Hey everyone. I just joined this site because I'd really like to talk to other people experiencing the same thing as me. My friends and family are supportive but none of them are diabetic and can truly understand.
I'm 25 years old and have been Type 1 Diabetic for 18 years. I never had any complications due to my diabetes until December 23, 2010. I was driving home from work and noticed the road looked different. When I closed my left eye, I couldn't see anything but a bloody/filmy swirl. I went to the emergency room and was told I had a vitreous hemorrhage aka "a bleed". This persisted for 6 months not being able to see anything out of my right eye. I couldn't drive myself most places anymore because it was dangerous. Reading, which I love to do, became a frustration because it took me so long. I had countless doctor appointments. After 6 months the bleed finally cleared and I had my old vision back for 3 months until more bleeds occurred. None have been as bad as the first, but they block my vision considerably. I've had laser and injections (last Jan 2012) and last I saw my doctor he said my aggressive blood vessels look much calmer and the pulling on the retina has subsided but I'm still having these bleeds and I don't know if it will ever stop or if I will ever regain my old vision.
I'm currently getting my master's degree in criminal justice. My whole life I've wanted to be a field agent for some kind of law enforcement agency because I like to talk to people and I can't stand being at a desk all day. However, going into the field requires driving which is a major impairment of mine. I am scared my dreams will never be achieved now that my bleeds seem to be continuous.
If anyone else has experienced this or know of someone going through this, I'd really like to talk. I could use the support and maybe some answers. Thanks for reading.
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