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Lucentis

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

Milestones

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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Tim commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Sorry, Judith I was going to place quotes around "simple" to be sarcastic about diet and exercise. The re-edit period ended before I realized my error. When I was first diagnosed with the "D." I remember hearing a doctor saying…"
Dec 14
MrSilver liked Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post Cross My heart and Hope.........
Dec 13
Judith in Portland commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Well said, MrSilver. I feel the same way. One of the many important things I learned here is not to fear insulin when the time comes! I love to roam around here and often plug into T1 discussions, even if I just lurk. But on some subjects, like the…"
Dec 13
MrSilver commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Yep, I am a newbie Type2 and your first blog laid out what often happens as far as I now for most type 2's! I have a good friend, she's a Nurse Practitioner at a good hospital in WASH D.C., she told me I can do EVERYTHING perfectly and…"
Dec 12
Tim commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"From someone who has really been on both sides of the aisle so to speak. Nine years ago I was incorrectly diagnosed as a type 2. During those 9 years I struggled to maintain and control my blood sugars. No matter what I did or the doctors did seemed…"
Dec 12
Judith in Portland commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Oh my yes, Pastel. I have also had similar feelings from time to time. There is so little we can do when our numbers go haywire. But at the moment, my concern is my #s being higher than anytime since about 6 months after dx. Not consistently in the…"
Dec 12
Pastelpainter commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"I'm controlled with diet, pills and exercise. Still just metformin, fairly low dose, but it has gone up from when I was first diagnosed. I battle with weight and insulin resistance. Sometimes I wish I was on insulin just to have some control…"
Dec 12
Judith in Portland commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Rick---What is a "reflection piece?"....."
Dec 11
Stoner commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Triple Ditto on Judith and and Rick. Well said Bubba, well said."
Dec 11
Neil commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"I might be a T2 I am not sure. In the beginning for the first few months pill and exercise worked well but that was short lived. One can only run so much and gym so much in a day. I am noways overweight so just proves we all different and as far as…"
Dec 11
rick the "Blogabetic" commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Double Ditto on Judith's comments. i hope type 2's find the site very welcoming and not at all insulin centric. I believe that one of the factors that might be driving that view is that type 1's tend for some reason to be more vocal.…"
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Judith in Portland commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Ditto on Rick, Gary. I didn't think your last blog was at all depressing. I've got to get ready for bed now (a depressingly long project since I am battling (still!) a nasty flare up of eczema. But I'll write something soon. After 7…"
Dec 10
Judith in Portland liked Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post Your Type 2 May Vary.
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rick the "Blogabetic" commented on Stemwinder (Gary)'s blog post 'Your Type 2 May Vary.'
"Gray, I am so happy you have decided to write. You make ongoing compelling remarks and I am so pleased you are blogging. Thank you for this and all that you do around these parts.....rick"
Dec 10
Stemwinder (Gary) posted a blog post

Your Type 2 May Vary.

"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 exercise. This…See More
Dec 10

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
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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http://na
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 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....
linda

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
Marie

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.

Dee.

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.

Stemwinder (Gary)'s Blog

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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