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Old 12-04-2011, 12:59   #1
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Hi all,

Sorry for the long read but.......

On 11/22/11 in the afternoon I was waiting for my daughter to get home so we could go shopping, load up the motorcycles and go camping and dirt bike riding over the long weekend.

I blew my nose and instantly got dizzy, lost my balance and suddenly had double vision. I thought I had a stroke so I called 911.

They transported me to hospital and admitted me. Three days later, after a cat scan, ultra sound, xray, MRI and a couple of MRS they told be my head and brain and heart and arteries were all good but that I was diabetic.

Neurologist said I have nerve damage to one of the optical nerves and that is causing the double vision. He said it should go away in 6-8 weeks. Other information I have read on the net says more like 3-6 months.

While in the hospital my BG was 250 then they gave me insulin and it only went down to 230 5-6 hours after eating. I later found out that my A1c was 11.5.

Since I have been home my highest BG # was 156 (Dawn Phenomena) and my lowest was 88 (Post Workout). But I am usually in the high 120s to low 130s.

I am 100% confident I can control my BG with diet, exercise and the meds.

I am scared to death I am going to lose my sight. I still have the double vision when I look through both eyes, both eyes are blurry. The right eye is blurrier than the left but I can definitely tell I now have some night blindness in the left eye as well as some color blindness.

I go to the eye doctor on Thursday but I am scared to death at what he is going to tell me. How much worse this is going to get and how fast is it going to happen?

Not looking for a professional opinion here, I just needed to "vent" and I am trying to put on a strong face and keep a positive attitude in front of my wife and kids.

Thanks

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Old 12-04-2011, 13:25   #2
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I too feel like that most of us hear diabetes we think blindness and losing limbs everyone make this disease a death sentence whether literally of figuratively I too am scared worried about going bling losing a foot or kidney or all of the above venting is good and I wont tell u not to worry pray for the best and surround yourself by people who love you that is the key support money, luxuries, and the stupid things don't matter just like with any disease the people around u matter who loves you I have diabetes and a daughter who is seven and has fight for the right to live she we very sick and still sick seven years later so love love love love that is the medicine u need most here is some from me love u

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Old 12-04-2011, 13:27   #3
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I had and still get double vision in one eye, both eyes at times. Try googling diabetes and dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes can cause a lot of problems. Since I started on A daily regiment of art tears most of my problems have subsided greatly.

Blowing your nose and getting dizzy was more likely due to a pressure imbalance between inner and outer ear. Happens to me a lot, always has.

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Old 12-04-2011, 13:35   #4
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To set your mind at ease first off, most of us have experienced the blurred vision, and what we've found is that it clears up when our blood sugar levels drop and stabilize.

Let us help you get a handle on this, because being scared out of your wits & trying to be strong for the family is bound to cause additional stress which is another factor in high blood sugar. It gets us coming & going! But diabetes is treatable and absolutely controllable. We have many members who have been at this for decades, and are living happy healthy lives. You will too!

Settle in & ask all the questions you have . . . we're happy you found us & I think we can give you the support you need to take this "bull" by the horns & subdue it. We all accept that there is no cure, but we also insist that we're the boss, and diabetes is not going to ruin our lives, not by taking our sight, or our toes, or our kidney function.

Welcome aboard, rk.




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Old 12-04-2011, 14:54   #5
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Welcome to the Forum. We are a great support group for all diabetics here to help each other. First take a deep breath and relax. Although Diabetes is very serious it can be managed sucessfully with diet, medication and meds or insulin. If you need medication don't be afraid to take it , many of us do. When I was dx'd almost 5 years ago I had no symptoms except some blurry vision. I thought I needed a stonger pair of glasses. Actually it was the eye doctor who found some damage in the back of my eye. She sent me for further tests and sure enough I was diabetic. The Opthmologist told me damage to the eyes may start years before other symptoms show up. Now that you know you can start to manage your bgs. It seems that your bgs are behaving pretty good for a new diabetic. You must be doing something right. Welcome to the forum.

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Thank you all.

I really just need to get through this initial stage and find out how much damage has already been done to my eyes, what needs to be done to stop/correct it and then set up a course of action.

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Old 12-04-2011, 20:23   #7
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I really just need to get through this initial stage and find out how much damage has already been done to my eyes, what needs to be done to stop/correct it and then set up a course of action.
You can "find out how much damage has already been done to [your] eyes" if you want to, but there's nothing you can do about past damage. What's done is done. BUT, you can absolutely prevent further damage. There's nothing about diabetes besides the sugar in your blood that causes damage to your eyes. You can control the sugar in your blood. Ergo, you can control whether or not there is any further damage.

There may be nuances to this that I'm missing, and, if so, someone on the forum can correct me. But this is the word from Kid 1, my doctor daughter.

Deep breaths. All will be well. You've come to the right place. I know, because I'm a newbie too. And these people are saving my life.

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Hi. I don't know if you have seen a dietitian yet, but I found I couldn't get my bg down eating as many carbs as she advised, so I followed the advice of many here and started eating LCHF, and got my bg in control right away. This link explains the LCHF way of eating. LCHF for beginners | Dietdoctor.com

Also, Blood Sugar 101 is an excellent website to learn what every diabetic should know about diabetes.

Welcome to the forum.

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