Diabetes Terms of Endearment: Second Edition

Diabetes Terms of Endearment: Second Edition

Kerri MorroneBy Kerri Morrone Sparling

Diabetes comes with its own set of jargon, that's for sure. From "carbage" to "zombied," we've got the latest diabetes sniglets. Submitted by readers who are living with diabetes (and some from me), these entries made me laugh out loud! We present, for your reading and laughing pleasure, Diabetes Terms of Endearment: Second Edition!

Diabetes Terms of Endearment: Second Edition

3 am Break
For couples where one partner has diabetes, this refers to 3 am low blood sugars, wherein one person drinks juice and the other goes to pee.

Beedies (see also "Diabetus")
Expression used to refer to diabetes, usually spoken in the voice of an old man. ex. "I gots the BEEDIES!"

Bloodletting
Not using perfectly good blood from a cut from a knife or other household item for a glucose test because you recently tested.

Blood Suckers
Collective term for test strips, blood drawing devices, and vampire cannulas.

Carbage
Term indicative of the collective carbohydrate content in an item, rhymes with "garbage." ex. "What's the carbage on that bagel?"

CCB
Crazy correction bolus. See also "SWAG" or "Rage Bolus"

Cheap Date
Also known as "diabetics," as we don't normally order dessert on dates.

Cramming
The act of over-eating to treat those pesky midnight low blood sugars. See also "Sleep-Eating" or "Panic Eating."

Creepy Fingers
A term for what over pricked fingers look like after a long swim in the summer, all pruney and holey and mangled.

CSI Dream
The blood stains on sheets and clothing from glucose tests.

Cured
Word often muttered under your breath when you end up low after precision-bolusing for a meal, as though your body didn't need the insulin. ex. "I have no idea how I ended up low. I must be cured."

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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