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?