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Viva Las Vegas and the waiting game in a walk-in clinic (Part Deux)


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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  • Viva Las Vegas and the waiting game in a walk-in clinic (Part Deux)
    Sorry for the wait in finishing up this story (I had to tell my parents on the w/e as they were getting impatient).   Things have been crazy here at home, with trying to get meds all in order for upcoming holiday along with falling behind in work due to this latest eye glitch.  On top of that, trying to help out a diabetic friend with her new insulin regime of Lantus.  She's having a fun (NOT) time of dealing with roller coaster blood glucose (BG) rides.  I'm telling her to hang in there!

    So, the final chapter begins - hopefully the wait was worth it .....

    In the end, I saw the on call GP at 17h30 - by then I was about ready to flake out and go to sleep having had no food, water, and sitting on my plump buttocks all day (except for the ER drive home to change my infusion set/reload insulin cartridge into Salvador Dali).  Along with the two occulusion alarms (which I think probably was due to air bubbles in the tubing as all went well after priming the tubing again) I was literally toast. 

    The GP was abit unsure about my eye at first as she didn't seem to see anything wrong (here I am with eyeball flooding out tears as she shines light in my eye).  She went off to consult with someone (maybe she went to the Internet) and came back first to place a topical anesthetic into my eyeball.  What a relief that was!  It felt like my eyeball was normal again, but she warned me that it would wear off.

    At that point she placed some yellow drops ( with a strip of special paper that help detect damage to the eye.  From what I learned later on at home, at this point she would have used a fluorescent light to detect any abnormalties, but she just used a regular flashlight. 

    In the end, she said I had a corneal imbrasion, handed me some drops to put in my eyes called Ciprodex to help counterbalance any infection I might get and said not to worry.

    What did occur though when I got home over the next few days was that my eyesight didn't seem to be improving and when researching Ciprodex online I discovered that it's not recommended for eyes (it's for for ear infections).  I started to question what the GP had done - which I'm sure would be going through your mind as well. 

    I had called up my
    Ophthalmologist office on Monday to see if I could see her about my eye - and because of my diabetes they wanted to see me right away BUT only if I had an Emergency referral from the attending GP that I'd seen a few days before.   To make a long story short, in the end, between my endo's office trying to help out, I never was able to obtain the referral and can only see my Ophthalmologist in April which is my next 6-month check up.  Crazy medical system we have here in Quebec - but most of the times it does work - but can be frustrating as all hell at times.

    In the end, I've spoken to my Optometrist, telling them of what had happened along with the use of the Ciprodex.  They told me that this is something they don't normally prescribe for eyes and said to stop using it.  Also, that normal eyesight with a corneal imbrasion takes from 1 - 4 weeks.  This was all done over the phone, and I am very lucky that I was not charged for this consultation!

    So, as you can tell, I cannot wait to be able to see clearly out of that eye, so for now, I'm finding it difficult to work at my PC with the way my vision is.  I will be patient and that evil little eyelash separator brush that I posted a link for a picture of in my previous blog - gone to the land of trash - evil little tool of eyeball distruction - GONE!!!

    To read more about corneal abrasions - you can go to this link - written by Nurse Practitioner, Sue Wingate.


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