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.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

7 thoughts on “The Eyes Have It”

    1. I had been headed that way for a while, so I suppose I knew the risk. But one day perhaps we should talk about how doctors dramatise things to achieve the sentiment that they wish to convey?
      They will quite happily say “x might happen”, but they are somewhat less forthcoming in adding “but the chances are one in a million”. So the user still has to take a punt.

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      1. Doctors should be transparent, correct and up front. All the time. Always.
        I’ve never had any serious health issues so I don’t know how that plays out.
        I know when met with the mental side of health, that you need need need to go to a specialist, a good and reliable doctor. A GP isn’t going to cut it. (in my case).

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        1. I’m not sure I’d trust a GP for any kind of diagnosis. There is a reason that they are called “general”. Plus, a lot of their knowledge becomes outdated. A lot of Jac’s skill comes fromn knowing the guidelines, keeping up to date. GPs are not required to do this.

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    1. Yes I think so. In theory, we get the first opinion, but few people have access to a second. NHS doctors will normally just echo the previous opinion rather than to decide for themselves.
      I once had a conversation with a doctor which went along the lines, “are you sure this is right?” “It must be right, otherwise the previous doctor would not have said so”.

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