Mike Ratrie
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Mike Ratrie's Discussions

Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Ratrie Nov 13. 8 Replies

My Big Blue Test - Intense version

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Oct 20, 2012. 1 Reply


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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 Spock's discussion 'Suggestions, please--not Thanksgiving related'
"I'm with Zoe - change in DP. Start increasing your basal around 6-7 am? Over the last 5 days? Have you changed to a new insulin vial? Are you having any infusion site issues? I recently have been having a problem with scar tissue despite a…"
Mike Ratrie replied to carrier's discussion 'Grrrr'
"Sounds like you are having some Dawn Phenomenon/stress issues. If you are bolusing 2 units with no food and a BG of 110-140, your liver is already dumping glucose. Otherwise, you would go low. One thing you could try (especially with the long…"
Mike Ratrie replied to carrier's discussion 'Grrrr'
"YES! It is normal to feel this way. There are a huge number of variables that play into what's going on with our BG, and it doesn't matter whether you are on MDI or a pump. It sadly is more than just having a state-of-the-art pump and carb…"
Mike Ratrie commented on Sandy's blog post 'I think I'm an IDIOT!! (caps intended!!)'
"Sounds like you are just a normal human to me. I've been "dancing" for over 40 years and I still forget my supplies sometime."
Mike Ratrie replied to Terri's discussion 'Recovery time from morning lows'
"Completely agree with Tim. Years ago, when I started with my first real endocrinologist, she asked me to go on MDI and get my fasting BGs down to 100. I immediately bristled and pointed out how low and shaky I would get @ 120 mg/dl. Over time I was…"
Nov 20
Mike Ratrie liked Elizabeth's blog post Ketones: the good, the bad, the… misunderstood
Nov 18
Mike Ratrie commented on momofkakes's blog post 'Which Pump to go with?'
"What do you see as the advantages/disadvantages of each pump? Rick is quite correct. Either pump will perform admirably, but in your specific situation, you might value the minor feature differences of one over the other."
Nov 17
Mike Ratrie liked joshualevy's blog post Artificial Pancreas Update (Nov 2014)
Nov 17
Mike Ratrie replied to Badlands's discussion 'Better Insurance Companies for CGM Coverage?'
"All good info here. Another thing to keep in mind - different plans from the same insurer may have different results."
Nov 17
Mike Ratrie liked Diabetes News and Interest's discussion AACE - Safety Alert Regarding Blood Glucose Monitor Accuracy
Nov 17
Mike Ratrie replied to artwoman's discussion 'Obviously I am a "pumper" non-serious topic alert'
"How about the looks you get in public when you tell a friend, "darn it, I'm high again!""
Nov 17
Mike Ratrie replied to Buckley83's discussion 'Oh dear blood sugar 26.5mmol 477mg/dl Blood Ketones 2.2 pump fail.'
"LOL! Nicely played!"
Nov 14
Mike Ratrie replied to Buckley83's discussion 'Oh dear blood sugar 26.5mmol 477mg/dl Blood Ketones 2.2 pump fail.'
"Sorry to hear about this ugly day for you. Is there a different set you could use that has a slightly different clipping mechanism? While I am also struggling with scar tissue after 15+ years of pumping, scar tissue can develop on MDI as well."
Nov 14
Mike Ratrie replied to Buckley83's discussion 'Oh dear blood sugar 26.5mmol 477mg/dl Blood Ketones 2.2 pump fail.'
"Hmmm, since we have all plastic parts in the connection between the set and the tubing, I don't see how to easily come up with a detection method. The pump doesn't see an occlusion in this instance, since the insulin is flowing (just not…"
Nov 14
Mike Ratrie replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"Thanks for your comments. I just finished with placing sets in my thighs. The first one was ,,, okay, but left a pretty big scar. The second was so painful that I took it out after 1 day. My stomach remains the best place. I just can't imagine…"
Nov 13
Stuart replied to Mike Ratrie's discussion 'Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart'
"Regardless of method our skin requires a site to get the insulin into our bodies. We are pin cushions. No matter how many times you zealously rotate, after a point there are going to be spots which its obvious and sometimes visible we have been…"
Nov 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 10:14am on October 25, 2014, Dan P said…

Hey Mike thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog! Yep correct and move on is my philosophy!

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.




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