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Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda G Jul 30. 8 Replies

I am experiencing my first diabetic eye problem, I have a diabetic macular edema in my left eye.I am scheduled for a series of intraocular injections in my left eye with a drug known as Lucentis, I…Continue

Tags: eye, edema, macular, lucentis

God Bless the USA

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terrie Jul 4. 3 Replies

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans. For my friends from other nationalities please allow me this moment of Pride.I wish to thank Lee Greenwood for saying in song what I and many American…Continue

Chicken or Egg

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sam Oct 11, 2013. 17 Replies

Which came first the chicken or the egg or maybe a better question. Which comes first insulin resistance or excess weight. Does weight cause IR or does IR cause weight.As far as I know the jury is…Continue

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Started Aug 17, 2013 0 Replies

If I timed this right this will be discussion post number 20,001 we just crossed the 20,000 threshold for discussions.Keep a watch out everyone another milestone is coming we will soon welcome member…Continue

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"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of Victory" - Gen. George S Patton, Jr.

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Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Emmy's group 'Insulin Dependent Type 2'
"Welcome rmcwilliam, Thanks for joining"
1 hour ago
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for rmcwilliam
"I want to Welcome you to Insulin Dependent Type 2. My name is Gary and I'm one of the group administrators. The purpose of our group is to share experiences and to support each other as we take on the task of treating our diabetes with insulin.…"
1 hour ago
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Dan P's discussion 'Diabetic Motorcyclists come in!'
"Hi Dan, I do not ride motorcycles but I do know that we already have group for bikers. You can find it HERE."
4 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Diabetes News and Interest's discussion 'Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Are Caused by the Same Underlying Mechanism'
"I'm going to wait and see on this one. We are seeing claims that run awry of years of research. It may well be so but I'm waiting to see them explain how the same cause can lead to vastly different outcomes. Even though the diseases are so…"
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to jnick303's discussion 'Just started Humalog and...'
"Sounds like you are being treated by a general practitioner. I firmly believe that anyone taking insulin should see an Endocrinologist. I was started on insulin by my GP and received even less instruction for dosing insulin that you have received. A…"
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for Bonnie
"I want to Welcome you to Insulin Dependent Type 2. My name is Gary and I'm one of the group administrators. The purpose of our group is to share experiences and to support each other as we take on the task of treating our diabetes with insulin.…"
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Emmy's group 'Insulin Dependent Type 2'
"Welcome to our group Bonnie we are glad to have you as a member."
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on swebery's blog post 'soo.'
"David is right, TuDiabetes exist so that "No diabetic should ever feel alone". You will find many that are here to support you. We will applaud you when you succeed but I doubt you will find someone to shame you when you don't.…"
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on bagpipegirl's blog post 'The first day of school'
"Hopefully the school year will only get better from here. GET WELL SOON"
Aug 25
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Emmy's group 'Insulin Dependent Type 2'
"Hi Kathryn Welcome to the group"
Aug 23
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to sdkate's discussion 'Please answer me quickly......a little nervous'
"There is no average unit amount, It can be very small with some type 1's and can be extremely high with some t2s. Or it can be anywhere in between. You really don't want to leave your insulin in the car summer or winter. Insulin does not…"
Aug 23
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Emmy's group 'Insulin Dependent Type 2'
"Welcome PatientX We are glad you are here."
Aug 23
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emmy's discussion 'Pumps for type 2s - post your questions and comments on pumps here!' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"It is an exciting time when starting a pump. I'm sure you will do fine. Most doctor will start you with very conservative settings and then dial it in as time progresses. There will come a time when you feel comfortable making your own pump…"
Aug 22
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Kathyann's blog post 'Bad news at the opthalmologist'
"I have recently been diagnosed with Macular Edema. Mine was caught early before I noticed any vision problems. I am being treated with a series of eye injections with a drug called Lucentis. I had my first injection about 3 weeks ago. Being…"
Aug 22
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Stoner's blog post 'A Moment Frozen'
"The term T3 really doesn't do justice here. Loved ones that suffer along with us might be a better description. I have no doubt that there are many more like your husband. It is beautiful that he chose such a moment to let you know that he has…"
Aug 22
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emmy's discussion 'Health Risk! Do NOT let nurses give you insulin from a pen at the hospital!' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"Good information Emmy, I was lucky when I was in the hospital they let me wear my pump and take care of my own insulin needs."
Aug 21

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 2 diabetes
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To learn and to contribute
Date diagnosed
January 1, 1992
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5.7 August 5, 2013
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Pump, Diet and Exercise
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Minimed Revel 723
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My name is Gary and I'm a rare bird that is getting more common these days. I'm a T2 with an insulin pump. These days I eat right, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and I pump insulin.

I pump insulin because my pancreas makes little or no insulin and my treatment is almost the same as a T1's. The difference is that my pancreas didn't die of an autoimmune attack, I worked it to death.

It doesn't matter how you got here, It matters what you do from now forward. I'm going to keep doing my best.

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At 4:13pm on August 11, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 7:02am on August 6, 2014, Linda G said…

Gary....keeping you in prayer. Praying, as well, for the team involved in the procedure. That all goes well....with no repercussions, and that your concerns be alleviated. May you feel relaxwed and pain free.
BIG baskets of hugs Archange....

At 6:35am on August 6, 2014, Marie B said…

Gary, I am holding you strongly in my thoughts and prayers today. Wishing you the very best outcome, praying the doctor and all those caring for you today the highest skill, the swiftest speed, the deepest and gentlest care. All of us here are surrounding you with arms linked and holding you up. Sending you all the strength we can and asking God to be at your side through the entire procedure. LOve ya, kiddo,

your friend

At 7:59am on August 5, 2014, Dee said…

Hi Gary,

My apologies, I'm just now seeing your post on my wall. Thanks! Hope you're having a great week.


At 7:37pm on July 29, 2014, v/prediabetic said…

hi gary. a question- if you were me- someone who has diabetic parents and an A1c of 5.9 in 2009, a 5.7 in 2010, and a 5.3 in 2013 with diet and exercise, would you be even stricter with bg control- try to push for 5.0 or lower, or is what i'm doing now good enough? thanks.

At 6:27pm on July 17, 2014, Alan S said…

Thanks for the welcome back. Time became a problem, as I am on several diabetes forums as well as travel forums, blogging and facebook. I just dropped out of another place and decided to revisit.

At 1:12pm on July 8, 2014, Andrew Stivelman said…

Thanks for the welcome!

At 6:02am on July 8, 2014, mdounelis said…

Thank you!

At 10:55am on June 19, 2014, Kate said…

Thanks Gary. As you may know diabetes and other autoimmune issues (thyroid, athritis) run in my family, I'm the caboose with two older brothers. I am so thankful to find Tudiabetes during my diagnosis. Even though your relatives may have it, it's a different feeling when the doctor says it's you. I've learned so much in the short time I've been here, and everyone is so wonderful. I am glad to have friends like you all.

At 8:40pm on May 16, 2014, Neil C. Greathouse said…

Thanks Gary! I'm glad to be here and get connected with this community. Can't wait to learn from you guys.

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Cross My heart and Hope.........

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 5:01pm 10 Comments

Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye... I can't seem to get that childhood saying from my mind lately.

Here's why, I was recently diagnosed with diabetic macular edema which is caused by small leaky blood vessels leaking into the retina and surrounding tissues. This leaking has caused a pocket of fluid and swelling which is seriously threatening my central vision since the macula is the center of one's vision.

The preferred treatment is a series of…


When will this all end

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:20pm 12 Comments

This has not been a banner year for me so far. It started in January with a trip to my PCP for bad neck and shoulder pain. It wasn't long before I ended up in surgery for a rupture cervical disc and soon after that shoulder surgery for a damaged rotator cuff, damaged cartridge and a case of frozen shoulder. I was just released by the shoulder doctor last Wednesday. During this time I was also diagnosed with Meniere's Disease.

Like I said I was released by the orthopedic doctor on…


A Year in the Life of a Type 2 Pumper

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 12:22pm 14 Comments

Today is the day, December 21st, the day that I inserted my first infusion set. It was an exciting and nervous day. I walked out of my Endo's office where I had met with my trainer free of the 5 injections a day that I had become accustomed, I was hooked up to my new Medtronic Paradigm 723 pump.

My first couple of weeks were a little bit trying, I had "No Delivery" alarms with my second, fourth and fifth infusion sets. It seems that Medtronic did not believe me when I told them that I…


In their shoes

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:30pm 14 Comments

We have all heard the saying? Don’t judge someone till you have walked a mile in their shoes. The same can be said about diabetic types, don’t judge a type until you have lived their D.

We all believe that believe that no one can understand but another D, another T1, another T2. But what about the T3’s or to be more precise a T3 parent who can understand what it is like for them, who can walk in their shoes. Don’t they make every step that their child makes, don’t they live the D life…




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