I think my daughter just entered the honeymoon phase. I left a message for her dr to confirm. Her blood sugar keeps dropping very low and it’s stressful. Hopefully her dr will adjust her dosage but I have read post online that people say we should try and prolong the honeymoon phase as much as possible. Any tips on how to prolong it?
I managed to stretch my honeymoon phase for quite a while. I tried to restrict carbs as much as possible so as not to put too much strain and stress on whatever little insulin making capability was left in my pancreas. Of course I always took bedtime Lantus. And I occasionally used a bolus with Humlalog when needed. My endo said my lifestyle changes helped extend my honeymoon much longer than is typical.
I’ve read the honeymoon is naturally shorter in kids and somewhat shorter in those who are over 40 when diagnosed. Those in between I’ve read naturally have longer honeymoons. These are generalizations, as with all studies. Note, I was over 40 (and I am not LADA. I was diagnosed and am full-on T1.)
Ok thank you. I will work on cutting down carbs.
Please talk to your doctor before making any changes! If she is dropping low a lot, cutting back on carbs right now will make that worse. Make sure you get your doctor to adjust dosages first, and then make sure you have a good handle on how to reduce the insulin if you’re also reducing carbs.
My 7 year old had a lot of lows when he entered the honeymoon phase right after we got out of the hospital. We essentially had the docs decrease his insulin to a bare minimum amount (.5 lantus for example, and very little Humalog at meals). That lasted about two months. Now the ‘honeymoon is over’ and we are ratcheting up his insulin. Gone are the days of the out-of-the-blue lows (thank goodness, although I’m sure it will still happen from time to time).
Right now I am only giving her .5 Lantas at night and some mornings she is still low.
Do you think it’s harder to control blood sugar during the honeymoon phase or after?
In our case (and I’m sure everyone has had different experiences), during the honeymoon phase it was easier to control his BG numbers. They were much more consistent/predictable. If he got a lot of exercise, he needed a snack. Now if we give him extra carbs for exercise, he often has a high BG reading at meals. For us, leaving the honeymoon phase has led to much higher BG numbers (but on the plus side he has had virtually no low blood sugar events!).
We go in for our endo visit next week and I know she wants to take us off of NPH and just move to Humalog at meals using the insulin-carb ratio (and keep lantus of course). So I am preparing for some ups and downs until we figure this new regimen out.
I did not get the age of your son. I was 15 when I was diagnosed more than 60 years ago; and the world of diabetes has changed. Today I carry four glucose tablets in a plastic “pill box” all the time to treat lows. I have worked to keep my A1c under 7 since the test was discovered; and so far I have no complications. I have changes in blood sugar checks between 50 and 300; no one gets it right all the time, we just do our best ALL THE TIME by being ready for what ever needs to be done.