I'm back

By katcot2152 Latest Reply 2013-04-07 13:04:54 -0500
Started 2013-04-04 00:22:46 -0500

Hi folks:

I'm back, but I don't know for how long. Still apartment hunting - gets to be a drag after a spell!!!

I have been getting chest pains - and I don't take any chances since the open heart surgery. But this go around, I think is anxiety that is causing the pains. Even so, I am monitoring it very closely and will go to the ER if it continues much longer, or if it gets worse. In which case I may still land in the hospital for observation and possibly some tests and may be out of commission again. The one thing I have in my favor is my arteries are clean, as my cardiologist likes to keep reminding me.

I did see my nutritionist this morning and she was pleased to see I lost 9 pounds in the past 6 weeks! And my bg is under good control. A1C has not gone above 6.7, but seems to stay in at 6.5 for the most part! And my fasting bg is 98. So at least something is going my way!!! :-)

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katcot2152 2013-04-05 10:52:12 -0500 Report

Thank you, Tony! I appreciate your input!! But in NH there is a 10 year waiting list for section 8, so that's not going to help - many places have stopped accepting applications the waiting period is so long. A few other options have a 4 year waiting list. i am attempting to jump the process, with all my medical conditions (diabetes is just the icing on the cake if you catch my drift - but I am trying to stay positive - notice I didn't use the analogy the "straw that broke the camel's back" as that has a more negative n=connotation!). I will check into some of the websites you suggested - I have a few of my own pertaining strictly to NH that may help.


Tony5657 2013-04-05 10:10:10 -0500 Report

Just a suggestion regarding finding a rental - I've been a "landlord" about 45 years and currently have 6 rental houses so hopefully this can help. I have absoluletly NO financial interest in any of this. Just trying to help. Specify apartment, not house AND your location.

1. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce and your local tax office. They should have "Section 8 Rentals", which are government subsidized. This will be the cheapest for you.

2. Check your local Craigslist but beware of scammers. They abound here.

3. Check your local Internet advertisements - Google your city, state and rentals.

4. the following are Internet rental sites. Check them out. You may have to specify apartments. I only rent houses:








This will take time, but it can lead to tremendous rewards.
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-04 22:35:43 -0500 Report

Hi katcot,

It's great to see you! Congratulations on the weight loss.

Glad to hear you are taking good care of yourself. Have you thought about talking with a counelor about your anxiety? Counseling might be a good support and you could learn new ways to cope with those stressors of life.

I hope you will stay in touch!


sNerTs1 2013-04-04 10:19:24 -0500 Report

Welcome back!! Congrats on the weight loss but so sorry to hear of your chest pains. I will put you in my prayers. I hope to get my A1C back in control again myself … you are doing amazing! *Hugs*

katcot2152 2013-04-04 10:51:54 -0500 Report

Thank you, sNerTs1, I appreciate that!. My nutritionist has done an excellent job in guiding me in the right direction. Being on a Heart-Healthy Diet and the Diabetic Diet can be confusing and even conflict with each other. She has been instrumental in helping me devise a meal plan as a guide, to help reduce the conflicts. For instance the Heart-Healthy Diet recommends eating 5 fruits per day! Way too many carbs for the Diabetic Diet. And even my medications affect my diet. Since I am on Coumadin for the rest of my life, i have to be very consistent in how much leafy greens or broccoli I eat per week because they are high in vitamin K (which does just the opposite of the Coumadin), and with mechanical heart valves, blood clots are even more dangerous than for the average person. Therefore consistency is the key here. I have to avoid Swiss Chard and Parlsley as they are very high in vitamin K . So, trying to keep my Coumadin levels within a 2.5-3.5 range, I have to go for INR testing to see what my levels are. Then the doctor can adjust the amount of Coumadin I need. Since I have been home from the hospital (the surgery was in June 2010), it has been a roller coaster ride for the levels. My all time high was 7.5 and i was confined to my house until they got the levels down 9was checked daily for almost a week!!! My all time low was 1.6…so they are having quite a time trying to keep it at 2.5-3.5.

I wonder if the INR levels can impact the bg? I have had a much easier time thus far with the A1C, my highest on record is 6.7 so I'm not too far off the recommended range. But I also think the weight loss is instrumental here, even more than the Metfomin (I only take 500mg once daily)!!!! Since the Holidays, I have lost 28 pounds and want to keep losing more until I get down to the optimum weight for my height and age.

Again, thank you for the well wishes and prayers! You hang in there - your A1C will come down if you follow the plan laid out for you by your medical team.

jayabee52 2013-04-04 08:43:14 -0500 Report

Sorry to learn of your continuing chest pains. Yes, please take care of yourself!

Moving is aniety triggering and I never liked to do it myself, although I moved frequently when I was a young to middle aged man.

Please know that I have your name lifted up in prayer!