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I can understand your concern for your daughter. First of all, what she has had is called a vitreous hemorrhage. Also, while she may not be following her diabetic diet while living on her own that, in and of itself, did not cause this problem....and I am sure she is just as scared as your are to try not to bring the diet up at this moment :)
The blood will most likely not clear by the time your daughter is seen on Tuesday. Is there a chance that delaying her examination until then would cause problems? Yes.....If she was to have an undiagnosed retinal detachment, retinal tear or large hole. That being said, there is a very high probability that her retina is not detaching and waiting until Tuesday will allow the blood to settle so that the ophthalmologist can see her retina better and try to find the source of the bleeding. I
If the blood has not cleared by Tuesday and Ultrasound can be done in the office to evaluate the retina.
What should your daughter do until Tuesday? Well, for starters, NO running/jumping etc. She should not put her head below her waist at all, blow her nose, strain during bowel movements etc. She should also put some book, bricks or similar object under the legs at the head of her bed so that her head stays elevated while she sleeps. Two or three pillows might help too, although people tend to roll off of pillows while they sleep.
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What would be my daughter’s long term prospects is it generally accepted that this condition leads to blindness; my daughter is in fact my step daughter I apologize for not making this clear, but I have been her father since she was 3 years. Her blood father also had diabetes and went blind and had many other complications leading to an early death at 52 years of age.
What would be my daughter’s long term prospects is it generallyaccepted that this condition leads to blindness; my daughter is in fact my stepdaughter I apologize for not making this clear, but I have been her father sinceshe was 3 years. Her blood father also had diabetes and went blind and had manyother complications leading to an early death at 52 years of age.
We went for our appointment today I did not go in with my daughter to see the doctor perhaps I should have done, anyway he examined her eye and told her the blood was under the jelly bit at the back of her eye, I think meaning the retina, he said he could not do anything at this moment in time until the blood has dissipated and she should come back in a month, he told her not to worry. I must say that statement is beyond me.