• 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.

  • Lantus and the Power Outage.

    My first blog post about adding insulin to my type 2 diabetes management regimen was going to be an inspired tale about my doing what’s best for me and taking the step of asking my doctor about making that change.  It was going to be about my recognition of the fact that I had tried many different medications in an effort to find one that would work well for me for more than a few months.  And it was going to be about my acceptance of the fact that my type 2 diabetes had progressed and that adding insulin was the next step. Now, nearly two months after I made that change, my intended blog post still hasn’t happened.  I’m…

  • Another look: It’s OK to Need Help

    This post was originally written in March 2011.  At the time I was going through a rather rough bout of depression, was struggling to get a handle on things, and ultimately made the decision to seek help.  Given that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought this was worth another look. In previous blog posts and conversations over the last two years, I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’ve battled with bouts of depression and anxiety since I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes. The daily routines of medications, blood sugar testing, meal planning, and other related bullshit, combined with the constant worry of trying to figure out how to pay for all…

  • 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…

  • A Lecture for the Doctor

    When I went to see my doctor Monday morning for a routine checkup, I went with the expectation that I would be receiving a lecture about my blood glucose numbers being higher than she would like and about my A1c rising to 7.4.  I had intentionally called for the result last week just so I would know what to expect from the doctor when I saw her.  Paranoid much?  No, I just know my doctor.  And my expectations of receiving a lecture would have been met had I not prepared one of my own.  And it went something like this: “I been battling with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure for nearly three years, all the while trying to…