• Changing my D routine

    Well, I went to the doctor this morning for a routine visit and big changes are coming to my diabetes management routine in the coming weeks, as I work toward improving my BG's and A1C numbers. New year, new routine.

  • An Appointment Worth the Wait

    After nearly two months of waiting for the appointment, I finally got to see the cardiologist on Friday to review the results of the cardiac MRI, blood work, and 30 day heart monitor that I had to endure in an effort to determine why there had been a decline in the function of my heart and if I would need a defibrillator. I woke up late and had to scramble to get ready and head out to the medical center on the other side of town.  Normally if I’m in a rush and stressed like that it shows up when the nurses check my blood pressure, etc.., but not this visit.  My BP was normal and by the time the…

  • Possible Next Steps

    So, yesterday’s visit with with my primary care doctor was quite revealing.  Given the fact that she called me directly and said we needed to discuss a letter she received from my cardiologist, I knew it would be an interesting visit going in. As I mentioned in a previous post, the results from a recent round of testing performed by the cardiologist indicated that the strength of my heart has deteriorated again, and my ejection fraction is back down to 35%.  I knew that going into the appointment yesterday.  And I knew that the cardiologist had ordered a more intensive test to confirm that result.  What I didn’t know was what he was planning to do if the results were…

  • Bad News from the Cardiologist

    I’ve been struggling with writing this post since I got home Friday night, trying to find the right way share the news I got at the Cardiologist that morning.  There really isn’t a good way or good time to disclose bad news, so, I’ll give it to you straight. No sugar coating, no bullshit. My appointment on Friday was scheduled so that I could get the results of the most recent round of tests the doctor had ordered.  The results of the Echocardiogram, or ultra sound of the heart, were not only bad, they were shocking.  And might I add, damn right disheartening. The results indicated that my ejection fraction, which measures the amount of blood pumped out of the…