After a great night of basketball I headed back to the bus with the team and got my meter out to test my blood sugar. Some of the upper class men and the team manager began to throw out numbers. I heard it all "That was a close game coach was nervous he will be around 240" "No way, he kept grabbing skittles down the stretch he will be 100" As I sat down on the bus I had a few kids around anxiously waiting to see my blood sugar, when 220 popped up they didn't cheer because they guessed it correctly or because they were the closest they looked at me and said "That's a little high right?" After I said yes with a bit of a angry look on my face they asked "Now what?" I would go on to explain that it was a little high because of the adrenaline and because I was nervous and went to my low blood sugar skittle reserve but that I needed some insulin to cover the sandwich I would eat on the ride home. With that they headed off to the back of the bus to celebrate the hard fought victory they had earned minutes earlier.
As a coach and as a person I always want to be in a persons memory. I want to help them live in some way and diabetes may be the best way for me to do that. The students that I coach won't remember certain plays or things that happened but they may remember how I lived with my diabetes. Chances are that almost all of the students I have coached will know someone that is living with diabetes. It may be a spouse, family member or boss but they will know something about diabetes and that will help them.
Ten years ago when I started coaching I didn't have control of my diabetes, today I have twenty student athletes that question everything I eat, drink or do because of my diabetes and I love that. These are amazing students that care and that means a lot to me and my wife. She knows that I'm in good hands when we go on the road for the night for a game.