I'm still in the Honeymoon stage and I am in the process of getting the pump for the second time. I know one other person who is still in this stage and on the pump. I am wondering how long have you been honeymooning? Or how long DID you honeymoon? What were your basal rates? Did the pump help you elongate your honeymoon stage? I know there is no definite way of knowing that, but did you think it helped you adjust more to your body and diabetic needs?
I've been a type 1 for 2 years and on the pump for 9 months, my basal was .6 of Humalog an hour, which just recently went up to .65 an hour. My last blood work showed my insulin production to be juuuuust outside normal range (on the low side, of course) so it looks like my honeymoon period will be ending sooner rather than later.
I'll say this, I'm glad I started on injections because it hammers home the skills you need to learn to control blood sugar successfully. Going onto the insulin pump after that was a breeze for me.
I think that the length of the honeymoon partly depends on how you were diagnosed (and probably on a lot of other factors). I was diagnosed in the ER, probably after almost a year of having high blood sugars and not realizing it. So my honeymoon only lasted 3 months. Then my insulin needs doubled (pretty suddenly). I think that my honeymoon would have been longer if I had been diagnosed earlier in the process (i.e. before my immune system killed off most of the insulin production).
I think getting insulin (from injection or pump) does help prolong the honeymoon period compared to people who don't get any insulin in that time.
My daughter was dx's Dec. 2010 and we have not been told that she is out of her honeymoon stage. She's been on the pump since May 2011. Her basal rates are 1 unit or less throughout the day.
Pump and cgm have definitely helped!
It's hard to compare basal rates as it is so different from person to person before and after the honeymoon phase. My rates are still less that 1 unit per hour throughout the day, but they used to be a lot lower during the honeymoon phase. I have been diabetic for 9 years.
diagnosed in February this year.
on a pump/CGM since April.
honeymooning in a very sporadic way, good/bad days, difficult to tell them apart.
in the DiaPep277 study... so, who knows?
basal .175 u/h
but i use about 1/3 - 1/2 of the insulin as i did with the MDI
the CGM (as much of a pain in the ass as it is) has caught 6 overnight lows
sounds like you are on target. you have four months of data stored and you should see some trends now. sure beats mdi, eh?