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Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda G Jul 30, 2014. 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, 2014. 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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Younes left a comment for Stemwinder (Gary)
"Thanks for the accept. I have DT1 since 7 i'm 29y.o and with discipline diabettes can be easilly controlled. when i was having problems with my eyes my A1C test was 11.3% and now it's kind of under controll 7.3% and i'm looking for…"
8 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Tom Goffe's blog post '"Dear Abby" and Diabetes Etiquette'
"LOL Brian, I often ask co-workers it they are squeamish about blood. I have not met one yet but my response will be to turn your head. I don't think it would be wrong if he asked his co-worker for a little warning."
10 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for Younes
"Thank you for the friend request. Let me tell you something about me. My name is Gary and I am a mid-fifties Type 2. For years I neglected my diabetes until finally I was unable to ignore it any more. These days I have my diabetes controlled, well,…"
11 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) and Younes are now friends
11 hours ago
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Dave's discussion 'Are we just completely ignorant about Type 2?'
"It looks like you feel that T2s are primarily insulin deficient and insulin is the answer. Might as well attack to problem head on. I agree with you to some extent but not always because in some T2's the problem is insulin resistance with…"
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Diabetes News and Interest's discussion 'Medtronic Launches MiniMed 640G System'
"Good news but according to the full press release it is currently available in Australia only. Hopefully it will be available everywhere soon."
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on David (dns)'s blog post 'The Field Of Diabetes Is Overrun . . .'
"Is that a real word.........Yes it is, I had to look it up........Totally agree"
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for Grandma (Nana)
"Welcome Nana, You will find many parents and a growing number of grandparents of type 1 children here. There is so much information here at TuDiabetes. There are groups for people with like circumstances or interest. Blog posts where members convey…"
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for Melissa Lee
"Thank You Melissa for accepting this challenge. Manny had promised the administrators that we would be pleased with the choice to succeed him. I have to say he could not have been more right. I can not think of a better choice, Congratulations."
Jan 15
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Letter to the community, from Manny Hernandez'
"I was shocked when I read the news. How will we carry on without Manny at the helm was my first thought. Then I realized that Manny has built this community into one that can carry on without him, that is the sign of a true leader. He has put in…"
Jan 15
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to Stemwinder (Gary)'s discussion 'Insulin pumps 'more effective than injections' for type 2 diabetes' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"I have not had experience with the V-Go, Isn't that a patch type insulin pump. I do use a pump but not that type. I was never on a mixed insulin like 70/30 and I don't anything about it but I do know that a basal/bolus regime that comes…"
Jan 8
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Emmy's group 'Insulin Dependent Type 2'
"Welcome Ardie Thanks for joining"
Jan 8
Ardie replied to Stemwinder (Gary)'s discussion 'Insulin pumps 'more effective than injections' for type 2 diabetes' in the group Insulin Dependent Type 2
"I am on 70/30 insulin with a vial and injection needle. I am 72 and concerned that insulin therapy may do more harm than good. I am hoping to start with the VGo insulin patch trial soon. Anyone have any experience with this new insulin patch?"
Jan 4
Stemwinder (Gary) commented on Tamra's blog post 'Falling Down'
"I have felt the way you feel and have in some sense made peace with it. We do not need to beat ourselves up with guilt and shame it serves no useful purpose. I hope everyone will forgive me for bringing up an old blog post but I feel it fits in this…"
Jan 2
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'Air bubbles in tubing'
"My first question is where are the bubble coming from? The only way I can see them getting in is thru the reservoir filling process. I don't mean to insult you by mentioning the basics but sometimes when problems occur it is caused by some…"
Dec 27, 2014
Stemwinder (Gary) left a comment for kimberlyc501
"Welcome Kimberly, 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 together for…"
Dec 27, 2014

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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 8:16pm on January 26, 2015, Younes said…

Thanks for the accept. I have DT1 since 7 i'm 29y.o and with discipline diabettes can be easilly controlled. when i was having problems with my eyes my A1C test was 11.3% and now it's kind of under controll 7.3% and i'm looking for under 7% like it was once before and i know that i can do it.

At 7:53pm on December 20, 2014, lotsofshots said…

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!

Stemwinder (Gary)'s Blog

D Night Before Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 8:52am 6 Comments

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse

I had just settled down and was so soundly sleeping

When all of the sudden my CGM started beeping

I arose from my slumber and looked at the screen

With down pointing arrows I am low it does seem

As I sat in the kitchen treating my low

I can't help but notice the beauty of the new fallen snow.

With BG recovered I head back to my bed …


Your Type 2 May Vary.

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm 12 Comments

"Your diabetes may vary" is a phrase often repeated on this site. For my title I chose to substitute "Type 2" for the word "Diabetes. I did this because type 2 is extremely variable. It has many forms requiring different levels of treatment.

I write this because someone complained to me that my last blog A type 2 Blog was depressing. He went on to explain that he controlled his D with diet and…


A type 2 blog

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 7:38pm 14 Comments

A few day ago my good friend Rick wrote a blog about how there are few blogs that are written by Type 2 diabetics. Of course he is right, even though our numbers are great few of us choose to blog. I decided then to do my part and write a blog but the question was what to write about. I soon that realized a subject brought up by Stoner, another friend of mine. "What is it like to have Diabetes" would be an…


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…




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