accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Crystal Bowersox finally explains how she landed in hospital on ‘Idol’

Crystal Bowersox at an "Idol Gives Back" party with fellow Type 1 diabetic Elliott Yamin from season five in April. Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FOX)

Crystal Bowersox at an "Idol Gives Back" party with fellow Type 1 diabetic Elliott Yamin from season five in April. Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FOX)

Crystal Bowersox finally detailed how she ended up in the hospital during “Idol” with a diabetes website. She had ketoacidosis, caused by elevated high blood sugar levels. It’s often caused by a combination of stress, too much food intake and not enough insulin. Insulin brings sugars to cells. No insulin at all means your cells will literally starve. The body begins burning fat for energy at that point, releasing ketones. High levels of ketones begin to poison your body. (This happened to me at age 12 before I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.)

One day I woke up and I wasn’t feeling good. My sugars were in the 400s. [For you non-diabetics--that's really bad!] I told the staff I didn’t feel well, and they took me to the hospital. I thought I’d just be treated real quick and be out of there, but they made me spend the night. My bicarbonate (ph levels) were so low, that they said on paper I really should have been in a coma.

Ken Warwick, the executive producer of the show, came into the hospital to see me, and he said, with his cute British accent, ‘I’m sorry darling. You’re off the show.’  I thought it was a joke! But he wasn’t laughing.

Bowersox fought to stay on. Fortunately, the “Idol” producers were able to swap the guys and gals during the semifinals so she could perform.

She also talked about how she had to play in subways and beg for cash just to pay for insulin to survive. And how she once forgot some insulin injection equipment for her pump and used a special network to get some for free.

- Oh, and tomorrow is the day of the “big announcement.” I know. We’re all staying up all night waiting, aren’t we?

44 comments Add your comment

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 22nd, 2010
12:51 am

First of all, hey Rodney! nice of you to take a break from vacationing to post another thread.

Second, i figured out that night that it was her diabetes, maybe not the exact reason, but it was pretty clear she’d had some sort of “episode” related to blood sugar/lack/whatever.

Third, nope, not even caring. I am going to be dvr’ing AI every week, and zipping through the judges’ comments. that reduces AI to all of 20 minutes watching time! max. well, after the audition shows, anyway. since the “new celebs” were not there during the audition stages so far, i figure it might be fun(ny) to watch … but then again, maybe not…. but i’ll still dvr it and watch on MY own time!

re DWTS, not surprised that the Hoff was the first to go, dance-wize, but sort of was figuring that he’d be voted to stick around a couple of weeks anyway. guess that just shows to go you, he’s not as popular as they keep telling us he is!!!

[...] post:  Crystal Bowersox finally explains how she landed in hospital on ‘Idol’ [...]

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
1:40 am

Thanks Rodney, interesting story. We almost lost the one interesting person from Season 9.

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
7:06 am

Crystal wasn’t the interesting one for me, JT. I was more intrigued by Katie and Siobahn and Big Mike. Just my two cents worth.

As for Crystal’s hospital episode: hate that it happened and she almost lost her spot on Idol, but wonder why she is just now explaining it? Kind of way after the fact, huh.

As for judges, I’m thinking Demi Lovato or Joe Jonas for a surprise pick! Yeah, it could happen.
“It’s on, it’s on, it’s on”.

Highlander

September 22nd, 2010
7:18 am

Good morning, all!

WP, maybe she didn’t want to go into it too much when it actually happened for fear of looking like she was going for a sympathy vote. Kudos to her (and Idol, for that matter) for NOT making a big sob story deal out of it (as they do so often on AGT)!

And Happy Birthday to my Heather!!!!

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
7:40 am

Good point, Highlander. I, too, am glad it was not played up during the voting process but would think it would haved been addressed sooner after the finale. Just curious, that’s all.

Let me add a “Happy Birthday” for Heather as well. Hope it is a great one.

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
7:44 am

Aww…. thanks Highlander. You’re the best. Wrecked, thanks to you too!! :-) It’s already been a great morning. :-)

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

Morning!

Happy Birthday Heather!!!!!!

I think we all knew that Crystal’s problem was diabetes related. It’s good to hear the details and very good to know that she fought hard to stay on the show. Imagine the season without Crystal…the mind boggles.

As for the “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT” , unless Idol has been leading us astray on the judges…..yawn!

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

“KFC to pay coeds $500 to advertise bunless sandwich on buns”

I know. Irrelevant to the topic, but it is my favorite headline from ajc.com today.

You are welcome!

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

Thanks, Deirdre!

Burfday Cake

September 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

heather, heather, light as a feather!

Rosita

September 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

Many happy returns, Heather!

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2010
8:47 am

Lookie here! So far (fingers crossed it lasts) – not an idiot in sight! Good to see our “real” blog for a change! And a very happpy B-day to Heather.

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

Yep, it would have been a different season of AI without Crystal, Deirdre. I think she provided most of the drama with her supposedly wanting to quit the show and Ryan talking her into staying and then the hospital deal where she wanted to stay and compete on the show. Can’t remember which happened first but these two things along with the boyfriend deal kept the AI drama meter running for sure.

kelly&carriefan

September 22nd, 2010
8:57 am

Hi all,

I’ve been in hiding…and sure picked a great day to come out. Oh, wait. I already did that! Ha. (I’ve been up early and had too much coffee!) Anyway. The anticipation for the who the new judges are is killing me! Not.

Heather, happy, happy, Birthday! Highlander, hope you’ve got a fun day planned. ;)

RE: Crystal, wow. Coma? Yikes. I do have to give her credit for not going for the pity vote by making that public.

Bow Wow

September 22nd, 2010
9:00 am

An article about Bow-Wow-Sux? Couldn’t this one have waited until Friday until it didnt matter? Now my day is ruined and it’s only mid-week!

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

Rosita, Sam, K&C Fan: Thanks! :-) It does seem to be quieter and more sane in here today. Here’s hoping it holds!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

Apparently Idol is going to make a big deal about their 10th anniversary…I think this is a great idea. They are visiting all the former winners’ hometowns and doing special interviews with them.

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
9:17 am

Yay! A special interview with Fantasia is coming right up! Can’t wait for that.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Thank God, the national nightmare is ending soon. We can all continue with our lives once we know who the Chosen Judges are.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2010
9:25 am

Good morning everyone. I was gone all last week and have been MIA this week, due to catching up. I have read back a bit, but probably won’t try to catch up.

I would love a surprise when they announce the judges, but really don’t think there will be one.

D, I agree about the 10th anniversary show. Love that idea!

Happy Birthday, Heather! Unfortunately, now it is back to work.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
9:26 am

Totally off topic: I just received this in my email. It gives me a whole new respect for Gene Simmons. The video quality is not great but the point gets across. Wow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGil7PR59sc

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
9:26 am

I would like to point out that my prior statement of “We almost lost the one interesting person from Season 9″ should not be taken as an indication that Crystal is all that interesting.

Judges… I’ll post in the thread that covers the announcement, but just because I support Rodney. Because the judge thing is now a joke.

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

Thanks, Harriett!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
9:52 am

Just so y’all know when this “event” is going to happen:

AMERICAN IDOL will offer fans a look at the AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 Team Reveal and Press Conference with a special live webcast powered by Ustream tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (approximately 10:00 AM PT live/1:00 PM ET live), online at http://www.americanidol.com.

I’m yawning again.

Woodpappy

September 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

Happy Birthday as well Heather. Are you younger than me????

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
9:55 am

It’s okay to yawn, D. Just please don’t start going zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

RK

September 22nd, 2010
9:57 am

I’m going to bet that Randy is one of the judges.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
10:18 am

Has Howard Stern been announced yet?

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Woodpappy, I’m 38 today. You tell me! LOL

kelly&carriefan

September 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Well, dang it. They sure guaranteed I’ll be tuning in to at least two hometown visits/interview show. Tho, who am I kidding? I’m watching regardless. Still, well played, Idol. Well played.

So, who are the judges? J Lo, Randy, and Tyler? I’m still hoping for a small miracle. Har-ry! Har-ry! Har-ry!

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

Happy Birthday Heather!

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

Thanks, JT!!

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
10:58 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!!! You’re still just a youngin’! LOL ;-)

Anyway, I shall not hold my breath as we await the big announcement.

Heather MacDonald

September 22nd, 2010
11:08 am

Thanks, Mike. I feel like a youngin’ some days!! :-)

Not excited at all about the big announcement. Yawn. They’ve done too much yakking about it already.

Scoobs

September 22nd, 2010
11:26 am

I got one
Heather, Heather, OLD as Leather!
LOL. Now that’s funny!

wreckedpizza

September 22nd, 2010
11:28 am

I am holding out hope that Idol snares that British fellow, Simon Cowell, for a judge. I think he would make a good one!

Where’s Rickster these days? I hope it is vacation and not something happening with his brother-in-law.

The Truth

September 22nd, 2010
11:43 am

SourFaceSox is still homely.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Looks like the creep has crept in! And so funny, too!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

12:48!!!!!!!! The anticipation is killing me!!!!!!! ;-)

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

I’m happy that I get to find out about the judges before you guys… 9:52 here! Only 8 more minutes.

Pardon my time zone joke I’m just not excited enough to come up with anything funny, or good, or even well thought out.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

New thread. Wow! That was anti-climactic.

CrysBoxFanOside

September 22nd, 2010
4:41 pm

Crystal’s new CD is coming this fall 2010!!!
Very excited! Can’t wait!

— TV Tattle

September 22nd, 2010
4:58 pm

[...] Crystal Bowersox explains why she was hospitalized during "Idol" The diabetic "Idol" runner-up had ketoacidosis, and was told by "Idol" producer that she was off the show — until she fought back. [...]