Mike Ratrie
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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 commented on edenseffort's blog post 'For the Visual Learners'
"Most excellent!"
5 hours ago
Mike Ratrie liked edenseffort's blog post For the Visual Learners
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Mike Ratrie replied to ANTONIA RETMAN's discussion '1st day and not sure what to think' in the group Dexcom Users
"The basic plan for wearing your sensor longer than 7 days is to just leave it in place. When you get near the end of the 7 days, pick a time when it is most convenient to be without your CGM readings for two hours and then press "Stop…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Steve Mann's discussion 'Type 1 and Weight Loss'
"Totally agree! I have also gone the good, healthy food route and have gone away from any "Light" product (mayo, prepared salad dressings, etc). Artificial sweeteners are mostly banned, although I do have a Stevia packet with my tea in the…"
Mike Ratrie replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'IMPORTANT! Update to my previous post about insulin pumps and flying'
"Interesting studies for sure, and the logic appears to be quite straightforward. My own experience has not followed this, although I do not fly very often (1 - 2x/year). I also test pretty frequently, so maybe it has happened and I just ate glucose…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Shirley's discussion 'Kaiser coverage in Georgia for pump/CGM'
"Okay, I hadn't heard of that. Can AT&T Benefits give you the SPD for both?"
Mike Ratrie replied to diabeticdoll's discussion 'Accepting my Type1 and OWNING it, not letting it own me :)'
"Great news to hear from you diabeticdoll! As others have said many times, your T1D is a part of you but doesn't define you. We each have our journey with this disease that is with us all day, every day, and you are not alone in yours."
Mike Ratrie replied to Shirley's discussion 'Kaiser coverage in Georgia for pump/CGM'
"Also, Kaiser plans are going to be different from one area of the country to the next and also what type of plan you have. Similarly, the United Health Care plan for AT&T/retirees is different than any other plan out there since it is a…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Shirley's discussion 'Kaiser coverage in Georgia for pump/CGM'
"FWIW, I am also retired AT&T. Are you thinking of dropping your AT&T retirement health plan for an independent one from Kaiser?"
Mike Ratrie replied to Steve Mann's discussion 'Type 1 and Weight Loss'
"For me, I started going to the gym regularly and found a group class called Body Pump. The class has lots of activity and lots of repetitions with light weight. You can also do things around the house like squats or lunges while holding a gallon jug…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Steve Mann's discussion 'Type 1 and Weight Loss'
"Nell, You should consider adding some weight resistance activity. Building muscle adds weight, but muscle burns calories more efficiently."
Mike Ratrie replied to Steve Mann's discussion 'Type 1 and Weight Loss'
"Another important concept is to remember that you didn't add those 15 pounds overnight, so they aren't coming off overnight either!"
Mike Ratrie replied to Steve Mann's discussion 'Type 1 and Weight Loss'
"Steve, What sort of activities are you doing for exercise and what does your diet look like in terms of calories/meal? Are you eating the same quantities of food as you did when you were 15 pounds lighter? FWIW, here's a brief story about ...…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'Ice Cream for PWD'
"You can buy a small ice-cream maker, hand-cranked that makes 1 - 2 servings in 15 minutes."
Sep 15
Mike Ratrie liked bagpipegirl's blog post Naked Showers + 10k= Awesome Weekend
Sep 14
Mike Ratrie replied to KCsHubby (Dave)'s discussion 'Bolus calculator' in the group Roche Accu-Chek Users
"A more perfect system may come with an artificial pancreas. The trials have been very encouraging and gives me hope for a day in the future when I can turn my own calculator off (or at least give it a vacation!). Until then, I have to keep…"
Sep 13

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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 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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