Mike Ratrie
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  • Mount Dora, FL
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Mike Ratrie's Discussions

Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Ratrie on Thursday. 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
me
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 TimmyMac's discussion 'Night Checks?'
"I get up virtually every night between 2 - 4 am and test. I never set an alarm. Like Michelle, I wake for other reasons and as long as I am up, I test. Recently, because the Dexcom has gotten more accurate, if I wake up for other reasons and see a…"
11 hours ago
Mike Ratrie replied to Cayla's discussion 'How much do you think mindset contributes towards diabetes management?'
"Ditto what has been said so far - huge, significant, extremely important. Intellectually I don't know if it's EVERYTHING, though."
yesterday
Mike Ratrie replied to HPNpilot's discussion 'New video on T1D in the New York Times'
"IMO, I think many here on TuD are being way too critical of a highly edited 12-minute video designed to show the perils of a day in the life of a young T1D. Certainly you may question the validity of the video for focusing so much on the perils, but…"
yesterday
Mike Ratrie replied to HPNpilot's discussion 'New video on T1D in the New York Times'
"Just to be a bit cynical, are you expecting any of the "thousands of T1 diabetics on this forum alone" who are not currently active, because they have "died unexpectedly" (for any reason), to make an announcement?"
Friday
Mike Ratrie replied to Barbara's discussion 'Post DKA/ Advice needed'
"I have had periods where it seems like infusion sets placed on my upper buttocks take a bit longer to "get started", but when I re-started using that area after giving them a 30 day holiday, I haven't had any problems. My take going…"
Thursday
Mike Ratrie replied to Timothy's discussion 'PUMP with CGM'
"The ability to upgrade the built-in CGM on the Vibe has virtually nothing to do with the FDA and much more to do with how the HW and SW work on each of the main components (pump/CGM). It's also interesting to see how some pump manufacturers…"
Thursday
Mike Ratrie replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"While I remain concerned about scar tissue in the long term and how that will impact my ability to continue pumping and monitoring what's going on, I don't think an infusion set is any more likely to cause damage than shots if rotated…"
Thursday
mohe0001 replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"I worry about it, particularly because its so difficult to tell an infusion set failure, from scar tissue, from human error, from 'noisy' data. I have to think that pumps and sensors contribute to more tissue damage. I still wear a sensor,…"
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"I definitely have a bigger reaction to the teflon cannula on my thighs. RE: painful insertion, that's an interesting perspective. I sometimes find pain when I begin the insertion (mine are manual), if I pull back and just move about a…"
Wednesday
Dave replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"Well, an injection is a completely different animal. In and out in a handful of seconds; thin thin thin 33 gauge needle; no Object sitting there for days irritating the body and getting the local immune response all riled up. The two just…"
Wednesday
Dave replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"different but similar issue/question/concern with the Omnipod for me (thought I'd share the experience). While no tubing snaking down there, I was a bit concerned about it getting in the way there, especially with pants pockets. My concern was…"
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie left a comment for Alex
"Thanks for the friend add, Alex!"
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie and Alex are now friends
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to ryryguy392's discussion 'Treating rebound highs'
"I'm with you, swiss! Although I don't regularly over-treat, I sometimes do get the lows that won't respond to my initial attempts to treat. I also get those lows where I am just ravenous, too. For those times, I cautiously bolus for…"
Wednesday
Alex replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"Hi Sdkate, I have this weird pose for injecting into my arms that I wanted to share with you. If I'm sitting, I prop one knee up and then rest the back of my arm on my knee. I use the heel of the hand I'm injecting myself with to push my…"
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"I would use the sides of my thighs rather than the tops. That's one of the few places on my legs that have a bit of fat. I would have put my infusion set there, but it's just not practical with the tubing and the rubbing of the legs."
Tuesday

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Mike Ratrie's Blog

Seriously!?!

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…

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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…

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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…

BRAVO on being a FEATURED MEMBER Mike!!

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

YOU are a FEATURED MEMBER....CONGRATULATIONS MIKE!!

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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