It can be done and the right "tools" are very helpful. I was diagnosed with Type 1 about 5 years ago. It happened practically over night. Until then I was type 2. I've suffered from chronic pancreatitis for many years and diabetes is basically an added bonus. So how the sudden change from type 2 to type 1? It started off with congestive heart failure that landed me in the hospital. After my release a pulminologist wanted me to have a test done. It required that I stop taking my Metformin for a few days. I did as directed and my sugar started to skyrocket. I called him and he said I better take care of it. Thanks, I didn't know HOW to take care of it. I called my primary care doctor. They asked me to put my wife on the phone and told her to get my ass to the ER which she did. Apparently I wasn't making much sense. Hey kids! It's diabetic ketoacidosis. My sugar was way high at 671. I was basically out of it for a day and a half. Every hour it was a finger stick. Every four was a blood draw and as an added bonus I had 4 IVs hooked up. When lucidity started to return I asked a nurse what they were doing. She answered "saving your life" and I was good with that. They did after all. After that my endocrinologist told me I was type 1. Yippee! I went from pills twice a day to five injections a day! Really have to watch what you eat when you're type 2 is what I learned. Oddly enough type 1 is easier if you have the tools to do so. I used to do at least 3 finger sticks a day and adjust my carb intake and insulin accordingly. Was sailing along pretty good until a reaction to a medication I had taken for years landed me in the ER. They gave me a steroid shot and sent me home cautioning "it might mess with my blood sugar a bit". Understatement of the year folks. My sugar soared over 500 again so I called the ER. They said call your endocronologist which I did. This was on Easter Sunday by the way and he got back to me in about 5 minutes and instructed me to inject way more insulin than I ever had. I did this for days and it finally returned to a semblance of normal. I know I'm rambling here but maybe this story will help you or someone you know. My next diabetic adventure involved serious sugar crashes I was experiencing. Those are way scary and can lead to death. One day I laid down for a nap. A few hours later my wife found me on the floor. All I remembered was getting out of bed to use the bathroom. I had no idea where I was when I woke up and why my wife was telling me to drink orange juice from a straw. I was on the floor of course and she said it took half an hour to get me fairly lucid. Oh, and I did go to the bathroom. Wet and soiled actually. I'm not ashamed of that nor am I embarassed to tell you. Had she not found me I would have died. When I'm awake and my sugar crashes I can tell (dizziness, shaky, blurred vision, sweating) and deal with it through juice, candy etc. If I'm asleep it can lead to death. This is where the tools come into play. My enocronologist prescribed a CGM (continuous glucose monitor). A Dexcom G6 to be exact. Me and the doctor's office fought with Anthem for 4-1/2 months to get this. They wanted me to get Freestyle Libre which is a good product but won't do what I need unless I choose to never sleep again. I've been using the Dexcom since October now. I can check my sugar whenever I want but the MAIN feature is that it has an alarm system. It tells me if my sugar is crashing or going way up. It gives me an indication on just how fast these things are happening and also has a graph so I can see what has been going on. Probably shouldn't say this but "if I'm lying I'm dying". It woke me up the first time I went to sleep to warn me of a sugar crash. I sleep better now. One day my wife heard it. I was crashing hard and she got me up. I wasn't making much sense but I knew I needed to pump some juice into my system. Yes indeed it's a life saver but one insurance companies don't want to save your life with as it's much more expensive then the Freestyle. Nowadays I finger stick at least once a day to make sure my CGM is reading accurately. I wear a sensor on my belly 24/7. I have to change those every 10 days. Did it last night actually. I inject two types of insulin. On a good day only 4 times on a bad day 6 but usually it's 5. I'm much more comfortable giving myself an insulin boost as it were if my sugar is running high. CGMs are great and I agree with the Dexcom commercial. Every type 1 diabetic should have one. As for insulin I'm sorry but I have to relate a Trump lie that most probably didn't catch unless they use insulin. He said it was as cheap as water. Funny. Without insurance there's no way on earth I'd be able to afford it. I'd most likely be dead. If water cost as much as insulin we'd all have water bills in the millions. How else do I live with diabetes? I REALLY watch my carbohydrate intake. Now as anyone that has read my Watcha Eatin thread you may or may not notice that I am fond of foods that are high in carbs. Or maybe you didn't. Either way I've made charts of how many grams of carbs are in 100 grams of foods I frequently eat such as noodles, rice, potatoes, fruits, juices and sweets etc. Many of these numbers I know have memorized. I weigh my food frequently to determine how much insulin to inject. I have pretty good control now because I have the tools and I work at it. Diabetes is controllable. Proof? In the past hour I went out to shovel some snow. My Dexcom alerted me that my sugar was down to 67 and falling fairly fast. Came in had a big version of a Little Debbie Swiss Roll. I love those things and what a way to pump a quick 30 carbs into me (I have that one memorized). I'm sitting at a comfortable 94 as I type.