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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

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

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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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Dan P left a comment for Stemwinder (Gary)
"Thanks Gary for your kind comment on my blog :) Here's to many more years of D for you!"
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Dan P's blog post 'Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.'
"Excellent Blog Dan, You have a wonderful attitude about your D. Wishing you 48 more yeas complication free."
Oct 23
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to dino's discussion 'Word Association Game'
Oct 23
Stemwinder (Gary) and hlzpiano are now friends
Oct 21
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Emmy's group 'Insulin Dependent Type 2'
"Welcome to our group hlzpiano. Thank you for joining"
Oct 20
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Hector Mariano Bacajol's blog post 'Idk what to do'
"If you are to ever go on a pump you first need to learn MDI (multiple daily injections). I know you are doing two shots a day but MDI is different. MDI consists of taking both short and long acting insulin. Long acting to cover basal need and short…"
Oct 15
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Humana project: fourth question!'
"1-I discovered a low carb diet is superior to a low fat diet when it comes to controlling blood sugars. 2-I discovered that I am the captian of this ship and that no one else can keep it on course but me. 3-Learned that for me insulin is much…"
Oct 13
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for dreaminofmeadows
"Welcome dreaminofmeadows, There is so much information here at TuDiabetes. There are groups for people with like circumstances or interest. Blog posts where members convey their thoughts and experiences. And there are the forums where we come…"
Oct 12
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Christopher's discussion 'Symlin/Insulin mix in pump?'
"I am like Christopher and wondered why they should not be mixed so I did an internet search and found this article from A Sweet Life. it is rather lengthy but you can find it here. From what I gather reading this article is that Symlin when added…"
Oct 12
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Humana project: third question!'
"The confusing part for me was being handed a prescription for some pills and then being told I must change my lifestyle. I'm fully able to swallow some pills but I had no idea how to go about changing my lifestyle. I was told to do it but was…"
Oct 9
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Brian (bsc)'s blog post 'Adventures with Invokana'
"Thanks Brian for sharing your experience with Invokana, I'm glad it is working out for you. I have been reluctant to consider this drug because of some of the not so nice side effects cause by increased sugar in ones urine. Your positive report…"
Oct 8
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to MarinaTheBetes's discussion 'bridging the messaging gap? type 1, type 2'
"I like a message that says, "No one is to blame for diabetes but where you go from here is up to you." To me this says, Its not you fault but you have responsibilities for you own health going forward. I speak from a Type 2 perspective and…"
Oct 8
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Humana project: second question!'
"1-Ignoring it doesn't work 2-test, test, test 3-Counting carbs 4-exercise plays a major role 5-a little weight loss doesn't hurt either."
Oct 7
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Mike's discussion 'Energy and depression'
"Hi Mike, I can sympathize with you about shoulder problems, I had shoulder surgery earlier this year. Depression among diabetics of all types is very common. We have a group for people that suffer depression, you can find here. Diabetics with…"
Oct 6
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Humana project: first question!'
"1)I wish someone had told me that it was not my fault. 2) I wish someone had told me that denial is not just a river in Egypt. I was in denial for many years. 3) I wish that someone had told me that I could do something about it instead of telling…"
Oct 5
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to AngelaC's discussion 'Research on Fat Shaming'
"Without repeating what Marie and David have said I wish to address what Alex has said and explain why we at Tud do not support his statements. TuD exist so the no diabetic will feel alone, we include and embrace all PWD and know that blame and shame…"
Oct 5

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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
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 10:04am on October 25, 2014, Dan P said…

Thanks Gary for your kind comment on my blog :) Here's to many more years of D for you!

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, BWV565 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.

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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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