I think I was just too sweet for too long, haha.
My boyfriend is a human doctor (albeit doing his residency in pathology). He sees me every day, and he didn't realize just how much weight I had lost.. I think he feels bad about it now, but again.. easier to avoid the inevitable bad news...
Ultimately, it was another friend in vet school who suggested I needed bloodwork done. I thought I was anemic due to girl reasons. We did a PCV (packed cell volume, rough estimate of how many red blood cells and white blood cells that you have) and then a blood smear on my blood and it looked fine to us (not that we're pros at it)... then I finally gave in and went to the doctor and everything was perfect, minus the fasting BG of 293. I should have known better and gone sooner, but did not.
Although T1 isn't totally genetic, there are genetic factors that predispose you... and a relation to diseases such as hyperthyroidism, which is present in several close female relatives in my family..
Funny you should mention your boyfriend not noticing your weight loss. My girlfriend also didn't notice the weight that was dropping off of me. She feels bad that she didn't notice it, but I don't blame her. I think it's because she saw me daily and we tend not to notice things as much when they happen gradually over time. I didn't notice it either. My sister actually pointed it out to me on new years day. "You've lost weight!" Me - "Umm... no I haven't. You need your eyes checked". Two weeks later I weigh myself and sure enough I was down 25 lbs at that time with 10 more to come off before I got to the doc. I weighed myself 3 times on different scales cause I didn't think they could possibly be correct.
Just out of curiosity, what was your C-peptide level, palomino? I know Benjamin said in another thread his was around 0.8, mine was 0.34. So I'm just curious to know where yours fell in the spectrum if they did that test and if there's any correlation to a honeymoon or lack thereof. Were either of you also tested for GAD (same as GAD-65) antibodies? I came back around 35% on that.
I knew that I had lost weight- but kept wanting to blame it on clinics (again, God, how retarded was that?). I lost about.. 23 pounds total since clinics started, 12 of it over a 6 week period in August when the PU/PD set in.
C-peptide was 1.1. However, that was not fasting; that sample was taken about 2 hours after I had eaten so that complicates interpretation... even though it's still low..
Also, I had no islet cell antibodies but my anti-GAD level was 64.7.
I guess at the ER, some of them wanted to call me a type 2... I told them I had never been grossly obese, but at my height of 5'6", I did weigh about 175lbs at one point years ago... (but there are perfectly normal weight healthy individuals that are diagnosed with type 2 as well)... but one of the docs thought I was type 1 and pushed for the antibody testing.
My GP was the one that ran the GAD test on me. I got the full panel of results faxed to me and that's when I saw that he had the GAD run for me. At that time I didn't know what it was and he never said anything about it. Now I know 35% is out of the norm (I think <1% is normal/acceptable, but I'd have to look at the paperwork to be sure). My endo didn't think ICA and other tests were necessary for me when I asked about them since everything else was pointing squarely at T1. But like Palomino said, you can always ask!
Jumping in to answer your initial question. I was diagnosed on 10/1/11 with an A1C of 9.8, c-peptide of 1.0 (listed normal range of 1.0 to 7.1)and positive GAD of 6.86 (listed normal range being <.02) My honeymoon seemed to really kick in after about two months. I've been holding steady at about 3 to 4 units of bolus insulin per day (average I:C for meals of 1:25) and no basal. Some days I don't seem to need any insulin at all, but then I'll push it and it will be apparent I'm indeed diabetic. Like last night, I snacked on about 20g of carb over a couple hours and was over 200 by the time I was ready for bed. Even with that, my fasting this morning was 89.
Editing to clarify that actually, I've probably been honeymooning from the second week after diagnosis when it became apparent I didn't need any basal. It was around the two month mark that I started needing less bolus than I'd been using.