. But practically every ride, I see something that I would not have seen if I wasn't on a bicycle.
I ride in the Tour de Cure because it is such a great event. So many people all together for the same reason. It is very well run, from what I have experienced over the years. Last year, I had the unfortunate opportunity to meet the paramedics, and they were wonderful. I had nothing serious, didn't have to leave the event, but they helped verify all my vitals were good. Each year at the event there are great people to talk to, good (free) food to eat, good (free) beer (if you like beer), awesome routes to ride, and interesting and educational booths/sponsors to visit and get free stuff from.
Again, I beleive, through your donations, I am getting the oportunity to use another new pump, with new features, including alarms when my blood sugar is too high or too low. It is annoying sometimes, with all the beeping when I am low, or the few times it is incorrect, and wants to shut off my insulin pump, even though I am not that low. This is also anonoying while at work, in meetings, in lines, in movie theaters. But, it is a part of my life. No, it is not a pager on my belt.
But, again, this just assists me in treating my diabetes. I still have to check my blood frequently by pricking my finger tip with a needle, and actually testing my blood sugar. The CGM system is delayed from actual blood sugar.
I have been reading about many things being close to a cure, but still, nothing yet. Still.
I look forward to having you on my team, and/or I appreciate you sponsoring me and helping the over 26 million people that have diabetes.
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Pedal power works!
I truly appreciate your donations and understand how hard it is to find money to donate.
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.
No matter how small or large, your generous gift will help improve the lives of the more than 24 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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