We have a lot of experiences every day. Events and emotions are a part of our daily life. Without ups and downs, joyful and not-so-joyful events, life would be pretty boring. As a person living with diabetes and a Monster Tamer it is important to document those emotions and events. Why? See for yourself…
The chaos of your day
To have diabetes means a lifetime of learning. And we can learn much from our data.
An example: You know them for sure – days where everything happens in a blur. A
quick lunch, hurry to an important event, stressing about the next place you need to be
and you need to stop and get gas for your car. Quick! A blood sugar check before your
next stop. Yikes. Blood sugar is up at a dizzying height. As an experienced Monster
Tamer, you know what the hustle and bustle can do to your blood sugar. But how can
such "events" be best documented?
How to use tags?
You’ve probably already seen tags in the mySugr App. The tags are small icons that
describe certain situations and emotions.
When you create a new entry, you’ll find almost 50 tags that you can use to help add
context, or tell the story of that entry. You can easily select them with a quick fingertip
tap. If they are active, they appear green. You can deactivate it with another tap.
Some tags you'll use very often, and you can move them to the front of your list. Tap
and hold with your finger on the tag, move it to the desired location, and then let go.
Tada! You have your favorite tags right where you want them!
Why use tags? What are the advantages?
Every piece of your diabetes data has a story. The tags help tell that story. They help
you understand your diabetes and the relationships between certain situations and your
blood sugar better. They help you find patterns in your values and help your healthcare
team interpret your data. Diabetes management and optimization is much easier with
some context than trying to explain situations that you can’t remember.
Browse and search by tags
It's always a good idea to tag the first value after waking with the "fasting" tag. Then you
can search mySugr for all of your fasting values. That’s something doctors often ask. If
you need a “foot on the floor” (or wake up) bolus, then tag it, too.
Are you seeing high values for breakfast and you don’t know why you’re so high? Take
a look and see if you forgot to take your “foot on the floor” bolus! Or search to see if you
have a pattern with similar foods that are causing high blood sugars in the morning.
See! Tags can shed some light in the dark.
Before or after sports
Other favorites are the "before sports" and "after sports'' tags. When you check your
blood sugar before or after exercise, include these tags. It’s not uncommon that after
exercising blood sugar can go on a bit of a roller coaster. So these sports tags help to
identify patterns to adjust and optimize your diabetes management after a few
well-tagged outings. Maybe you will need to change something with your carbohydrates
or try a different basal adjustment. With these tags and some experiments, you can find
what works best for you!
Try it for yourself
You’ll see after just a few entries how quickly a pair of matching tags can be selected
and what you can learn from them.