Thank you for your considerate & detailed reply, Madison. It suddenly hit me what I find so attractive about you. You paragraphize when you write. ;-) No "wall of text". Bless you! I truly believe the world needs more people like you!
So, "this" is all relatively new for you then. It sounds as though you may be a LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetic Adult), but probably your doctor(s) would disagree because you're not technically an adult. Whatever.
It's a hell of thing to have thrown at you when you're a teenager and already have so many other parts of life you're trying to sort out for yourself. But, as Buckaroo Banzai was fond of saying, "No matter where you go, there you are." (It's kind of an (obscure ?) 80s thing. If you're curious Google him/it.)
For lack of anything better to say just at this particular moment, I'll drag out a book recommendation. This is a fairly "classic" intro book. I'm not sure if it would be useful to you or not, but it's still worth suggesting.
Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner
Do you have access to an online English language library? I know you can check this book out as an ebook from the NY Public Library and hopefully others. If you still have a library card/account for a US library you could try looking it up there. I think it makes more sense to borrow it from a library so you can decide if you actually like a book before you buy it.
I now take 4 units of humalog before each meal and try to eat 60g carbs each meal. This is a fixed dose and I haven't been told to change it, which will hopefully happen when I get under permanent care by another doctor or clinic.
Typically an MDI patient would "figure out" what their Carb Ratio and Insulin Sensitivity Factor are and use those to help them decide how to adjust their insulin dose. My guess is that no one has discussed this with you yet because of your supposed "honeymoon" status. That is, I think they're not sure if your body will react consistently to insulin & food at this point so why throw it at you?
Still, I also do not see how mandating a fixed dosage & carb quota is any better. So ... I'll try to at least sketch out the concepts and you can investigate further if you want to.
The basic idea is to use really simple arithmetic to guess how much insulin you're going to need. The most surprising thing is perhaps that it can actually sorta kinda work.
The Carb Ratio is just the ratio of carbohydrate to insulin (C:I) that "works" for you. If your doctor says take 4 units for 60g then he's implicitly saying "Why not try a Carb Ratio of 15 (60 g / 4 units) and see how that works for you?"
You use the Carb Ratio like this. Suppose you decide you only want to eat 40g of carb, not 60g? Well, the guess for your insulin is to divide the carbs in the meal by the carb ratio. In this case, 40/15 is ~2.66 or 2.6 units of insulin. (To be conservative, maybe round it down to 2 1/2 units?)
The idea in a nutshell is that if you eat 15 grams of carb, it'll take 1 unit of insulin to compensate for it. (Finding out what your carb ratio is at which times of the day can be sort of the "Holy Grail" of T1 diabetes. ;-)
The Insulin Sensitivity Factor is used to determine how much insulin to give yourself to correct a high BG (Blood Glucose) value. This probably was never mentioned because your BGs all appear to be well within the "normal" aka "acceptable" range. So, at this point you really don't need to worry about giving yourself insulin to "correct" for a high BG test result.
I don’t seem to be able to detect hypos until I’m very low. I have been 65 a few times and felt normal. It makes me wonder just how low I was when I woke up with that bad hypo. I was too shaky to test until 30 minutes after I took the glucose tabs, and then I was 65.
Hypos differ. Different people on insulin will experience hypos differently. The same person will also experience a hypo differently at different points in their life. As time passes how you react to low BG may also change.
One of the hardest things for me to keep remembering is that all diabetics are different. Sure, we share a lot of common experiences. But the only one who truly knows what your diabetes is like and how to work with it is yourself. It's like your clothes. You're the only one who knows what it feels like when you wear them.
I have tested my BG and gotten results back in the 30s ... which I then treated without any danger of blacking out. I have also been fairly oblivious as I described in my first post to your thread. There have also been times I was wandering around so low I was completely oblivious to what was happening around me.
For now probably the best suggestion is to just test your BG whenever you feel "funny". Hopefully that will mean that you waste some test strips because it turns out you're just fine. But better to test and have a better idea where you stand than to experience the frustration of a hypo.
Also, until you have a better feel for how it affects you, test more frequently when you are exercising. In this case I am not referring just to being at the gym or jogging. Any type of physical activity may affect your BG. For example, walking around or cleaning/vaccuming. These may or may not affect you. You just have to try it and see what happens.
The other tricky part about exercise is that it can hit you hardest some time after it happened. When I walk dogs for our local shelter I may go somewhat low while I'm doing it. But I also have to remember to cut back on my insulin for when I'm sleeping that night because I'm likely to get a hypo then as a result of the exercise 12 hours (or more) earlier.
OK, enough for now. I'm going to go watch some bad TV. ;-)
T1 LADA ~1978; 1st pump: Minimed 507 (~1997); currently: Paradigm 723 (2013) + CGM (2014)