We Are the Champions!

I am thrilled that last month’s cover person, Gary Hall, Jr., has claimed the title of “Fastest Swimmer in the World”!

I am so proud that a person with diabetes has won a gold medal at the Olympics. Of course, Gary won gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney as a diabetic, and won even more in 1996 before he was diagnosed with type 1.

What’s even more admirable is that Gary took time out of his schedule just weeks before leaving for Athens to meet with a group of kids and give a swimming demonstration at the Children With Diabetes conference in Los Angeles.

How sweet is that!?

Congratulations, Gary—for making me extremely proud to be diabetic!

Hitchcock Doing Wonders for Children (and Grown-Ups) With Diabetes

Speaking of the Children With Diabetes conference, check out childrenwithdiabetes.com, a terrific Web site that is the work of Jeff Hitchcock.

By the way, the site is for grown-ups with diabetes as well.

Jeff built his Web site after his daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Through it and his many conferences, Jeff brings together thousands of families with diabetes.

Both of my kids attended this year’s conference to show support for their dad. They loved the exhibit hall, and, though neither has diabetes, they both decided to wear an insulin pump for a day. My son got a thrill taking a bolus of saline solution anytime he wanted.

But the best memory for them was a swimming lesson with the “Fastest Swimmer in the World.”

Diabetes and Surviving Your Hospital Stay

I like to think that I’m in pretty good control of my diabetes. I’m not bragging, but I’m a well-oiled machine when it comes to testing, taking insulin, eating the right foods and getting enough exercise.

But what if I had to stay overnight in a hospital—can I really expect my nurses or surgeons to know as much as I do about diabetes?

That’s why I’m glad we are publishing “Are You and Your Diabetes Ready for a Hospital Stay?” on page 52 of this (Oct. 2004) issue.

Christine Olinghouse, MPH, RD, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, who works as a part-time hospital staff nurse, has written a terrific guide on what to do if you and your diabetes are preparing for a hospital stay. Be sure to clip or copy the “Handy Hospital-Stay Guide” on page 56 of this month’s issue (Oct. 2004). I know I’ll be referring to it if ever I have to visit the hospital.

Who’s It Going to Be?

Our decision to vote for a presidential candidate is often based on our shared values.

But where does health care figure in the equation?

We asked that question, polled our readers and came up with the article on page 46.

Does having diabetes affect our vote?

The issues of embryonic stem cell research and purchasing less-expensive drugs from countries like Canada may have some bearing on our decision. And, this year, the two presidential candidates have made these issues central to their campaigns.

Please vote. Make your voice count.

If Gary Hall, Jr., has time to make a bunch of kids happy and can then go on to win a gold medal, I think we can all take the time to vote.

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