Man what a day I had.
I’m finally past not saying that I have no serious diabetic complications. (Actually, last year I was treated for a frozen shoulder, but that resolved itself after a few weeks of p/t.)
Last Thursday I was at the movies taking part in a team offisite for work. I was talking to a co-worker in the movie theater lobby and pop. I see a flash and blood in my left eye. I now know that was a vitreous hemorrhage. At the time, I had no idea what it was, and I have a really stupid habit of trying to ignore changes even when they’re serious.
Clearly, this was serious, but I didn’t go to the doctor until Saturday. I’m just glad that they have an acute care center. I called Friday afternoon, set a Monday appointment with my ophthalmologist, and then called the acute care center. They encouraged me to come in first thing the next day. I did and was there all.day.long because they wouldn’t let me leave until after I saw two ophthalmologists. The only reason they let me go was they didn’t find evidence of a significant retinal tear, and I had that Monday morning appointment already. I got there yesterday thinking I’d be done and back to work around noon.
Instead, they dilated my eyes and ran a few tests. Then they decided they had to move right away. They zapped my left eye with lasers to kill the blood vessels that were popping up, I got an injection of local anestesia, and then got an Avastin injection. I didn’t take well to the injection, so my attempt to drive home was sheer torture. It’s also been rainy in the San Francisco Bay Area and a heavy downpour started just as I was getting off of the Bay Bridge. I was in tears by the time I got home. I’m glad my boyfriend is home most days. I called my ophthalmologist. They gave me the okay for lubricant eye drops, which I know just to have on standby should another injection follow. He snapped into action and went out to get me some lubricant eye drops. My eyes were very dry and felt like I had something in them, which is a side effect of Avastin. I was also really sensitive to light even after the dilation wore off, which is another side effect. Overall, it was just a brutal day. I eventually talked to my ophthalmologist on the phone and she said most people only have one of the two proceedures in a day. The fact that I had both, well, yeah…I was in for a bit of turmoil.
Today, my joke is I look like an extra from a cheap horror movie because my left eye is very red and irritated. However, I keep reminding myself that I’ve got a great medical team. I already had an appointment for April for them to look, and they’d decided that I had to have eye exams twice a year vs. once as they saw changes the last time I’d gone in. It’s so scary, but I know that this can be managed. It’s better to go thro:hospital:ugh this now than to go blind.
My numbers aren’t bad - 6.8 a1c. I have to get a handle on the deviation between the numbers, and shoot for getting that to the low 6s or even into the 5s. I also have to up my physical activity by walking more. I go back in 4 weeks to the ophthalmologist. I hope them I get clearance to up my physical activity too.
Thank goodness for modern medicine and living near a teaching hospital.