I had a routine retinopathy scan in the mobile van clinic thing a few weeks ago, and the technician said everything was fine. So I was a bit taken aback to get a letter from the Eye Hospital saying they needed to see me. In fact, I had four separate letters, all moving the appointment a little bit, but off I trundled (after phoning to make sure that I had the right time).

It transpires that I have Macular Oedema, which is a side effect of diabetes, and they want to pump me full of dye, and then give me laser treatment for it. To say that I am not looking forward to this Friday would be a bit of an understatement.

I phoned the surgery and got a prescription for some Valium – no idea if I will take them (probably not), but at least they are there. Aaargh.