Back on the saddle again—since Aug. 20!
Welcome to my Tour de Cure page.
Last year, I managed to pedal more than 3,500 miles on my touring bikes, including some 68 miles in Kenosha and Racine with fellow Rim Riders, Wayne and Matt Ragalie for the 2020 virtual TDC. Two additional Rim Riders, Desiree Guida and Kevin Guida joined us respectively from Texas and Illinois.
Heading into August, with the 2021 (virtual) TDC set for September 26, after barely starting to fund raise, I wound up hospitalized for nine days in the COVID ward at the Zablocki Regional Medical Center in Milwaukee. I’d been fully vaccinated since early February. So, the breakthrough infection hit me unexpectedly.
Diagnosed positive July 30, I spiked a fever, developed a wracking cough—rare for me Despite being fairly fit, I now was extremely fatigued with no appetite. Aug. 4, I was admitted to Zablocki, placed in an isolation room, then to the COVID ICU team for intensive oxygen therapy with IV antibiotics, Remdezavir and steroids to fight the infection and inflammatory response.
With the caring, committed, professional care from all the VA nurses, the expertise of docs very experienced in treating COVID, the incredible love and support of family and friends, I fought back. Aug. 13th, after nine days, I was discharged with oxygen for home use.
My breathing has since returned to normal with full lung capacity, and now I’m close to 100%, pedaling 25-30 miles at or near my pre-COVID pace.
It took awhile, but had I not been fully vaxxed, the outcome easily could have been far worse.
I’m grateful I was able to self manage my diabetes throughout via my insulin pump. I believe that helped my recovery go relatively quickly. Yet, the experience taught me how at risk people with diabetes can be if they're exposed to and contract COVID 19. It has given me added incentive and determination to do the Ture de Cure Sept. 26 and to raise the funds the ADA needs to support diabetes research, education and advocacy.
Diabetes and COVID 19 separately are no joke. Together, they can be lethal.
That's why I'm asking you to support me in the Tour de Cure, because finding a cure for diabetes is urgent and personally means so much to me.
This year Tour de Cure celebrates 30 years of making an impact in communities nationwide. I'm riding to champion the over 34 million Americans living with this pernicious disease.
When you donate you make an immediate impact:
* You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
* You advocate for a child with diabetes to have the same learning opportunities at school.
* You fund life-saving research that will bring us closer to a cure.
* You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes.
Thank you for considering a donation to sponsor me or another team Rim Rider member in this cause that is so important to us.
Yours in peace, power and good will,
Captain, Team RimRiders
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