Saturday, December 22, 2007
However, this whole process has really thrown in my face the fact that I am surrounded by an incredible, caring community - from Heather who is funneling me strips (test strips, guys) now that I have run out and my insurance company is the diabetic devil - to the guys (Russ, Dave, John, Wayne) I run with who are true friends and not just partners in spandex - to Jon and Carole who begged me to call them in the middle of the night (last night) in case Ashley's stomach bug got worse - to all my neighbors (many of the previous are in that group) - and on and on. I really do feel like for some reason I have been given this perfect life.... I haven't even mentioned my family....
Thanks. I guess its time to get serious.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
There was like, 4 people there. I walked around the building and didn't find anyone else and walked to the finish line where a few were getting some things ready - found out that the start was really at 8:30 and that the website was wrong and that someone should have told me when I signed in. So I sat around inside for 30 minutes.
As I walked out to the start line my blood sugar was 284. Thank you very much.
So in the crowd, I walked around just a bit - looking for some old students that used to run this race usually - when someone says "Steve?"
Turns out it was a dear long time friend of ours that we had lost touch with. He and his wife had gotten us into hiking and backpacking and dogs back in the day. I recognized his face but it was attached to a body that was 70 pounds lighter than I remembered. To make a long story short - he and his wife simply decided to make a change and now they are uber-athletes. Running races all over. Absolutely wonderful.
Anyway - he left me in the dust. As the pack was making it out of Furman a woman came up beside me and said "are you a diabetic? Type 1?" Turns out she is a type 1er and a diabetes educator. But here is the kicker. She says where are you from? Boone, I say. "I am from Boone" she says. Turns out she went to the middle school where Dave teaches and went to the high school I teach at. Small world - I'm going to hit her up for Greenville donations...
Anyway the race went well - I was low by the top of the mountain (4 miles) I was 89 half way through and 93 at the end. 5 clif shots. Pretty surprised by that. I didn't expect to have to eat so much. Much of the course went right around where Ashley and I used to live when we first moved in together in college - it was a basement apartment of the nicest older couple. So it was really nostalgic to run down old roads and say "I used to catch fence lizards on this old split rail here"... ok, maybe its only nostaligic for nature geeks.
I finished at 1:49:27 and was happy with that. An hour later I was 334....ah, Diabetes. I was fighting high blood sugar the rest of the day. How ironic that the only stable blood sugar I had all day was while I was running...
Friday, December 14, 2007
Paris Mountain 20K tomorrow. I'm now stoked to run my heart out...which is good - because it is supposed to be cold rain.
If you haven't read Dave's brother's comments on his blog (http://triabeticdave.blogspot.com/) about Wide Open - please do.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So I was on the phone for 45 minutes with the insurance company 2 nights ago trying to figure out how to get my prescription filled. I have been talking with my benefits coordinator. And I have been planning on how to make it the next 3 weeks on 25 strips. It was rather discouraging. While talking to the insurance company - I got the video camera set up to document the nightmare - (but couldn't find the power cable - its all set up for the next round of talks, however).
Well, this morning I get an email from Nate saying that he has found someone to donate all our test strips for the whole project (until next September!). It was just out of the blue like that. The Universe, or God, or whatever you want to refer to it as, apparently thinks that the TRIABETES project is a decent endeavor. However my guess is that when I call on it again during the Ironman (like at mile 130) - I will simply get the reply "suck it up, chump! and test your blood sugar!"
Thank you Mr. Chris Stocker at American Diabetes Wholesale (http:// www.americandiabeteswholesale.com/) I will get all my diabetes stuff through you as long as you are in business. He has a belief that socioeconomic factors shouldn't prohibit access to the medical supplies they need. Amen. Perhaps this guy should work on National Health Care....
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Later that day Ash and I and a dear friend from Athens took our kids and watched the Christmas parade in town. (Pictures are posted on our picassa site - see link on the side) Today (Sunday) we slept in, took care of starting a nice little split rail fence, Ashley did some doula stuff and then just after dark I went for an 8 mile run in town (Greenway Trail). The clouds were backlit by a moon (which was nice because I forgot a light) and I simply ran through the dark in kind of a trance... it was pretty wonderful - which is something I never thought I would say about running. Of course, part of the feeling might have been the fragrant, tangy smoke coming from the only couple of people I passed. Seriously - it was a pretty remarkable (and hard to describe) experience. Amy Steinberg's song kept going through my earphones... "I am exactly where I need to be I need to be exactly where I am"
On the diabetic side - I think that my body is simply on its way down in the afternoon. I started at 85 - I ate a clif bar - a couple of miles in I ate a gel and a few smarties - half way through I was 81 - I ate another gel - I finished at 71. As Dave would probably remark - I should have tested more to boost my average!
So all in all a pretty sweet weekend - all that and I got the biggest smooch and hug (complete with the back pats) from my daughter, Zoe when I left tonight.
"Peace. Love. Free"
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
My wife worked an evening job until 9pm and was in bed by 10.... the baby got up at 12 and nursed twice by 3am and then wanted to play (the baby)..... played for an hour while my wife did the dishes and cleaned up (just noticing this) ... and I say something mean.
I am 44 (mg/dl..... not years)
I am also a lucky man
(this was written at 4:03am so I wouldn't forget it in the morning.... baby is crying again)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Maybe I should just get used to an after dinner Advil...
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I've been inspired a bit recently by the community - my friend, Heather, has gotten some of the school nurses to get involved and do a multi-month school district wide diabetes fundraiser - that will end with May being Diabetes Awareness month. She's always wanted to do something like this but I think Triabetes pushed her over the edge ...she has a son and husband that are both Type 1. Here we go. They are taking it to the principals and district. As it unfolds, I'll report.
I'm going to eat like a fiend over the next week and will try to run it all off.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I guess I should set the stage. My name is Steve and I am a Type 1 Diabetic and have been since I was 10 (so 25 years). I've kept pretty good control (just lucky on that front - not due to excess effort) and I was always kind of active - so when my neighbor moved in (also a Type 1) and somehow talked me into being part of a group (now called Triabetes - see www.triabetes.org) of Type 1 Diabetics that will train for and complete in the 2008 Ironman Wisonsin. I wasn't a runner, I was a terrible swimmer, and I was slow on the bike.... so I figured, "why not?"
This blog will be a record of my path through this process.
More to come.... as I figure out what a blog is....