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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