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  1. Well, a fun week that was- housebound by a viral infection and likely a similar week about to follow.

    Symptoms: sore throat, aching body, cottonwool brains, constant hacking cough, sneezing fit to bust, sore nose, lips cheesegrated to heck and back, and just to top it all off every so often I get the "ring of doom" in my central vision and (lacking peripheral vision as I am these days) so effectively blind for a while...

    Oh, and to complete the moan: also just got my date through for a colonoscopy- camera each end (hopefully in turn...) looking for a cause for my current anaemia. Preceded by industrial strength laxative in a double dose and a period of every diabetic's favourite pastime, "nil by mouth". Really starting to dislike this year.

    Anyway, enough moaning for one post. Away home friends and I truly hope you all have a good time until I post again.
  2. Well, a few more weeks and what a mixed bag THAT was...

    My images continue to do well on Photocrowd- even got myself a follower from Croatia!- and I am enjoying my weekly walk along the Grand Union canal as much as ever. My wife is still the best and most wonderful thing in my life, and so all continues well in the most important parts of life, namely love and art.

    Health, though, a tad more mixed: just been advised that while my kidneys are doing well, I may need lithotripsy to get rid of a couple of stones- not really a problem given the full on surgery a couple of years back, but still a touch unpleasant. My bloods are continuing fine, though, and the eyes (so far) remain stable after all the laser in past years.

    Work, though: work, and there's the rub. All I want is to simply get on with the job, get paid, come home and forget the place until the next day. I see no point in the red queen's race, in trying endlessly to justify myself just to keep my reviews even "sufficient"- which, in practice, means doing extra tasks, getting and giving extra training, and other tasks seeming aimed purely at promotion- and how is everyone supposed to get this fabled promotion? We can't all stand at the top at the same time! Personally, I'm not even interested.

    Hi ho, enough steamvalving. I'll live on, and live well as I can; you all carry on doing so too.
  3. A few weeks on, and a good day today: my bloods were reasonable at 5.9 before breakfast, I had a good breakfast (bacon and black pudding in a fried ciabatta- heaven!), and then, glory of all glories, a proper walk. Some days things simply work.

    My walk? Well, I'm a man of habit: my Sunday walk follows the canal near my house down as far as Campbell Park, then I turn right to cross over the bridge and walk through the park to the city centre for a coffee and- perhaps- a cake of some kind. Four bridges down, along the towpath, watching folks walk their dogs, watching the wildlife, watching the water... and through it all, taking shots of anything beautiful or peaceful. I do love photography, such a good hobby for a chap with retinopathy and limited vision. Ho hum!

    Well, here's hoping the week carries on well. Yours too...
  4. Well, that was quite a year all in all: eyes stable, kidneys still forming stones, diabetes reasonably under control so all things medical quite good. Still employed, so work going well. Married, so life itself good.

    All I need now is to simply keep it all working a few more decades, try to make my wife happy as I am, wait to see if I am to be blessed with grandchildren, have a try at publishing a few poems (working title: "Thrown by the Light", Ebook at @£2.50 a copy...) and see if I can convince anyone to buy my pictures (available from Photocrowd). No worries, in any case.

    Which leaves only the Aspergers, which can't be cured but then with an employer that will let me simply work and needs no ambition I can live well even so. I don't need to recognise faces, to be able to see emotions the way others seem to, so long as I can live and work to the rules as written rather than to the unwritten rules I simply cannot perceive.

    So: quite a year.

    Here's to 2017.
  5. An interesting week or so, and one which has set me thinking on that much-misused phrase, "count your blessings". I've been hearing versions of it all my life, and the interesting observation I find myself musing on is that the phrase is almost always used by those in positions of authority- the rich, the powerful, the healthy, pick your own epithet.

    "There are plenty of others working here with health issues, and you wouldn't know it from talking to them" was the phrase which set me thinking this time. The tail end of the annual appraisal- whatever they might call it where you work!- it only struck me after just what was being implied (my Aspie nature being what it is, I rarely read between the lines in real time): that I should simply shut up and soldier on. An interesting thing to say to anyone, let alone a chap who has worked (though I say it myself) **** well all year, no time off, no days in late, not one day when the work and more was not completed, not even one instance when I did not do all that was asked of me and more- and the only time I point out my health issues is in the review when it SHOULD be spoken about!

    Interesting, hey? I do wonder what was being justified: the rating given of simply adequate as opposed to exceeds expectations, the constant preference of the threat of stick over the promise of carrot, or simply being in charge and in health by mere luck?

    Yes, I'm having a bit of a moan- but hey, no-one has to read a word of this- and probably few ever will!
  6. Well, life can be a swine I grant- only just getting my sugars back under control after the Glibenclamide was swapped for Gliclazide following the stuff vanishing from Milton Keynes for a month or three at least. Add that to a certain level of sight loss, and occasional Shingles pain, and kidney stones, and you can no doubt understand that I do sometimes feel a tad frail of a working day.

    That said, there are things which lift the spirits instead, let me feel more like a properly constituted human being: for one, I am in work (lucky, lucky man- I've been BOTH sides of the Jobcentre Plus counter in my time...) even if only part time, for another I have a wife who loves me near as much as I love her, and for a third: well, even with eye troubles I take a **** fine photograph (even if I am the one saying so!).

    Annual review at work coming up, and as ever I feel the dreads creeping up. Hi ho. I'll focus on my stronger features until the day comes again.

    To you all- fare you well this ending year!
  7. To set the scene, folks: I'm a middle aged chap, diagnosed five years or so back T2, with full on retinopathy in both eyes and a dozen or so sessions of laser in each eye to date. I'm stable for the moment (cross fingers, knock wood, any other superstition going..) but have rather little peripheral vison left.

    The oddness, though, is more a matter of what I thought of peripheral vision loss before this all hit, and the reality. I thought- and suspect many of you would imagine likewise- that if you lose peripheral vision it would be like having a black frame around what you see, and that as the loss grows the frame gets smaller. Well, no!

    In actual fact, there is no discernable edge to your vison any more than there ever was- and when you look to see one, your eye moves and so the actual edge shifts anyway! The brain fills in any gaps, just as it always has with the blind spot near the centre of your sight, and until you walk into something that (for you) simply wasn't there you don't even realise that you are missing any sight at all. Yes, you are seeing less, perhaps a fair chunk less- but you need to keep your eyes roving to compensate for the missing bits as otherwise your brain just decides to show what it receives as being all that is out there.

    As I said, odd...

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