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[IPk] RE: eyes

Thanks for the good explanation about the effects of initial treatment on
eyesight. As far as I remember, the hospital doctors did describe the first
two parts of your explanation, but failed to identify the last part where
the lens then returns to its original shape, but then this was a while ago
What annoyed me at the time was that they dismissed my experience of near
perfect vision, because they thought it couldn't happen. Since then, I have
come to realise that this is a normal (or at least, one shared by me) human
condition, not limited to the medical profession. Certainly, I often don't
believe people's observations (such as my wife's descriptions of
misbehaviour of the car) without experiencing it myself. ... Re-reading this
last paragraph, perhaps its a male condition, rather than a human one?

Lastly, congratulations on your degree!

best regards,
Richard Everett
Type 1 28yrs d-tron 10 weeks

> Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 23:13:22 +0100
> From: diane cook <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IPk] Unusual hypo symptoms, softclix and eyes
> Hypos: my symptoms of hypo changed subtly when I changed from
> Humulin S
> to Humalog (about 4 years ago), on Humalog it was my
> concentration which
> seemed to go and I didn't get the "I feel really hungry, I
> want to eat a
> horse" sign as often. I put that down to my age - 19 years and that I
> was changing to an adult way of recognising my hypos, but it
> could have
> been the Humalog. I have thought back to the phsiology I learnt at
> medical school, and think that the drowsiness feeling could be due to
> the body trying to 'hibernate' to conserve energy, rather
> than getting
> you to run about which would use up lots of glucose - nothing proven,
> but sounds logical.
> Hurting fingers:  I have used Softclix for about 5 years and
> find that
> if my fingers start hurting or not enough blood came out,
> that a) need
> to use different fingers - I safe my little fingers for these
> moments so
> keeping the skin there soft, b) try to use a different aspect of my
> finger eg further down / round the side. I always use a fresh
> lancet -
> this reduces the risk of infection, and Gordon Brown pays for
> them (you
> get them free). I remeber back in the '80's on a diabetic
> holiday of one
> girl who preferred to stab herself with the lancets rather
> than use the
> 'hurling' finger pricker, this one you adjusted by how hard
> you pushed
> the button, I still push the button really gently, out of habit, even
> though it doesn't make any difference!
> Eyes:  on one of my placements I remeber discussing the
> effects of sugar
> on the lens of the eye with a Paediatric Diabetic Consultant. Before
> diagnosis of diabetes, when there is a high circulating level of
> glucose, this is absorbed by lens of the eye which causes it
> to swell -
> this results in a decrease in sight - things don't focus
> well. When you
> start on insulin and sugar levels drop fast to normal, the sugar that
> had collected in the lens moves out and the lens shrinks, this alters
> the focal point and you'll be able to see better than you
> could before.
> However once your body gets adjusted to steady(ish) glucose
> levels, the
> lens returns to its original pre-high sugar level, and so does your
> sight. Diabetics who go into severe diabetic ketoacidosis can
> experience
> this too. I'm sure this phenonem must have been documented somewhere,
> but again it sounds logical.
> Hope this helps.
> Diane Cook
> Type 1: 17 yrs. Pump, d-tron: 4 months. MBChB, medicine
> degree: 2 weeks!
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