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I Can See Clearly Now – well – sort of

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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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The joys of having Bowie my CGMS – Chapter 1 - Sep 02
 Okay, for those of you who have never read my #dblogs before, I give names to all my little gizmos that I use for controlling my diabetes.  What we have today, ...
In a slump and scared - Jul 21
It’s rare for me to compose a #dblog that is not all “chirpy chirpy” … I think the last time I did one that was kind of down was at Diabetes1.org ...
Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
  " To the best of my knowledge, I am the only diabetic who survived years of imprisonment in German concentration camps. This is my story "   The above words ...
Sugar and Your Health - Mar 06
The other day I emptied out a 4 kg (about 10 lbs) of white sugar that I had dated a year ago when I opened it.  I use white sugar purely for cooking (I make my own ...
Eating from the ground - Yuca Fries - Feb 20
I am home now from a working holiday, in the Bahamas and Miami.  Despite the weather being abit cooler then normal (they only get 2 weeks of winter - we were there in ...
Posted: Nov 10, 2011 17:32
  • I Can See Clearly Now – well – sort of

    Well, as the Holly Cole rendition of Johnny Nash’s classic song plays in my head – I just thank my lucky stars that my 6 month visit to my Ophthalmologist went as well as it did.

    I did the 2 minute modelling job with my eyeballs for the optic nerve imaging for glaucoma  (not covered by our province – so it’s $80 out of pocket – which I hope my medical insurance covers some of it).  No sign of glaucoma, which is the reason for this yearly scan since we all know the earlier glaucoma is caught the better to stop it proceeding further (vision loss from glaucoma is not reversible with treatment, even with surgery).


    The peripheral test I do every 6 months and I aced it as usual.  I’m supposedly the fastest person they’ve ever seen performing this test along with accuracy.  Maybe due to Ms. Pac-man this is the reason I excel in this test? LOL

    I was abit worried, due to a vision problem in my right eye (OD) since a cataract was discovered about a year ago by my Optometrist when I was going for new glasses.   My Ophthalmologist doesn’t perform the vision test due to how much she charges and the time it takes to perform it.  She primarily is interested in diseases of the eye – which is totally understandable.   Luckily, with my insurance from work – I’m covered 100% of the Optometrist charge to have the vision test done.  The Optometrist told me at the time that the vision in my right eye - the one with the scratched cornea would never be great due to the beginning of a "traumatic cataract".  I only found this out recently that there are different types of cataracts and they can start as early as childhood.

    Apparently, my cataract is getting worse, which I sort of thought it was since I last saw my Ophthalmologist in April (when I was properly diagnosed after the goof up at my GP’s clinic originally).  The vision in that right eye is abit blurry at times, more so when I’m tired.  I’ve been using a prescribed drops / gel on my scratched cornea when it flares up from time to time (feels like grit / eyelash in eye – not very comfortable at all).  Now, my Ophthalmologist wants me to use the gel drops at night time EVERY night.  Again, whether this is to delay the progress of the cataract is perhaps the reason – and again – dumb me – forgot to ask if this was the reason why.

    Her concern is that she can replace the cornea, but in order to do this, she would have to do the surgery on BOTH eyes (my left eye – OS) does not have a cataract.  At that point my vision would be 20/20 (I am currently near sighted and have astigmatism).  In away that would be kind of neat - since I've been wearing glasses since Grade 5.  What she worries about is the trauma to my eyes and if it would cause more problems to occur due to my having diabetes.  I have background retinopathy – which is typical in long term diabetics like myself – but according to my Ophthalmologist, my eyes are in really good condition despite my length of diabetes.    So for now, she’s told me if I can handle the bit of vision loss, she wants to hold off on replacing the corneas in both eyes. My personal reason for holding off - which you'll probably thing is weird – I love wearing glasses!!!   When I started working – and could afford nicer frames then what my Dad could afford – they are part of my personality - sort of like jewellery in away.  I think I would feel naked without wearing my spectacles – I like being a femme fatal Sir Elton John.

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