Some people tell me to slow down and make less fuss about it. I hear about the complications of bad HbA1c's: kidney failure, amputations, blindness, neuropathy, .. If the goal is to get an HbA1c of < 7%, then that is what I'm aiming for. I have reached the magic 7 so far and I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I have put a lot of effort in it and it takes a lot of control and checking and poking your fingers. But it pays off in the end, and that was my goal, wasn't it?
I realise I cannot always be in control. Some factors are just so unpredictable and unexpected, that there's not much you can do about it. Other things are easier to control. And that's where you need to start: trying to understand your own body and how it works. Then you need to take a look at your food intake and start to count carbs. Carb counting is an effort, but it's not as difficult as you may think. You are smarter than you think. If I can do it, why couldn't you? Give it a chance.
Try to find some role model, that can inspire you. Preferably someone with diabetes as well. Someone with a positive attitude, who can help you get better control. Don't give up. There's hope for all of us..