Agent Orange

By djhelkhntr Latest Reply 2012-05-01 02:39:32 -0500
Started 2012-04-20 15:14:59 -0500

Howdy! Im new here but my diabetes is brought on by exposure to agent orange while I was in the Marines. Any one elce have theres from exposure to agent Orange??

16 replies

djhelkhntr 2012-04-30 10:52:27 -0500 Report

Mornin to ya all. Is anyone elce getting tired of the pills and shots???? I am. Cant eat at the spur of the moment..wait I have to warm up my insulin..etc etc..Im wondering how long it takes for the side afects to get ya?? What would happen IF we stoped everything?? I for one am so tired of all of this..OH we cant give ya any more insulin this month. What happens when ya drop the bottle and it breaks or falls in the toilet??? If ya ask me its all about $$$..Sorry for the ranting.

jayabee52 2012-05-01 02:35:58 -0500 Report

I hear you loud and clear, Dave! Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a PITA in so many ways! Rant away! We understand — at least most of us.

Regarding side effects getting ya, that in LARGE measure depends on you and how well you control your DM. If you take excellent care of your DM you can avoid or at least postpone side effects for a long time.

What would happen if you stopped everything (are you thinking of committing suicide by ignoring your DM?) Probably nothing — at least right away.

Then it would be up to your body and the genes in your body. You could get DM related neuropathy as I have in my feet. I cannot take a step without hurting. It feels like I am walking on fire in bare feet. It is not pleasant, to say the least and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I also have extremely weak kidneys from my DM. I had been on dialysis for 10 months, and then was able to get off of it for about 7 yrs, now I am almost back on it again.

Oh and forget about sex. My neuropathy has pretty much killed the sensation in my male organs and plus my testerone and androgen is pretty much kaput.

I also have the beginnings of gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) which comes and goes due to neuropathy of the nerve which controls the stomach and the way it digests food.

What is more you could get foot ulcers and develop gangrene in those and you would get an amputation to stop it. You would go away piece by piece. A friend of mine is not taking care of his DM as he should and got lost a toe that way. And you could lose yourself piece by piece. If you lose a leg you would then lose your mobility, needing a wheelchair to get around.

Actually the only way you could commit suicide by DM is have a massive heart attack and die that way. But having a heart attack is not a sure thing either. My 2nd wife ("Jem") had congestive heart failure (CHF) and she had CHF for 20 yrs until she passed. Life was not pleasant for her as a heart patient either.

I have had all of my "Medical challenges" (as Jem laughingly called hers) because I didn't take care of my diabetes well enough early on. I got a lot of complications. So if you don't have complications yet, Thank God! And then take care of yourself.

I'd be happy to share with you what I have finally come to do to manage my BG levels well without the use of DM medications. All you would need do is ask.

Blessings to you and yours Dave

James Baker

Roy531 2012-04-30 07:53:44 -0500 Report

I was there and exposed as well and that is what caused my diabetes. I was the in 66, 67 and 68

djhelkhntr 2012-04-30 10:41:53 -0500 Report

Howdy Roy..There in '67-68.Once was enough for me. Thanks for your sacrafice.

Roy531 2012-04-30 11:56:28 -0500 Report

I didn't have a choice about staying there that long. They didn't have anybody to take my place so they extended my tour.

djhelkhntr 2012-04-30 14:15:06 -0500 Report

OH my!!! You got railroaded..Maybe ya should have told them to show ya the $$$. Naw..NO amount was worth it. Welcome home !!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-04-30 02:47:56 -0500 Report

I had a friend who had been exposed to agent orange when he served as a green beret in vietnam. He said that was a reason he had T2.

djhelkhntr 2012-04-30 10:44:51 -0500 Report

IF he was there on the ground then he should be getting compensation for T2.

jayabee52 2012-05-01 02:39:32 -0500 Report

He is. He also had a daughter who was not quite right, but not sure if it was his exposure to AO or it was exposure to illegal drugs mommy did when she was in utero. I think daughter is getting compensation from the Govt for AO exposure also.

JSJB 2012-04-30 03:34:00 -0500 Report

Served during Vietnam but never was in country. I guess anything can trigger diabetes. I think it was when I broke my wrist that put my body into shock and brought on this condition. Now I have to deal with it and try to keep it undercontrol.

djhelkhntr 2012-04-30 10:46:29 -0500 Report

Howdy JSJB…Im not sure if body shock/Trama can or does cause it to come to the surface. I have never heard that.

JSJB 2012-04-30 13:10:12 -0500 Report

Something caused it. I'm 70 and never had any problems until the broken wrist. Who knows what brings this condition on.

annesmith 2012-04-30 01:34:02 -0500 Report

Hi…no, I was never exposed to agent orange, but I can clearly see where a person like yourself who was exposed would become diabetic. How old are you? …sincerely, ANNE

djhelkhntr 2012-04-30 10:43:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Anne. Im older than dust. Dust = wore out dirt..Laff

annesmith 2012-05-01 01:27:37 -0500 Report

I am just wondering, because, I had an excellent math teacher in high school who's name was Dave, and he was exposed to agent orange..he'd be about 64 years old now—ANNE