Hmmm yes, nice coincidence :P
Re supplements, I forgot a very important one!!! When I got dx with PDR over 6 years' ago, I did far too much panic googling and found lots of info about a herbal supplement called Pycnogenol made from French maritime pine bark. It's licensed to be prescribed in many mainland European countries, along with NZ, Japan...but virtually unheard of in UK & USA! It has had studies done and papers published, unfortunately not particularly large scale studies, nor enough of them, but one of the conditions it is reputed to help with is diabetic retinopathy! (along with a whole host of other benefits - see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1019.html for starters...I managed to dig out some actual research papers but that was 6 years' ago & don't know where anything is any more). So I've been taking this herb since then with the knowledge and agreement of both my diabetes consultant and retina consultant. I was also advised by a friend who works in 'alternative' medicine to take Rutin (made from buckwheat), known to strengthen weak blood vessels. I'm not endorsing either of these, and have no idea if they are helping me in any way, or even causing problems I'm unaware of, but I decided for me to take them long term based on as much research as I was able to do.
I do know a diabetic, Type 1 since he was a few weeks' old, who is now well into his 70s and doing amazingly well considering. And he's by no means been well controlled during his life (& like us had years of inadequate infrequent urine testing and impure insulins to use, for more than
30 years over us). I see him once a year on a residential music course I do around Easter, so it's just about to come up, and we have a good old moan and comparison (& laugh) about BGs every day. He's never been on a pump, and going by his results during our week-long course, his control is not great. He likes his naughty food treats like we all do, and a tipple or 3...he's not in brilliant health, but I do find him an inspiration that he's still basically functioning quite well and still playing music and doing language and local history classes, and we talk politics etc. He gets about ok (leg ulcer 2 years' back which against all odds, cleared up). I also think he's been extremely lucky or something to have got away with all the nasty complications. Really looking forward to having a laugh and a moan about the old diabetes next week!
Oops, sorry to go on & on, it just seems vastly unfair how some Type 1s get PDR, ME etc. & other complications, though they've tried their best over many years when the tools available were so much less advanced than they are now. I'll shut up now and wish you the best, and just hope this will be it for the nasties in your life for a very long time.