You may know them as Insulin Reactions, Hypos, Lows, or by some variation of those terms.
In my world as a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 5, they've historically been "Reactions" that have transition into the more generic "Lows" in more recent years.
The opposite of Highs, which garner quite the confused and befuddled glares when you say out in public that "I'm High" and follow that with the need to "shoot up." (Fun, seriously. Try it out if you haven't already!)
But two new descriptions for Lows came with a recent experience when the in-laws were visiting during the Memorial Day Weekend. It was Sunday, and they'd gone out with Suzi for a day of shopping at a nearby mall while I stayed home with the goal of cleaning up our kitchen and doing some outdoor work while they were gone. A Law & Order: SVU marathon and The Sandlot 2 interfered only briefly, and the plan was to clean the kitchen and do some outdoor work. But, a Low got in the way sometime after the lunch hour and that's what Suzi and her parents came home to. They faced me in a Low state, which is always a guaranteed good time. My Lovely and Supporting Spouse (who's awesome!) managed to get some honey, rasberry juice, and glucose tabs into my system to boost me up, all while her parents sat by as onlookers at a situation they hadn't personally witnessed before - in our five years of marriage or the five years before that. This was a new experience for them, even though it had been described to them from time to time in the past.
Anyhow, once I returned from the Low state and proceeded to apologize and begin setting the table for dinner, there was a moment when I was trying to figure out where to move something that was on the table. Standing in the kitchen momentarily with a look that likely reflected my pondering the placement of this item, a question came from my mother-in-law - a Type 2 who I've described as a leading member of my D-Police Force (a label that was 100% reinforced this past weekend): "Is Mike going stupid again?" she asked. It was a funny description that caught me off guard, and brought a smirk to my face. I took a moment later to Tweet this, and it brought some similiarly funny reactions from some DOC friends.
Later, while sitting at the dinner table and enjoying a low-carb dinner, the father-in-law spoke about a Type 2 diabetic he'd known at work once. We were actually discussing a Godfather III scene where Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) has a "diabetic attack" and then somewhat remarkably has an immediate response to OJ and candybar, and my father-in-law was telling how that former co-worker had once had a quick response just like that to his "shaking fit." Another interesting description, I thought.
So, in the course of a couple hours, I learned new descriptions for low blood sugars: "Going Stupid" and "Shaking Fit." In a sense, both accurate as they describe real-life symptoms (non-rational or coherent thought and shaking). Just phrases that I'd never heard before. Classics, I'd say. Worth remembering and using at some point down the road.
With that, I open up the floor for anyone to share their own descriptions or terminology in describing their Low Blood Sugars. Have any quotable ones worth sharing? Comment away! But please: avoid "going stupid" or digressing into any "shaking fits" as you proceed to offer thoughts... We wouldn't want that.