I’ve had diabetes for a long time. I often say I feel lucky and proud to have come this far without any complications. Or sometimes I say with almost no complications. Because I’m not really sure how to classify myself.
For the most part, everything is fine. Everything except my eyes. A couple of years ago, for the first time ever, my eye doctor found a tiny bleed. Six months later, it was gone but a new one had appeared in the other eye. Every six months I go in for another dilation exam. Every six months, the last tiny bleed has cleared up but a new tiny bleed is found.
My latest six month exam happened a few days ago. This time the tiny bleed from six months ago has remained. It’s way off in the peripheral and so small that Dr. C had to look very very hard to find it. No other bleeds have cropped up. Dr. C said this is amazing for someone who has been diabetic as long as I have. She also thinks it may be time to go back to annual dilation exams instead of bi-annual. We’ll do one more exam in six months, but if things continue to not-progress I won’t have to come back for a year.
Happy news indeed. But now where do I stand in complication status? I have small leaks in the vessels of my eyes. Extremely small leaks that are not affecting my vision at all. So how do I classify myself? As far as I’m concerned, I do not have retinopathy. I still think of myself as being complication free. But is that actually true? Or at this stage of the game, does it even matter if one tiny bleed is considered a complication or not?