Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Update on My Health - Good News

I want to share some good news. As many of you know, in 2015 I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, as well as diabetic retinopathy with severe macular edema. My original retina specialist told me I had a 50-50 chance of going blind within five years. Well, after almost four years that included three retina specialists, over 70 injections in my eyes, and five surgeries, it appears we have finally been able to stop the bleeding of the capillaries that run through and behind my retinas. 

Much eyesight is much improved, though still far from perfect, though it should continue to improve. I can actually do things now that I haven't been able to do like read more than ten minutes without giving myself a massive headache, use a computer for more than ten minutes, read small print (still have to use reading glasses, of course), and even drive at night safely (there were a few times I had to drive at night before, but I mainly had to rely on The Force rather than my eyesight - LOL).

My last two surgeries were in November. Since then, there has been no appreciable bleeding, and the edema (swelling) that caused my retinas to crumple and distort is slowly subsiding. My left eye, which was the most damaged, will still require a few more injections to encourage the swelling to go down, but my right eye is already back to 20-30, and should continue to improve without requiring any more injections (although it may require a "booster" shot at some point). 

Anyway, it is wonderful to be able to see again, even if imperfectly. I really feel like I've emerged from a dark tunnel I've been stuck in for four years.
 
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