Poor choice of words

So, this may not be met with the same fire or fervor as words like “diabetic” or “suffering“, but it still irks me.

When I start up a new CGM sensor, I’m required to give it two hours of “warm-up” time before calibrating it with a fingerstick blood sugar reading.  But immediately after the two-hour period is up, I am admonished for doing something wrong:

Overdue

I am totally following the rules when it comes to putting in a new sensor (well, except for my choice of sites).  You told me that I have to wait for two hours before I could do anything, and I did.

Now I’m Overdue?

That word, overdue, tells me that I’m delinquent.  That I’m not paying enough attention to what diabetes asks of me. That I don’t care and am putting it off ’til later.

Overdue is when you don’t submit your homework assignment on time, or when you keep a library book out for more than two weeks. Overdue is what they call it when you neglect to pay your bills or your child-support payments.

I do none of those things. I am doing just what I should, when I should. Yet I’m still being admonished for being late.

Couldn’t you just say that my next calibration should be Now?

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Posted on December 14, 2012, in Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Another great reminder about how words can be such an important thing.

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  2. Dude! I’m totally with you on that. I wear a sensor every once in awhile but when I do have it on, I feel like it’s a naggy woman I can’t get rid of. CGMs seem to fill me with even more D-guilt than usual.

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