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Offline Dr DeEath

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Retinal Bleed
« on: 17 May 2017, 09:05:19 AM »
I have been up since 5:00 am feeling both nervous and worried. Late yesterday afternoon I became aware that the vision in my right eye was deteriorating rapidly with shards of blood becoming visible. I spent some hours in A&E and have an urgent opthalmology appointment at 2:00. The doctor in A&E said he could see little bar blood in the right eye and that the left looked pretty healthy.

Has anyone here ever suffered this?
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #1 on: 17 May 2017, 12:06:39 PM »
Oh how scary - but no.  However - you're seeing the absolutely right people very very shortly - so I'll have my fingers X'd it's fairly simple and not dangerous.

Good luck.
Jenny

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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #2 on: 17 May 2017, 12:20:46 PM »
Oh how awful - I'd be nervous and worried too! Roll on 2:00 and here's hoping for a useful and hopeful result.
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #3 on: 17 May 2017, 01:04:09 PM »
Best of luck. I know how worrying a tiny bleed and I only know about because of screening can be, it must be so much worse for you.Like Jenny said at least the have the right people looking after you quickly.
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #4 on: 17 May 2017, 01:32:01 PM »
Good luck Dr D.  I had a scare some years ago when all of a sudden I had vision in my right eye as though I had a black venetian blind over it.  The wide black lines merged into each other and then, over a couple of hours slowly slowly drained to the bottom of my eye and out of my vision.  I saw the optician the next morning and he sent me straight to the eye A&E.  It turned out that I had been dehydrated and my retina had started to detach, but it went back on it's own. 

A T1 husband of an ex-colleague did have a serious bleed in one eye, but recovered totally... so good luck!
Patti


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Offline Venomous

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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #5 on: 17 May 2017, 04:25:57 PM »
Good luck I hope you get some good news soon, I know all this is pretty scary. thinking of you.
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Offline Dr DeEath

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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #6 on: 18 May 2017, 03:12:48 PM »
Thank you for the good wishes I saw just before I was called to read the eye test chart (it was a long afternoon). I could not even read the top row from three feet with my right eye but raced through the chart with my left. Another longish wait I was then called into the consulant. After a few questions it was head in the eye viewing apparatus - no idea what it is called but the one where you rest your chin and press your forehead against   a curved strap. For what seemed an eternity I had my right eye looked at with various lenses looking right, left, up, down and straight ahead. Fortunately the session on my left was shorter. Afterwards I had the drops put in and maybe because I was nervous they seemed to sting more than normal.

There followed another long wait during which a nurse put in another dose of drops. When I went back in it was another long session that left me seeing the world in pink and green with my left eye. The consulant told me they could not really see anything in my right eye as there was so much blood but it appeared the bleeding had stopped. He said there were minor changes to the left that needed no treatment and far less than he had expected to see because of the length of time I have had diabetes, and the bleed. I go back in two weeks by which time the hope is the blood will have dispersed allowing a view of the retina. I was told it may not need further treatment (just one of those things) or I may need laser. In the meantime I have to try and keep my BGs in a narrow range (trying to avoid hypos and highs), and to avoid heavy lifting, etc. to try and prevent a reoccurrence.

When I left it was after 6:00 and gloomy and pouring with rain outside. However I needed my shades as those led DRLs on modern cars really burn into your skull. Fortunately a friend took me both to A&E and the opthalmology clinic without any complaint despite having to wait many hours (he is the guy I gave my spare meter to). The staff in the clinic were great too considering how stretched they were with quite a few emergencies to squeeze in. We stopped for a coffee on the way home (till they closed at 7:00) as we couldn't face the vending machine in the hospital. I am back there twice in the next two weeks; first for the cardiac clinic and then back to opthalmology.
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #7 on: 18 May 2017, 07:47:13 PM »
Hi Dr D.

Glad you are being well looked after.  Sounds as though the issue might resolve on it's own and for your sake I sincerely hope it does.  Keep us up to date.

It's great that you have a good friend who is willing to help you out.... but again, I am sure he in his turn is grateful for your help :)
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #8 on: 18 May 2017, 10:43:13 PM »
How distressing, all the same, but it sounds like it may be positive, or at least not dire, which I'm glad to hear!
T1 DX 1995
Levemir + Novorapid
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #9 on: 19 May 2017, 02:58:48 PM »
Think it's a slit lamp microscope ???  It's what eye hospitals have used like, forever - my big sis had her squint operated on when she was 7 and they were still using one to examine her eyes 60 years later - except in Brisbane not West Brom! (the scar tissue got worse so she eventually got referred back to the hosp and had to do squint tests - sans specs, Can you catch the butterfly in the net, Gillian?  What about Father Xmas - can you get him back into the chimney again?  Err, could you EVER catch the butterfly or get him back in the chimney, when you were little?  LOL) (Nowt changes !)

Sounds like it might be OK then and just a temporary glitch - quite reassuring really rather than blood freezing scary.  Just look after yourself - and we'll all hope for the best with you, for the next couple  of weeks.

Must have been quite some relief !
Jenny

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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #10 on: 19 May 2017, 09:36:41 PM »
I am sorry I am late reading your thread - how awful and frightening for you! I'm glad that things seem to have settled, and that there is a possibility of it indeed being 'one of those things'. Still a big worry for you though; I would have been beside myself. I really hope that you don't have to have any treatment in a couple of weeks' time.
Maureen

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Offline Dr DeEath

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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #11 on: 20 May 2017, 06:03:32 PM »
Well my vision is improving very slowly. Thwre are still thousands of minute blood specks but the larger ones are starting to break up (I suppose it is similar to a bruise). A few days ago I could not even see the television (large screen) across the room and now I can make the shape out, and even the colour if there is a large expanse of say blue sky. I will have to be a patient patient! It cannot be that uncommon as another person came in with the same issue as I was waiting in A&E. I will update you next week as changes are minimal day to day.

Thanks again for the supportive comments. Hopefully by keeping this thread updated it will be of help to someone in the future as it is a scary experience.
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #12 on: 21 May 2017, 09:48:54 AM »
So sorry you are going through this, it sounds like things ae now slowly improving. It must be really frustrating to you as it's not something you can put aside and stop thinking about. I hope the sight continues to improve. Keep us updated! :)
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Offline Dr DeEath

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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #13 on: 24 May 2017, 05:07:55 PM »
Well my vision continues to improve slowly but at a slower rate. I think I may be even able to read in a few days.

Before I go back to the opthalmology clinic next week I have my cardiology appointment on Friday.

If I were a classic car I would have a full overhaul; bodywork (some wrinkles and greying), new engine (heart),  new right headlamp (eye), new transmission (free the legs of PAD), new tyres (feet) and a catalytic converter (pancreas)...   I would be a cool youngster again (with a lot of knowledge)!   8)
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Re: Retinal Bleed
« Reply #14 on: 24 May 2017, 06:08:18 PM »
Excuse me, young man - some of us would actually rather be in the 'Classic' category - be driven by someone who actually knows how to drive, be a cherished possession and see our value increase every year !
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4