If I hadn't decided to get off the BART train in Walnut Creek, CA Wednesday morning and take a cab to the emergency hospital, I might not be communicating with you today. I'd been coughing for more than two months and on this particular morning, I coughed so much, I couldn't get any air in my lungs and the air that was there stopped circulating. Hence, the rest of my body wasn't getting the oxygen it needed and I could hardly walk from my car to the BART stations. I had to stop and rest every few steps. As it turned out, the emergency physicians diagnosed my condition as diabetes and angina (chest pressure). The angina caused my lungs to fill with water; hence, the severe coughing. I'm still in shock that I was so unaware of my condition. Overweight? Yes, but I've always been healthy (or so I thought). I don't know yet if I'm a Type 2 diabetic or pre-diabetic. I'm home now with more tests scheduled next week.
But on the plus side, I've found this forum and I hope it will help me coup with my new health issues and help me understand more about my condition and what I can do to live a healthy lifestyle.