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Adding to the Dictionary.

Ready for round three?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?  Check one.The first Diabetes Terms of Endearment post went up on my old Blogspot blog back in March 2006, and re-reading last night made me laugh all over again.  (Everything from SWAG bolusing to dotties was on that list!)  Then I found the dTOEs from April 2008, where we saw vampires cannulas and the acronym "YDMV" added to the pile. A community effort, with our whole community contributing.  (Only back in 2006, there weren't nearly as many of us online - power to the patient bloggers!)

But it's been a looooong time since the last dTOEs - like three years?! - and I know we have a bunch of words and phrases that only people with diabetes would really understand.  (Like no-hitter.  And #dsma.)  So I think it's time for a third edition. 

For the community-compiled third edition of dTOES, I'd love to hear from anyone who has a term that they use as part of their life that has become part of their vernacular.  The weirdo terms that you throw out at a dinner table with friends and they drop their forks to their plates, startled, while you're casually mentioning "shooting up." 

If you want to email your diabetes term of endearment (aka "sniglet" ... remember those?), please send them to Abby at abby (at) sixuntilme (dot) com with the subject line "dTOEs."  And if you want to leave them in the comments section of this post, go for it.  Third edition's the charm, right?  If you can send these/leave comments by Monday night, that would be awesome!!

Enjoy your weekend, and I'm looking forward to what our community comes up with this time!


Bolus-worthy: food that is enticing enough that I'd take insulin for it (even if I shouldn't)

That chocolate-covered cupcake looks bolus-worthy.

when my husband sees a dessert that he knows i can't resist, he says, "pump it up", while doing the raise-the-roof-gesture.

Insulin-Mama: the name my family calls me since my daughter regularly follows me through the house carrying crackers in her hand, saying "Insulin, Mama!"

We love the dTOEs and the DOC! What would we do without you!

Kerry, can you gather all three sets of words into a single post? It would be really useful to me! Also, I'm sure there are new terms for CGM curves, can't wait to see those.

Bernard - Totally! That was the plan, for one massive DOC dTOEs! :)

What "number" are you? Or What's your "number"? "Number" automatically means the glucose reading on the monitor. It no longer means phone number, or jersey number if you're on a team, or the number you're holding if you're in line at the deli counter.

I tend to get very aggitated when my numbers drop and for whatever reason I never connect the bitchy attitude with the hypo. It always rubs me wrong when someone says "you need to check your sugar" (not sure why, just my quirky nature). So instead of telling me to test, my husband says "woodchuck". I guess you could call it our safe word. :)

Sarah, you're not alone; that line rubs ME the wrong way, too!
Our household word is E.T. Happens when I bolus for an evening snack in the kitchen and return to the dark living room with my pump still lit up, shining through my shirt. "E.T.," says my husband, pointing at me.

I like to say I have a "case of the M's" when my CGM sends me those frustrating graphs.

Also, I say I got a "bad case of the shakies" when my blood sugar drops. Typically I follow that one up with woo, that one was a "doozy".

"Bat Belt: The belt of a PWD who has all thier diabetic accoutrements worn about thier waist."

My wife likes to poke fun of my "bat belt" which has my insulin pump, CGM, traditional meter & case (including meter, test strips, swabs, lancing device, lancets), cell phone, and at times a letherman (when I have serious work to do about the house).

Let me tell you sitting down in a narrow seat (come across these in older theaters and some restaurants) is a juggling act with me.

You've already used it, but I figured I would "officially" submit no-hitter as its originator. Here is the official definition from my blog post about it:

A no-hitter (also known as a streamline) is a time period in which a diabetic does not hit their high or low threshold on their CGM. For a Dexcom user, they must be without any alarms during the entire day, and the day must be at least 24 hours. A diabetic who prevents their blood sugars from reaching a threshold is said to have "bolused a no-hitter".

Bsbrain/ blood sugar brain- the fog, agitation that seems to last all day and affects everything after a bad low or high

Learned this one from you Kerri and use it as often as possible. "Free shower day." That day when you have no CGM sensor nor infusion set stuck in your belly and it feels so good to run your fingers over your uninteruped belly.

cluster-beep: when you have to pull every single device out, from cell phone to cgms, to figure out which one is beeping, buzzing, or just being a general PIA.

It also applies to having to pull the same device out twice in 30 seconds

D Mama - THAT'S ME! It used to be commonplace to use the term "D Mom", but then someone took that term and made it the title of her blog. She seemed to "take ownership" of it. Now it's just easier to use a title that no one has decided to call their own.

"double rainbow" day means a line on the CGM that is inexplicably good and deserves ecstatic celebration

Basaling - when you're working out the basal issues. "I was up half the night basaling".
or "We're skipping breakfast today because we're basaling."

Diafail (can be an adjective, noun or verb)- when something goes horribly and blatantly wrong with your diabetes; generally the owner of said diabetes played a part in the failing. The antonym, "diawin", may also be used in the case of a positive outcome of events.

"I can't believe I forgot to bolus for the seven pancakes I ate for breakfast... diafail!"

Since my daughter was 4 when she was diagnosed and didn't yet understand what it meant to be within a range of numbers, we called a blood sugar within her target range a "Baby Bear" so she'd know it was JUUUUUUST RIGHT.

Also, because "blood sugar test" gets to be a bit of a mouthful, we just call them "sticks."

It's almost time for lunch, go ahead and do a stick. What'd you get? Hey, great, you're Baby Bear!

ohmygosh, what a perfect day for this post! Bernard encouraged me to submit: a1c twins...2 PWDs having the same a1c # within the same week of endo appts. (i don't know...i'm just making up rules!) this week Mr. Scott Johnson and my little C are "a1c twins."

@ Liz B. ... that is one of the cutest things I've heard in a while. Love it!

Back in the day when we were on MDI, we would often say..."A good half." In our family it means, a little more than a half...like the insulin is bulging above the half unit mark. The boys were so little it was hard to measure how much they really needed, so there would be a "light" half a unit, or a "good" half a unit.

Example: "J just at lunch. Give him a good two and a half units." :)

I'm sure this has been mentioned but I'll say it anyway
Diaversary - the anniversary of your diagnoses date, aka the time you stick it to diabetes no matter what the BG is.
We're having cake for dessert to celebrate your diaversary. You're 250? Then we'll just have to bolus extra.

The no-no cupboard - the cupboard where my mom kept all my diabetes snacks and juice boxes as a kid and if my brothers went near it my mom would tell them they couldn't have anything from it.

Diabadass: a PWD who does something awesome that non-badasses think diabetes should stop them from doing (e.g. having babies, biking across the country, playing in the NFL). See also: most members of the DOC.

to crash: to go low

"I totally crashed after overtreating that high."

to crap out: to fail to work or to stop working properly

"My sensor and my infusion set both crapped out last night."

Sorry is this needs to be censored but for my husband (T1) and I part of our "fore play"..."play time" routine usually includes these two questions in-between kisses: 1. "What's off limits?" Meaning where can't I touch because that’s where your CMG is located and do you want me to avoid it? and 2. "Are you unplugged?" Meaning did you unhook your pump?

When I am low I just kind of get quite and stand there, I guess trying to hide it (why I have no idea). So my husband usually tells me it is time to eat "YOUR LEANING". Funnies thing after eating I don't lean so much.

My daughter was 4 when dignosed with T1 so her lancing device has always been called a "poker".

Diasecret: Those diabetes related secrets that you have never told anyone.

I use the terms ROLLERCOASTER and LAZY RIVER RIDE when talking about Kaitlyn's CGM graph. Rollercoaster being the crazy ups and downs and the lazy river ride of being in target. I love those lazy river ride days.

Hi there!
"Chaser" the bolus given when a PWD consumes a copious amount of food to treat a low blood sugar.

Diaversary, as in celebrating the day you were diagnosed with diabetes and celebrating all that is fantastical about you - broke pancreas and all!
I've been officially celebrating my Diaversary every year since I was diagnosed, and even use the term as a blog post Label/Category!
My diaversary is on Halloween - And I celebrate, BIG TIME!

Hmm... pump bump, pricker (lancing device), leash (pump tubing, or any d-device to which we feel strongly-attached), pancreatically-challenged, #sweatbetes/#sweatabetes, #duckfiabetes, glitter-farting unicorns (please explain the origin of that one!), Blünt Lancet, furry CGMs, DOC.

"DD"="Diabetes Daily", not "darling daughter"; "SUM"="Six Until Me", not the result of adding numbers together. "TuD"="TuDiabetes".

"d-something"="diabetes version of 'something'" or "something" intended for persons with diabetes (origin: dLife; example: d-meetup).

PWD="person with diabetes" (not a sniglet or dToE but a definition the non-T3's among the pancreatically-unchallenged need to know in case they stumble upon one of our sites)

"D&E"="diet and exercise", aka "ILM" (Intensive Lifestyle Management).

Umm. Forgot: can't forget K2's "Diazon": A female with T1DM who is also active in the DOC, is on top of her diabetes game, and is successful IRL.

"Tsunami" definition: A result of over treating a a serious low blood sugar. Example BS 38, can't harly walk, grab the quart of OJ, not following the 15 rule. Result: two hours later a "Tsunami" BS 300 as a result of overtreat a low.

When Michael was little we told him to "Make a Ladybug" for his glucose checks. His old One Touch meter needed a HUGE drop of blood back in 1997 ....ladybug sized.

I just watched Buried. All I can say is wow.

Hooked: when going about normal, everyday life and an inanimate object jumps out and grabs my infusion set tubing- resulting in pain and/or cursing.

Liver Dump: when your bg rebounds after a hard low (usually one in the 40s or below) Hey, Mr. Liver....thanks for the help, but it is a little too much and a little too late.

Hard low: there is a low and then there is a HARD LOW. I doubt I need to describe to this bunch.

Diabetonese -- the language of managing this madness!

After we check our little one (now 4) with her "pokey" (lancet) she asks if she is "sweet" (high) or "sour" (low) -- but mostly we just tell she's "perfect"

"Checkin my beeg!"
My fiance and I always say this and we always crack a smile because it sounds similar to "beej," which, well... I don't want to get censored! Hahah.

We just did a trial with dexcom 7 and will be getting one for ourselves soon. One thing I found myself saying when blood sugars were holding steady was "wow! he is flatlining! awesome!" Not really the traditional way to use that term but it somehow worked!


I can't wait to read the 3rd edition of dTOE's. Ihanks for adding #dsma to the list *wink*

CDD - crappy diabetes day (as in, when your blood sugar goes from 43 in the morning, to 37 an hour later, to 243 at 12, to 321 at 3, back to 54 at dinner, plus you might have an occlusion as well just to top things off)

SDD - shitty diabetes day (as in, everything listed above, plus you have to leave work because you feel so terrible, you run out of juice boxes, and you can do your daily exercise routine because you feel like it'll make the situation 10x worse - that's a "diabetes: 1, me: 0" type day)

Pump Envy: The feeling of us T2/1'ers who are taking insulin injections 4+ times per day but do not qualify to receive a pump due to insurance issues. See also: having a MiniMed or Animas or whatever-brand but coveting another brand or newer model. See also: GCM Envy.

I gots the Envies.

"Sugar baby" is my type one daughter...as in, "How's my sugar baby?" "Sugar buddies" are what we are because I have type one too.

When my daughter was little and I'd check my blood sugar, she'd say "Time to checka your blood, mommy?" I still say "checka"....as in" lunchtime..better checka"

"On the Rise" - when you're blood sugar has been low for so long, and then FINALLY shows signs of coming back up. "72. Thank goodness! I'm on the rise!" (not to be confused with a actor actually getting somewhere in show business)

"Mother-Birding" When a D'Rent feeds there young child glucose tabs or a sugar source. The sugar source is fed by the caregiver so as to not "sugar-soil" the young type 1's finger tips for the "re-check". (This "manuever" has been made more interesting with a hockey helmet and cage)

"Double Downing" (in reference to Dexcom 7+ trend arrows) means the PWD is dropping hard and fast.

And yes.. I realize it sounds a bit "sexual".

I already emailed it, but I'm worried I didn't send it to the right email, so I'll post it on comments...

Glucover: Pronounced GLUE-K-OVER (sounds like hangover): The Diabetic version of a hangover. Is the after-affect of a bad late night low. Most often includes headaches and a bad taste of old orange juice and decaying glucose in your mouth. Cracker and candy wrappers, and empty containers of food are often found lying around the person who is having the glucover. Most remedies include: brushing of the teeth, heavy applications of makeup to remove bags under eyes, tylenol, and healthy binge eating.

i.e. Anonymous Bystander/Spouse: What the crap happened to you? You look like crap.
You: (Clutches head) I have a glucover....

Glucover could also be called hanglowver!

D'Ambien experience: one of those middle of the night lows where you can't remember what you ate or drank, or how much, as well as any conversations you had. Quite similar to someone's night who takes Ambient. I've heard the stories. ;)

Yes! Hanglowver is what I use!

My friends came up w/this nickname for my insulin pump-- Juicer

BS= Blood Sugar
seems like an obvious one, but from the time I was a little girl, my dad would ask me "What's/How's your BS?"...being only 9, I didn't get that BS stood for anything else. Now it seems hilarious to me that we would be out in public and my dad would ask me how my BS was! :-)

another one i recently heard was "Sugar Bloods", pronounced w/ a STRONG southern accent (heard from an old timer named Mr. 'Dub' up in the north GA mtns). My hubby and I loved the term so much we use it all the time now...."I gotta go test my sugar bloods"

Diabetes= The Curse
Blood Sugar= my hubby says "what's the number?"
Bolus= Juice up
Hungover awful feeling after horrible low= D-Fog
That horrid old lancing device from the early 80s= the guillotine
My pump= the rat on a leash

The two most-used terms in my Diabetes dictionary:

'Slin: Pretty straight-forward, but all my fiance and I refer to the stuff as!

Another term I use often when I see something a bit too tempting is "Well, I'm just gonna go ahead and dial in Crap-Ton. Let's see how this night goes!"

"the get lucky beep" - the three beeps on the Minimed pump that mean your pump is suspended and your spouse is about to get lucky because your pump is disconnected and you're freeeeeeeeeee!

Oh look, I'm late as usual and well past the Monday night deadline. :( But I still wanted to toss in my term:

Bungee Pumping - when your pump breaks free from your waist and bounces up and down via its tubing bungee cord!! :)

I'm late and I didn't read all of the previous comments, but I'd like to add "flatlined" (what you hope to see on your CGM) to this edition of the dTOEs.

Whenever I have to go in for my annual HBa1C check up I always ask the receptionist for directions to the the vampires coven?

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