A Sigh of Relief

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I held my breathe for the last week or so because of my annual eye exam.  I’m happy to report that after almost 17 years with type 1 diabetes I’m still hanging on to eye health.  I breathed out a long sigh of relief that literally lifted my headache away.

My pressure decreased in both eyes just as it did last year which tells me to more or less keep doing what I’m doing. There are no signs of the 2 faint blood vessels spotted two and a half years ago during my twin pregnancy which makes me happy but also proves to me how delicate a balance this all is.

A little extra pressure or strain, a little bodily stress and that’s all it takes to get the ball rolling on some damage?  It’s a tough pill to swallow but it makes me that much more aware of how important small daily decisions are.  Of course, the doctor always reminds me that with time I’m likely to meet some obstacles but she has a great point when she says not to worry because worrying is pointless, what matters is what we do with the present.  And currently I’m working hard to maintain good blood sugar management.  That’s the best any of us can do.

On different but related note, I realized I’m probably considered close to being legally blind-vision wise.  I have also realized that no matter how cute my glasses frames are, they can never hide the extreme chunkiness of the lens and as a result I’m extremely grateful for contact lenses.  A sigh of relief there, too.  See?  It’s not always about diabetes. :)

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I am thiry four and have had Type I for 26 years. Gladly, I as well have been able to maintain good eye health, with a few scares here and there (ex: increased eye pressure, a broken vessel). Congratulations on a healthy exam! My concern is that I have not had children yet and don’t plan on having any for another 2 or 3 years, my Opthamalogist mentioned the strain my eyes will experience during pregancy. Can you describe a bit more what you experienced with your eyes while carrying your twins? Thanks much and I’m so glad I found this blog! Melanie

Hi Melanie! At my 6th month of pregnancy with my twins it was discovered I had two small leaky blood vessels-one in each eye. Since I had my previous eye exam a month before getting pregnant and everything looked fine, my eye doctor said she was very confident that this was a result of the twin pregnancy and the fact that there was so much extra blood being pumped throughout my body (double, in fact) and I had started to have high blood pressure at this point which continued up until my c-section a month early due to preeclampsia. The blood vessels were checked after I had the babies and had already shrunk in size. My doctor said that she recommends women to be at a healthy weight prior to getting pregnant so that any additional weight gain (which shouldn’t be very much, anyway) doesn’t add unnecessary strain and make high blood pressure a little more likely.

I’m very glad to hear you’re doing well after 26 years, that’s really impressive :) I wish you the best with your future plans of having a baby :)

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