• A Belated 5th Blogiversary

    So, it’s seems that in the hustle and bustle of the last month, I managed to overlook the fact that my blog turned 5 years old.  And I think it’s worthwhile to stop and briefly note the occasion, even if after the fact. My Diabetic Heart was officially launched on May 11, 2009. That’s five years of sharing my life with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure with the world.  Sharing both my victories and my defeats, showing what it’s really like to live with these conditions.  Sharing the message that it is possible to live well with both.  And that there is no shame in being diagnosed with them. So, here’s to 5 years of blogging about diabetes…

  • Keeping Watch

    Last Thursday evening I was sitting at my desk at work when my cell phone started vibrating and dancing across the desk.  Not recognizing the number, I dismissed the call and went back to what ever it was I was doing at the time.  A couple of minutes later, another little buzz alerted me that there was a new voice-mail.  Needing to get up and move around a bit anyway, I grabbed my phone, and my heart’s phone, and walked down the hall so I could check the message with some degree of privacy. To my surprise, the message was from the on-call doctor at my cardiologist’s office.  My heart’s cellphone had alerted the folks at LifeWatch to the fact…

  • More than a little discomfort

    My appointment at the urologist’s office this morning was interesting to say the least. Down right painful and unsettling if I’m being honest. I’m not going to share any great details, but I’ll say that prostate exams and catheters are not pleasant experiences at all. The problem, it appears, is my bladder is not emptying completely. The organ itself is functioning but not optimally. The NP doesn’t seem to think the problem is severe and wants me to try a medication for a couple of months to see if that will resolve the issue. I’m hopeful that it will. I’ll follow up with the office in a few months. As if the experience of that appointment wasn’t painful enough to…

  • My Heart has a Cell Phone, Again

    On Monday I went for the appointment with the nurse practitioner at my cardiologist’s office.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been dealing with some weird heart palpitations and breathing issues, etc…, and it has been quite a while since I’ve have any tests done, so it was time for the visit. The NP noted my issues and, after consulting with another cardiologist at the practice, decided that I should wear a heart monitor for a month to see if we can document the issues I’m having.   So, once again, my heart has a cell phone. It was also decided that I should undergo a cardiac MRI in order to get a better idea of how well my…

  • Appointments made

    On Monday I finally heard back from my doctor’s office about why they were trying to get in touch with me last week. They had test results to share, and to tell me that I needed to make appointments with my cardiologist and a new doctor, a urologist. I’ve been dealing with some weird heart palpitations, breathing issues, etc and pain as of late. I had addressed this with my PCP when I saw her and she ordered an EKG. Based on the results, and the fact that I haven’t seen him in a year, I was told to make an appointment with my cardiologist. Well, he’s out of the office until March, so I’ll be seeing his nurse practitioner…