- About metoo
- As a career I spent 40 years in commercial printing. Complications such as retinopathy (I'm now legally blind) forced me to retire. I'm currently on disability and retraining myself to be able to work with my new physical limitations and realities.
The complications have also pretty much eliminated what hobbies I had in my prior life. Most of the things I did for fun required the ability to be mobile and to see things easily. None of which actually works well anymore. Trying to find new things that are both accessible and doable in my new reality.
Pets. I love my pets. They help to keep me sane. I have a male six-year-old Lhasa Apso and to three-year-old female Lhasa-poodle mix which are his little girls. And, to round things out, a four-year-old male blue point Ragdoll cat.
- Your Location
- Bothell Washington USA
- Your experiences with diabetes
- I believe that the negatives of diabetes are pretty much universal. At least for the most part. It is relentless and demanding giving no favors and forcing unwanted change.
For me, the actual disease of diabetes is not my most challenging foe. That designation belongs to all of the other things diabetes brought with. The complications; peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, retinopathy gastroparesis and in my case celiac disease. These are the things that are truly challenging. I often say that if all I had to do was manage my blood sugar life would be easy. I probably wouldn't feel that way, but given my current realities it is the truth.
At the same time, there are a lot of positive things that have come out of this horrific burden. I have definitely become a more empathetic person. I understand an awful lot more about how I need to take care of myself. I have a much greater appreciation of the people and things in my world. This is especially true of the eyesight I have been able to recapture and retain as well as the improved dexterity resulting from reversing neuropathy.
Put simply, I have gained more knowledge about more things than I would have otherwise. Probably more than I ever wanted to know.
- Diabetes Types
- Diagnosis Year
- 6 ft
- 185 lb
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