And he is as impressive in person as he is in type and his little weird images.
As he has not said anything about our meeting yet, I’m going to pretend like it was really no big deal to me either. I mean it was cool, but like I’ve met like a million people who carry homemade diabetic gadgetry strapped across their midsection during their marathon already. At least a million.
Things that blew me away:
- At the end of 26.2 miles, although he needed some help getting down, he dropped to his knees and began the most beautiful speech to a beautiful, unsuspecting 4 year old girl with diabetes, during which he told her of all the things she would be able to accomplish in her life. He said, “So tell me again. What are you going to be great at in life?” She replied, all smiles, with, “anything I want.”
(It was all I had not to ruin the “unlimited” moment with bumbling and sobbing.)
His contraption that he had strapped around his chest. I’m not sure it was homemade, but I have a feeling. It looked like a Pez dispenser for test strips. I imagine he made some people nervous before the race started.
His numbers during the race… He rattled off a series of numbers ranging from 78 to 120 maybe. He actually scoffed at the 120– mumbling something about it being too high.
His number starting the race… a 54. I believe it was a 54. I also believe he did a small shot of insulin at the time. To be clear—- at the time of the start of a marathon. He did a shot. At a BG of 54. Kids, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. I won’t, that’s for sure.
His wife. I was blown away by Eric’s wife. I guess I was expecting somebody very weird and socially shut down because— you know— but she was everything but. What a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit and with such willingness to share embarrassing stories… She and I are going to get together again soon.
I also had the opportunity to meet @Nicole and her family. I should’ve put them at the top of the “blown away” list. I enjoyed every minute of my time with her family and particularly enjoyed watching her chase after her children knowing mine were big and didn’t require chasing anymore. I wanted to help, but I was getting tired just watching.
This was my very first outing to meet another diabetic, and it was amazing. I met one energetic, positive, and seriously intelligent diabetic, AND I also met Eric. What a wonderful day.