• From the Archive: You Can Do This

    It’s been 3 years since I first recorded and shared this video.   And if I’m honest, it’s probably been 2 years since I last watched it.  I was looking back through the archives this evening and spent some time watching this video and reflecting on where I was at that time and where I am today.  A lot has changed since then, but the messages shared in that video have not lost their importance.  I’m sharing the video again with the hope that someone will benefit from watching it. So, here is my contribution to the You Can Do This Project, which is the brain child of Kim over at Texting My Pancreas . The video is kind of…

  • 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…