Saw the heart specialist yesterday, Tuesday, a very nice guy, Dr. Iskander. Explained about the two types of holes that are found in the atrial wall of the heart. Apparently there are two kinds, an actual hole, or a valve that never closes or never fully closes from birth. I'm supposed to talk to the Neurologist and determine if there was in fact a stroke, and then get back to him. If we go ahead and fix the heart there are two ways to go, a camera down the throat to get a closer look, and then come up through the artery from the groin to install the umbrella, or do it in a single step, the camera from the groin and if necessary then the umbrella at the same time. He also agreed with me at least in theory that I've survived this long and if it's not huge, leaving it alone, since if a clot had passed through using asperin and the blood thinning herbs may preclude anymore clots removing the danger. Plus as I told him, men on both sides in this family have largely all died in their 60's plus or minus, so I'm a short timer, he didn't comment on that.
As to the diabeties that I was informed about May 20th, as I've said I started taking Bitter Melon, in addition to the vitamins, Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Cinnamon I was taking for thinning the blood and the colesterol. My blood sugar meter was showing as high as 436 and consistent readings of 300 plus or minus at the start, and has been declining in steps, I broke 200 the first time on 5/28, then have stayed around 200 plus or minus, under 200 with an occasional spirt over, but gradually dropping lower. Today I got my lowest reading yet, 128... I'm told normal is 80-120, and the Dr would be pleased with a consistent reading of 100, or so. Considering I didn't know I had a problem until May 20th, and on July 15th, not even two months later I have a reading nearly normal, I have to say that something is working, and I think it's a tribute to the Bitter Melon, probably helped by the other herbs, watching my sugar intake, not slavishly but watching it, lowering my salt intake, again, not eliminating it but lowering it, and as a good friend pointed out giving up my Pepsi was a big contributor. Talking to my sister she pointed out that she saw on an episode of Oprah, the Dr. that's on the program said that sugar is like glue in the arteries and veins, thickening the blood and causing high blood pressure, plaque or narrowing. So it has occured to me that possibly part of my progress has been simply getting the sugar out of my system. I could be wrong about that, but it does seem to make sense. I've been drinking Pepsi and previously RC for forty plus years, and who knows how it's built up, or if it has, but apparently it's not just flavored water as I've always said.