I walked into the clinic on a cold early spring morning with my right arm still bruised and sore from having surgery just a couple weeks earlier. I would sit down with my new diabetes team and setup a new way to control my blood sugars, no more NPH or regular insulin. I would go from insulin shots to an insulin pump and from a double digit A1C to an A1C that is very respectable in just a year. Obviously it was not easy and I could have done it without my nurse practitioner. Mile 11 is for the best nurse practitioner I could have ever asked for!!
When I walk into the diabetes center today I'm met with open arms and smiles. Everyone comes up to me and says hi, asks how I have been. How happy they're to see me doing so well, each and every time I go I hear "I can't believe how great you look, I still remember how bad you looked when you came to us!!" As I head into the office to speak to Angela we hug and more often than a tear or two will begin to slowly roll down our faces. After that it is business as usual and Angela works her magic. She knows that I demand a lot out of myself when it comes to my diabetes and will call me out if she sees a pattern of out of range blood sugars "It took you three days to make a change!?!? Obviously something was up you should have changed it sooner" It is that tough love that has made me so strong when it comes to my diabetes management.
From getting on the bike to running endurance races Angela has been the one doing the research and finding the perfect nutritionist for me. When I ran the New York City Marathon she made sure I had an appointment with her the week after I ran, she was worried about my blood sugars post race and wanted to check on me. She also made sure that I had the last appointment of the day so that we could talk about the race and my blood sugar management before, during and after the race. I still have the last appointment of the day reserved for when ever I have an appointment, the first thirty minutes are for diabetes the rest of the time is for life. Angela and I are like brother and sister, we can sit and have a true heart to heart conversation. I find it amazing that she knows every little thing about "Sharky" and "Minnie". She has helped me in so many ways that I can't say thank you enough. Mile 11 will have a lot of tears but also a lot of smiles because if I didn't have Angela I wouldn't have made it this far!!