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 commented on jpulizzi's blog post 'Eating in moderation... Does this work for anyone?'
"Judith, thank you for the part I forgot (Including moderation). jpulizzii, I also forgot to mention that the way I arrived at moderation was because I discovered how much better I feel, when I don't go crazy eating the things that taste so…"
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Mike Ratrie liked jpulizzi's blog post Eating in moderation... Does this work for anyone?
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Mike Ratrie commented on jpulizzi's blog post 'Eating in moderation... Does this work for anyone?'
"Eating in moderation is my mantra. Seriously, I can eat three chocolate chip cookies (23 carbs) and a glass of milk (12 carbs), after taking 2 units and then walk away. Yes, even though the rest of the cookies are singing their siren song! I do so…"
Friday
Mike Ratrie replied to Katy80K's discussion 'New Doc want to see me evey three months'
""This experience radicalized me as a patient. I realized that I'm the only one with skin in the game; I'm the ultimate authority. I hire doctors to help me; I don't put them on a pedestal. They are simply humans with a little bit…"
Friday
Mike Ratrie replied to Katy80K's discussion 'New Doc want to see me evey three months'
"Although the standard of care is a visit every three months along with an A1C blood draw, I have rarely adhered to this schedule. I agree that if your BG numbers are relatively stable AND your A1Cs are in the 5% range, there isn't a great need…"
Friday
Mike Ratrie replied to Dave's discussion 'Dental infections really do affect BG'
"An endodontist is a specialist who deals with diseases of dental pulp and nerve."
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to Dave's discussion 'Dental infections really do affect BG'
"Maybe you have a hidden endo attraction?? FWIW, my dental hygienist strongly recommends an endodontist for all root canals."
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to ANTONIA RETMAN's discussion '1st day and not sure what to think' in the group Dexcom Users
"Andrew, I agree with you. I got that from Dex tech support when I called about my wild readings from the new sensor. I usually do two consecutive tests; one from each hand, the tech support person said giving it more delay may help the sensor…"
Sep 22
Mike Ratrie commented on edenseffort's blog post 'For the Visual Learners'
"Most excellent!"
Sep 21
Mike Ratrie liked edenseffort's blog post For the Visual Learners
Sep 21
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…"
Sep 20
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…"
Sep 20
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…"
Sep 19
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?"
Sep 18
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."
Sep 18
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…"
Sep 18

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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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