Bad news from eye Doc

By Armourer Latest Reply 2011-05-17 12:05:01 -0500
Started 2011-05-12 14:40:04 -0500

Haven't been to the eye doc in three years due to the cost. So I finally went today and was informed that I had finally received retinopathy. Great, but their is no way to get the BG down. At least I can't see any way to get it down. Exercise is out cause of back injuries. Guess I could double the pain pill but then what does one do when that gets empty and still two more weeks to go. Right now I have one meal a day, a bowl of soup. My wife tells me to cut my serving in half. Okay, yes the label says the can is two servings. A cup does not a meal make!!!!!!!!!

35 replies

vvanata 2011-05-16 20:32:03 -0500 Report

It really sounds like you need to eat smaller portions several time a day instead of one meal. Diet has a HUGE factor in your BG. You could have like 1 or 2 eggs in the morning and a piece of toast of if that's too much just the eggs, then for lunch have your bowl of soup but only half the can, then you can have something small for dinner. If you are hungry in between try some nuts or something like that, cheese even. Make your diet high in protein should help. Listen to your dietician

sloane 2011-05-13 08:40:28 -0500 Report

Sometimes pain causes your blood glucose to go up. Have you tried any relaxation therapy or physical therapy? Are you on insulin or oral meds? Sometimes an insulin pump can be helpful. One meal a day sounds like too little food; if you keep your metabolism slow, that also may contribute to high blood sugars believe it or not. A dietician and CDE may be able to help you more. Retinopathy is scary, but today there are a lot of excellent treatments. Let us know how you are doing!

Armourer 2011-05-14 01:04:10 -0500 Report

Didn't think about the pain causing high BGs, or the pain med. Over the next week I shall monitor my BG close to see. The Dietician educator is fed up dealing with me, I've been the biggest challenge of her career! LOL

Mylady6208 2011-05-16 19:20:32 -0500 Report

Meal problems, I have many. I don't eat condiments like mustard or mayo. I don't eat ANY salad dressings. Don't like any vinegar. don't like salmon or any fish except captain d's. try not to eat any fried foods. only cook baked food except when i cook with turkey. see my food problems? my bg is supposed to stay between 90/130 and it consistantly stays below 120. Help
I smile every day though cause God is good all the time!

Armourer 2011-05-17 12:05:01 -0500 Report

I kinda' am like you, I don't eat mayo, but I don't eat meat (unless I have to, and then it is very sparingly), I hate anything that grows feathers or lives in water! I won't eat broccoli (trees) or cauliflower (bushes), but love any kind of pepper. Totally addicted to carbs so it is really hard to not eat any but over 3 grams will spike my sugars big time! I can't eat grains or wheat cause they spike my BG as well. Still my sugars are generally over 200.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-13 08:18:25 -0500 Report

Sorry you have one more problem on top of all your others. Do your pain meds contribute to the high BG? Seems like a d***ed if you do and d***ed if you don't situation.

MrsCDogg 2011-05-13 07:35:49 -0500 Report

I can relate to your problem. I went to the same doctor for nearly 20 years. Never, not even once did he send me to an eye doc. When old doc flew the coop I found a new doc who not only recommended that I see an eye doc, but made me an appointment. To make a long story short, I had severe retinopathy in my left eye. Now I have had the first laser surgery to treat it.
I can also relate to you dealing with pain on a daily basis that prevents much exercise. I have arthritis. I am on anti-inflamatory drug but that only goes so far.
All I can tell you is that I will pray for you.

Eyenurse1 2011-05-14 17:54:11 -0500 Report

I could not believe that your doctor failed to inform you that seeing an ophthalmologist is a must when you have diabetes. They need to have the baseline condition of your eye so that they will be able to see how your eye is responding to your diabetes. Erratic high blood sugar readings are really bad for the eyes. Yes with the latest technology, there are a lot of treatments for the diseases of the eye involving the retina. The chances of recovery is great if it was diagnosed and treated early.

Armourer 2011-05-14 00:58:09 -0500 Report

Thanks, I have arthritis in my hands, and although they look normal there are days when I can't even hold silverware to eat but that is usually a few times during the winter. Best to you on your eyes and arthritis!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-12 21:41:41 -0500 Report

I don't relish any of the many possible things that can go bad due to diabetes but my vision is one that concerns me the most. I've worn glasses since I was 17 and I'm now 58. Over the years my eyes have gotten progressively worse to the point that I haven't been correctable to 20/20 for years. Still with glasses I have been doing okay. The thing is we don't have optical insurance so we pay for the gjasses. The prescription has gotten so strong that my gjasses cost a ton. I haven't had new glasses for about 7 years due to the cost. Thank GOD we will finally have the money in about a month. I'm not sure how I'd handle loosing ny sight.

Armourer 2011-05-14 01:09:36 -0500 Report

Yesterday I took in my glasses (bifocals) which I got three years ago. Never had glasses before that. Ya wearing them I see things so much better, but without them I passed the eye test at 20/25 without them, however I do wear them if driving a long distance or a night. But I just hate wearing them!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-14 01:35:47 -0500 Report

After all these years wearing glasses is second nature. Don't worry if bifocals eventually are not sufficient, they have trifocals. I switched to them 9 or 10 years ago. strangely I never felt like there was any need adjust to them. When I first went to bifocals there certainly was a period of adjustment.

mykeesgram 2011-05-13 03:52:54 -0500 Report

Money-saving is my favorite 'hobby'. For eyes, the 1st trick is to NEVER order glasses from the opticians in your D.O. or M.D.'s office…or the 'mall' stores; the mark-up, esp on frames, is outrageous. Find a discount place in a little strip mall; I easily found 3 such places within 15 miles of our North San Diego County home. We HAVE insurance - my hubby and I both wear tri-focals; but we STILL come out cheaper. We use a friendly Greek guy whose daughter works the floor. We even take our granddaughter there, tho' MediCal (Medicaid) would pay for hers, because the choices are better. The last pairs for each of us were under $80 and one was under $40; and they'd be cheaper if we didn't refuse to buy any without 'Transitions' light-adjusting lenses. Start 'Googling'!

cottoncandybaby 2011-05-14 16:29:46 -0500 Report

I agree with that! I never order from the dr. office, even though I wear contacts instead of glasses. The best and cheapest that I have found is ordering them through Costco. I order contacts, but I would bet that their glasses prices are just as good. I have checked internet prices, but Costco still beats the cost for my type of bi-focal contacts. I still have to go to eye dr. each year to renew the Rx, but then just take the written Rx over to Costco and they get in several boxes of my contacts within a week. I will be going soon for my eye exam and can tell that this year my prescription will have to be even a little stronger, as they get blurry at night and have a harder time seeing small print. I have been with my same Optometrist for years and he is diabetic, too, so he really knows what to look for. So try Costco or Sam's next time.

cottoncandybaby 2011-05-16 22:33:37 -0500 Report

No problem, Armourer, hope it helps, let us know if the prices there are as good as here (in southwest Florida), as I would guess that all Costco's prices should be the same..

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-13 07:10:13 -0500 Report

I agree about saving. I'm like that about about life in general. My 16 year old hates that i avoid malls like the pleage. Here in my small town I have 2 choices, either WAL-Mart or a small private place ( the mall is about 35 miles away). I plan on taking my rx to both places and have them give me a price. My rx is very strong so that's what cost so much.

GabbyPA 2011-05-12 18:10:13 -0500 Report

My heart always goes out to you in your situation. I just don't know how some people survive. It shows your courage and determination. Could you at least do some swimming? That could help a lot and the cost of a doctor visit could cover a membership at a local gym. I am finally getting close to getting into ours. I hope by next month I will have saved the money to join. Then it is pool, pool and more pool.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-12 15:39:45 -0500 Report

Armourer. I can relate to the exercise issue. I have a congenital foot condition. It is progressive and if I try walking for exercise (or many other kinds if exercises) usual issues come up. Last year I had to go to physical therapy due to my ankle collapsing and my knee cap dislocating and incredible back pain. Finally I bought a recumbent exercise bike at WAL-Mart. It was about $140.00, much cheaper than a gym membership. It is very low impact and really helps me get a good amount of exercise. Unfortunately I'm still the size of a mid-size whale.

Armourer 2011-05-12 23:41:39 -0500 Report

Good thought. It looks like the bike thing is the way to go, but my knees are in poor shape. We shall see.

LabRat90 2011-05-12 15:17:44 -0500 Report

Sorry for your troubles. I got diagnosed with retinopathy back in 1995 about the same time as diabetes diagnosis. I've been retinopathy free since 1997. Good luck to you. You CAN do it. Let that be a lesson to those new to diabetes. Check with your eye opthamologist yearly or more often. Ask for a diabetes exam since it costs the same as a regular doctor's visit on my insurance (maybe yours too?).

Armourer 2011-05-12 23:45:03 -0500 Report

Wow, your retinopathy reversed. Eye Doc said I have nine months to get my A1C down a point. Scared me into no cheatin'.

purrfectnow 2011-05-15 11:14:04 -0500 Report

I think after reading all this I need to get a new eye dr

Armourer 2011-05-15 18:28:40 -0500 Report

Glad this all may help. I helped write an article for the newspaper in 1993 about being young and suffering a stroke. Was told by the hospital PR guy that in the following weeks many people phone in for more information. My bad experience hopefully can help you have a good experience.