OK, so here goes . . .
This summer was just about the crappiest summer imaginable. I was studying for the bar, my grandmother died, (with whom I had no real relationship - she’d had severe dementia for about 15-18 years, but I had to help with all the shiva stuff on top of studying), and all the meantime, I’m having all those classic diabetes symptoms.
So, the last night of shiva, my mom - an MD - smells ketones on my breath and says, “you need to get a blood test ASAP.”
I’ll never forget the first words my doctor said to me: “Your blood sugar was 539. You’re probably going to be on insulin the rest of your life.”
So, somehow, I muddled through the bar exam (hopefully I passed - I find out in November, but I probably had 3 or 4 mild hypos during the sucker), and then, shortly thereafter, the depression hit. Took a few weeks, but got to a psychiatrist, he put me on happy pills, etc.
Now, what everyone is telling me is great news is that, so far as I can tell, I’m having an incredible honeymoon - 3U Lantus once a day and that’s it. I’ve been off all other insulin for about 6 weeks, and have had to cut back the Lantus several times during that period. Fasting BG consistently below 126 - and have been mostly in the 80s-90s. 2 hr post prandials, same thing. But . . . .
What’s driving me up a wall are the unanswerable questions. How long will this last? What’s going on? And, of course, I have myself on a ridiculously low carb diet, because if I take even 1U of Humalog, I have to eat 50-60 grams of carbs extra to cover it. I am so sick and frigging tired of eating chicken cutlets . . . .
Oh, and let’s not even get started on the Macrogenics study from which I got rejected. Won’t repost the details - posted them previously.
I think the thing that’s really got me climbing a wall is that my endo made some comment, which I probably misheard, that perhaps my beta cells are healing. Heck, I know that T1 doesn’t reverse itself. Can’t find a single frigging case in the literature. I have anti islet antibodies. Has to be T1, or, at best, LADA. But some of the lab results from the abortive study attempt suggest a possibility of T2 - and my carb tolerance/BG has IMPROVED since those tests were run 3 weeks ago.
Well, I know that there’s not much anyone can do, but I feel like I’m wearing out everyone around me with this crap. So, figured this was as good a place as any to just let it all out.
So, everyone, have a great weekend, and for the Jews out there (and heck, for everyone else), shanah tovah u’metuka - a sweet, happy, healthy New Year in which all your wishes and dreams come true!