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In a message dated 12/20/99 6:13:21 AM Eastern Standard Time, email @ redacted

<< When questioned, they said there was nothing I could do to prevent the
 surgery.  Just keep on doing what I'm doing.  Last A1C was 7.3.  They
 explained the surgery involves taking the vitreous fluid out of the eye,
 replacing it, removing the scar tissue and placing a gas bubble in my eye
 flatten out the retina.  MD stated if it were on the outer edges of the
 macula they wouldn't worry about it, but because of where it is they have
 watch is closely.  It's not IF I have surgery, it's WHEN I have the

 I thought I was doing great as I have not had any hemorrhages since being
 the pump X 4 years.    I just received my 508.  I was using the 506. >>

You are in my prayers and I hope that you will do the same for me.

Twenty years ago I met with a butcher who told my parents if they lasered
the inside of my eye no vessels would ever grow there, so I would not suffer
from retinopathy.  I had nothing in my eye, nil, zip, zilch.  I would not
let her touch me after she destroyed my vision in my right eye.

After years of seeing a retinal specialist, he told me the other day that it
looks like I will lose my vision very quickly if thing keep at this pace.

I first noticed that I was having trouble seeing small print and my bifocals
weren't working as good as they should have.  But, in the past year I have
taken to reading the backs of shampoo bottles and aspirin bottles with a
magnifying glass.

He commented I have no signs of diabetes what-so-ever in my eye.  No
neovascularzation, no hemmorhaging, nothing.  the pictures he gave me look
fantastic.  But down the center of my macula is the obvious sign of edema.
They do not know where it is coming from.

Twenty years of being in the pump with great HgA1c's and I am very


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