Emotional Support---TO EAT?, OR-- NOT TO EAT? "A Double Whammy".

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-02-02 12:43:47 -0600
Started 2014-01-28 01:27:40 -0600

I just saw my doctor last week, she told me she was leaving. She also told me she felt guilty because I was a patient with the "Double Whammy!". She refers that to me because I'm an odd case, even though I have diabetes, I was also diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease. I was diagnosed with PAD (peripheral artery disease) in 1996, but the doctors felt I had it before then, and I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2010. Well she calls it the double whammy because with PAD I am easy to get blood clots and I have to take blood thinners (warfarin) every day probably until I die. Well here comes the whammy, I am on a pacific diet because of the blood thinners and quite frankly I'm also on a strict diet because of the diabetes but the two bump heads. The fun easy tasty dishes I can prepare to help manage my diabetes, I cannot prepare these when trying to manage my artery disease. It's like making an A and then defeating the purpose by making a D right behind it in the same subject. You have to be real careful when trying to manage eating when taking a blood thinner. I love cabbage soup and can eat it for days with the onions, peppers, garlic and tomatoes to just name a few ingredients when dieting for diabetes, but with the warfarin I can only eat about a 4th of cup and then be consistent and maybe eat a 4th of cup next week. I'm also on a no sodium diet, with most of the recipes here in the diabetic connect recipe book the food is loaded with sodium. Everything is so confusing, what am I to do? and it's getting so hard because I love to eat, now it just like a guessing game. All in all my doctor said that she'll maybe just leave me in the hands of a doctor who specializes in the two. Well that'll help my pockets, besides I been with that clinic for over twenty years. I'd rather be with two doctors there than to be with a stranger I never met. Somebody help I really need some support, before I begin to stress.

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old biker
old biker 2014-01-28 10:07:48 -0600 Report

HI anon. First please don't stress out. Maybe a change of doctors is not so bad . A second opinion can't. PAD and Diabetes is not as uncommon as you think ..PAD effects 1 in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 my self included. Number 1 cause is smoking then comes diabetes. There are other treatments and medications available now besides taking blood thinners. But only a doctor specializing in vascular disease should make that call.
Two and a half years ago I found my self talking to a vascular surgeon about the test results from ultra sound testing that was done on both.my legs At the time I could walk only very short distances with the use of a cane. We discussed my treatment options which in my case was very limited because of my diabetes. I was put on a drug called pletal which dilates the arteries in my legs, and made a number of lifestyle changes. The only blood thinner drug I take is a baby asprin at night.. I came real close to losing the use of my legs due to Pad.Two and a half years later I now walk a mile and a half each day and no longer need the use of a cane.. All this came about because my health care provider sent me to a specialist in this field..Good luck and don't stress, sometimes change is good

Anonymous 2014-02-02 03:03:11 -0600 Report

Thanks old biker for your comment. Sorry it took a while to get back, I have some days maybe two or three in a row that I completely hurt. I'm glad you can walk the distance because I can't. Walk for me too, it must feel good to get out and walk. Since they first found out about me having PAD I was so far gone listening to other people and doctors who said I had arthritis that they had to get me in surgery right away. First it was artificial arteries to transferring arteries from my upper arms to my legs and then amputation after nothing worked. It's just that I've been with these doctors my lifetime. They've already started on my other side with amputation to my first two toes which have not healed for three years, this year in July will be the fourth. They said people could live like that, but they have to be very careful of germs, neglect and turning of gangrene. I'm glad someone understands this and have given me hope. Not that you have it, but that you are knowledgeable of it and can help others. Thank you so much,

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-28 09:23:20 -0600 Report

You may have to talk to a nutritionist to help you come up with foods suitable for both of your medical problems. I know from having a mother and aunt on blood thinners that you really aren't suppose to eat them.

Herbs and spices can be used to replace sodium. You have to modify recipes to suit your needs. If you scroll through the discussions Rachel Chavez is now doing a videos or recipes. Put in a request on how to change recipes that require sodium for other seasonings.

What you want in life and what you get are two different things. There are people here with no health insurance and can't afford a doctor. You are getting another doctor. Be thankful you have one. Health services and doctors change all the time. Think about it, what would you do if the clinic closed? You would have to go elsewhere and see a whole new team of doctors. You will be upset which is understandable but you will still have to see a new doctor.

It is better to see a doctor who really knows you. However, you can sign a release to have all of your medical records transferred to the new doctors if they are not at your health center. I have lost doctors over time because they move on. The one thing in life I don't do is worry about anything that I cannot control and since you have no control over this you either have to accept it and hope for the best or be miserable. I would just go with it and get the medical care I need. My doctors were friendly but they are not my friends and even though I didn't like the fact they were leaving, I still got the care I needed. Very good luck to you.

Anonymous 2014-02-02 03:55:55 -0600 Report

Thank you Just Joyce for your comment on nutrition and sodium. The tiniest bit of sodium will blow me up like a blowfish. You're right, we don't have control over some things and it's best to just be satisfied with what we have. If you're going to gripe over some things beyond our control you are going to be miserable. I think I'll just go with the flow and see what the outcome will be, besides it's not the end of the world and I'll be thankful that I'm still here. Thanks again Just Joyce I think I'll be Just Me. Bonsoi

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-02 12:43:47 -0600 Report

Great point of view. Sometimes when we sit down and count our blessings and look at all the things we are thankful for, our entire outlook on life can change.

Never stress over anything that is out of your control. You can't change it and if you can, you have to ask who is going to benefit most from this?

Never invite misery because you are only asking for problems and becoming your own victim of the misery you brought on youself. You will be fine with this as long as you make sure you are doing what is right for you and your health.