I haven't been on here for a while and for that I apologize. The depression is set in and I find it so hard to do anything anymore. On top of that it's even harder to do anything that has to do with talking about my health or diabetes. Where to start? I don't think I blogged it here yet but last January I was on the streets of Bellingham Washington for a few days and had nothing with me. No money, change of clothes or anything but like a good diabetic I still had my meds. Well they found me early one morning laying on the sidewalk with my glucose level in the low 20s. I was in a diabetic coma for 14 hours. So if anyone wants to know what it feels like, I'll be glad to tell you.
A lot has happened with my diagnoses. Here is what I've been diagnosed with so far:
Early Interstitial Lung Disease
Severe Chronic Asthma
Syncope Due To Alkalosis
Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3
Glaucoma in both eyes
Cataracts in both eyes (Way Past Legally Blind)
Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Type II Insulin Dependent Diabetes
Paradoxical Vocal Chord motion
Constriction in lower vocal chords
Partially paralyzed vocal chords
Restless Leg Syndrome
40% hearing loss in both ears at certain frequencies
I've had glaucoma for several years but it's not very bad at all yet. I've had cataracts for about two and a half years. My last vision test was about 6 months ago and my right eye was 20/800 and they only put much worse for the left eye. I don't know what caused this, some of my meds could have, I believe the diabetes could have so who knows. For those who don't know 20/200 is legally blind. I've been hit by cars three times in the past 6 months because i can't see the walk/don't walk signs. I was scheduled for my first cataract surgery on September 2nd but when I went to be cleared through anesthesiology they rejected me saying I was too high of risk. So no cataract surgery for Clayton. ;-) On my last examination they said they think they see some retinopathy in my left eye but can't tell for sure cause they can't see very well through the cataracts. So I won't know if I need further surgery after I get my cataract fixed and won't know till I somehow get the surgery.
They now also added Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 to my diagnoses. I was hospitalized last June from blacking out at a bus stop. They also said I have partially paralyzed vocal chords and a constriction in my throat below the vocal chords. They tried injecting my vocal chords with botox but I had a severe reaction and couldn't breathe for a very long ten minutes. Now with all the medical problems I have it's so hard to tell what symptoms are from what and belong to which diagnoses.
So there's a quick synopsis of what's been going on in my life. On a more positive side, I am in a program called Access to Housing for Health and now in a really nice section 8 apartment. No furniture yet, but I'm here. ;-)