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Well, gang, went to my eye dr. this morning so typing with dilated eyes - blurry? Yes.  But I just emailed Paula, so I think I'll get through this too.  Anyway, I definately have cataracs in both eyes, but much worse in right eye.  Dr. said it is borderline so I see him in 6 months instead of 1 year.  I finally had a refraction done - had none since 2005 because of my wacky bg's..  I'm getting new lenses and frames.  This will help with everything until I have surgery in possibly 6 months.  Larry went with me and at the end of my time he mentioned that he sees dr. tomorrow and Larry thinks he has cataracs too.  So we'll find that out then.
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Sharon, I missed this posting earlier.  A couple of years ago I went in for an evaluation to see if I could benefit from Lasic mono-vision treatment (one eye for near vision, one eye for far vision).  The doctor said "bad news - your eyes are too bad for Lasic, but the good news is that you have cataracts and we can do something for them."  My eyes were not "bad enough" to be covered by insurance, but I didn't want to wait that long -- too much to see and do.   I had "multi-focal lens transplant" surgery on both eyes and can now see 20:25 and no need for any glasses, including for reading!!!  The preparation involved doing eye drops for a week before, and then for a few weeks afterwords.  Had one surgery one morning with local anesthesia, was sent home with a patch over the eye. I returned the next day to have the patch removed, stitches checked, and sent home with a patch to wear at night so I didn't accidentally scratch my eye during sleep.  Repeated the process for the second eye a few weeks later.  I highly recommend the surgery!!!  Not everyone gets by without reading glasses, but I did.  The only aftereffects are "circles" around headlights or streetlights at night and occasional "floaters" (spots) that look like dirty lenses.

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If I remember correctly, I think the dr. looked at Larry and said hopefully for 20/20 vision without any glasses.  He had already suggested lasic surgery for me last year.  I declined because I was afraid our ins. wouldn't cover it.  I certainly hope it will, possibly in March?, cover the cataract surgery.  I'm banking on that, especially since dr. said it is boarderline now.  That's why I see him in 6 months.  I have cataracts in both eyes, but my right eye is the worst.  Sometimes I really have a hard time seeing, have to keep blinking and sometime improves.  I have a floater in my left eye.  First time I noticed it I kept grabbing at the air to get the "bug" and then realized it was a floater.  Oh, well.  Yes, I know the cataract surgery now is nothing to worry about. 
 
It is my hearing I am worried about.  Dr. said he can only clean them out - or pay a few thousand dollars for hearing aids that neither insurance nor medicare will cover.  A lady at church got hearing aids last year and medicare did not pay.  It was out of pocket for her.  And if I don't get my ears cleaned out (dry skin) once a month, they get clogged up and I have to wear both my Loud n'Clear hearing aids that look like blue tooth.  I have already been asked if I had a blue tooth - no, hearing aids.  Now I feel awkward wearing even one, because I feel like they stick out and am self-conscious, but I have a hard time hearing if I don't - especially in my left ear.  That is the one is with the most loss.  And dr. told me last time I don't have that much loss in either ear, left more than right, but not that much.  And when they get clogged, even with both aids in I still can't hear that well, but can hear myself, kinda like when you stick your fingers in your ears and talk and you hear yourself - that's what I hear.  Not happy with this situation!
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I had cataract surgery about 14 years ago.  I hada childhoodaccident that left a cataract, and other damage so bad in my right eye, that I was blind in that eye.  The doctor said he could take the cataract out, and I might get some vision back in that eye.  I had the surgery, It was not bad.  The good part is a got quite a bit of vision back in that eye.  More than they expected.  Linda

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Well, got my new glasses - lenses and frames.  Boy, what a change.  It will take a while to get used to these.  But my bg's are stable now so I figured I better have the refraction done and this is how it turned out - new lenses. 
 
Also had to go back to the dentist for Larry.  He has an appoint for this Fri. 7:40AM to get 7 teeth pulled.   After that all heals he will start brushing his teeth again. 
 
We have had dr. visits for the last couple days.  So Fri. should be the last, unless he has to go in again to make sure his mouth is doing fine. 
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Well, gang, this is my husband's dr. visit now.  He goes to the dentist to have 7, yes, 7 teeth pulled.  I sure hope he brushes his teeth after all this.  So I am not looking forward to tomorrow.  I HAVE to stay there the whole time - 1- 1 1/2 hr. I cannot come home and go back.  So we got more jello in the house.  We already have popsicles here. 
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Well, gang, Larry had his teeth pulled and did fine.  Now just to get through this next 24 hrs.  Only liquids until tomorrow, which he doesn't like AT ALL!  Time for another pain pill, but he is doing fine, I guess, for just having 7 teeth pulled.
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Wow...poor Larry.  Tell him we are sending him lots of hugs.
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Hi,everyone.  I joined a diabetes group at cmap today.  Cmap is a place to get health care in my city.  It was an interesting appointment.  My A1C was 5.9!  They have also set it up for me to get an eye exam in Wednesday.  Linda

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Linda, glad  you found a support group where you live.  They can be fun, interesting and educational.  Sure hope you grow to like yours as much as I like mine.  Is yours free?  Mine is and meets twice a month.  Tomorrow afternoon is our next one.
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Yes, Sharon.  I am going to enjoy being part of this group.  It is a wonderful program.  I also enjoy being part of the Dear Janis group.  Linda

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Sorry Linda, I love Dear Janis also - I just like all the support I can get.
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Great A1c, Linda!!

How is Larry feeling, Sharon?

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Linda, how forgetful of me - fantastic A1c!
 
Larry is doing much better.  He goes in on the 19th (free they say) just to check on how his mouth is doing.  Then on the 20th he goes for a cleaning and discuss what they will do - partial, caps, whatever.  So he does have some pain at times, but doing better - Thanks for asking.
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Went to my foot dr. this afternoon - I have the beginning of not only 1 thing but 2 - athletete's foot AND neuropathy.  He gave me an ointment and I also made another appointment for a month just in case this doesn't work for me and then I will go to oral meds - that's what I need, more oral meds.  I only take 13 pills now, what's another pill.  He heard me complain about another pill and said this should motivate me to put on the ointment on every day.  So that's my update.
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