Healthy Eyes

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina caused by complications of diabetes, which could eventually lead to blindness. It is an ocular manifestation of systemic disease which affects up to 80% of all diabetics who have had diabetes for 15 years or more. Despite these intimidating statistics, research indicates that at least 90% of these new cases could be reduced if there was proper and vigilant treatment and monitoring of the eyes.

I got a clean bill today after my dilated eye exam. My doctor told me that if she didn’t know I was diabetic, she wouldn’t have guessed. The blood vessels in my retina look very healthy, and I got to see the photo they took. The flash wasn’t nice at first, but once I took a look at the result, I couldn’t be more pleased. She only changed my prescription (which is very low) to help my eyes a little.

Check your eyes at least once a year. It doesn’t take long, and it will allow you to keep enjoying the world.

Those awful sick days

I think I’m coming down with something. I was around two very sick people this weekend, and I think their germs finally made it through my system. I don’t remember when was the last time I had a really bad cold (or a flu) that made me feel miserable, and I hope this won’t be the occasion to remember.

However, as a Diabetic person, I need to be aware of what I should do during sick days. Any acute illness can raise blood glucose levels, and I learnt it is very important to keep a “Sick Day Box” at home. Why is this? Because when you have a fever of more than 38C, you certainly don’t want to go juggling around the house looking for whatever it is that you need to feel better. This Sick Day Box should contain:

– A thermometer, of course
– One sugar-free and one regular package of jello
– One sugar-free liter soft drink
– One regular liter soft drink
– Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen
– Sugar-free cough drops
– Sugar-free cough syrup

The regular jello and soft drinks are for when glucose levels go down. It’s also good to keep some test strips in the box, in case you don’t find them when you’re feeling so bad, you know you have to test. If levels are lower than 70, or higher than 300 (two in a row) it’s is wise to call the doctor or dial 911.

Missed one, but good news!

I missed one day for the NaBloPoMo. I was hoping to have some time to post yesterday, but I had a pretty hectic day. It was a great day, though! I had an appointment with my endocrinologist, who seemed satisfied with the results of my last blood tests. Cholesterol levels are going down, thyroid levels are going up, glucose levels can be improved but they aren’t bad. She increased my metformin to 1000 mg twice a day (instead of 500 mg twice a day), and my thyroid hormone.

I’m also losing weight, but I need to exercise more. The best part of the appointment was when Dr. Mercado told me that I can, indeed, get pregnant as soon as my thyroid hormone levels are normal again. And then she informed me that there is no problem with my donating blood. I’ll be doing that on my birthday, next month.

Touchy Subject

Stem cells use and cloning, which people in the international community are looking to get banned. Cloning research proponents argue it offers great hope for producing replacement tissue and the potential for a cure for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes.

I have always been kind of against human cloning, but I have to admit I haven’t learnt enough about it to have a clear argument. But what’s a Diabetic going to do when they promise a cure for this disease? The problem is that they won’t stop at it, and it isn’t a matter of IF but WHEN.