By MarsLeon Latest Reply 2009-08-14 12:24:43 -0500
Started 2009-08-13 07:45:53 -0500

Hello I have PDR, but well under control, been clear for over a yr &1/2. I am thinking of becoming pregnant and I am under great care from my Endo and Opthomologist. I need all advice possible…

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MarsLeon 2009-08-14 06:11:12 -0500 Report

Well my eye situation has been pretty rough, but thanks to everything, they are good and stable now. I was Dx with some Neuropathy a few years back, but no pain. I just fear for my eyes…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-14 12:24:43 -0500 Report

So sorry! I have been fortunate to have good eyes, did have cataracts removed from both, this spring but had nothing to do with diabetis. My first cousin has trouble with her eyes due to diabetis but is still going at 82 yrs.
best of Luck and prayers as you forge ahead!!! hugs, PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-13 22:46:12 -0500 Report

Best of Luck!!! I am the only one in our family with diabetis, and had our 4 children before I was pronounced with it, was borderline for over 50 years and genuinely thought that it would never catch up with me-but -it did at 74 years! But I think I finally have a grip on it, have lost 27 # and think that that has helped. I am now 77 yrs nd in control! (Oh, I LOVe that phrase!! haha) Best Wishes!! Pat R

Crashnot 2009-08-13 22:06:01 -0500 Report

I had to Google PDR, and if it's peripheral diabetic retinopathy, I guess that's what PDR is!

I'm fortunate to have clear vision after 41 years of diabetes, so can't provide much input there. But I did have my two children in the past five years. It was nerve-wracking only because I had no idea what to expect. Most of the info out there on being pregnant with diabetes is for gestational diabetics. I was a double-high risk as I was type 1 and over 36 years of age for both pregnancies. And guess what? Both proceeded with no complications and both kids are hale and hearty. A little too hearty for my age in life! But no complaints. I tested practically every two hours each day during both pregnancies, as I can swing from 30 to 360 with few symptoms, and my control during that time was the tightest it has ever been. So the concern was well worth it for my husband and I.

If your sugar control is already pretty tight, you have no signs of kidney failure, or neuropathy, I guess I'd make a go for it!

If you haven't already, check out the book review for "Reversing Diabetes" by Julian Whitaker in the Reviews section here. It's been a lifesaver for me in figuring out my fluctuating energy levels and ongoing challenges to living with Type 1.

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