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macular edema

Video: Diabetes Complications.

Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By June 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 21 Comments

I feel like when people are diagnosed with diabetes-related complications, all of a sudden they feel like they have to hide somewhere and they aren’t allowed to talk about it, so they’re not able to get the support that they need to deal with this new diagnosis. My macular edema diagnosis didn’t mark the end of my life as a…

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Looking in the Windows.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By May 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

Following through on these eye doctor appointments at Joslin’s eye clinic usually means carving out 5+ hours in the day. Even though Rhode Island is assumed to have a short commute to Boston proper, with traffic it can take two hours to get into the city.  Which means that for a 1.30 pm appointment, we had to leave the house…

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Macular Edema and Pac-Man.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By December 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 27 Comments

I had been sitting in the darkened waiting room where people sit patiently, waiting for the dilation drops to take effect on their eyeballs.  The room is quiet and dim, with a television set at the front and chairs for people to ease into and watch the DVD menu screen (it was for a Discovery channel documentary about deep sea…

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Complicated.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Real Life Diabetes By July 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 109 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with macular edema. It’s a complication you can’t see, one that I can’t see until I can’t see.  Sophisticated computer equipment and  camera technology have afforded me the opportunity to find out early, giving me the chance to track this issue closely and opt for aggressive treatment options (laser surgery, medicated eye drops,…

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