A Deceptive Honeymoon

A honeymoon… the time of calm, sweet, and easy days.  There are seldom major challenges during a honeymoon.  It marks a major life change that has taken place and its time to settle in to a new life with a new partner.  Ahhh.  Bliss.  Right?

After my sweet ones diagnosis we heard the term “honeymoon” phase a lot.  A’s blood sugars were so good for so long I swore she had the wrong diagnosis.  Her insulin dosages were so minimal they seemed insignificant.  One unit here or there.  No corrections needed.  I’ll admit I even forgot her correction formula and had to look it up to remind myself.  I sometimes thought that the doctors got it wrong.  In some part of my mind I was waiting for her body to go on auto pilot without insulin like it did before her diagnosis.  If diabetes was her new partner and they were on a honeymoon her partner was seldom showing up.  It’s deceptive, this invisible condition.  A part of me thought “If this is diabetes we will be A okay!”

In comes the real diabetes.  Here’s a view of my sweet one’s blood sugar over the past 24 hours. (Shout Out to Dexcom for their G5 Continuous Glucose Monitoring system)

img_4530All of that orange shows the times that A experienced high blood sugars.  You may be asking, did we bolus her insulin correctly? Yes!  Had her insulin expired?  No! Did she properly count her carbohydrate intake? Yes! This is what diabetes looks like outside of the “honeymoon” period. Unpredictable. Then some days when she will stay on her target range all day.  There’s no rhyme or reason to it.  When Anabel has days like this she’s chronically tired, gets very quiet and has less energy.   But.. she always has a smile on her face!

So, as she’s going through this day of highs my mind goes to her A1C and her upcoming Endocrinologist appointment.  What’s going to come during that appointment and what will the doctor ask about our management of her care?  As much as I start to think that I know about this condition, the more I realize how much I don’t know.  Diabetes education needs to continue for our family so that we gain an intimate knowledge of it.  I guess if we look at her diabetes as a marriage, we’ve got to continue to get to know her partner.  We didn’t choose it, but it’s here for the long haul and although the honeymoon is definitely over we’re looking forward to great days ahead.

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