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Old 09-08-2018, 19:27   #11
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Ahh...memories.
I didn't wear glasses until I was 9....also extremely nearsighted. My mom didn't want to think of any of her kids as less than "perfect," so she didn't take me to an eye doctor even after the school principal suggested it. I'll never forget the look on the eye doctor's face when she finally did take me for an eye exam & the doctor told her, "How could you wait this long to give him an eye exam; he's practically blind?" My mom answered, "OK....maybe you're right.....maybe he needs glasses.....but for how long?" LOL!!

My idiotic elementary school teachers accused me of "being lazy & not wanting to do my schoolwork & making up stories about not being able to read the blackboard," even after they moved me to the front row.

I had an eerily similar ordeal when I was 12, and my eyesight bombed out on me, over the summer break. When I returned to school, I could not read the blackboard; and the teacher gave me static and called me lazy or something.

My left eye went to 20/70 & my right eye went to 20/200. So I became legally blind in my right, and none to good in my left.
When I got glasses, they were so contrary in acuity, that I went cross eyed at time.

I finally asked the optometrist to lower my right side, to a 20/100 or 20/70, and I let the left eye take over. And that is how I have spent the last 50 years, a one-eyed kinda guy. I don't have depth perception worth 2 cents, so I had to fudge Airborne School.

And a lot of other things, like getting a drivers license were really hard to do. But, I am anything but lazy, or stupid, or slow on the uptake.
I can be very abstract when thinking, with my head in the clouds; but very concrete, when it is needed, which is most of the time. So, things worked out fairly well for me.

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I'm so prone to this! I just wanted to remind myself and others on this forum that we're here to help when the struggle is real.

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Old 07-08-2019, 15:50   #13
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I reached out for help when I suffered an adverse reaction to immunotherapy. It was a great way to lose many friends. "Hey, guess what? I might have anaphylactic shock which could be lethal." I'd hate to get cancer.

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I reached out for help when I suffered an adverse reaction to immunotherapy. It was a great way to lose many friends. "Hey, guess what? I might have anaphylactic shock which could be lethal." I'd hate to get cancer.
Sorry, this happened to you! My mother's "friends" all quit coming around when she began to show early signs of dementia. I guess they thought it was contagious?

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I'm a hider, too. I always have been. Mother was an isolative woman who wasn't very good at kids, and I learned well from her. I have few friends, and even fewer who understand the struggle for diabetics. When I am failing to stay on top of the dietary needs, I hide from everyone... and this forum too. Even though I know coming here and participating is one of the things that helps me stay on top of things. I really hate admitting I have failed to maintain.

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Even though I know coming here and participating is one of the things that helps me stay on top of things. I really hate admitting I have failed to maintain.
To paraphrase comedian Drew Carey, “So you failed? There’s a club for that. It’s called EVERYBODY. And they met at the bar.”

Whether or not they post about it here, I’m guessing every one of us has had a time (or more than one) when we were not the people we wanted to be. I know that applies to me.

I think we try hard on this forum, though, to maintain an environment in which we support each other in managing our diabetes as best we can, through the good discoveries and the not-so-good ones, and we try to excuse the human lapses made now and then and celebrate even the little victories. This site should always feel like a safe space.

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Didn't do well with my fasting schedule since February, slowly getting back. I'm getting my A1C test tomorrow. No more hiding.

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