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
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 commented on Sara_Louise's blog post 'NEED ADVICE!! changing insulin pump from animas to accu-chek'
"Hi, Accu-Chek Combo user here ... Are you locked into the Animas for the rest of your life, just until the warranty period expires, or is there any other time frame that allows you to make the change according to the "rules" in…"
10 hours ago
Mike Ratrie commented on Marcelo Bellon Ferreira's group 'Roche Accu-Chek Users'
"Elizabeth, What sort of things are you looking for in a pump. I think for most people, it is a personal choice and it helps to create a list of things you/your son finds important and then begin to narrow down your choices from there. When I first…"
Apr 12
Mike Ratrie replied to dishers's discussion '? About ???' in the group Dexcom Users
"Clare, FWIW if you have an alcohol swab, that would be better/faster since alcohol literally removes water."
Apr 12
Mike Ratrie replied to Leelaa's discussion 'Hating her pump...'
Apr 3
Mike Ratrie replied to Leelaa's discussion 'Hating her pump...'
"Zoe, I haven't been on MDI for well over a decade. How do you do a combo bolus?"
Apr 3
Mike Ratrie commented on Gary Scheiner MS, CDE's blog post 'My Diabetes Confession'
"Great blog post, Gary! I think we all have our "excursion days", I know I do! I work really hard at not overdoing the 12,000 grams of carb hypo treatment, but there are days when I feel like a rock skipping over the water. You know, 65 ...…"
Apr 2
Mike Ratrie replied to Leelaa's discussion 'Hating her pump...'
"Zoe, I hear you, but I also know when I was on MDI, I felt extremely tied to a schedule of eating @ 7, 12, 6, snack @ 9, repeat, repeat, repeat ... The pump has been liberating in that regard."
Apr 2
Mike Ratrie replied to Leelaa's discussion 'Hating her pump...'
"My only take on this is to ask her to write down the pluses and minuses of each protocol and then have a further discussion about it. What did she hate about MDI? What did she like? Do the the same for the pump. You could independently write down…"
Apr 2
Mike Ratrie commented on Marcelo Bellon Ferreira's group 'Roche Accu-Chek Users'
"Khurt, While I don't find the belt you linked to very appealing for a variety, I can tell you after the first day of seeing you with the pump on your belt or causing a bump under your shirt, no one will pay any attention to it. I did trade…"
Mar 17
Mike Ratrie replied to dexuser's discussion 'transferring pump settings to another pump of same model' in the group Roche Accu-Chek Users
"Sorry, there is no way to do this. I always try to have my hourly basals written down in a document store on the computer, so I don't have to rely on my frequently faulty memory."
Mar 13
Mike Ratrie replied to Aussie's discussion 'YAY..ish!!!' in the group Dexcom Users
"Kovi, Congrats! Yes, that is a huge improvement. As you get to know the Dex and your routines better, I hope you will see even lower HbA1Cs in the future. What was your exercise routine prior? I might have some concerns about maintaining that pace…"
Mar 12
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Mar 11
Mike Ratrie commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"Dishers, Dexcom is planning to introduce a cloud-based solution to downloading the G4 data for patient and doctor use. Of course, for the US, this means Dexcom needs to get FDA approval before going live with their solution. This will avoid the…"
Mar 11
Mike Ratrie commented on Marcelo Bellon Ferreira's group 'Roche Accu-Chek Users'
"Marie, Nice quilt and such a nice shot of you! Ae you still quilting?"
Mar 10
Mike Ratrie commented on Marcelo Bellon Ferreira's group 'Roche Accu-Chek Users'
"Khurt, Definitely agree that most accessories seem to be geared towards women and children. The Accu-Chek products aren't the most fashionable, but I have found in business formal, business casual that the black or blue cases work well…"
Mar 9
Mike Ratrie commented on Marcelo Bellon Ferreira's group 'Roche Accu-Chek Users'
"I am pretty slim myself, I always felt that wearing the pump on my belt was pretty ideal. These days, I sometimes feel a bit like Batman with his Utility Belt, with the pump, CGM and sometimes keys and meter clipped to my belt, lol! For sleeping, I…"
Mar 2

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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 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 phillips said…

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

At 9:47am on August 12, 2013, rick phillips 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.


At 9:23am on August 12, 2013, rick phillips said…

Mike, it is great to have cool friends, thanks for being mine.


At 6:00am on June 15, 2013, Marie B said…

hi Mike, I thought you might be interested in this event


hope you're doing well!

At 4:54pm on May 1, 2012, shoshana27 said…


At 5:10pm on April 4, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Mike I do the birthdays every day. I only get 20. I guess we did not get to M today. I wish for you a most wonderful day. Hope you are having a great time and may there be many,many more. ENJOY!!! Reed

At 12:36pm on April 4, 2012, catlover said…

HI Mike- HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!! Hope you have a GR8 day !!! I took a walk as per your request. What a beautiful day.

At 8:17am on November 30, 2011, TheOneType said…

Your welcome! my numbers are so so.. I have been having a lot of hypos now its so annoying but im not letting it get to me, instead I'm trying to fix them :)




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