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Gary Hall, Jr. Gary Hall, Jr., Olympic Gold Medalist, joined us for a special chat about the challenges of managing diabetes when competing on a world class level, and how to fit diabetes into any athletic activity. The chat was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2002.

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Wed Feb 27 2002 20:19:18 Eastern US
Daniel/FL (Pump) from 4.61.58.107
Hi . . .what is this chat about?

Wed Feb 27 2002 20:20:27 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
Today's chat with gold medal swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. will begin at 9:00 ET.
Our topic today is Make a Splash: How to Integrate Diabetes into Athletic Endeavors
Champion swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. discusses the challenges of managing diabetes when competing on a world class level, and how to fit diabetes into any athletic activity.

Wed Feb 27 2002 20:21:26 Eastern US
Daniel/FL (Pump) from 4.61.58.107
Great Colleen . . .right up my alley :-)

Wed Feb 27 2002 20:58:05 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
About Gary Hall, Jr.
Gary Hall, Jr. grew up in Arizona. His father was a butterfly and individual medley swimmer at the Summer Games in '68, '72, and '76, winning 2 silver medals and one bronze medal. Gary's dad was also the flag bearer for the U.S. during the opening ceremonies at the '76 Summer Games.

Gary started swimming competitively at age 13, and qualified to swim for the US National Team in 1993. He's been representing the United States in international competition for almost 10 years. In 1994 Gary qualified to go to the World championships in Italy, leaving a full scholarship at the University of Texas. During the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Gary won two gold and two silver medals.

Gary was diagnosed with diabetes in March 1999. He went on to swim in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, taking home four medals -- two gold, one silver, and one bronze. He set a new American record in the 50-meter freestyle (21.76 seconds, which is over 5.5. miles per hour), and also swam with his team to a world record in the 4x100-medley relay.

Gary, 27, was recently married on December 2, 2001 and now lives in Miami, Florida, where he continues to train as a representative of the US National Swim Team.

Wed Feb 27 2002 20:59:29 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I'm in. Hello all.

Wed Feb 27 2002 20:59:59 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
Welcome to today's chat, Make a Splash: How to Integrate Diabetes into Athletic Endeavors, sponsored by LifeScan (makers of ONE TOUCH Meters). It is my pleasure to introduce Gary Hall, Jr., champion swimmer and winner of 8 Summer Game's medals. Gary will be sharing his experiences fitting diabetes into his world class competitions, and how to fit diabetes into any athletic endeavor. Gary is joining us from Miami, Florida. Welcome Gary…

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:00:04 Eastern US
Emmy (dx'd at 13) from 204.32.146.34
Hi

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:00:56 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. ( ) from 208.153.11.101
You might be interested in how I started swimming and how it has helped me live with diabetes. I was introduced to swimming at a very early age, too young to remember. I have memories of swimming all through my childhood. It was something to do for fun, something that was a way to cool off in the Arizona summers. I never really imagined myself to be a competitive swimmer, until I was 13 and joined a competitive swim program and became serious about swimming.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:01:14 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. ( ) from 208.153.11.101
Towards the end of grade school, my father wanted to see me apply myself to something, anything. I tried basketball and other things. I just wasn't motivated to show up on a day-to-day, year-to-year basis for seasonal sports. Becoming part of a team in a sport that participates year-round helped me form habits of commitment and dedication. I was able to apply these qualities to my life, not just the sport of swimming. And these are the qualities that helped me later to deal with being diagnosed with diabetes, accept that I had diabetes, deal with it in a positive way and move on. I attribute much of my success to the habits I picked up from swimming. I'm extremely grateful to swimming for helping me change my life.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:01:17 Eastern US
Big Daddy from 148.177.1.212
Hi Gary,

are you planning to compete again in the 2004 Summer Olympics?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:01:24 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4 dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
HI Gary and Colleen

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:01:31 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1 pumper) from 164.106.22.59
Welcome Gary-pleased that you could be here tonight

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:02:44 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
If you had asked me the same question between the '96 and '00 Games, I would have said the same thing, "I take things one season at a time." Things come up that you can't plan for. But for the time being I'm still competing. I'm still enjoying it. So, I'm heading that direction (towards the Summer Games in Athens).

Currently, my 8 medals place me eighth in overall medal standings of all Games' athletes. If I'm able to go to Athens and win more medals, I'll have more medals than any other athlete in the history of sport. Maybe that's my next goal. If I don't reach that goal, I'd be happy. It's true; it's so great just to be part of something like the Olympics. It's what dreams are made of.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:04:19 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4 dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Obviously you train for hours at a time, during training how often to check your levels and snack etc?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:04:19 Eastern US
Marissa (14 1/2, dx'd at 24 months) from 216.68.227.65
Hi everyone.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:04:49 Eastern US
Laura (am 19 yrs old dx'd in 95 ..... Pumping ) from 12.87.139.217
Hi All

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:05:04 Eastern US
Chad from 64.12.105.184
Hello all!

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:05:06 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1 pumper) from 164.106.22.59
What insulins are you on?(via shots,I take it?)

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:05:55 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Red, it's a good question. I have to test frequently and that mean s that I have to get out of the water.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:06:06 Eastern US
Marissa (14 1/2, dx'd at 24 months) from 216.68.227.65
Gary I have a quick question, I go skating sometimes at night and I'm low in the middle of the night a lot. Does this happen to you at all?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:07:11 Eastern US
Captain Kirk from 148.177.1.213
Hi Gary. I would imagine you had to go to great lengths to manage your diabetes during the competition at the Olympics, how well do you control your diabetes in the "off" season? Do you monitor less, or eat more junk food?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:07:20 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
It's an inconvenience but keeping my levels where they should be enables me to do the workout that is needed.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:07:24 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
I'm currently using NovoLog, the new fast-acting insulin from Novo Nordisk. And also Novolin, NPH at night. But since being introduced to Novolog, I haven't needed a basal dose during the day.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:07:34 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4 dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
What sort of levels do you try to maintain during training and competitions

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:07:49 Eastern US
Anne (Ohio) from 64.48.149.57
Hi Gary. I'm only in for a second--kids to put to bed. I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration. Our son Nick, then 2, was diagnosed the March before your Olympics. It was a source of great strength and courage for us to see you compete---to see you have so much FUN competing. It gives all of us hope for our children. I wish you the best in everything--we will certainly be on your cheering squad!

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:07:57 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
I test a lot (with the ONE TOUCH Ultra Meter) and inject a lot of insulin, as often as necessary – with both testing and insulin. And being in the water makes testing and injecting a challenge. I always have to get out and dry off, and keep my supplies temperature and humidity safe. But competing at the Games requires 100% of your attention and focus. Very few people at my level of competition have to think about what I do. I pay very close attention to my diabetes and get it where it needs to be for me. I monitor intensively. I test 10 minutes before the race for final time, and then I'm able to put diabetes, at least for a short period of time, out of my mind so I can focus on swimming as fast as I possibly can.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:09:02 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Skating occasionally will increase sensativity. You can anticipate a reduction of nighttime basil needs especially if it's an intense, long skate.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:09:07 Eastern US
Laura (am 19 yrs old dx'd in 95 ..... Pumping ) from 12.87.139.217
Hi Anne

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:09:39 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Anne, thank you.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:09:41 Eastern US
kathy (chris(m),17,pumper) from 24.112.205.168
Hi guys - found the room. Hi Gary

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:09:42 Eastern US
Marissa (14 1/2, dx'd at 24 months) from 216.68.227.65
Yes I was going to try that next time it happens. Thank you!

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:10:25 Eastern US
Chad from 64.12.105.184
Gary has d made you afraid to exercise @ such intensity (have you ever held back?)

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:10:27 Eastern US
Donna (MD) (Wife of Carey, dx'd T1 12/00, pumping 9 mos.) from 63.159.12.226
Hello room! :-)

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:11:03 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
During a practice I go into the water with my levels around 200-250. They will drop quickly especially on an aerobic day.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:11:04 Eastern US
Laura (am 19 yrs old dx'd in 95 ..... Pumping ) from 12.87.139.217
Hi Kathy and Donna

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:11:59 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1 pumper) from 164.106.22.59
Swimming drops me with a vengence(more then any other type of exercise),how many carbs do you typically consume during a workout?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:12:12 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
During a meet my levels are around 120-150. They have a tendency to skyrocket with the adrenaline and nerves.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:12:34 Eastern US
Captain Kirk from 148.177.1.213
Gary, are you involved with any kid's programs to encourage them to become athletes? or any other kind of diabetes advocacy issues?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:12:39 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
Chad:
I was diagnosed with diabetes in March 1999. The doctor told me I'd never swim competitively again. I proved him wrong by going to the Sydney Games and winning 4 medals. I have often driven myself crazy wondering, "did I have diabetes a year before I was diagnosed?" "Was that diabetes-related when I was sick?" I finally realized that what was important was coming to terms with the fact that I had diabetes. Once I was able to do that, I was able to start treating it. Once you accept that you have diabetes, and you manage it, then you're able to continue on. Maybe in a little bit of a compromised way, since there's no doubt there are inconveniences to having diabetes. But for the most part, when I am treating it and it's under control, I can do anything that anyone else-- with or without diabetes-- can do.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:13:29 Eastern US
Laura (am 19 yrs old dx'd in 95 ..... Pumping ) from 12.87.139.217
Gary did anyone discriminate you for having D?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:14:06 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Heidyn, Swimming works almost every system in the body. Every muscle group, etc. so it shouldn't be a suprise that you're levels will drop, at least more than a brisk walk.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:14:35 Eastern US
kathy (chris(m),17,pumper) from 24.112.205.168
Gary - have you ever had a scare when your sugars dropped low while swimming.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:15:49 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
Captain Kirk:
Here's a program you might be interested in. Since 1995, LifeScan has been awarding the LifeScan Prize For Athletic Achievement through the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association. The award is given each year to three athletes with diabetes, who distinguish themselves as role models for the athletic and diabetes communities. Each winner is presented with a $5,000 cash prize. Applications for the LifeScan/DESA award are accepted year-round and are available by calling DESA at 800 898-4322, through visiting the DESA Web site at www.diabetes-exercise.org, or by writing to DESA at P.O. Box 1935, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. The nomination process begins each fall, and the winners are announced the following summer at the annual DESA conference.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:15:49 Eastern US
Chad from 64.12.105.184
Gary Thank you! My daughter is only 2,dxd@18mo, I want her to be able to participate as I have. When it comes to a role model I do not think I could tell her about anyone else except a 8X medal winner. Good Luck. Thanks.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:16:50 Eastern US
Christina (17 year old girl with diabetets) from 148.177.1.213
Gary, you are sooo cute! Are you still single by any chance?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:16:52 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4 dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Gary you're on injections, have you considered the pump at all? even just for use in the off season. Is it easier to use injections with swimming or are you just happy with the control you achieve now?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:16:57 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I have done events as small as 20 kids with diabetes to speaking engagements before 6,000 people and everything in between. I won't align myself exclusively with one organization because all group serve a purpose, all to improve the lives of people with diabetes

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:17:26 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
Laura:
Well, every season there's always someone I haven't trained with before who is curious about my diabetes. Initially, I was very quiet about my diabetes. I would go to the bathroom stall and test privately. I tried to keep it as far away from everyone else as possible. Gradually, as I grew to accept it, I came out of the bathroom, but was taking a big beach towel and putting it over my head like a tent to test. Then I moved to just draping a towel over my leg to cover the injection. Finally, I was able to openly test and inject.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:18:05 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
hi, my daughter is a intense swimmer , about 12 to 15 yards a day , been two years with diabetes and is one roller coaster for us

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:18:13 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
Thanks, but I was married on Dec. 2, 2001.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:19:37 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Having diabetes will raise an eyebrow of someone unfamiliar with diabetes. Anyone with a brain knows that having diabetes isn't anything that you're responsible for and with that understanding discrimination is out of the question.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:19:44 Eastern US
Captain Kirk from 148.177.1.213
That's great about the athletic acheivemen award, but I was curious about Gary's specific involvement in any diabetes causes, speaking events, etc.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:19:49 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
have one question, gary , tina will swim for 2 hours then lift for about 45mins we are finding the lifting makes her go high

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:21:09 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
aerobic and anaerobic exercises have different results. No question there.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:21:54 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
I spoke at last year's Children with Diabetes Conference in Orlando, and held a swim lesson at a diabetes camp through LifeScan's Camp Scholarship program. I have done events as small as 20 kids with diabetes to speaking engagements before 6,000 people and everything in between. I won't align myself exclusively with one organization because all group serve a purpose, all to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:22:27 Eastern US
Laura (am 19 yrs old dx'd in 95 ..... Pumping ) from 12.87.139.217
Hi Sue

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:22:56 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
hi laura

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:23:04 Eastern US
Bruce Broughton (Soccer player) from 148.177.1.213
Gary, a lot of people think that if you win a gold medal and become famous you are set financially for life. Is this true or do you still need a day job?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:24:34 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4 dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Are you participating in the conference in Pasadena this year also?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:24:47 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
gary , how often do you check during a work out session

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:25:06 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Going low was my doctor's biggest concern, when determining the possibility of continuing on in the sport. Having an open relationship with a coach familiar with your situation is crucial. If I feel at all awkward. I get out and test. It may be five minutes, It may be a half hour. I have diabetes, I need to treat it, once I've done that I can resume my workout.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:25:17 Eastern US
Ann from 63.233.209.105
Hi Sue ~ glad you got the email!

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:25:39 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
yes ann thanks

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:26:03 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I test as often as needed. sometimes 6 times sometimes 12.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:26:50 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
After your diagnosis, was your family supportive of your decision to remain a competitive swimmer?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:26:56 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
the best plumber in the world makes more than the best swimmer in the world.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:27:55 Eastern US
Eeyore (42 year old mom of 3 with diabetes) from 148.177.1.213
Gary, I find your personal achievement very inspiring but I can't relate to your acheivement because our lives are so very different. Sometimes I just feel so overwhelmed with daily life and diabetes is just another burden I have to carry. Do you have any advice for getting through the day?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:28:51 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Brenda, My family became a source of support. It was very much like a team. My mother didn't have to give me injections but Knowing that she cared helped me give myself the needed injections, or blood tests.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:29:16 Eastern US
Wendy (type 1) from 12.78.72.190
Gary, that is true, watching the news the other day they were discussing that those who captured gold medals in Salt Lake City have a narrow window to cash in on their achievement.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:30:26 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
gary do you ever inject before a meet if you are to high or wait till after you have swam?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:31:17 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, good to hear that. Some people seem to think that people with diabetes should just sit in a corner to avoid highs/lows and complications. I encourage Marissa to do her best at everything and don't let anyone hold her back--now, if she wants to skydive or bungee jump, I may not be so encouraging. :-)

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:31:30 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
There are times where you realize I've given myself X number of injections or blood draws. There are frustrating times where you just can't get the control. And sometimes even when you are following your routine, your diabetes misbehaves. All you can do is stay on top of it. When things level off, the routine starts again. For me, it's just part of my daily activities, just like brushing your teeth.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:32:29 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
The biggest challenge in managing diabetes in athletics is maintaining a routine. Once that routine is developed and followed, management becomes easier. Even if that routine is extremely time consuming or complicated, being involved in sport helps me manage diabetes.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:33:12 Eastern US
Marilla Gorrilla (evangelist) from 148.177.1.213
Gary, you test quite a bit. There is a lot of hype about less painful arm testing. Have you tried it? If so, is it accurate and would you recommend it to others, especially if you hate pricking your finger?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:33:13 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Eeyore. It's a common mistake that's made. Olympian's are portrayed as these gods of sport type. It's inaccurate. It boosts viewers. Day to day life is what the Olympics is really all about, the very best have one opportunity to shine, and it's all or none. After the meet is over we go back to a very normal lifestyle, credit card statements, and dirty laundry. Yes, there are a select few that will make a name for themselves and ride the wave a little longer than the others but,, eventually. We face the same challenges that you face day to day.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:34:44 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
If you hate pricking your fingers test on your arm. I have tried it and it is less painful. My arm is too hairy and it's more convenient to test on my fingers.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:35:06 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
gary , during your work out do you drink constantly?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:35:41 Eastern US
Wendy (type 1) from 12.78.72.190
I love arm testing....

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:35:53 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
If my levels are too high I inject insulin, no matter what.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:36:51 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
It's good to stay hydrated. I find that if I am it's easier to maintain a more stable level

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:37:11 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
wish i could get my daughter to realize that , to inject if to high

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:37:30 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4, dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Gary you're on injections, have you considered the pump at all? even just for use in the off season. Is it easier to use injections with swimming or are you just happy with the control you achieve now?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:37:43 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, since you are living in the Miami area, have you visited the Diabetes Research Institute? It's a very interesting place (www.drinet.org) that is doing a lot research into finding a cure for diabetes. Some day, if you have the time, you should go there.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:37:53 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1 pumper) from 164.106.22.59
Gary,ever had any problems with getting ketones while exercising?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:40:20 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Red, I have worn a pump and really don't like the attachment feeling it brings. Everyone wearing a pump says that you get over that. But I have been able to maintain the control that I need with multiple injections. Last check up was 5.4. For anyone having trouble keeping a nice balace I recommend the pump.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:40:26 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
gary one last comment, tina's coach is not to willing to learn about diabetes, she is basicly on her own , any suggestions on what we can give the coach to read or look at?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:41:26 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
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Wed Feb 27 2002 21:41:37 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, do you have additional difficulties regulating your blood sugars when you travel through time zones? Not just a jet lag issue, I mean. Working out the timing of meals/shots, etc.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:41:54 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
heidyn, I don't get ketones because I keep my levels under 240. There are times when they go over but for the majority of the time... I try to be good

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:42:23 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I haven't been to the research institute yet but I certainly will go.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:42:52 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, have you ever had to deal with the flu or any other illness since your dx?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:44:45 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4, dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Time zones was something that hasn't occurred to me yet. I am looking at bringing Taylor to the States, so I guess that would be a big thing.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:45:03 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Adaption is the key to managing diabetes. There is no formula. What has worked for you in the past needs constant tweaking and adjusting. Travel, flu, weather, exercise are all going to adversly effect your levels. test and take the neccessary steps to correct.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:46:27 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Do you get a yearly flu shot? Most endos recommend them for everyone with diabetes. We try to have the whole family get a flu shot every year.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:48:30 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
A coach not willing to learn the basics of diabetes is a hypocrite. How can they expect your son or daughter to listen and learn to what they have to say and be closed to learning a little about diabetes. If you can find a new coach. It really doesn't take much, My coach knows hardly anything about diabetes, but he does know what to be on the lookout for, and will ask occasionally, do you need anything? Some juice or anything?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:49:52 Eastern US
Emmy (15-dx'd at 13) from 204.32.146.34
do you usually treat lows with juice, have you noticed that any thing works better than another?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:50:27 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4, dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Now that you feel comfortable enough to test and inject out in the open are there still times where you are hesitant or feel isolated with it?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:51:20 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I don't know on the flu shot. I would like to remind everyone that I am a swimmer, not a doctor. I can share with you what has worked for me, which does not garauntee it will work for you. Stay in close contact with your doctor, But never hesitate to get a second opinion. Questioning you doctor forces them to stay on top of things resulting in better care for you, the patient.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:52:14 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I treat lows with juice because I find the liquid gets into my system a little more quickly.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:53:46 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4, dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
What sort of level do you get to before you start to notice symptoms of being low?

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:53:46 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
Being diagnosed is going to separate you from the crowd, but it's also going to bring you into contact with lots of other people living with the same thing. OK, so you have diabetes. But a lot of other people do to. I've got it. I've got that in common with millions of kids out there. It's very much like being part of a team. Being part of a team made it easier for me during my life, and diabetes is just another team that I'm part of.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:55:06 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 208.153.11.101
The importance of being part of a team is that you start developing the love of sport and forming qualities of commitment, goal setting, goal attainment, and dedication. People will always ask questions. The best approach is to be open. It's diabetes. It's not something to be ashamed of. It's just something you've got. You can't change it; dealing with it in a responsible way is something you should be proud of. Being different can be perceived as not being cool. That's ridiculous. Any kid that accepts their diabetes openly and manages it responsibly is cool.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:55:58 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
i have looked into the glycemic index, have you ever used that to help you with foods

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:55:59 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
I think you misunderstood my flu shot question; just wanted to know if you get them since the consensus is that people with diabetes who get the flu can get quite ill, hard to control blood sugars and possibly ketones. It was just a question I asked out of curiosity, thinking you'd do whatever you can to stay in tip-top shape.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:56:11 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Istart going "funny" around 50. Sensation in my hands and a metallic taste in the mouth. Slight confusion, wixed mords, etc.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:56:49 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
I don;t get the flu shot

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:57:00 Eastern US
Ann(MI) (Philip,12~dx'd@13mths) from 63.233.209.105
As a parent, I love your attitude about all this.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:58:18 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4, dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
I think Taylor being dxd at 3 will make that feeling a little easier, also she has 3 siblings and to all of them her diabetes is just a fact of life. She says, "hi, I'm Taylor and I've got diabetic" I guess for the moment thats our 'team'

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:58:55 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Do you get up during the night to test your blood sugars? I get up every night and test Marissa's BG, usually twice a night, to make sure she's in range.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:59:20 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
the glycemic index will help you get aquainted with carb counting but you will fing that a baked potato from the frozen foods section and a fresh baked potato are different.

Wed Feb 27 2002 21:59:38 Eastern US
Emmy (15-dx'd at 13) from 204.32.146.34
before you go(and i go) i wanted to tell you that you and Todd Hays are my two favorite olympic athletes (you becuase you have diabetes like me and Todd becuase we share the same birthday-may 21) and you are a really great inspiration to all of us with diabetes-that team you mentioned earlier.

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:00:16 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Kids and Adults, stay away from Burger King, it's the devil.

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:00:29 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
That ends our chat tonight. Thank you Gary for sharing your experiences. Thank you chat participants for your questions and insights. And thanks to CWD for providing an online community for families dealing with diabetes.

For more information about Gary Hall, visit the LifeScan Web site: http://www.lifescan.com/care/stories/ghall.html.

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:01:04 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, do you try to eat healthier foods now that you have diabetes, or have you always been into healthy foods because of swimming?

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:01:19 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
I guess I see your answer. Thanks.

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:01:35 Eastern US
Red (australia) (Taylor 4, dxd 12/00) from 203.220.203.31
Thanks Gary, really appreciate your input

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:01:50 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
thank gary

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:01:53 Eastern US
Wendy (type 1) from 12.78.72.190
Thank you Gary

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:02:05 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Colleen and Gary: on behalf of the Children with Diabetes site, thanks for taking the time to be with us this evening.

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:02:12 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
thanks for answering all the questions !!

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:02:28 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
See you in Pasadena in July!

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:03:22 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr. from 12.43.100.229
Thanks for your time and interest. I do have to go now but I'll be back on Wednesday, April third. Youa can pick my brain or whats left of it then. Eat Platinum performance bars, info at www.platinumperformance.com and the vitamins to take can be found at www.essante.com . You are what you eat. Thank you again all of you.

Yours in water,
Gary Hall Jr

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:04:44 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
Another Games participant who has diabetes is Kris Freeman, a U.S. cross-country skier. You can read more about Kris Freeman and find out how he did at the Salt Lake Winter Games at the LifeScan Web site: http://www.lifescan.com/care/stories/freeman.html.

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:05:13 Eastern US
sue (tina, 14, swimmer, lantus) from 152.163.197.208
iwill pick my brain for more questions !!!

Wed Feb 27 2002 22:05:13 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 208.153.11.101
Good Night All!



                 
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