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

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

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Mike Ratrie liked Dan P's blog post Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.
21 hours ago
Mike Ratrie commented on Dan P's blog post 'Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.'
"Nice post, Dan. You have pretty well summed up my approach as well. I mean after all, if you wake up with a 225, what else can you do besides correct for it and move on? Sure you can spend some time analyzing why (bad infusion site, huge dinner,…"
21 hours ago
Mike Ratrie replied to bjm2363's discussion 'Quick Update'
"Points taken. I don't know about others on this site, but I routinely have numbers over 140. I don't obsess about them, but expect them as part of the disease and my overall therapy plan. For me, numbers are just numbers. They help me make…"
yesterday
Mike Ratrie replied to bjm2363's discussion 'Quick Update'
"Shadow, There is definitely research that shows early actions can preserve beta cells and that preserving beta cells leads to easier management. It is more than theory. Here is just one quote from a 2011 article over at UCSF, where Stephen Gitelman,…"
yesterday
Mike Ratrie replied to Alisha's discussion 'Lows and how to treat them'
"I treat my lows similarly, Terry. My standard treatment is 3 glucose tabs, or 12g. But, I take into account what else is going on - am I exercising or engaged in some other activity, am I sick, etc, etc. If my CGM is telling me that I am dropping at…"
yesterday
Mike Ratrie replied to bjm2363's discussion 'Quick Update'
"I agree with Terry and Brian! Alternately testing 1x a day is absolute crazy talk! I would strongly urge seeing another endo, because this one would be better suited as a meteorologist who predicts the weather by looking outside once every day at…"
Thursday
Mike Ratrie liked Nyadach's blog post Lakeland Monster Miles 2014 pictures
Monday
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!"
Monday
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…"
Oct 18
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…"
Oct 18
Mike Ratrie left a comment for Emily Coles
"Wow, I am honored that you have asked to be my friend! Cheers!"
Oct 17
Mike Ratrie and Emily Coles are now friends
Oct 17
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…"
Oct 17
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."
Oct 17
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…"
Oct 17
Mike Ratrie liked Elizabeth's blog post I'm amazing. But don't take my word for it.
Oct 17

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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 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.

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.

Rick

 
 
 

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