I'm sorry to hear about the problems with your eyes, Laurie. It's one of the giant fears of diabetes that diabetics have to live with everyday, but that is rarely apparent to anyone who doesn't have the disease. Good luck with the surgery, and I hope everything turns out well.
Ken, good job on the diet change and your getting serious about what is happening to you. One thing I like to tell myself to see something positive in the disease is, "Diabetes is the strictest, most bad-Ass coach you could ever have asked for. Absolutely NO leniency! You'll either get in great shape and be as healthy as can be, or you'll die trying!"
Last night I had to go in for an MRI to check if I have necrosis (rotting of the bones due to high, diabetic blood sugars) or not. I've had to wait three weeks for the MRI and I can tell you it's been one of the most harrowing three weeks I've ever been through. I was a total nervous wreck yesterday and haven't slept in days. I'll find out tomorrow whether it's necrosis or not. Fingers crossed that it's not. If it is, I'm in for an extremely bumpy ride. I might lose a leg or an arm, might have to give up my beloved hiking, or could possibly die. Not something I wanted to hear after all the hard work I've put into this. Just glad my family and friends are with me.
Wish me luck!