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

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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 Richard157's discussion 'New Islet Encapsulation Program'
"Richard, yes exciting news and confirmation the one of the companies (ViaCyte) exploring the implantation and protection of beta cells made from stem cells, is moving forward with human studies. It is also exciting confirmation that JDRF continues…"
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Mike Ratrie liked Richard157's discussion New Islet Encapsulation Program
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Mike Ratrie commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Important advocacy for diabetes care'
"Thanks for putting this up! Here is hoping that our efforts will have a positive effect. Sadly, the seemingly easiest bill to pass - S539/HR1074 – National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (Coordinate), is stuck in the Health…"
Mike Ratrie liked rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post Important advocacy for diabetes care
Mike Ratrie liked Brian (bsc)'s discussion AACE Letter to Congress and Press Kit - Glucose Monitor Advocacy
Mike Ratrie commented on JT's group 'Diabetic Sailors'
"Lisa, A 65' MgGregor is a pretty narrow and fast boat! Sorry to hear about your Dex going on a walkabout. Hopefully, you will be able to use your meter (and you are storing it in a dry bag, right?). Of course, on a point-to-point distance race,…"
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Mike Ratrie replied to artwoman's discussion 'Guest Comentray for our newspaper Op-Ed page'
"Is it really true that "the majority of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 are formerly very healthy and fit adults"? I thought, that most T1Ds are adults (in part because we have better treatment options for T1D kids to make it to…"
Mike Ratrie replied to Emily Coles's discussion '#ShowUsYourBigBlueTest'
Dan P left a comment for Mike Ratrie
"Hey Mike thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog! Yep correct and move on is my philosophy!"
Mike Ratrie liked Dan P's blog post Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.
Oct 24
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,…"
Oct 24
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…"
Oct 23
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,…"
Oct 23
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…"
Oct 23
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…"
Oct 23

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Mike Ratrie's Blog


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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