Diabetic Retinopathy

By Survivor7311 Latest Reply 2013-07-21 08:37:55 -0500
Started 2013-07-19 11:17:08 -0500

I was just told today at my eye doctors i have Diabetic Retinopathy…I'm scared. She said that we have just caught it at an early stage VERY early and its a mild case but I'm nervous…scared…I can't lose my vision to this. I was told i need to get my sugars under control thats what i'm always told…I take 4-9 shots of insulin a day i test 4-9 times a day i watch what i'm eating. I hate being told "I" Need to control my sugars ! I'm trying so hard to control them but ever since i had my kidney transplant it has gotten worse all on its own. I feel hopeless and like i'm not doing my part…i shouldnt have to feel like this every time i go to any doctors…My diabetes doctor even said I am doing so well with trying to control it…

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Survivor7311 2013-07-19 15:15:17 -0500 Report

i havent considered the pump yet but something i might look into!! i heard its better im on the insulin pens! and thank you both <3 needed a lift up

Type1Lou 2013-07-19 14:26:12 -0500 Report

So many of the diabetes complications come about because of a long history of uncontrolled sugars. Many years ago (5 or 7?), I was advised by my ophthalmologist that I had the beginnings of retinopathy but nothing that need treatment yet. Like you, I dread losing my eyesight. I started severely cutting back on the carbs I ate to regain better BG control. My current A1c is 6.7. I limit myself to 120 grams of carb per day. I've been able to fend off any progression in the retinopathy so far. I started pumping 2 years ago because of frequent low blood sugar episodes and am kicking myself for having waited so long to use a pump. It's enabled me to gain even better control and eliminated the seriously low BG's. Have you considered a pump? It could help.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-07-19 12:47:00 -0500 Report

you can't beat yourself up about it too much. Sometimes these things just happen even when you have great control. Our bodies are very unpredictable especially when we have diabetes. So don't get down, just do the best that you can and pray for the best results.

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