Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Xanax Experience.

Tonight is the test run of Kerri's Xanax Experience.

Because I'm so anxious about taking an anti-anxiety pill that I have to test it before the flight. That's normal. But the questions run rampant in my mind. What will happen to my bloodsugars? Will I fall asleep? Will I be able to function at all after downing this pill? Will I become a babbling, silly fool? Will I become intolerable and prone to crying fits? Will I be so pleased that I offer to fly the plane myself? Will it make my stomach upset? Will one pill be enough to calm my fear of flying? Will ...

Oh just take the pill and shut up already.

And get ready for a happy, happy flight.

Oooh, and on another note, I am attempting to compile a "Dictionary of Diabetes Terms, Unabridged Morrone Edition 2006." I'm looking for those terms we come up with as a diabetic community, like Rage Bolusing, Panic Eating ... Wil, I'm looking for you in particular! If you have any terms that you employ in describing your diabetes or methods of treatment, offer them up. It'll be a "Sniglets" for diabetics, of sorts.

UPDATE: The Xanax is just dandy. Everything is just dandy. Seems like two will be the magic number for the flight. The plan is to dose up for the flight down there and not have to bother with any medication on the way back. But I'm here, two hours into the Xanax, feeling very calm and serene and no bloodsugar fluctuations and I'm still able to test and apparently update the blog. However, I have no desire to take something like this all the time. I feel too mellow, which is so terribly un-Kerri of me.

Mission Accomplished. Bring on the cruise!

UPDATE TWO: Jen, who had de-lurked herself today in a comment, has a new diabetes blog called "17 Going on 50?" Go on over and check her out. She's a college freshman with a very honest and no holds barred approach to her diabetes.


At January 18, 2006 2:34 PM, Blogger Nicole P said...

Good luck with the test flight, Kerri...

Some phrases I use/have used regularly:

Nabs -- Crackers with peanut butter spread between them. Typically used to follow up glucose tabs in the treatment of a low bloodsugar. Name derived from the word Nabisco, the maker of the most commonly used "nabs." Most diabetics learn about nabs at diabetes camp.
Sentence: I always eat some nabs after I've treated my low bloodsugar with fast-acting sugar.

Dawn Phenomenon -- A precipitous rise in bloodsugar in the hours after waking. Dawn Phenomenon is caused by glucose production in the liver.
Sentence: I am irritated that my basal rate nearly doubles between 6 am and 9 am because of dawn phenomenon.

Sleep-eating -- The act of rising from a sound sleep, proceeding to the kitchen and eating anything you can find. A diabetic often wakes up while in the process of sleep-eating without being able to figure out how they got to the kitchen or why there is ice cream (or other food substance) all over their fingers and face.
Sentence: Last night, my boyfriend found me sleep-eating again; when he was able to rouse me, I was mortified to find I had eaten a 1/2 gallon of chocolate ice cream.

Regan-rage: Coined by my boyfriend; the term comes from the name of the little girl in the Exorcist. Describes the behavior of some diabetics when having a low bloodsugar. Regan-rage behaviors include swearing, screaming, spitting of juice, and stretching body parts in unnatural ways. Does not include levitating. If your diabetic friend/partner/child should levitate, it is probably not caused by low bloodsugar.
Sentence: Nicole was in a Regan-rage, spitting the juice all over our bedroom walls and cussing like a sailor.

I've got some more... But maybe for later.

At January 18, 2006 2:52 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I have the same fear of taking any sort of pills such as Xanax. Sleeping pills?? - no thanks. I am afraid I wouldn't wake up if my blood sugar got too low. What the heck is wrong with us? LOL

Gusher - when you prick your finger, squeeze and well - you know the rest.

Dotties - when you prick your finger and squeeze and about 5 holes show up with blood. Just letting you know, it is time to use another finger for testing.

At January 18, 2006 3:55 PM, Blogger Kassie said...

I assume you won't be alone during this test??

-Mama Kass

At January 18, 2006 4:00 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

Shocky: a term I think my mom came up with to describe my low blood sugar reactions.

Like Laura's "Dotties" I call these "Bloody constellations." I can often extract blood from my finger tips without the use of a lancet -- fun party trick!

My "third nipple": the little protusion from my infusion set when my shirt is pressed around the site.

At January 18, 2006 4:13 PM, Blogger Kerri. said...

Mama Kass - Chris and I coordinated our schedules so that he would be home to monitor my "flight." :)

At January 18, 2006 4:59 PM, Blogger Megan said...

Xanax will probably just make you fall asleep. I have some words, but I can't seem to think of them right now. I'll get back to you on that,

At January 18, 2006 5:54 PM, Blogger Allison said...

Gary, my CDE, coined a great one last week to describe this teen girl who had a new found interest in taking care of her health after years of negligence and denial. He called her a "born-again diabetic."

At January 18, 2006 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooking- When your pump tubing snags the doorknob.
Shorthanded- Pump, meter, food stash, logbook, Diet coke- I can’t carry anything else...
Cheap Shot- Inferior insulin (type)- probably distributed/sold by Walmart.
Blitz- Its midnight, and you’re having a date with the contents of the refrigerator.
Block- Action taken by skin, to prevent entry of sharp object. Also known as the “bounce-off.”

At January 18, 2006 8:18 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

I completely relate to the apprehension about taking a new medication. My "holisitic MD" tried to prescribe Xyrem for me for insomnia...but when he couldn't guarantee I'd wake from a fire alarm, I had to decline the offer. I declined for other reasons of course. EGADS. I didn't even want it in my house. Even half the smallest dose of Ambien makes me groggy the whole next day.

A favorite diabetes term in our house:
"Daylight Savings Time" = Time to change the lancet.

At January 18, 2006 11:05 PM, Blogger Wil said...


Well, I probably have some others, and I'll put my feeble brain to it, but my most popular are:

SWAG Bolus--stands for Scientific Wild Assed Guess. It is really half experience (thus the science part) and half...well you know. This comes into play most commonly in restaurants. You're engaged in a pleasant conversation rather than thinking about your carbs and all of the sudden your food arrives. So are you gonna let that steaming plate of spaghetti and garlic bread get cold while you chat with Dr. Atkins' ghost or are you gonna do a SWAG Bolus. Looks like 175 carbs to me!

Control Enthusiast--how to defend a detailed approach to BG control when being accused of being a control freak.

Clocking--not necessarily a Wil Original. Used to say the result of a BG test--I clocked a 32. Yikes!

Panicky Diabetic Syndrome--the use of more than five test strips in a 55 minute period.

Don't forget your own "Officially" i.e. so-and-so clocked a 27. That is an officially scary number.

PS: glad you didn't get stoned out of your gord.

At January 19, 2006 1:42 AM, Anonymous Zazzy said...

Your dictionary needs a slogan, you get my other favorite Fenneyism.

"Be nice to diabetics, we deal with enough pricks already."

At January 19, 2006 8:39 AM, Blogger Val said...

Hmm, I'm sure I can come up with more later, the only one that strikes me now is "bouncing" - when your BG goes so low overnight that your liver kicks in with a bunch of sugar. "The CGMS shows I bounced 3 times between midnight and 6am"

At January 19, 2006 11:52 AM, Blogger Tekakwitha said...

SWAG Bolus is my favorite so far!

I'm still so young in the diabetes world that I don't have any terms yet. I'm almost ashamed!

Glad the drugs worked for you.


At January 19, 2006 3:10 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Like Tek - still new to all of this so don't really have any good terms to share with you - except for one that includes a profanity (cover your eyes!) lol.

The fast acting insulin we use on Danielle is called Novo-rapid or Aspart. We use the term Aspart mostly because that is what our endo calls it.

We have gotten into the bad habit of calling it "ass".

i.e. Hmmm, Danielle's sugars are too high - should I give her some ass?

Not good.

At January 19, 2006 4:53 PM, Blogger Allison said...

OK- I thought of two more this morning while recovering from a low.

1) Diabetic PMS: When the blood sugar rockets up for no apparent reason for the 2-3 days prior to a woman's period starting.

2) Dumping: When you take an excessive amount of insulin to knock down an Officially Scary Number or when suffering from ketone.

"Dad, I'm 471"
"Dump it in!"

At January 19, 2006 8:45 PM, Blogger Megan said...

Dead strips- random used test strips found in random spots

At January 23, 2006 3:12 PM, Anonymous Deb, mom to Anthony (age 4 & D) said...

I just love "swag bolus".

Low Bowl-the bowl in my cupboard filled to the rim with 5-15g fast acting carb 'treats' with which to bribe my low (thus cranky) 4 year old child. I have the miniature version in the diaper bag, for "on the go" lows.

Anny shoogar---what our 1 year old calls her big brother Anthony's bg meter.

At January 24, 2006 12:56 PM, Anonymous homew6kids said...

From my 6 year old daughter who learned how to read the nutritional information on pre-packaged foods: 'Carbonese' - the ability to determine the number of carbs in a given food based on the total carbs and the serving size. Now she'll tell me, "Don't tell me the carbs Mommy. I speak Carbonese you know!"


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