The Eyes Have It (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.

Today I found a post from around three years ago, about my eye health.

I talk in the post about a doctor saying I required treatment, and of wanting a second opinion. As it happened, when I next went, I saw my original doctor (we do not have the choice here of who we see), and he was unconcerned. So I was right to question the diagnosis.

My eyes aren’t any better, I have been told that the damage was permanent, but I can generally get by. Just on my eyes alone, I could drive (with glasses), although other effects of the stroke make driving difficult. Reading is a slow process, which is why I listen to most of your posts. I was told very early on that the only thing which could stop my eyes from getting worse was keeping control of my diabetes, and at least this is now well-controlled.

I’m still meant to have my eyes monitored regularly, but the appointments seem to have petered out. One appointment, my transport let me down; another appointment, they did not inform me until after the appointment had passed (unbelievable, but true). So all told it is probably 2 years since I have seen them. COVID will not have helped. My vision does not feel that it has deteriorated any, and my sugar control is good, but… I’d sooner rely on a scan than on my judgement.

Oh, and lastly, this blog used to be called “Stroke Survivor”, a pretty direct reference, which explains the initial comment.

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.…


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