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Acronym Dyslexia

SO MANY ACRONYMS!!!

It's taken me awhile to learn all of the NASA acronyms for my job (and, lets be honest, I still don't know all of them), but I learned that a Control Moment Gyroscope was abbreviated "CMG" within the first couple of days. Control moment gyroscopes, "CMGs" from now on, are these big, heavy, spinning wheels which help to keep the International Space Station in a stable attitude. And, as an ADCO, it is my job to know everything I can about these spinning behemoths. Tomorrow morning I have a three hour class all about them!

As it turns out, I have another huge part of my life that also abbreviates itself with those three letters - "CGM". I use a Continue Glucose Monitor to watch blood sugar trends and adjust insulin doses, and I never say "Continuous Glucose Monitor", rather I always call it a CGM.


So, these two acronyms get a bit confusing at times.

Me: "I was looking at my CGM at work and noticed a pattern of highs after lunch."
Chris: "They were over-speeding?"
Me: "Overspeeding? Maybe the carbs were overspeeding into my bloodstream."
Chris: "Oh, you meant CGM, not CMGs."
Me: "Yes, but we also had a CMG loss of communication today."
Chris: "What? Your sensor failed again?"
Me: "I don't think it was a sensor problem, it went offline but was regained by the fault detection, isolation and recovery software."
Chris: "What was your number after that?"
Me: "CMG babe, not CGM."
Chris: "Crap."

The term "acronym soup" has never been more appropriate. CMGs and CGMs are part of life, at least for a Type 1 Diabetic Attitude Determination and Control Officer ;-)

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