Dammit, I can't win for losing.
I had a cardiac ablation last year to get rid of the worst of my WPW symptoms, and that worked. I was able to come off medicine to keep my heart rate down and stave off the tachycardic episodes (which really sucked, btw).
I was cleared 6 months ago to start in an exercise program from cardiac patients. I've whipped my ass into pretty good shape in terms of exercise tolerance (ie, I can run 3-4 miles on the treadmill now and not feel like I am going to die) and I actually see muscles I haven't seen in a long time. I've dropped 2 clothing sizes, but have not dropped any additional weight in over 3 months.
Three months ago, I had some wierd stuff going on with my blood sugar. I felt like crap one day in the office about 3 hours after lunch...shaky, headache, couldn't concentrate. I felt awful. I checked my blood sugar on a lark and it was 221. I went to my doctor the next day and he ran some tests, and my fasting blood sugar was ok. But my blood pressure was also high. You can't diagnose hypertension on one visit, so I have been going back once a month since then. It's not gotten any better. I have been doing South Beach (there is too much coronary artery disease in my family for me to stick to Atkins), and going to the gym WITH A TRAINER 4-5 times a week, and none of it is changing.
SO, I went back today, and had a 3 hour glucose tolerance test, as well as a repeat on my blood pressure. Today, it was the worst it has been in AGES. 154/104.
Then, the lab called. I failed my 3 hour gtt. I am diabetic. AND hypertensive.
SO, he started me on glucophage, and two different bp meds (a calcium channel blocker and an ACE inhibitor), have to start monitoring my blood sugar 4 times a day, and tomorrow have to do a diabetes education class, do some other labwork to see if there is some other underlying problem (like PCOS..in the last 6 months, my periods have been weird and unpredictable) that's driving the symptoms, and then go back in 3 weeks to follow up.
I finished school, took boards, started a new job, got divorced, had heart surgery, moved, am job-hunting again to get out of this area, have a stressful job that interrupts my sleep, I'm a completely single parent, and now this...all in the same year.