New patient-health blog!

Hello Juvenation,

I'm writing to inform you that I have just launched my new patient-health blog, "My Favourite Number."  You can check it out at:  And check back often for updates!  I'm still deciding on my preferred "look" for the site.  So, don't be surprised if, over the next few days, it looks different each time you visit.

I hope this site will give non-diabetic readers some greater insight into this huge, yet invisible, aspect of so many of or lives.  And, for those readers living with diabetes, I hope to provide inspiration, humour, perspective and support.

I would love to hear your comments and feedback.  And please send the link to anyone else you feel may be interested!

Take care and enoy!

Cheers, Laura

Awesome blog! I enjoyed reading it, and can't wait for the next entry.

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Awesome blog! I enjoyed reading it, and can't wait for the next entry.


Thank you, landileigh!  I really appreciate the feedback.  Definitely stay tuned!


Hi Angel,

Wow...I can't tell you how relieved I was to see your post.  My 10 year old daughter was dx on 4/4/11 and I have been wondering the same thing...could she have possibly been misdiagnosed??  Her numbers are so low and requires hardly any insulin. I keep lowering her Lantus and increasing carb ratio but she is still low.  Is this normal for the honeymoon phase??  I'm sorry to hear that you are having a hard time with the carb counting and eating schedule.  10 year old can be very demanding when they are hungry!  I guess we just need to hang in there : /

Wow you sound just like us my son is 16 and he is honeymooning right now too. He was taken off his Lantus, and now about a month ago he was taken off his Novalog too. Im confused because hes not taking any insulin and his numbers are great. I didnt know it was possible for him to ever function without insulin. I worry about when the honeymoon period ends. Will it be overnight or a gradual change.

Hey there! I myself am still honemooning (have been for 8 months,but hey, who's counting, right?).  I was really worried about making a bumpy transition as well. I decided to start carb counting now to get the practice and am getting an insulin pump in a few days so I am already used to it once I'm done honeymooning. I wish you best of luck with your children! You all must have so much courage and strength to take care of someone so young with such a scary diagnosis.


P.S. If you're techy, and you'd like to give your kids a chance to practice carb counting, check out the medtronic apps on the iPhone/iPod. It's a simple, interactive games that uses a cartoon to teach children. :)

Honeymoon usually fades gradually over time.  

Start learning to carb count.  The exchange program is really fussy and restrictive.  With carb counting a diabetic can eat anything.  There's a good book called "The Calorie King Guide for Calories, Fat and Carbohydrates" that you can find at WalMart.  Also smartphone apps like Lose It! (free) and Track 3 Diabetes ($6) that give accurate carb counts.

Hi Angel,

I was interested in your post because I can relate.  My seven year old son was just diagnosed 3 weeks ago. I don't get the term ' honeymoon'.  I thought of that as something good, but I am finding it somewhat difficult to know how much insulin his pancreas is still naturally giving out.  We have consequently experienced a few 'lows' lately.  

We are carb counting and find it fairly easy and not restrictive.  Andrew is eating fairly similarly to how he did before.   I don't have many questions right now... but I'm sure I will in the future.  It's good to know there are people here who can  give great advice.  

I have asked the doctors about that, I don't understand why they can't do some sort of test to be able to tell you how many cells are still functioning. They have told me that if he would get a cold or something that it would probably end the honeymooning and then he would be solely dependent on the insulin.

We did just complete the Carb Counting class and that has made things much easier although I still don't get how to figure out the correction part of it. Good thing we haven't had to correct yet.  Although we are having to check him at 12 & 3 am again to make sure we are doing things right. Not looking forward to the new school year though!

The honeymoon period will just gradually go away.  It won't be anything drastic so don't worry.  I hated that period because it's almost that little glimmer of hope that maybe the doctors were wrong and your child doesn't have to go through this, but then weeks go by and you get adjusted and before you realize're child really is diabetic.  Hang in there, it will get easier.  My daughter was 15 mo when dx and is now 6 and if you had asked me back then if I could see my life as easy as it is today and I would have for sure said no.  It's just an adjustment and lifestyle change.  Eva eats whatever she wants and does exactly what all the kids her age are doing.  She has no limitations really other than just having to be more mindful.  I wish you the best and just know and believe me that it will get easier and you will do fine.