I know what you mean with the feeling that it's all too much trouble. My last a1c was 12. Because I wasn't testing, I was carb guessing, not counting, and I was missing most of my blouses. I stretched the use my sites to the point they would leak more insulin than deliver, it started through financial hardship, my student insurance plan would only cover $500 in test strips/year and I didn't have a job and couldn't really afford my 30% co-pay. But things changed in my life and I kept up the old "survival" habits I had developed. I'm doing better theses past 2 weeks, my wife is pregnant and I've made a decision to take care of myself. I've been testing every 2 hours (4 at night time) since march 22, I've adjusted my basals, I changed my infusion sets to the contact detach because I'm apparently allergic to teflon canulas.