Mike Ratrie
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Mike Ratrie's Discussions

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

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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 liked Nyadach's blog post Lakeland Monster Miles 2014 pictures
Mike Ratrie commented on Nyadach's blog post 'Lakeland Monster Miles 2014 pictures'
"Through water and then on loose gravel? Ugh! I would have been "testing" the helmet for sure! Glad you made it through!"
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'How does one lobby?'
"In the US, anyone can lobby their elected representatives. If you are being paid to lobby, then you have to register at the federal level and in most states. If you are a diabetic and want to advocate for yourself and other diabetic positions, there…"
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'Am I being paranoid? I'm going to stock pile insulin....'
"Seriously, if you have a compulsion about blood and the wounds on your fingers find a lancing device that works. Driving a lancet deeper than necessary is going to be more painful and leads to more bleeding (however brief) than necessary. There are…"
Mike Ratrie left a comment for Emily Coles
"Wow, I am honored that you have asked to be my friend! Cheers!"
Mike Ratrie and Emily Coles are now friends
Mike Ratrie replied to julez_79's discussion 'Is this something to get excited over?'
"Yes, it is something to get marginally excited over, as it is the first time a method for making beta cells in bulk has been found. However, lots of trials to come yet and of course the underlying cause of beta cell destruction is not addressed by…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Unknown Diabetic's discussion 'No Endo; Really Bad Medical Advice'
"That's great news! Congrats for getting through it all with the pump."
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'Am I being paranoid? I'm going to stock pile insulin....'
"Again, yes. If you can answer yes to all of the following questions, then maybe you should have a concern (maybe you should start wearing a sterile glove?). Are you routinely getting fingertip infections? Are you changing the lancet after every…"
Mike Ratrie liked Elizabeth's blog post I'm amazing. But don't take my word for it.
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'Am I being paranoid? I'm going to stock pile insulin....'
"Yes. See this from another Fox source Shep Smith (Ebola Scare)"
Oct 16
Mike Ratrie replied to Gamin's discussion 'Active woman (tennis, golf, yoga, Pilates, etc.) needs advice on pump choice'
"FWIW, I use the Accu-Chek Spirit Combo and I routinely go 8 - 10 days between reservoir changes. I recently have started using a Spi-Belt when I am bike riding, playing tennis and other active activities. Couple that with the meter talking to the…"
Oct 15
Mike Ratrie liked Nyadach's blog post First time I've had DKA - don't want it again!
Oct 15
Mike Ratrie replied to Unknown Diabetic's discussion 'No Endo; Really Bad Medical Advice'
"Good for you! Report back on how you do."
Oct 15
Mike Ratrie replied to Sofie-A.'s discussion 'type 1success stories, 25 years and more with no complications'
"Sophie, Sounds like you are selling yourself short! Yes, there are "success" stories all over this site (and the world), but you have your own success story every day, just look for them and celebrate. First, you are on a pump. Coupled…"
Oct 15
Mike Ratrie replied to Troy's discussion 'My boss thinks I can cure my type one diabetes by diet and exercise.'
"Congrats! Thanks for letting us know!"
Oct 15

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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 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.

At 9:47am on August 12, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Mike, I actually did my doctorate work in Florida. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University in December 2012 with a Doctor of Education degree. Since about May I have been posting blogs on this forum. I am pretty random so I write about anything that come to mind. Some good, some awful, some funny and some way out in left field. Oh yeah and even some, like today's, about diabetes. So at any rate I am working up the courage to think about a book. I have had an interesting life, and that makes for some interesting reading.

So thanks for note, if I do get the courage to start, I will keep you in mind. I tend to work well with editors, obviously. LOL A man who writes like I do better work well with editors otherwise, he allows his short commings to show.





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