Published on 03/13/2009, by in Health, Heart.

I finally beat the cardiologist into submission, and got some straight answers and details about what’s wrong with my heart. The heart test results indicated that my heart is still pretty weak, with functionality still around 35%, and that my Left Anterior Descending artery is blocked 30%. To put that into context, they start doing stints and angioplasty at 70%. So, it’s not as bad as it could be, but still not very good either. I’ve been put on Plavix and Zocor to help fight this problem. I’m up to 8 different medications that I take every day. 7 of them are for my heart problems alone. The other is my diabetes med. I take a combo of 6 in the morning, and a combo of 5 at night. Crazy.

So, we are continuing to hope and pray that the medications will do the trick, and that we’ll be able to avoid any kind of surgery. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m slowly coming to terms with the way things came about the last few weeks, with the mistakes and all. I mean, who wouldn’t be completely furious in my position? On a positive note, I now have the cardiologist’s personal cell phone number, and was told to call him any time I have questions or concerns. Anyway, enough about that.

Have a great weekend everyone. Rock on!

Published on 03/07/2009, by in Health, Heart.

Well, true to his word, the cardiologist called me early this morning with the results of the heart test. It turns out that I do have a blocked artery in my heart after all. He said it was minor, what ever that means, and is going to put me on another medication to see if we can fix the problem that way. I’m going to be following up with him on Monday to get a little more detail on which artery it is, and exactly how bad it is.

Thanks for the continued prayers and support.
Rock on!

Published on 03/06/2009, by in Diabetes, Health, Heart.

Had a very disappointing visit with the cardiologist this morning.

It turns out that when I called to get the results of my CT Angiogram a few weeks ago, they only had part of the results in, and they were from secondary tests performed that day, and not the heart test. The secondary tests came back fine. They didn’t have the heart test results at that time, but not realizing they were missing, they told me everything was fine. Well, I get in there today, and find out they still don’t have the heart test results, because of some screw up on the part of the doctor and the lab techs.

So, to make a long and upsetting story short, I’m back to not knowing whether I have block arteries in my heart. This is after being led to believe that I didn’t for the last few weeks. The doctor promises to call me as soon as he knows, but I’m not holding my breath. He’s been warned that I’m going to be looking for a new cardiologist if this is the type of care his patients receive.

I was feeling so good on the back of yesterday’s news about my A1C being 6.5. Today I was knocked down again. It’s a vicious cycle; one day you’re flying high, and the next the wind is knocked out of your sails. Oh well.

I guess I can draw some solace in knowing that I’m doing everything that I’m supposed to be doing to fight these problems. And I’m seeing the results of my efforts, which makes it even easier to keep going. My A1C is down to 6.5, I’ve lost about 30lbs, I’m eating better, and trying to take better care of myself. Just have to keep at it.