I wrote the following on my Facebook page tonight realizing it has been quite a while since I wrote anything of substance here. So I am sharing this with you all as well.
Just as a Cliff Notes version of my current state of health...it's not good. I now have Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). My recent eGFR was 24, with a huge spiked proteinuria, creatinine, and BUN numbers. My red and white counts are down significantly. My edema and anemia are worsening. Basically I reaching the…Continue
After all of the fighting I finally was approved for Medi-Cal (Medicaid in CA speak). Still have to pay close to $1,900 a month before anything kicks in so now the real juggling begins (only allowed $600 as a single person against my income which doesn't leave much for necessities). First visit with a new doctor who was very concerned about my current state of health affairs and wants me into an opthamologist ASAP since my right eye (retinopathy) is and has gotten worse. Labs tomorrow will…Continue
Author's Note: The following was originally posted to my Facebook account on August 18. I am sharing this for everyone who may be following me here at tudiabetes.org (with some additional information that is up-to-date).
I was composing a personal note tonight to some friends here and thought I should write all of you about my health. I want to be straight forward here and tell everyone what has been happening to me in this long journey since February. To…
Ok, that phrase alone - proliferative diabetic retinopathy - has got to be sending a chill up anyone's spine who is a PWD like me. I've been racking my brain over this for about 48 hours since my diagnosis (Friday 7/29/11). It wasn't a surprising diagnosis. After all I have diabetes since 1989 (22 years this December) and it is a complication that as we get older (44 right now) comes with the…Continue