Monday, April 21, 2008

Working My Way Back

Two weeks ago I woke up and got ready for work. Things looked a little hazy but I thought it was no big deal. My vision continued to worsen to the point where I had to stop driving. I went to the eye doctor and received the shock of my life. My eyes are healthy but I needed to be checked immediately for diabetes. He gave me some temporary contacts which have allowed me to drive once again.

Last Monday my fears were confirmed and I do have diabetes. This explains the thirst and the trips to bathroom every 15 to 30 minutes and the fatigue that I had attributed to the fibromyalgia. My doctor prescribed a pill for the diabetes and I've already made some dietary changes. As a rule I eat a diet healthy in fruits and vegetables so it hasn't been exceptionally difficult. My blood sugar has dropped from the upper 300's and low 400's to the 160's. I still have a lot of work to do but some of the fog has lifted.

My knitting has been pretty much relegated to the sidelines as I sometimes have difficulty finding the correct line of vision between the contacts and the reading glasses. Each day my vision improves some and the optometrist says that I may gain all of my original visual acuity back and return to my original eyeglass prescription.

I plan to pick up the knitting this week with the hope that I can get the front of Viola finished. This weekend I'm going to the Sheep and Wool Days at Middleton Place Plantation in Charleston. I'm not sure if this is the first one they've had but this is the first time I've had any knowledge of it. We'll spend the day touring the various activities as well as the gardens. There may be a little side shopping trip thrown in the mix, but for now we are going to go with the flow.


Monika said...

That's scarry! I hope your vision will return fully soon, and hope that you'll get diabetes under crontroll with just healthy eating, and exercise.

Vera said...

Hope your vision continues to improve.

We must meet up in Charleston this weekend. Please let me know.

Donna said...

Oh, Beverly, how frightening! I hope you will continue to see improvement in your vision and overall health.

Acornbud said...

The lifestyle changes are challenging, but I'm glad your vision will improve!

kathy b said...

Oh , HOney. Praying for dietary changes to help you. PRaying the dietary changes are easy on you! Lets' see that Charleston damage!

Theresa said...

oh geez, that is quite a shock! I hope you're getting everything regulated now, and that you're feeling better.
I sure hope you made it to Middleton Place for the festival, and have lots of pictures for us. I do love Middleton Place, even if there isn't knitting involved!