Mike Ratrie
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  • Mount Dora, FL
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Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Ratrie Jan 28. 22 Replies

My Big Blue Test - Intense version

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Oct 20, 2012. 1 Reply

Why do we need prescriptions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by AngelaC Apr 13, 2010. 36 Replies


Act and react based on real-world evidence, not on preconceptions

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
friends, comparing notes, encouragement
Date diagnosed
September 13, 1973
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Accu-Chek Spirit Combo

Latest Activity

Mike Ratrie replied to Sarah's discussion 'Infusion Sites on Pump'
"I was pretty happy with my rotation schedule until a few months ago, when a few of my hard to reach areas (buttocks and rear love handles), just stopped working altogether. I gave those four areas about a month off and then tried again. It seems to…"
5 hours ago
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'split the lantus???'
"Each dose will still last around 20+ hours (IOW, a little less than 24). Splitting ensures that for the window where your 10 pm dose is finished, there is still some Lantus active from your 10am dose and vice versa."
6 hours ago
Mike Ratrie liked mikep's discussion I started on Afrezza last night . . .
7 hours ago
Mike Ratrie liked Dan P's blog post D puts me in my place. But only for today.
8 hours ago
Mike Ratrie liked rick (aka: #blankieboy)'s blog post Going Biking!!
10 hours ago
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'Keep waiting for a clear indication that my basal dose has been adjusted too low....'
"Let us know how it goes - wishing you the best in your next step of the marathon."
11 hours ago
Mike Ratrie commented on rick (aka: #blankieboy)'s blog post 'Going Biking!!'
"Rick, I was remiss in not offering you my congratulations. You had a goal to get back on a two-wheeler and (drum roll, please!) you accomplished it. JUST. TOTALLY. AWESOME."
21 hours ago
Mike Ratrie replied to Colleen's discussion 'MCAT snacks'
"Congratulations on taking the MCAT! In addition to the other excellent advice here, you could also use a lower temporary basal rate starting about 1-2 hours before the test begins and running until 1-2 hours before it ends."
Mike Ratrie commented on rick (aka: #blankieboy)'s blog post 'Going Biking!!'
"OOPS! I meant, Rick! Wil??? Don't know where that came from!"
Mike Ratrie commented on rick (aka: #blankieboy)'s blog post 'Going Biking!!'
"Wil, Don't give three wheels such a hard time, just think about getting a better (albeit more expensive) ride. I gave up on a standard two-wheeler years ago for a recumbent trike. No more pain in my neck, wrists, back and butt! "
Mike Ratrie replied to HPNpilot's discussion 'New video on T1D in the New York Times'
"FWIW - here is a recent death of a student @ Sam Houston State University (in Texas). She was T1. The article doesn't provide any details on whether the death was due to hypo or hyper glycemia. Texas Education Major dies of T1D"
Mike Ratrie replied to HPNpilot's discussion 'New video on T1D in the New York Times'
"The concern I have about serious hypos (below 55 for me), is that there may be damage that occurs that we aren't immediately aware of. Yes, I do still have them too frequently."
Mike Ratrie replied to HPNpilot's discussion 'New video on T1D in the New York Times'
"The thing you are missing is TIR - time in range (which essentially encompasses standard deviation). The A1C is the best tool that clinicians have to measure long-term results, but as you can see it misses a lot."
Mike Ratrie replied to sdkate's discussion 'High BG's......why?'
"When I am running unexpectedly high, I start going through my little checklist. Is the infusion set good (aka how many days has it been in)? Is the insulin coming out of the pump correctly? How long has it been since my last cartridge change? Could…"
Mike Ratrie replied to mikep's discussion 'I started on Afrezza last night . . .'
"Nice post, Dave. I have long understood insulin's role in opening the door, as well as the fact that because we inject SubQ, it take longer for the insulin to clear. I was under the impression though, that SubQ dosing would be larger than what…"
Mike Ratrie liked joshualevy's blog post Verapamil Starts a Phase-II Trial

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:37am 6 Comments

A few days ago, I received an email from AT&T where I took an early retirement from in 2004. The Subject Line: You have been invited to join DiabetesManager, presented by AT&T mHealthcare Solutions.

The email described a system where you could input your blood sugars into an app on your smartphone and receive coaching from your healthcare team, get an on-line logbook, graphs and other tools. I liked the idea that I might get some input from my healthcare team without having to…


A day of 4s!

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 12:02pm 2 Comments

Today is a day of 4s, AND it's my birthday!

Help me celebrate by doing 1 of these 4 things (bonus points if you do all 4!).

1 - Call someone you care about, but haven't talked to in a while - tell them why they are special to you.

2 - Perform a random act of kindness.

3 - Take a 15 minute break for yourself today with a walk.

4 - Laugh continuously for 1 minute (extra, extra bonus if you do this one 4 times) Check out…


Mail Order Pharmacy Blues

Posted on October 8, 2011 at 9:59am 0 Comments

Okay, I don't normally take this negative view of the world since there is just too much to be positive about, and I don't like to sweat the "small stuff", but I responded to an on-line survey today that asked what I liked and didn't like about using my mail order pharmacy. I realized that I don't like ANYTHING about it. I also found that my negative comments flowed out of my fingers so easily that I must have some pent up issues w/r/t this "system" of delivery. In… Continue

First and last blog!

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 11:18am 2 Comments

So long, farewell, ...

... and all the other words from the cute little song in the Sound Of Music.…


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At 10:14am on October 25, 2014, Dan P said…

Hey Mike thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog! Yep correct and move on is my philosophy!

At 8:52pm on September 10, 2014, Melitta said…

Thanks, Mike! And I love how kind and thoughtful you are! The world (and TuD) needs more of that.

At 12:59am on May 10, 2014, shoshana27 said…

At 12:59am on May 10, 2014, shoshana27 said…

happy birthday mike belatedly
it's never too late to say a good word

At 6:59am on April 29, 2014, Marie B said…

Hey Mike, congrats on being featured! We feature a variety of folks every week (accent on the "variety"),. You might stay featured for a couple weeks. if you look at all the featured members, you'll see pup and Saundra there, they stay permanently featured as a tribute.

thanks for all your helpful contributions here. I just got my new Combo a couple of weeks ago.

At 6:16pm on April 28, 2014, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Mike congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 4:22pm on April 28, 2014, Linda G said…


At 2:56pm on August 14, 2013, Linda G said…


At 7:27am on August 13, 2013, Mike Ratrie said…

Thanks to the TuD team for featuring me.

At 6:35pm on August 12, 2013, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Mike congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.




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