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 replied to Linda M. Jones's discussion 'Help ! How to pay for expensive pump! After insurance, co-pay $5000!'
"This is my question, I thought most pumps were in the $5K range, but since I have a pump, I haven't kept track of current prices. Are there pumps that are $7 - 10,000? Are there plans that have huge DME co-pays?"
Mike Ratrie replied to Linda M. Jones's discussion 'Help ! How to pay for expensive pump! After insurance, co-pay $5000!'
"$5,000 co-pay!?! Wow, that seems really high. What pump are you looking at, and how much would your insurance pay for? I know under my insurance plan, my durable medical equipment is an 80/20 plan, where I pay 20%, the insurance pays 80%. The…"
Mike Ratrie liked Jen's blog post YAY!
Mike Ratrie replied to Chris Ullger's discussion 'New AccuChek Combo User'
"Thanks swisschocolate, I was just going to recommend our little group to Chris. Chris, while I don't have gastroparesis, I hope the pump features that allow you to spread out your bolus (Extended and Mulitwave), along with temporary basal rates…"
Aug 11
Mike Ratrie commented on Sandy's blog post 'Type 1 vs Type 2 Research'
"Wow! You are a friend in deed, and a friend indeed! Just to reiterate what you and others have said, I have the old cliche, "The only constant we have in our lives is change." So it is with diabetes of any type. It sounds like he has made…"
Aug 11
Mike Ratrie replied to sdkate's discussion 'Fasting readings, when and how soon?'
"Just your routine to - get up, take my readings, get dressed, let the dog out ..."
Aug 11
Mike Ratrie replied to JeffJinSD's discussion 'First Endo Appointment'
"I like the advice you have received so far, Understanding your endo's approach is really key to everything else, IMO. Also, I can't reiterate enough 1DebY's advice to write your questions down; is there any chance you could send them…"
Aug 5
Mike Ratrie commented on Marcelo Bellon Ferreira's group 'Roche Accu-Chek Users'
"barryb, glad you are getting a lot out of your Spirit. Are you finding your waking BGs higher or lower than 110?"
Aug 4
Mike Ratrie liked Lostt's blog post Why me...
Aug 4
Mike Ratrie replied to TrueHeartedOne's discussion 'Hi Floridians! :) Anyone have a good doc they recommend in Central Florida?' in the group Florida
"While I don't have LADA, I have found an endo practice that seems pretty up to speed on all things diabetic. Dr. Victor Matthews 407-296-1954 They are in the Ocoee area. The practice is moving to a new location nearby (sorry, don't have…"
Jul 31
Mike Ratrie liked Judith in Portland's blog post Another Year Has Passed: A Remembrance: The Birth/Death Day of My Son
Jul 23
Mike Ratrie replied to pancreaswanted's discussion 'if theres no long acting left, how often would you correct with fast acting?'
"I did this once for two days. I am a light sleeper and I am always waking up every 2 - 4 hours, so for overnight I would test whenever I woke up and would give myself my basal for the next 2 hours, plus any correction. During the day, I was testing…"
Jul 23
Mike Ratrie replied to lotsofshots's discussion 'We Don't Treat That'
"I hear you, but congresspeople love to do this sort of thing (even if it is not really their job ... AT ALL!), and if you can get another advocate to sort through the bureaucracy ... besides their staff does it all, the congressperson just takes the…"
Jul 22
Mike Ratrie replied to Bree's discussion 'Pump Vacation Anxiety'
"Thanks for the reply, Bree. Good info and sheds some light on your question and why the endo gave you the option of MDI. Of course, you will need lots of needles to carry with you, and two different insulins, so it may not be that much of a space…"
Jul 22
Mike Ratrie replied to Bree's discussion 'Pump Vacation Anxiety'
"Also, not to be cynical, but is there any chance your endo was visited by the drug rep who was touting how easy the new pens are to use and how they might benefit a long-term pump user who might want a pump vacation? With the result that one or more…"
Jul 22
Mike Ratrie replied to lotsofshots's discussion 'We Don't Treat That'
"lotsofshots, Wow, what a terrible story! I would strongly recommend you to get in touch with your Member of Congress - here is a link if you don't know How to find your Congressman Your representative will have someone on staff who will get on…"
Jul 22

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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 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.


At 9:23am on August 12, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Mike, it is great to have cool friends, thanks for being mine.





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