Stemwinder (Gary)
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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

Tags: IR, Resistance, Insulin


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

Keeping it cool?

Started this discussion. Last reply by bojibridge Jun 17, 2013. 2 Replies

Hello All, This is my first summer with my pump and I am worried about the insulin in my pump. My work is in the heat and in Tennessee summer days usually the hi the mid to high nineties, heck during…Continue

Is all Novolog created equal

Started this discussion. Last reply by HPNpilot Apr 11, 2013. 3 Replies

I've been pumping for four months now, Novolog has always been my insulin. Novolog in Pens and now Novolog in my pump.I have several pens left from my MDI days and I would like to use it in my pump.…Continue

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Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for SEAGATOR
"Hi Reed, I hear you have taken a little bit of a tumble. Wow a broken hip. I wish you a speedy recovery and know that we will be seeing you back soon. GET WELL MY FRIEND"
Apr 12
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Melitta's discussion 'CA bill to label sugary sodas, says sugar consumption leads to diabetes'
"I do not like this proposed legislation. There are known facts about sugary drinks and that it causes any type of diabetes is not one of them. If they wish to put a warning on the sugary drinks then great but stick to the facts -Sugary drinks do not…"
Apr 11
Stemwinder (Gary) liked lotsofshots's blog post I'm on the right track
Apr 10
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to bjm2363's discussion 'Over-reacting?'
"I can't imagine it either. I don't go full low carb as suggested by Bernstein. I shoot for between 40 and 60 carbs per meal and if I'm lucky I can manage it. I do inject insulin so I have some leeway There is no magic carb number. It…"
Apr 10
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to debsgsd's discussion 'Stress & Colds'
"Stress and illness will play havoc sometimes with your BG. As a T2 person controlling with oral med plus diet and exercise your options are limited. The only things you can change without doctors approval is the diet and exercise but it sounds like…"
Apr 9
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for curlysarah
"Congrats Sarah on making the Featured Members List. Please click on this VIDEO LINK. I realize that the song doesn’t quite fit but you will get the idea. ."
Apr 7
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on David (dns)'s blog post 'The Known Facts About Diabetes'
"Ghee Thanks David, You have totally blown my understanding of diabetes out of the water. And Please Please Please keep what ever knowledge you have about the Easter Bunny to yourself. I don't want to know!!!!!"
Apr 7
Lloyd replied to Stemwinder (Gary)'s discussion 'The Truth about Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"The new link works fine -Lloyd"
Apr 5
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Stemwinder (Gary)'s discussion 'The Truth about Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"Tyue Truth about Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes"
Apr 1
Stemwinder (Gary) added a discussion to the group Insulin Dependent Type 2

The Truth about Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

Everyone wants to blame the T2 when insulin becomes necessary. I read this on Joslin's site that states otherwise. TheTruth about Insulin and Type 2 DiabetesSee More
Apr 1
lotsofshots left a comment for Stemwinder (Gary)
Apr 1
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Natalie ._c-'s group 'Type 2'
"Good luck with your surgery Christalyn."
Apr 1
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on PumpGirl's blog post 'Hello!'
"Welcome to our family. You are right that misdiagnosis happens often, I'm glad you have gotten the correct diagnosis A CGM is a great tool for controlling BG. We are excited with you."
Mar 31
Stemwinder (Gary) liked PumpGirl's blog post Hello!
Mar 31
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Suzan's discussion 'FEHB and Medicare for insulin pump' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"I do hope they are not leading us on. I have a few years yet because I'm in my late fifties but it would be nice to know."
Mar 30
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Suzan's discussion 'FEHB and Medicare for insulin pump' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"It is my understanding that Medicare will not cover pumps or pump supplies. I have BCBS thru my employer and it is my understanding that my coverage will not change after I retire but my company policy will pay secondary to Medicare. This worries me…"
Mar 30

Profile Information

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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Tell us more about you (optional)
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 4:39pm on April 2, 2014, beckiejo40 said…

Nice to meet you, We don't live to far apart. I do take insulin morning and night. Hope to loose some of this weight and get off of it. Looking forward to meeting all of you on the site:) Becky

At 3:19pm on April 1, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 7:40am on March 20, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 8:41am on February 17, 2014, James122501 said…
I hope that your recovery from surgery is going well Gary. Best wishes!
At 6:25am on February 15, 2014, Trudy said…

Hi Gary. I can't type (or think!) fast enough to do much in the chat-room, but I do lurk now and again... Wishing you a speedy recovery after your surgery. I guess Valentine's Day will always be an anniversary of sorts!

At 3:44pm on February 7, 2014, David (dns) said…

Happy Birthday Gary!

At 1:05pm on February 7, 2014, Marie B said…

Gary, Happy Birthday, my excellent friend. hope you're having a good day, and a special evening with Mrs Stemwinder.

At 9:12am on February 7, 2014, Doris D said…


At 4:43am on February 7, 2014, Linda G said…

Smiles and laughter. Joy and cheer.
New happiness that stays throughout the year...
Hope your birthday brings all these and more.
BEST WISHES GARY....dear friend (et archange)!!

At 7:35pm on February 3, 2014, Stoner said…

During the past week, since we shared that sad, sad, day, I often think about you. I know you and Pup were extra close. And I wanted you to know, that I am praying for you and others to find peace. I know that her spirit will shine forth from you And her impact on TuD will forever live here. As the days pass, and time moves on, Pup's spirit will shine on through all of us who knew her. Much peace and hugs. Trip Stoner

Stemwinder (Gary)'s Blog

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…


Failure....I think not!

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 9:17pm 3 Comments

Sometimes it disturbs me when I see members who feel they have failed. It disturbs me because there is no failure in diabetes; failure only comes when we give up. As long as we strive to do what is necessary we have not failed.

Some Type 2s feel that to go on insulin will be a failure, but it’s not a failure it’s an escalation of the battle. I am a long term Type 2 who is fully insulin dependent, in the minds of some I am a failure because I have to take insulin, I beg to differ. I was…


Chatter Boxes Unite

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:19pm 7 Comments

Do you Chat, Great! We need you. Please come join us in the Chat Room. It’s running right now in the lower right corner of the page. Just click on the "Main Room" and an almost constant flow of chatter is happening almost all the time. For the seasoned chatters amongst us you know the drill all you have to do is join in.

Say you’re not a Chat person, say you don’t know what folks see in Chat, Well Welcome friend we are kindred spirits, Or at least we were until recently when I…




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