The Eyes Have It

Although the name of this blog is health-related, I’ve been quite lucky that health issues haven’t come into play for a while. That changed last week.

I’m diabetic. The odds are, it caused the stroke. It also caused problems with my eyes. I’ve had a couple of treatments and have had regular scans ever since. Last week I had a scan and was told that there were signs that I may need more treatment.

I’d seen traces in earlier scans, but it was always a case of “we need to keep an eye on this”. Last week, I saw a different doctor, and the story was different.

Makes me wonder what was different. Was it the scan? Or, was it the interpretation?

It’s funny, because only last week, my wife (a nurse) was frustrated because loads of patients had been labelled as “no action required” (by a previous doctor), when they clearly ticked certain boxes in terms of diagnoses. I mean, this wasn’t even my wife’s opinion. There are guidelines which say, “when this value is above some number, you should treat the patient”. But the doctors “interpret” – two different doctors might look at the same thing, and see things differently. I guess the higher up the tree you are, the more your judgement comes into play.

In my case, it gets complicated because one of the treatments I had, laser treatment, was unsuccessful. In fact it left my sight worse. And I have been told they want to do some more on me. So I’m wary.

The doctor last week was at pains to tell me that I was at risk of all sorts, ultimately, losing my sight, so it is not as if I can afford just to ignore them. I think I need a second opinion.

I feel a bit pissed because my diabetes, which is causing all this, is quite well controlled now, yet this shit is still happening. It is following me around and won’t let go until I’m blind.