WE ALL HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ERICS EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH AND HOPE, HIS ENDLESS, AND SELFLESS COMPASSION, AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE TO SHARE WITH ERIC AND ONE ANOTHER SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES WE HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF EXPERIENCING.
About six years or so ago, Eric reached out to me from another “FUD-Like” Support Group. He lured me over to FUD, I accepted his invitation blindly, not even knowing who he was. I ditched the former group and joined FUD and have never looked back.
I didnt know much about my own diabetes. I had an awful endo who was absolutely incompetent (despite the fact that he was, himself, a pump wearing T1). I didnt know much about my pump at the time. Didnt know anything about basals or ICRs, or ISFs and very very limited knowledge about how boluses worked. And I had been working with him only bc my first endo moved from NYC to LA, and that horrid endo had been his second string laky.
Eric put an immediate change to all of that. I had wanted to start swimming at my local Y, and my stinky endo told me all I needed to do was to eat a chocolate bar or more to bring my BGs up above 200+, and then I could swim as much and as long as I wanted to. I would start my swims from around 220 and finish swimming at around 70. This seemed perfectly acceptable to me. Eric (along with some other FUD members) put an immediate end to this crazy crash. He taught me how to swim for hours while maintaining my TR from beginning to end.
Now that was absolutely wonderful, but that was just the beginning of my journey with Eric. He has been there with me every step of the way. Answering my panicked texts, helping me find a solution to problems without complaint, always patient, kind, and compassionate and above and beyond generous with his time.
Throughout my decision to have spinal surgery and throughout my healing process, he came up with suggestions to help me along the way to my recovery (and he still is). One example: when I was first dx, I was doing MDI and at the time, the only insulins available were pork or beef regular insulin, along with NPH. When the fast acting insulin came along (Humolog) I went on the pump ASAP. My doctor instead of teaching me about how to use it, programed everything into the pump himself. I never knew what he was doing, and he didnt offer any education or advice. But Eric did. And I learned. And then finally I learned enough to leave that wretched endo in the dust for a new and wonderful endo. (one of the smartest moves I ever made)
This is just some of what Eric has helped me with. Some of you know how Eric got a “team” together while I was healing from my surgery, and he gathered up a plan to keep a smile on my face despite the pain and limitations in my body. Everyone knew how much swimming had meant to me, and gifts started coming in the mail, one after the other. Not just chocolate bars (which most of you know is my favorite for lows) but other creative gifts. And then the ultimate : he rounded up a bunch of you and paid for a full years membership to my local Y swimming pool so that when I had to green light from my surgeon, I could start swimming again. This just blew my mind.
Theres a lot more to the story, but this is what I limited my share to bc I thought that some of you would like to chime in and share an experience or two that Eric helped you with. We are all in this boat together, but I think it would be fair to say that Eric is a Captain on many occasions.Lets let him know how much he has impacted our lives.