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I know it was a long time ago now but in some respects it is nice to get back to normality as my eating and drinking habits over Christmas & New Year have been very bad, far too much food and drink which has played havoc with my BG levels so I need to pull my finger out and get back on track :-)
As you may or may not already be aware I have had numerous problems with my eyes and ensure I have regular eye checks to make sure nothing is missed, for my Diabetes Care I attend the Western Eye Hospital in London where I go each year – this is my last blog Western Eye Clinic.
I have also been to Specsavers for the past 5 years to basically check my vision where as the Western Eye Clinic is looking at issues with my eye health and any related Diabetes damage like Retinopathy etc. The reason I chose Specsavers is that the service I have received from Maidenhead Store has been superb and they give a great range of tests not just interested in selling you a new pair of glasses.
So I received my yearly reminder in the post and called to book my appointment at Maidenhead which as always is very easy and at a time to suit me. My appointment was on Saturday 3rd January and I was luck enough to be seen by the Branch Manager Lisa which at the time I was unaware of. Lisa went through the eye checks with me “s last pair of glasses to get an idea of how much her eyes have changed since her last eye test”, I also had a Visual Fields Test due to the amount of Laser I have had done previously for the treatment of Retinopathy – this basically involves resting your chin on the edge of a large round ball which the lights up small lights inside at different positions, you then push a button to tell the computer when you have seen each light. All these test went very well in my eyes “Sorry excuse the pun”
I was then taken in to see a very nice Optometrist called Helen who spoke to me first about my lifestyle and Medical history, Helen then went through various checks as follows and these details were taken from the Specsavers web site which is very helpful :
1. The Retinoscope
The optometrist may use an instrument called a retinoscope, which bounces a light beam off the back of your eye and back into the instrument. Different lenses focus the reflected light beam until it is steady, giving a close guide to the prescription you need.
The retinoscope is very accurate – it is used to test the sight of very small children, or people with communication difficulties who can’t easily describe how clearly they can see.
2. The test chart
The optometrist fine-tunes his findings by asking you to read the test chart through different strength lenses. The results for one eye often vary from those for the other, so each eye will be tested individually before both eyes are finally tested together.
The optometrist flips different lenses in front of your eyes that change how clearly you can see. Depending on your answers, the optometrist changes the lenses until you have the clearest, most comfortable vision possible.
3. Using the ophthalmoscope
The optometrist uses an ophthalmoscope to examine the retina at the back of the eye, including the blood vessels and the front of the optic nerve. This important test can detect changes which can indicate diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
The optometrist darkens the room and sits quite close to you, while they shine a bright light into each eye in turn using the ophthalmoscope. The light may leave shadows on your vision, but these soon fade.
4. The oxo box
You are also asked to focus on an oxo box, and say whether the illuminated lines are in line horizontally and vertically.
This indicates whether your eyes work well together – balanced and co-ordinated eyes are essential for clear comfortable vision.
5. Testing your focus
The optometrist may test your ability to focus at varying distances to decide if you need different prescriptions for distance and reading.
After this I sat down with Helen to go through her findings which for me was all okay, the only issue I have is sitting in front of a laptop all-day and having to strain to see the words clearly, we decided pair of specific VDU glasses could help. We then looked at the digital images of the backs of my eyes which are incredible to see as I could see all the scarring from the laser treatment I have had going back about 7 or 8 years – all this laser also affects my night vision massively but nothing I can do about this.
Finally, I was then introduced to Jamil who showed my lots of different frames some good and some not so good unless you are someone like Will I Am, we decided on two pairs of frames one for VDU work and one pair for normal day to day wear. I collected my glasses 1 week later and I was extremly pleased with the quality/price and service so I would highly recommend giving them a try.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged #Diabetes #Insulin #BG, Abbott, Accu-Chek, Advanced Therapeutics, Animas, Bayer, BG, Blood Sugar, C8Medisensors, Cellnovo, CGM, Dario, Dexcom, Diabetes, Enlite, eyes, Fitbit, Glooko, GlucoRX, Hba1c, Hypo, iBGStar, Input, Medtronic, Menarini, my pump, Omnipod, Roche, Sanofi, Vibe, vitrectomy on July 31, 2014 |
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So again I left my house at about 7.00am this morning to get to Paddington for my yearly Diabetes check up at the Western Eye Hospital in London.
I had an early appointment for was for 8.50am so arrived to quite a few people already waiting and took my seat as usual – yes it was hot.
The nurse then puts in dilating drops and anaesthetic drops ready for photos plus a scan (not had before) to be taken at the back of the eye for the consultant which sting like hell. Waiting for the drops to start working for about another 20 minutes and I was then called to have the photos took plus a scan of the eye.
I saw a new consultant who as always was very nice plus asked lots of questions especially about my Diabetes care which I think is pretty good, I did have a Sty on my eye which he said would clear but gave me some gel to help speed up the process.
Much to my relief I was given the all clear by the consultant, I did explain that sometimes I do get some light flashing in my left eye but he said that could be pulling on the retina but nothing to worry about.
So all in all a good day for me – I can’t begging to explain what a massive relief it is for a consultant to say my eyes are stable, I also understand that they would never improve similar to my night vision which does get me down sometimes and certainly restricts me in the winter a lot – I am very lucky as my wife Gill is a great support and understands, even the children know I have problems with my sight – blees.
So now I am sitting in a bar having a quick beer to celebrate at The Mad Bishop and Bear Paddington station before my train home.
As always thanks for reading.
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What is the Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes?
The Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes is a ‘World Cup’ for children with Type 1 diabetes aged between 10 and 14. Lenny the lion has invited 12 Countries to compete in a 7 aside football tournament to determine which team is the best football side in the world.
The UK team this year are all Insulin Pump users as the aim is to raise the awareness about the benefits that insulin pumps and in particular Sensor Augmented Pump therapy (SAP) can give to young children and teenagers.
When and where will this year’s Junior Cup take place?
The 2014 competition will take place from the 22nd- 24th August in the Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem, Holland. The Sports Centre Papendal is used by the Dutch National Olympic Committee, Netherlands Sports Federation and is the training complex for the Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
How can you support the UK team at this year’s Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes 2014?
Please show your support for the 11 boys and girls players and help us to raise the awareness about Pump therapy amongst young children and teenagers. You can do this by blogging, tweeting and posting on your Facebook pages about the 11 boys and girls playing and their experience.
Each of the 11 players is really looking forward to representing the UK team. They have sent in a photo of themselves and described their pump and SAP experience (Please see below)
These 11 children are role models for other children to show that having type 1 diabetes does not prevent you from taking part in sport.
If you tweet please remember to use #medtronicjuniorcup
Follow the UK team’s progress on Facebook and Twitter
This year’s participation criteria is:
• Boys and Girls with type 1 diabetes
• Using an insulin pump
• Never participated in Junior Cup Diabetes
• Between the ages of 10-14
• Must be available to travel to the Netherlands for 22nd – 24th August 2014 (3 days/2 nights)
Registration closes on the 30th June 2014
How to register
To be in with a chance of representing the UK and Ireland in the Junior Cup Diabetes 2014 customers will need to visit www.juniorcup-diabetes.com
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Sorry it has been a while since my last blog but with a young family it is sometime difficult to find the time to write down my thoughts.
Firstly as I do keep forgetting but am I the only one who has fingers which feel sore due to BG testing up to 5 times per day, can anyone give me any tips as after 40+ years my fingers need some care?
I have recently started to learn how to sail a small Dinghy at my small local sailing club (before you ask no it is not posh and I am not rich J), I wanted a nice hobby that was local and also had a nice social side so my family could come as well plus of course get some exercise. So far I have had one lesson and managed to be in an Enterprise boat that the instructor managed to capsize into the Thames which was freezing, the worst of it was that I had my mobile phone in my pocket which of course was ruined, I did manage to get it replaced as it should be waterproof. The exercise from sailing in the boat is great as it is quite low impact and certainly something I would like to continue.
So life in general is going well and my BG levels have been okay however stress can play quite a big part in my levels as I have a young family of three and my job can be quite manic at times so keeping a check on my BG levels is key. I also have looming my yearly Diabetes Eye Clinic check-up which is due the end of July so that is always in the back of my mind.
I have also been using the new Dario BG Meter which I am sure you would have seen by now as it is quite incredible what this little meter can actually do when used with the Dario App, at the moment it is only available for iPhone but soon to be released on Android – watch this space. I will be writing a separate Blog Review for the Dario BG Meter which I will post as soon as I have written it but here is a brief overview.
The Dario BG Meter itself is tiny as you can see from the below image and it arrives in a very nice box with some test strips and lancets which are used in the one device but my only slight bug bear is that you can’t really store any additional lancets in the device even though you can store the test strips, I am sure Dario will be working on a solution though.
I have been using the meter for a good few weeks along with the App which so far is working better than expected I must say, there are many different functions on the Dario App so you can use as much or as little info as you need, I especially like the Food Library that I have used frequently whilst out.
At the moment you can only use the Apple App but were are told an Android version will be with us very soon, I currently use an iPhone 5 & iPad 2 and the Dario App sync’s between the two – SUPERB.
On a totally different note has anyone heard anything from Cellnovo as the when or if they will ever release their Insulin Pump which I must say looked amazing when I saw it ?
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Posted in Diabetes, Insulin Pumps, tagged #Diabetes #Insulin #BG, Abbott, Accu-Chek, Advanced Therapeutics, Animas, Bayer, BG, Blood Sugar, C8Medisensors, Cellnovo, CGM, Dario, Dexcom, Diabetes, Enlite, eyes, Fitbit, Glooko, GlucoRX, Hba1c, Hypo, iBGStar, Input, Medtronic, Menarini, my pump, Omnipod, Roche, Sanofi, Vibe, vitrectomy on April 21, 2014 |
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As I have possibly mentioned many times before but I can’t believe we are already in Mid April – where does the time go 😄 ?
Since my last blog quite a lot has happened and I am still trying to keep fit as best I can.
In March I started having Physiotherapy for a frozen shoulder which I have had since before Christmas but being a typical many didn’t do much about it, having said that I did get referred by my local GP to have Physiotherapy at a local Hospital. My only issue was that they didn’t actually manipulate my shoulder and just gave me exercises to complete – which isn’t really good enough. I also have BUPA through my work which is a great option so I decided to take this and have been going to Physio at Bisham Abbey which is much better and is certainly helping me – it is a long battle though which is annoying. I was told that being Diabetic I am more prone to this type of problem than others.
So with regards to my fitness I have been cycling to and from work each day which is only about 4 miles but believe me it feels enough when you have been at work all day, I am using a Trek Cyclocross bike which is something like a Hybrid cycle and a Road cycle so fairly fast. This of course plays havoc with my blood sugar levels of which I have tried many different options but have discovered Torq Fitness products that I have found work really well, I use an Energy Gel like Torq Gel which has about 30g of Carbohydrates. I also use a drink Torq Energy again contains approx 30g of Carbohydrates. I have used this products for quite sometime now and they are easy to carry and have certainly worked for me – the products are really tasty as well.
We have just had a family holiday to the coast which was great but since returning I have had some big issues with my BG levels over the last 2 days, firstly I kept finding my BG levels were in double figures constantly so I changed the cannula on my Animas Vibe of which I discovered it was bent, so changed the cannula for a new one but still no change in BG levels, after removing another cannula I found it must have hit a blood vessel. Finally after the third cannula change it seemed to be working thank goodness as it is very frustrating not to mention making you feel unwell.
On another note I am so happy that the clocks went forward as this means the evenings stay lighter for longer and with my eye issues it makes the work of difference – see previous blog
Finally like many others I am still awaking the arrival of the Dario BG Meter which seems to be taking a long time to be released in the UK so I hope it’s worth the wait ?
Thanks as always for reading.
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Firstly thank goodness the weather seems to have improved as February was certainly another wet month however the first week of March has actually seen some sunshine – let’s hope it continues J
I have as you know been cycling to and from work each day which has not been great with all the wet weather, my journey is only 4 miles but I now use a road cycle as opposed to my ebike (Electric bike) as it is a great way to keep fit but it certainly is harder work, I have also had some issues with my BG levels even though I have been having a 30carb energy bar before my commute. The worst part is not so much when I first get home but during the night as it most take quite a while for all that energy I have used to affect my BG level, this has meant a fair few very low BG’s during the night at 3.0 and below which is never very nice and can be quite scary.
So if you do have any suggestions to try and keep my BG level more stable during the night after my cycle commute I would really appreciate it as I am certainly doing something wrong ?
I am just waiting to test the iCare Advance BG Meter which on first impressions looks to be a very simple and straightforward to use BG meter, I also very much like the look of the New Bayer Contour Next BG Meter – both of which I hope to try soon and will let you know my thoughts.
I am sure like me you are possibly waiting to hear when the Dario BG meter will be released in the UK as it certainly looks very interesting and I know you can already use the App but still no meter – very frustrating.
Has anyone yet tried the New honey treatments which may help with Low BG levels as I have heard of two companies called Diabee Honey Doses and Honey on the go, however this is not something I have ever tried so again I would be very interested to hear your thoughts ?
As always please do keep me updated on any new products I may not yet have seen as I would love to hear from you or even if it is just to say “Hi”.
Have a great weekend.
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Thanks to Mike for this Blog – I wanted to share as I am due for my Annual Eye Check Up and Retina Screening in a few weeks.
Yep, that’s mine!
Just checking to see how everyone is doing! Hope you are all doing fantastically well!
Moving on, I had my Annual Retina Screening at my local clinic. I’m sure we know how important having our eyes etc.. checked on a regular basis whilst trying to avert the dreaded Diabetes Retinopathy. So this quick, painless and non intrusive method is a brilliant way to make sure our eyes stay in great shape.
I took a pic of mine (scared the nurse to death when I asked to snap a pic) although I won’t have the results for up to 2 weeks. I am hopeful that all is ok this time!
Diabetic Eye Screening
For those who wonder what it all looks like, here is a image courtesy of the UK NHS Diabetic Eye Screening service. I would have taken self portrait but a) the room was dark b) I had a hand over one eye and c) I was being blinded by the flash going off millimeters away from the centre of my eye!
Mike – Diabetes In Spain
PS: The picture was taken cause I’m a nosey bugger and it also forms part of my photo project over at www.elgringo365.com
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