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2/12/12 7:32 P

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miracles happen if you are in the right place at the right time my endo sent across the hall to one of the best mayo clinic trained diabetes eye specialists and she referred me to a world renowned pediatric retinologist who agreed to take my case because of his kind heart for sure he was not generally in the eye clinic but he was that day and she called on him and i tell you he never gave up ever even the 6 months i couldn't see..and i believed for sure so for me like i said it's a miracle for sure!!!
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2/12/12 12:48 P

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Wow The Lady Mary, thank you for sharing that... my mom is nearly blind now from the retinopathy... although they have tried the laster treatments, never heard of the injections. will inquire to that... and a doc who specializes in diabetes... very encouraging to hear your story.

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2/9/12 9:14 A

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Lord, you have been thru the gambit!

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2/9/12 1:53 A

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metformin is considered the gold standard of the oral diabetic drugs for sure..it is good you show no signs of diabeitc retinopathy..i'm sure that is what the opthalmologist meant..you did see the opthalmologist right..my gp (no longer) sent me for my eye tests to an optomitrist (NO I NEVER CAUGHT THAT ) AND WHEN I SAW THE ENDO WHEN I MOVED i found there was bleeding and diabetic retinopathy both eyes and cataracts both eyes..it took almost two years for that problem to be cleared up..first removal of cataracts (one at a time ) and then laser and avastin injections into the eyes every month for nine months and a six month period of being blind (try reading lips and captioning as a deaf person when you can't see)..i cannot stress the importance of having a diabetic eye specialist..i have one and i also have a retinologist who bless his heart never gave up and gave me my vision back to restore my vision costs were 140,000 which the hospital wrote off all but 20,000 of it..yes it's a high number but i can see again for sure so all you diabetics out there take care of those eyes for sure
the lady mary

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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2/3/12 9:54 A

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Thanks everyone!

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2/2/12 4:17 P

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Wonderful that you are doing so well and do not have any diabetic related eye problems yet. Keep up the good work!

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2/2/12 12:08 P

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Thanks for all the info, I haven't been a diabetic a year yet

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2/2/12 9:44 A

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There should not be much danger of going low from metformin. It acts on the liver keeping it from dumping sugar into your blood stream. If you are low, it could keep your liver from responding, but it is pretty safe.

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2/2/12 9:39 A

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Thanks for all the info. I am to understand that metformin won't effect my BS if it is already low, it won't cause it to go lower, thats what the nurse told me.

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2/2/12 12:25 A

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If I read it right, he did say to talk to your doctor... so it makes sense to me...

And yes, if your A1C is that good, and you can maintain it without meds, why not? but again, that's between you and your medical team...

Good luck!

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2/1/12 4:42 P

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Just, that is awful and my heart goes out to you! That must be so painful! Please keep us informed.

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2/1/12 4:28 P

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when my eye doctor checked my eyes earlier this year, she said there was no sign of diabetic retinopathy (bleeding veins) or other related problems or other problems...

she went on to caution that if my blood sugars run high, uncontrolled, then my eyes are likely to develop problems.... (as my mom and dad's have... sighs)

~ if your A1c & sugars are running normal with the metformin, your doctor might have you try reducing and go off... but continue to monitor in case your blood sugars start to creep up again...

so tickled you are so well now, that's really gr8! gl with all this :)

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2/1/12 2:36 P

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I'd discuss it with your M.D. It sounds like you could get off the Metformin, and at least if it were me, I'd want to give it a try. The worst case scenario is you have to go back on something. Best case . . . you do fine.

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2/1/12 1:25 P

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It might be good advice.. to go back to your doctor and reconsider everything. I was very lucky and had a few wonderful "normal" months but it came back gradually. My latest eye concerns are an eye injury from October that has not healed yet. I have to put in drops all the time but I get dehydrated every night and the wound gets reopened after my eye gets stuck closed and as the doc says I "rip the skin off my eyeball again". Ouch. I am up already a couple of times in the night to pee and drink more water. I drink throughout the day with only one caffeine drink in the mornings. It is a little scary that it is not improving. I am heading back to the eye doctor to see what options we have.

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2/1/12 12:59 P

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Thanks, I was on a large dose of predinsone before I was dx with type 2. They eye doctor was looking at my medical record when he said what he did. I am afraid to go off the metformin to be honest. Glad the exam was ok and no damage.

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2/1/12 10:48 A

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Eye Drs have to be able to understand more than just your eyes,

I feel sure that your giving him those numbers made him say that to you. Your A1c is excellent and i am surprised at you low morning blood glucose.
In my opinion he is looking out for your best interests. Now put those same numbers and questions to you Regular Dr or your diabetes educator. Take car it sounds like you are in good hand.
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2/1/12 10:32 A

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Sounds like you made the changes you needed to before much damage was done. As a result, you might be functionally non diabetic. But diabetes is one of those things that really does not go away. If you were to eat an unrestricted carb heavy diet, you would be back where you were when diagnosed.

As to getting off of metformin, it is certainly worth a try. If you continue to do what is necessary, you should be able to live without meds or complications.

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2/1/12 10:13 A

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I had a eye exam yesterday and it took forever for my pupils to undilate! The eye doctor asked me what my morning bs was and than retested it. He said there is no sign of diabetis in my test (eye) and since my AIC is 5.1 to 4.9 and my fasting bs is between 72-88 he wonders if I am diabetic or he said I am one of the most controlled he's seen in years. He wants to talk with my doctor and have me get off metformin. What do you think? Can a doctor tell if your a diabetic with eye exams? I question his judgement here!

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