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Living with Diabetes

mySugr Marlis and her diabetes toolkit

5/6/2015 by Scott Johnson

mySugr Marlis and her diabetes toolkit

It's great to learn how other people with diabetes take care of their diabetes monsters. Sometimes it opens up a world of possibilities that we would never have thought of otherwise. With that in mind, we're asking all of the people at mySugr with diabetes to share what's in their diabetes toolkit, and why. Up first is Marlis Schosser, Product Lead, Apps.

When were you diagnosed?

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January of 2001

What device(s) do you use to check your blood sugar? Why did you choose that one/those ones?

Abbott Freestyle Lite → because I can use mySugr Importer (great for lazy logging people like me) Contour Next Link → because it works together with my pump; I use it especially when I'm using the CGM component.

What do you use to deliver your insulin? Why did you choose that device or method?

I use the Medtronic 640G insulin pump. I always had problems with high bg's in the morning and that problem was completely solved when I started using an insulin pump. Even though I cannot go anywhere without my pump (because it's attached to me all of the time) it's the best solution for me. I also enjoy the flexibility with my insulin when I exercise or decide at the last minute to do anything (restaurant, exercise, etc.). I couldn't be that flexible in day-to-day life when using injections. Additionally the new suspend feature of the 640G is genius! Unfortunately, it only works when wearing a CGM sensor and I don't wear them on a regular basis because they are too expensive. But when I am able to afford them, it is amazing with the new Medtronic pump!

How do you usually treat your lows? Why?

I usually drink juice, eat chocolate, or nibble cookies because I want to treat my lows with something delicious. When I have a hypo I usually feel very bad. I know chocolate is a little slow, but it makes me happy. And as long as I'm safe, my emotional health is important, too. If the hypo isn't that bad (e.g. bg is going down very slowly) I also eat fruits. You know – more healthy stuff. I totally avoid glucose tabs. I would only change my mind concerning glucose tabs if I could buy GlucoLift tabs in Europe.

Is there anything else you consider an important part of your diabetes toolkit?

  • Would you believe... glucose tabs? I know I said I totally avoid them, but if I don't have anything else with me they are my literal lifesaver. Total last resort though.
  • Spare catheter / infusion set
  • Battery
  • Reservoir
  • Syringe
  • Insulin
I usually carry all my stuff in a "Hello Kitty" bag. Not because I especially like Hello Kitty, but because a very sweet girl gave it to me saying I needed a more beautiful diabetes bag instead of the ugly one I got from a pharma company. It was so nice of her and really left an impression on me, and I've used the bag she gave me for the last six years.
Diabetes Toolkit
mySugr Avatar for Marlis Schosser, Product Lead, Apps
Thank you, Marlis! I love how you talked about your dislike of glucose tabs, then they were the first item on the list of things in your bag. I think many of us can relate! We know we have to be responsible, and that's a good example.

Scott Johnson

Almost famous for being a Diet Coke fanatic, Scott is the Patient Success Manager, North America for mySugr and has lived well with diabetes for over forty years. He's an active pioneer in the diabetes social media space and along with his work at mySugr, he manages his award-winning blog, when time allows.

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