I just realised I haven’t written since November, and big things have happened to my sweet little LADA honeymoon since! I started eating less and less carbs, and my blood sugars went down and down… until I was in the 60s (mg/dl) lots in early December. Fortunately, I had my checkup (the first “regular” one, the ones before were still part of coming up with my diagnosis) in mid-December and the doctor said that those values were too low and took me off the remaining 3 units of Lantus that I had been taking the last few months. She also said that I “wasn’t eating”… And then came Christmas…
Well, I am not exactly proud of myself for how much sugar and carbs I ate, but I did as best I could while everybody around me really indulged! Anyway, the result was that after just 10 days away, my bloodsugar had become quite unpredictable, so that way I learned that you are not always “punished” straight away for being undisciplined. Since I had been so “good” before Christmas, the first few days on sugar and carbs went quite well, and I thought, hey, this could work. I didn’t measure too often… but when I came back home and started to eat normal, low-carb again, even eating an apple spiked my bloodsugar!
Now, after a week of almost no-carb and very tight control, I am better - in fact, I am so well now that I had my first non-insulin induced low! I thought you couldn’t get lows from oral medication only (metformin)… So I can now “start adding carbs in”, I guess. One of the effects of eating carbs over Christmas and then none for two days in a row last week was that I got a huge migraine that lasted for 2 days. That’s how much one can get addicted to carbs - coming off them can be as painful as coming off coffee.
Anyway, the end of insulin came on 16 December and I am still celebrating! I think it’s a huge victory, and yes, I have been warned and am getting ready for the huge frustration when the honeymoon ends and I’ll be full-time insulin-dependent. In the meantime, if I can avoid it, I will, and therefore I, too, have just ordered Dr Bernstein’s book (of course nobody has ever heard of him here in Italy, and I look forward to surprising my doctor!).