Mike Ratrie
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  • Mount Dora, FL
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Mike Ratrie's Discussions

Scar Tissue strikes terror into my heart

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Ratrie Jan 28. 22 Replies

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

Latest Activity

Mike Ratrie replied to mikep's discussion 'I started on Afrezza last night . . .'
"Impressive and wonderful results!"
11 hours ago
Mike Ratrie replied to Zardoz's discussion 'Anyone using Dexcom's new Portrait-on-the-Web site to upload CGM data?' in the group Dexcom Users
"I was surprised I didn't hear from Dex about this too, since I have had numerous discussions with the local rep. I heard about from a friend on Twitter."
yesterday
Mike Ratrie replied to Zardoz's discussion 'Anyone using Dexcom's new Portrait-on-the-Web site to upload CGM data?' in the group Dexcom Users
"I ran it on Chrome without too much of an effort, but I agree that the charting is extremely limited and left me kinda feeling unimpressed. @Scott Wilkins - I hear you, but c'mon, really? Must I have a pump/meter with inaccessible data, a CGM…"
yesterday
Mike Ratrie liked Terry's discussion If you could write your own Rx's, would you visit your doctor?
Thursday
Mike Ratrie replied to Dave's discussion 'Relion test strips: An example of how WE, the healthcare consumer, are the problem'
"I think you are twisting my logic and making conclusions that I didn't. One of the important points being made by the Strip Safely campaign is that without post-market surveillance of quality, all we have to rely on are snapshot reports like…"
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie liked Emily Coles's discussion Migration update: New events page!!
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to Dave's discussion 'Relion test strips: An example of how WE, the healthcare consumer, are the problem'
"Actually the strips are NOT regulated by the FDA in the way you think (true for all meters and strips, BTW). The FDA has to approve that the strips will work initially and meet the +/- accuracy standards. Once approved there is no ongoing regulation…"
Wednesday
Mike Ratrie replied to Dave's discussion 'Relion test strips: An example of how WE, the healthcare consumer, are the problem'
"It's unlikely to be as simple as that as there are alternative routes for a manufacturer/conglomerate to take. Just one alternative is for them to sell the units that make test strips/meters. Another is to eliminate expensive quality control…"
Tuesday
Mike Ratrie commented on bufbuffalo's blog post 'Changing my status'
"Congratulations. I hope the pump will be an excellent device for you."
Monday
Mike Ratrie liked bufbuffalo's blog post Changing my status
Monday
Mike Ratrie replied to Raven Hughes's discussion 'Anyone from Washington?'
"Welcome to TuD! I used to work in Washington DC! But, I am from Baltimore, so GO Raven(s)!"
Monday
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'Keep waiting for a clear indication that my basal dose has been adjusted too low....'
"So you are in fact seeing higher BGs, just not higher than your target range, except for your Dawn Phenomenon. Sounds like progress. FWIW, I have periodic changes in my basals."
Monday
Mike Ratrie replied to mohe0001's discussion 'Keep waiting for a clear indication that my basal dose has been adjusted too low....'
"None, zero, zip, nada, rien? Have you had less frequent lows?"
Monday
Mike Ratrie replied to Terry's discussion 'If you could write your own Rx's, would you visit your doctor?'
"Thank you Shadow! While I am deeply concerned about what will happen when I am Medicare eligible in approx. 5 years, and hopeful for changes by that time, I am also concerned for all those going through bureaucratic hassles and denials…"
Monday
Mike Ratrie replied to Terry's discussion 'If you could write your own Rx's, would you visit your doctor?'
"So after going over this link, my impression is that even if I am already diagnosed as a T1D and successfully using a pump, I will have to "re-qualify" when I move to Medicare?? Do you all know of another CMS document that speaks to just…"
Monday
Mike Ratrie replied to Terry's discussion 'If you could write your own Rx's, would you visit your doctor?'
"I can see where you are coming from, Terry. My short answer is no. The bit longer answer is I haven't done a lot of 4 visits/year in my 41+ years as a diabetic. I have had really only two endos since the late 1990s. My first one, after I was…"
Monday

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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 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 (aka: #blankieboy) 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 (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Mike congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

 
 
 

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