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Chat with Gary Hall, Jr.

Gary Hall, Jr. Gary Hall, Jr., Olympic Gold Medalist, joined us for a special chat about swimming, diabetes, and summer camp The chat was held on Wednesday, April 3, 2002.

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Wed Apr 3 2002 21:00:23 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd @ 6, pump) from 66.66.246.62
Gary, what type of pump and infusion set do you use? I'm interested because you're in the water so much and wondering if the site stays in place.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:01:32 Eastern US
Yudelvis (19 años, estudio medicina) from 216.72.25.67
Holaa

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:02:06 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
hi

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:02:45 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 148.177.1.213
Today's chat is sponsored by LifeScan -- makers of ONE TOUCH Blood Glucose Meters. We'd like to thank you for joining us tonight. We are pleased to welcome Champion Swimmer Gary Hall, Jr -- who is joining us from Miami to talk about swimming (of course) and share his experience visiting diabetes camp. Welcome Gary...

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:04:12 Eastern US
Thorpedo from 158.252.241.166
hi

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:04:45 Eastern US
gary from 12.43.100.229
Hello everyone! I am here, a litlle late but...

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:04:46 Eastern US
Aquamax from 209.233.18.200
Hi Gary, can you tell me about the swim clinics?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:05:22 Eastern US
swimgirl from 209.233.18.200
hi

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:05:30 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
hi Gary...what what was your impression of the camps you visited?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:06:05 Eastern US
gary from 12.43.100.229
I don't use a pump. I am able to maintain the control that I need wothout having to always wear a pump. multiple injections are what works best for me.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:06:28 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd @6,pump) from 66.66.246.62
Not sure if you got my first question re. type of pump and infusion set you use and if it stays in place in the water

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:06:48 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd @6,pump) from 66.66.246.62
thanks.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:07:07 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
The impression that I have of diabetes camp is the following:

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:07:41 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
One, it's great fun that most kids get to enjoy without diabetes.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:08:47 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
2) for a person with diabetes it's the same fun only you get to meet lots of other people out there that are living with diabetes and going through the same thing you are.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:08:59 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd @6,pump) from 66.66.246.62
How often and when do you test the day of a swim meet?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:09:10 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
This brings a good felling that you are not in this thing alone.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:09:22 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
Gary, I am very interested in how you adjust your insulin with how you practice. Can you comment?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:09:31 Eastern US
smileygirl (20 yrs old, type 1, dx'd 12/00) from 63.215.226.108
hi Gary! how r u tonight?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:09:57 Eastern US
kc (MomOfJohn5dxd@2,dxd@5w/celiac) from 205.188.193.178
my 5 year old has started swim lessons this year, thank you for sharing your personal life and showing him he can do anything he wants.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:10:07 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
i completely agree with you. camp is the best thing that happened to me after i was diagnosed. i still go as a counselor.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:10:08 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
My daughter swims about 2500 yards per day and sometimes it is a guessing game.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:10:42 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Last year I went to Camp Carolina Trains in N. Carolina and met Allison Marshall. It was a lot of fun for me to visit for the day and I wish that I could have stayed longer.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:11:26 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I asked everyone if they were having a goood time. They were.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:12:14 Eastern US
Michelle (RI) (adam 7 dx'd 2/00 pumping 8/00) from 68.9.4.48
My son loves camp

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:12:18 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
I think that it's awesome that you did visit camp...you're such an inspiration to so many people, especially to children with diabetes, you prove that they can achieve anything they put their mind to

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:12:26 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
On the day of a swim meet I will test as often as 14 times. That many if things are not going according to plan. Probably only eight to ten if things are steady.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:13:25 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, do you plan to visit any camps this summer?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:13:35 Eastern US
tomas (Babi´s dad) from 200.183.36.126
Hey Gary, I am from brazil and My family met you in the orlando´s conference. We are interested in know how you control your hypos when you are trainning.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:13:41 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
do you use alternate site testing?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:14:13 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
When I practice I try to enter the pool with my levels at 200 to 250. That's higher than where I usually keep them but I know that when I start my training those numbers will quickly drop.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:14:56 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months; Vanya, 17, dx'd at 6) from 198.7.199.25
Hi Gary. Met you at the AADE convention in Louisville and the DCA conference at Barton. I wanted to ask if you have problems with delayed onset post exercise hypoglycemia. That has been a real problem for my very athletic 16y/o, and swimming has been the worst offender.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:15:30 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I do plan on attending camp this summer. Though I don't know which one it will be. It is a suprise. So, sign up for camp! I might just show up and race you.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:15:35 Eastern US
tomas (Babi´s dad) from 200.183.36.126
How many times do you check your blood glucose when you´re trainning?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:15:55 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
How much do you decrease your insulin dose when you practice or have meets?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:16:01 Eastern US
Rachel (Mom of Tyler, 17, dx'd at 11 - both competitive swimmers) from 66.119.33.135
hi gary - watched you swim in Sydney, you were awesome! wish more meets were televised.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:16:54 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
It's typical for your levels to drop with exercise, especially when it's aerobic. expect the levels to continue to drop for a few hours after exercise as well.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:17:51 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months; Vanya, 17, dx'd at 6) from 198.7.199.25
My boys may drop up to 24 hrs later....

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:18:18 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
That is the main reason why I don't wear a pump. I exercise up to eight hours a day when training. At that time I don't need insulin, and for the few hours after. I simply take novolog with meals.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:18:49 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
mine sometimes drop like that too judith...it makes it so hard to guess!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:18:51 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 148.177.1.213
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Wed Apr 3 2002 21:19:23 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
24 hours seems to be a long time after. Talk to the doc about that.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:20:19 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 148.177.1.213
Lauren: I've tried alternate site testing, and although it's less painful, I have hairy arms. So I stick with finger testing.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:20:32 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd @6,pump) from 66.66.246.62
Joe uses Novolog too. You find that works best for you?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:20:42 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 148.177.1.213
Tomas: On the day of a swim meet I will test as often as 14 times. That many if things are not going according to plan. Probably only eight to ten if things are steady.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:20:49 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
i've also tried it and decided to stick with alternating my fingers

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:21:16 Eastern US
kc (MomOfJohn5dxd@2,dxd@5w/celiac) from 205.188.193.178
i thought swimmers shaved their arms?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:21:35 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I wish more meets were televised too. It's an effort that I have taken head on, producing the NOVO Nordisk sprint cup that was aired on FOX sports. I hope to do more of these events in the future.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:22:12 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
how old were you when you started swimming competitively and how did your diagnosis affect that competitive schedule?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:22:25 Eastern US
Thorpedo from 158.252.241.166
don't swimmers shave their entire body

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:22:27 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
We do shave our arms for the big meet. I've been doing it since I was 13. Thus, hairy arms.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:22:57 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
There is usually only one or two big shave meets each year.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:23:15 Eastern US
swimgirl from 209.233.18.200
What are your pre-race rituals, if you have any??

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:23:30 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
Gary, who is your Endocrinologist and CDE and where do they practice?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:23:39 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
We shave anything exposed.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:25:11 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
My endo is Anne Peters, now Anne Harmel of the USC Keck School of medicine in L.A. She has the greatest team assembled there and when it's time for a check up I commute from Florida.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:25:49 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
wow that's definitely a commute!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:25:51 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Anne was just married in Las Vegas by Elvis. It was a fun wedding.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:26:10 Eastern US
tomas (Babi´s dad) from 200.183.36.126
Gary, We´d like to say thanks. It was a great pleasure to chat with you and to meet you at the last conference in Orlando. We wish you had a lot of success in your carreer. Be sure you are a example for our beauty daughter in Brazil.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:26:27 Eastern US
kc (MomOfJohn5dxd@2,dxd@5w/celiac) from 205.188.193.178
Elvis - now that's cool!!!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:26:29 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd@6,pump) from 66.66.246.62
And I thought a 30 minute drive was too far!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:26:44 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Pre race rituals are blood testing and shadow boxing.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:26:50 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11) from 205.188.200.59
Hi all, just joining

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:27:18 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
hi sue

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:27:35 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
hi sue.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:27:54 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
Hi, I just got here, too.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:28:24 Eastern US
Diana (mom of Elizabeth) from 152.163.206.209
gary-have you written a book about your success/struggles?? also, how hopeful are you about future cures??

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:28:33 Eastern US
Allison (editor of CureNow, dx'd at 8) from 205.188.193.51
hi everyone, sorry I'm late.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:28:36 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&d, both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Gary, do you pump? youngest is on the pump and the tape is a problem sometimes

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:28:38 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
Megan, what kind of pump do you have?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:28:56 Eastern US
Rachel (Mom of Tyler, 17, dx'd at 11 - both competitive swimmers) from 66.119.33.135
we commute from Ojai to LA (only 70 miles)and it seems like a long way to go! endo is Fran Kaufmann at Children's Hospital

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:29:22 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
Gary, is there a way my daughter Mary Kathryn could get an autographed picture of you?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:29:56 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Rachel, long commute, though i'd go 70 miles for ours too!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:29:59 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
I use a Minimed 508 (blue)

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:30:00 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
I use a Minimed 508 (blue)

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:30:50 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
I have a 508 too...black though

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:31:07 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I started swimming at 13 and wasn't diagnosed with the big D until I was 24. Between this time I had slowly climbed from being the worst on the team to one of the best in the world. Slowly. I had decided to make swimming my full time job before being diagnosed, so it was bad enough being told that I had Diabetes. It was worse being told that my swimming career was over.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:31:19 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
Gary, how old were you when you were diagnosed?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:31:48 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
Lauren-We saw the Paradigm last week. Have you tried this new model?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:32:14 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
haven't tried it yet...but i'm set to upgrade as soon as minimed gets in touch with me

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:32:51 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Gary, Thank you. I tell my kids they can do anything they want as long as they work for it. For my son, i try to point out successful athletes who have D. He lives for baseball!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:33:10 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
are you thinking about trying it?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:33:18 Eastern US
bj (Joe,10,dx'd@6,pump) from 66.66.246.62
Gary, have to leave to get kids to bed. Thank you for inspiring these kids that anything is possible.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:33:41 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I am in the process of producing a video to give out to CDE's to forward on to newly diagnosed patients in the down and out phase of diagnosis. The message needs to be positive and I am just now meeting with producers for the video. The book with be out later. It takes me a while to write... you might have noticed.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:34:05 Eastern US
tomas (Babi´s dad) from 200.183.36.126
Megan, What´s paradigm?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:34:09 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
HI everyone

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:34:14 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
Gary-Do you think it was harder for you to accept diabetes because you were 24? It was hard enough at age 8, but I'm kinda used to it now.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:34:30 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months; Vanya, 17, dx'd at 6) from 198.7.199.25
Let's save the pump talk for another time and place, please.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:35:07 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Go to garyhalljrcom this web site was just secured and very soon we will have more information up. Right now the site is down, ah, modern problems.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:35:28 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
gary i think that's a great idea, i would have completely embraced a video like from someone who's alive and doing really well when i was diagnosed

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:35:38 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months; Vanya, 17, dx'd at 6) from 198.7.199.25
Gary, just last night I talked with a 24y/o man who's 24y/o fiancee was diagnosed yesterday. He was very encouraged after hearing about you, Nicole Johnson, etc. He realized it was possible to live a normal life with diabetes.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:35:45 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
Try dealing with it a 2 and half years old

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:36:50 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
i think it's rough in it's own way at any age, it's just a matter of finding a way to integrate diabetes into your life

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:36:55 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
I wasn't but my mom did

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:36:57 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
It doesn't matter how old you are, getting diabetes alters your life on an hour to hour basis. Eventually you accept it and deal with it. It is more difficult to do this as a younger person.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:37:14 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 12.230.180.159
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Wed Apr 3 2002 21:37:29 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Steve, you're probably like my daughter - fon't remember even not having D.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:37:53 Eastern US
kc (MomOfJohn5dxd@2,dxd@5w/celiac) from 205.188.193.178
I think it's rough at any age. Our son was 2, so really he knows no difference. It must be hard to break old habits.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:38:00 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Young people really need to have a support team. any mother of a child with diabetes may as well have it themselves. That's how involved they are.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:38:14 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
I don't know what is was like with out d

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:38:59 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
It's difficult too to let go of little susie or johnny too, once they have reached the age when it's something they can handle themselves.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:39:18 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
I just look up a law for my math teacher because she did not let me eat my hole lunch

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:39:44 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
young people definitely need a strong support team but role models like yourself are also vital. When i was diagnosed all i heard about were people's grandparents who had complications from the disease

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:40:12 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
I give you a lot of credit Steve. Are you involved with sports? You're 14... how do you handle the time you're alone (I mean with respect to potential lows, etc.) my son is approaching that age too.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:40:37 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
For me the most supportive person was Elizabeth, now my wife. She was my girlfriend when I was diagnosed and was there every step of the way.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:40:57 Eastern US
Allison (editor of CureNow, dx'd at 8) from 205.188.193.51
Gary, when did you decide you wanted to become actively involved in this kind of diabetes work? (advocacy, meeting with kids, etc.)

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:41:50 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months; Vanya, 17, dx'd at 6) from 198.7.199.25
Gary, what would you say is the worst part of diabetes for you?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:42:37 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
well I don't real think about how to treat it if i do I tell myself to take a snack of something

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:42:38 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
All of those terrible things that can happen to you if you neglect your diabetes can be a motivating factor. Use it to your advantage. I fear complications and will work extra hard to keep diabetes where it should be, until they find acure.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:43:26 Eastern US
Allison (editor of CureNow, dx'd at 8) from 205.188.193.51
Gary, what has been the best thing about your diabetes?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:43:35 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
It will BE 13 yrs in Auguest

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:44:07 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
this week I will be 15

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:44:49 Eastern US
kc (MomOfJohn5dxd@2,dxd@5w/celiac) from 205.188.193.178
Does anyone else in your family have type1?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:45:00 Eastern US
Diana (mom of Elizabeth) from 152.163.206.209
gary- you seem to keep tight control. Can I ask how your a1c's are??

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:45:22 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
For me I didn't have much choice about my diagnosis being in the news. Everybody knew. So, I realized that I had a decision to make. To voice my support for more research, for better care to patients living with the disease. or to hide and pretend that there is nothing wrong with me. THere was no choice. It was too obvious what needed to be done.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:45:38 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
the some of the othere kid are afraid of me but I don't know why

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:45:51 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
a1c's are consistently between 5 and 6

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:46:10 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Steve... don't mean to focus on you, but you're just a few years ahead of mine. are you comfortable checking BG in front of your friends? before you do physical activity, sports, etc.?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:46:13 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Nobody in my family has type 1 or type 2

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:46:38 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Gary, great A1C's we strive for those!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:46:50 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
5 or 6...i wish!!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:46:57 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
Gary, are you going to be at the ADA Scientific Assembly this summer in San Fransisco?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:47:23 Eastern US
Judith from 198.7.199.25
Gary, I do thank you for taking on the awesome responsibility of being a role model for thousands of kids.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:47:30 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, I may have missed this earlier: how many units of insulin do you take a day? Just curious.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:47:36 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
no because I go to the nures before I got to the any kind of sport in the school

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:47:51 Eastern US
Diana (mom of Elizabeth) from 152.163.206.209
gary- since your a1c's so low do you experience alot of hypo reactions?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:47:55 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
I don't do after school sport

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:48:12 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
At first I tried to hide testing, and shots. If in a restaraunt, I would go to the bathroom. Now I just check under the table. I am more comfortable with diabetes. It's not my fault I have the disease. Why should I try to hide it?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:48:16 Eastern US
NormaJean (Samantha, 8, dx'd 12/99, Pumping) from 64.12.107.26
5 to 6 WOW. I'm thrilled w/ my daughter's high 6's to mid 7's. Hi Gary, we met you in Orlando last summer.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:48:34 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
then what do they have Gary

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:48:39 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
DO some sport, any sport. it's good for you.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:49:57 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
i'm glad you're spreading that message too about not hiding your d. that's one of my biggest goals with my campers each year

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:49:59 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
well guess I got ot go to bed before I take someone's head off at school tommrow

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:50:37 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Good night Steve

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:50:42 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.230.180.159
Brenda: Units of insulin is a sliding scale. Depends on what I eat, how I train. It changes every day.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:50:46 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I don't know about the ADA event in San Francisco.
This summer I will be training in Europe for a couple of months. I will come back for camp though!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:50:50 Eastern US
Steve (14yrs old d for 12 yrs) from 64.41.39.49
goodnight everyone

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:51:10 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
I think it is better to do your shots in public, rather than in a potentially filthy bathroom. By doing it in a restroom, you also take the chance that someone will report you as a drug user, which is unfortunate.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:51:42 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Anyone with diabetes will eventually experience Hypo's. I experience them too.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:51:52 Eastern US
Tina from 12.230.180.159
Why do you train in Europe?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:52:24 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
My son went to D camp for the first time. He had a great time. This year i cut loose my (soon to be) 7 year old to camp. Her brother is psyching her out!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:53:28 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Croatia, a torn country that has recently experienced the hell called war, has more support for swiimers than the United States.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:53:35 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
sue camp is great in so many ways!! glad to see you're giving your children the experience

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:53:42 Eastern US
Allison (editor of CureNow, dx'd at 8) from 205.188.193.51
I love diabetes camp! Our camp in Oregon is great (it's also the only one).

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:53:42 Eastern US
NormaJean (Samantha, 8, dx'd 12/99, Pumping) from 64.12.107.26
Where in FL do you live & where do you train?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:54:01 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months; Vanya, 17, dx'd at 6) from 198.7.199.25
Gary, have you ever had a hypo severe enough that you required someone else's help? Have you ever lost consciousness?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:54:49 Eastern US
Tanya (mom to Alexander 8 dx'd 5/99 pumping 12/00) from 141.150.215.45
Gary, As a mom of an 8 year old who idolizes you I would just like to say how impressed I am with your handling of diabetes. It isn't easy no matter what age you are. And I think you handled the diabetes and all the pressure that goes along with it very well. And I commend you on that. I joined the chat late but are you still going to swim competitively, the Olympics again?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:55:00 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Her brother was probably more scared than she is.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:55:07 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
did you get t go to camp too? My son went off kind of apprehensive last year (first time) and could not have had a better time.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:55:34 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Gary, you guessed it!!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:55:34 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary (to go with Judith's ?): do you make sure there is always at least one other person at the pool when you are swimming? Do you make sure that person knows you have diabetes in case you have a hypo?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:56:07 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Thanks Tanya. I went to the Goodwill Games last summer and I will swim this next summer. Then who knows?

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:57:04 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I am able to recognize a hypo whil I'm swimming, but out of habit I get out every half hour or so to check anyway.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:57:39 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
My coach is usually there.

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:59:08 Eastern US
Tanya (mom to Alexander 8 dx'd 5/99 pumping 12/00) from 141.150.215.45
Well, whatever it is you decide to do competitively I wish you the best of luck and keep up the good work. My husband just chimed in and wants you to go back to the Olympics and play the guitar for Ian and his teammates this time!

Wed Apr 3 2002 21:59:11 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
My lowest hypo has been 20, that was four minutes ago.. joke. I needed some help, Elizabeth my wife got me some juice and in ten minutes I was back to sleep.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:00:08 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 12.230.180.159
Any last questions for Gary before we close?

Please be sure to check out www.LifeScan.com for a chance to win one of 25 -- $500 Diabetes Summer Camp Scholarships (plus ONE TOUCH Ultra Meters), as well as for free autographed posters of Gary Hall. Good night everyone!

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:00:19 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
Gary-have you ever needed glucagon? I've needed it 3 times.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:00:23 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
In June the JDRF in Australia is auctioning of a smashed guitar with my signiture on it to raise money for research.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:01:09 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Gary, do you think your waterlogged fingers affect your readings? After swimming (or a long bath) i find that their fingers "wick" the blood, i think that may dilute it and give an inaccurate lower reading. Any input here?

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:01:15 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
Gary thanks for being such an inspiring role model! :-)

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:01:27 Eastern US
Tanya (mom to Alexander 8 dx'd 5/99 pumping 12/00) from 141.150.215.45
Too funny. Thanks for the laugh.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:01:52 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I live in Miami and I swim in the ocean. You know, there is no reason to be afraid of sharks- if you can outswim them.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:02:22 Eastern US
Diana (mom of Elizabeth) from 152.163.206.209
gary-best of luck to you. Thanks for sharing part of your personal life with us.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:02:55 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I'm so waterlogged that it will take years for me to dry out. years.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:02:57 Eastern US
Brenda H. (mom of Marissa, 14, dx'd 9/89) from 216.68.227.65
Gary, on behalf of the CWD website, thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:03:40 Eastern US
lauren (20, dx'd at 10) from 24.154.113.49
yes, thank you

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:03:54 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
I haven't used glocogon.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:04:08 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
I guess Gary didn't type fast enough to answer me.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:04:15 Eastern US
Sue (2 kids, 11&6 both dx's 4 1/2 yrs ago) from 205.188.200.59
Gary, Thank you. like i said, i always point out those with D who have done what they set their minds (and bodies) to.
Good night all.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:04:23 Eastern US
J. David (Dad of Mary Kathryn 9, pumping) from 209.163.54.102
Thanks so much Gary!

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:04:32 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
Oh, thanks, I just saw the answer.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:05:02 Eastern US
Tanya (mom to Alexander 8 dx'd 5/99 pumping 12/00) from 141.150.215.45
We haven't had to use it on Alex either. And that experience I can do without.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:05:51 Eastern US
Gary Hall Jr from 12.43.100.229
Thank you everyone for taking the time to ask some very good questions. I will most likely be here again in the future. Be on the look out for the new site www.garyhalljr.com though it's not up now. Blessings to all and to all a good night.

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:06:21 Eastern US
Colleen (Chat Moderator) from 12.230.180.159
That concludes our chat tonight. Thank you CWD, Gary Hall, Jr. and our guests.

Please enter the Diabetes Summer Camp Scholarship Progam at www.LifeScan.com before May 15.

See you next month (May 8) for a chat about the ONE TOUCH InDuo System -- the world's first combined insulin doser and blood glucose meter.

Good night!

Wed Apr 3 2002 22:06:32 Eastern US
Megan (11, dx age 8, pumping since 12/00) from 216.126.187.158
good night



                 
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