[quote user="Richard Vaughn"]
I cannot understand why a type 1 would not do testing, on a regular basis.
I'd like to present a different viewpoint.
I've been one of "those" people before. While I'm very diligent about my care now, I haven't always been. College years were hard for me. I struggled with a lot of depression at the time, and of course diabetes was a major catalyst to those feelings. Testing was about the last thing I wanted to do, so it just didn't happen.
The physical act of testing my blood sugar reminded me of this whole swirl of diabetes problems, frustrations, and fears that I just didn't want to deal with anymore. I knew I had to take insulin - I'd die without it - but somehow, testing seemed "optional" at the time. I can remember A1C's in the 12's. I can remember an endocrinologist nearly yelling at me: "Are you trying to KILL YOURSELF?" Well, maybe I was, subconsiously. (Part of my depression was also found to be the result of undiagnosed hypothyroidism - but I digress.)
The years of D were wearing on me. I was just tired. Tired of all of the things I had to do, and tired of the fact that no one else who was "normal" had to do them. It was a stage of rebellion, I suppose. I'm supremely lucky that I do not have any serious complications to show for it, and I think about that fact every day.
I've really come to a place of acceptance with diabetes lately (last several years); even moreso now that I've found the DOC. I "get it" now, and testing often is a priority for me. It helps that I have good health insurance that covers most of the cost of my strips. I test 10 - 15 times a day, sometimes more, and that wouldn't be possible if I had to pay for strips out of pocket. Using a CGM also helps to keep me "tuned in" to what's going on with my body - it's hard to ignore those loud alarms. Plus, I find the information kind of fascinating now.
I think there are a lot of reasons diabetics don't test - not even necessarily what I've named here. We all know what we're "supposed" to do. But, complications are usually a long and slow road - and when they seem far away, it can be hard to find the motivation to wear your seat belt.