Today is World Diabetes Day! Also known as Frederick Banting’s birthday (born in 1891). Banting is the one that discovered insulin so he is the reason that I am alive (besides my mom and dad’s contributions).
This year’s theme/log/tagline? is Eyes on Diabetes. I have been totally MIA not only in the Diabetes Blogosphere lately but also with keeping an eye on my diabetes (my blood sugars are horrible!) so I thought I’d tackle a new post taking today’s topic literally.
Back in September I had an appointment with my ophthalmologist to check up on my eyes. After my first pregnancy, I developed moderate diabetic retinopathy. So I was really nervous about getting pregnant a second time and how the pregnancy would affect my eyes. I was really nervous heading to the appointment, hoping that my eyes didn’t suffer more damage with the second pregnancy.
Luckily, I got great news. The hemorrhaging had stopped and while my eyes still have moderate diabetic retinopathy, they didn’t get worse with the second pregnancy. I still need to worry about my eyes and blood sugars going forward, especially since I have had a really hard time postpartum keeping my blood sugars under control. But I am very thankful that they weren’t affected by the second pregnancy.