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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


"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 to our group Billy"
17 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for Billy
"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.…"
17 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Vikki's discussion 'Has anyone heard of double. vision after Lucentis shots.'
"I had a shot about 2 weeks ago. It was in my left eye and it did look a little red for a few days. I am glad that your surgery went well Vikki and lets hope that the double vision is just a temporary thing."
19 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for Bill1960T1D
"Welcome Bill, I'm from the Volunteer state also, I live in Murfreesboro or as it’s sometimes called ”The Boro”. Please join our group. Tennessee Diabetics There is so much information here at TuDiabetes. There are groups for…"
19 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for your point is
"Welcome your point is. You have found an excellent place to come for help. This is a place where we come together to support each other. To share our problems and experiences and to help each other. There are groups for people with like…"
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Jericho's Mom's blog post 'Jericho's Diagnosis'
"Welcome Mom, As much as I hate being diabetic I would gladly take on this disease again if I could spare a child. Unfortunately I cannot and diabetes takes its role in our life. I know its not comforting to for me to say you will soon be experts at…"
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Kenny!'s discussion 'You know youre a diabetic when.....'
"When you feel like your doctors are running your life not you. When you find that you spend more time with your doctors than you do with friends and family Can anyone tell that I have had my fill of doctors lately?"
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Tiki's discussion 'Frequent Medical Leave'
"I have recently had to deal with this in a way. I have had back to back surgeries. When the second came up I was advised by my manager that I might have a problem if I missed more than six months. Our company has a policy that if an employee cannot…"
Aug 14
Melitta commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Cross My heart and Hope.........'
"Gary--so sorry you have had to go through this scary thing, with more to come. Let us know how it goes. But thanks for bravely writing about it and helping others!"
Aug 12
meee commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Cross My heart and Hope.........'
"Thanks for sharing this...I know how scary this must be, my vision has already been affected when I was in dka and it never recovered completely. I'm hoping this is going to help you a lot- the treatments they have now for various eye/sight…"
Aug 12
Judith in Portland commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Cross My heart and Hope.........'
"Thanks so much for this post. It's a scary thought for all of us who could very well face this procedure. I'm so glad it went well for you. Thank you Thank you! And Blessings!.......Judith"
Aug 11
David B. commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Cross My heart and Hope.........'
"Thank you for being so open about this experience. Wishing you well."
Aug 11
Stemwinder (Gary) and Melitta are now friends
Aug 11
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Aug 11
Stress commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Cross My heart and Hope.........'
"I had this done last week and yes, the worst part was the thought of someone sticking a needle in my eye. He did it so fast that I laid there thinking he wasn't finished yet but when he said he was I was a happy camper!"
Aug 11
Doris D commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Cross My heart and Hope.........'
"gary i'm with rick and brian. thanks"
Aug 11

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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
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
To learn and to contribute
Date diagnosed
January 1, 1992
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
5.7 August 5, 2013
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
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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