Injuries Sideline Team Type 1 Australians Hanley, Calabria
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 22 June 2009
Calabria had to be admitted to a Colorado hospital Friday night with a severe infection from a saddle sore. He had already been sidelined by a broken bone in his hand sustained June 6 during a training ride crash the day before the TD Bank Philadelphia International Classic.
Hanley was seriously injured in a massive pile-up during the Tulsa Tough criterium series May 30 in Tulsa, Okla. She suffered spinous process fractures of the thoracic 3, 4 and 5 vertebrae (i.e, a broken back) as well as a separation of the Acromioclavicular joint in her right shoulder. She underwent shoulder surgery last Wednesday in Australia and was released from the hospital Saturday.
Calabria – who, like Hanley has Type 1 diabetes – said it is too early to tell how long he may be off the bike due to the infection.
“I’ve just been sitting here in the hospital watching bad movies and following Team Type 1 and Team Type 2 in the Race Across America through Twitter,” he said.
Hanley’s surgery was monumental from a diabetes standpoint. Due to hospital policy, her OmniPod Insulin Management System had to be removed.
“I taught my husband, Ewin, how to attach a new pod and correct for a high blood glucose, which he did in the recovery room after surgery while I was still out of it,” Hanley said.
During the two days after the surgery, Hanley said she experienced severe nausea and vomiting.
“My blood sugars were skyrocketing,” she said. “I haven’t been this resistant in ages, including prior to the crash in Tulsa.”
Hanley is expected to be able to start training again in about six weeks. She says she has lost 12 pounds since coming home.
“But I am feeling better and starting to eat more,” she said. “(My) hubby is doing an awesome job looking after me.”