Ohhhh the oft-feared diabetes eye screening.
It’s something I, like many, wish I didn’t have to face. But like most things, facing your fears is generally better in the long run than leaving it all in the depths of the unknown (she says, from woeful experience). If I’m going blind, I’d like to know as soon as possible please and thank you. Ultimately, a diagnosis of background retinopathy some years ago completely changed my attitude to my type 1 diabetes. In fact, it’s the very reason I created this here blog and started sharing my experiences around my pancreatically-challenged life.
Yes, eye screenings are daunting and not the most fun experience in the world, but they’re important, and they’re a privilege that many with type 1 don’t have. It’s also really quite hilarious to go back into work needing to wear sunglasses at your computer on the cloudiest of December days…
If you’ve ever stopped (momentarily or otherwise) to consider the more scary ‘what-ifs’ and the ‘perhapses’ of a future that is as yet unknown, I can tell you 100% that you’re not alone. I like to give them a kindly minute, acknowledge them, and then get on with the life I’m living right now. Because really, diabetes or not, that’s all we’ve got right?
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