It has come to my attention that some of my friends and family will be keeping up with my blog. Since they don't know much about what I talk about, I created this little cheat-sheet quick reference definitions.
For wild wacky definitions for some things you may see on this site please refer to Kerri's abso-fucking-lutely hilarious Diabetes Terms of Endearment.
A1C = lab test that reflects your average blood glucose level over the last 3 months. Probably the most important test result for a diabetic. Recommended result under 6.5%
BG = Blood Glucose
PWD = Person/People With Diabetes
DOC = Diabetic Online Community
Endo = Endocrinologist, Diabetes specialist
CDE = Certified Diabetes Educator
Ketones = Fatty acid build-up in the blood and urine from high BG's see here.
mmol/l = Metric measurement of glucose in the blood. Should be 4-7mmol/l
mg/dl = Imperial measurement of glucose in the blood. Should be 64-104mg/dl
Meter = Device used to measure blood glucose. Often referred to as a 'Glucometer'.
Lancet = Device used to prick the finger in order to get blood for testing.
Strips = Sticks into the meter, the place where I put my blood to get a reading.
Hypoglycemia = Low Blood Sugar
Hyperglycemia = High Blood Sugar
Basal = Background Insulin delivered every few minutes throughout the day
Temp Basal = A percentage of regular basal either high or low to counteract long durations of high or low BG's
Bolus = Insulin dose given rapidly all at once right before meals
CGM = Continuous Glucose Monitor, measures blood glucose readings every 5 minutes.
Sensor = the gadget inserted under the skin that transmits the readings wirelessly to my insulin pump.
Medtronic = The maker of my insulin pump
Infusion Set = the insulin delivery gadget inserted under the skin
Sillouhette = The type of infusion set I usually use. See here.
Quick Set = Another type of infusion set I use. See here.
Sen Serter = Evil gadget used to insert the sensors