@mrsflagg3 Hi Janet and welcome to the JDRF TypeOneNation Forum! I hope that you find good support on this Forum.
Personally, I do not remember any “honeymoon period” after I was diagnosed but, retrospectively, knowing what I was feeling, and symptoms that weren’t recognized, I suspect that my diabetes onset was six months before my diagnosis. I went through periods where I was constantly thirsty, always hungry and eating, and urinating almost constantly - and then I’d go through month-long times when I felt great and lived happily. What I do have in common with your daughter is age - I was diagnosed on my 16th birthday in 1957 and will get to celebrate mu successful life living with diabetes
What I’m really concerned about is how she can actually have autoimmune diabetes and maintain “normal” body glucose levels with so little help from insulin. Four months is a long time, and probably very soon her bubble will burst - worst case scenario for her is if that happens just as she is on her move for school. I’m not a medical doctor so I can’t tell her what to do, so I will urge that she discuss with her doctor and put together a Plan A, and a Plan B.
Keep in mind, that your daughter is an adult, or very soon will be, and it is she that will become her own “primary care physician” [for living with diabetes] for the rest of her life. It may be good timing that her insulin needs will be changing just as she is getting accustomed to living on her own. Yes, as a mother, like me as a father, want to be there to help, be a listener and offer support, but managing her, diabetes is something she needs to be able to do on her own. My personal survival strategy. It will help her if she has someone with whom she can “talk diabetes”; her college my have a diabetes support group, and there probably is someone in the medical clinic who knows diabetes. For me, it was 20 years before I met another person with our type diabetes.
As for the “why me”. From time-to-time, I go through that stage - been there so many times that I cant count - thankfully that bit has stopped hitting me in the last decade or two. What you can do, is find a way to tell her that the diabetes came to her NOT for anything that she did, or that she didn’t do. It was just her luck that she was chosen. Also, after I look back many years and decades, I believe that my “luck” at being “chosen” for autoimmune diabetes was Good Luck. Diabetes has caused me to acept diabetes, and overcome; a basis for my lifetime of success.