A mother has issued a warning after losing her sight and fighting for her life after suffering from a “black cloud” over her eyes while on holiday.
Debbie Ronan, 45, has diabetes and began suffering from bleeding in her eyes in 2019.
The maternity worker underwent surgery but lost sight in her right eye, meaning she was unable to work.
The mother, from St Helens, Merseyside, now requires almost full-time care from her husband and family, according to the Liverpool echo.
Debbie’s daughter Carla Leyland said: “She was on holiday and had these kind of black clouds over her eyes, after being taken to hospital it was confirmed that she had a bleed behind her eye.
“She underwent surgery but permanently lost the sight in her right eye.
“She was fine for months, but then she started bleeding in her left eye.
“After that, about 18 months ago, she went completely blind in both eyes, her sight briefly returned in January, but the bleeding comes and goes, leaving her with no sight at all.”
The mother says her mental health has been severely affected by her vision loss and she wants to encourage other people with diabetes to get regular check-ups.
Debbie also wants others to ask questions when something doesn’t feel right and try to save others from going through the same thing.
She said: “I got a call from a diabetes nurse after she came to my GP to do some tests and she called me back while I was at work and basically said, ‘I don’t know, why you’re still alive’ because my sugar levels had been so high for so long.
“My husband is practically my full-time carer now, he’s a taxi driver so it’s hit him hard too because sometimes he has to stay away from work for me.
“I have really bad anxiety and emotionally it’s hard.”
“I want to make other people aware of your diabetes and really ask questions of the doctors and the hospital.
“It’s so important to ask questions because I don’t want anyone to go through that.”
Debbie’s daughter Carla set one up GoFundMe page to support her mother since she cannot work.
It’s not clear if Debbie had type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, a person’s pancreas does not produce insulin.
In type 2, the body’s cells become resistant to insulin, requiring a larger amount to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range.
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