• Giving the gym another shot

    Recently I tweeted that I had joined a gym.  And there have been a few tweets since indicating that I was either en route to the gym or had just left.  What that initial tweet should have said, though, was “I just joined a gym, AGAIN!” Since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure in 2008, I’ve had a couple of gym memberships which I took advantage of for a while then, for one reason or another, had to stop going.  Lack of money for the membership fees, major setbacks with my heart, and total burnout all led to dropped memberships. Over the last year, I’ve been able to increase my level of activity significantly and…

  • Guest Post: Getting By With A Little Help From A Friend

    Today’s guest post is from friend and fellow DOC member, Kate Banks.  Kate lives with type 1 diabetes, and deals with some Anxiety as well.  Today, she talks about an experience she had this past weekend.  Thanks so much for sharing, Kate. This week has been full of changes for me in my diabetes management. Changes for the better, mind. Due to anxiety that I have, and have had for a long time, I don’t manage diabetes very well. It’s hard for me to take insulin and test and do all the other millions of things that come hand in hand with diabetes because I’m seriously afraid of low blood sugars. Diabetes is a lonely disease. In my day to…

  • 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…

  • It’s OK to Need Help

    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 of those medications and testing supplies, are simply overwhelming at times. Add to that all of the typical stuff that goes along with every day life, you know… work, bills, chores, relationships, etc… and you’ve got yourself a great big barrel of fun. Then top that off with dealing with a loved…