Mike Ratrie
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Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Ratrie Nov 13. 8 Replies

My Big Blue Test - Intense version

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


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

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Mike Ratrie replied to LilliD's discussion 'Timing a Bolus'
"On humalog, I try to bolus 15-20 minutes ahead of time. If I am in range before the meal and get much more than 20 minutes after bolusing, then I am going to have to break out the glucose tabs because I will be low, and I will end up too high once…"
Mike Ratrie liked Christalyn's discussion I will not apologize for my behavior!
Mike Ratrie liked Kristinemac777's blog post It Gets Kind of Depressing
Mike Ratrie commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Have you ever believed you were cured?'
"When I was newly diagnosed and in the hospital, the staff gave me a small paperback book about diabetes. I remember reading in that book that a rare T1, diabetes mellitus patient will find that they are cured. So that planted a small seed in my mind…"
Mike Ratrie liked Adele's discussion Honeymoon period
Dec 14
Mike Ratrie left a comment for Adele
"Thank you for adding me as your friend, Adele. You will have challenges ahead, but you will meet them and be stronger from them."
Dec 14
Mike Ratrie and Adele are now friends
Dec 14
Mike Ratrie replied to Adele's discussion 'Honeymoon period'
"Adele, so sorry to hear that you are having these lows! The honeymoon period just means that your pancreas is still producing some insulin, but not enough on its own to handle the food you are eating. It isn't starting to produce it again. From…"
Dec 13
Mike Ratrie replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"I can only agree with everything said so far. Scuba opens up a beautiful world that everyone should get to experience. I think you will have to come up with what works for you, and from your description of snorkeling, it sounds like using a…"
Dec 12
Mike Ratrie commented on MelissaBL's blog post 'Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!'
"Melissa, thanks for sending me the information, that must have been quite an effort!"
Dec 12
Mike Ratrie liked MelissaBL's blog post Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!
Dec 12
Mike Ratrie commented on MelissaBL's blog post 'Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!'
"ooops! The link appears to be broken - snap!"
Dec 11
Mike Ratrie replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'Insulin Resistance at night?'
"What do your evening meals look like?"
Dec 9
Mike Ratrie replied to James Type 1 diabetic's discussion 'Somogyi effect, rebound and dexcom g4 cgms?' in the group Dexcom Users
"James do you have access to glucose tablets? Also, do you know the approximate carbohydrate content of the dates? From your description, you might be over-treating your hypos with too many carbs and possibly they take too long to start acting. Are…"
Dec 9
Mike Ratrie replied to Linny's discussion 'DEXCOM and A1C' in the group Dexcom Users
"That is wonderful! A 3.4 drop in your A1C is nearly a 30% improvement. Hwere do you think the Dex has helped you the most?"
Dec 9
Mike Ratrie replied to PMichel's discussion 'Site Rotation Schedule and finger pricking'
"Good info! I do something similar, but every 2-3 days I move from one side to the other. I also use my buttocks to expand the available areas."
Dec 8

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Mike Ratrie's Blog


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 the "Blogabetic" 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 the "Blogabetic" said…

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




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