That is amazing Keith, that is almost like having a honeymoon period, but I know it is too late for you to be experiencing that.
Tom mentioned the Joslin Medalist Study and long term type 1's who still have functioning beta cells. I participated in that study in Dec, 2009. All the participants in the study have been type 1 for at least 50 years. A significant number of them have a C-peptide > 0.6 and functioning beta cells. It seems likely that you do too. All participants were given a glucose tolerance test. Some of them had a high BG at one hour but a lower BG at two hours. That shows they were producing some of their own insulin. No bolus insulin was allowed since the previous evening so there was no insulin available to handle that glucose drink unless it was produced internally. My BG increased from 240+ at one hour, to 320+ at two hours. My C-peptide earlier that year was < 0.1. It is therefore obvious that I produce no insulin.So why have I been type 1 for 64 years and have no complications? There is an attempt being made to answer that question. I am not the only type 1 in the study like that. It is hoped that some factor(s) will be discovered to explain the longevity of the type 1 medalists who have no serious complications. If these factors are found, maybe a treatment can be found to help younger and more recently diagnosed type 1's to avoid serious complications. Time will tell, the study is to conclude in April, 2011 after 750 medalists have participated.