A LADA type diabetic [you are also as I recall?], diagnosed late in life, I switched to Humulin-R insulin,
the "synthetic" insulin, a year ago after spending several years continuing to feel very sick on the newer more
commonly prescribed "analog" insulins -- Apidra, Humalog and Novolog.
I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it and frankly
feel that Humulin-R [plus one small injection of Humulin-NPH daily] is saving my life.
Perhaps, Humulin will turn out to be a great help to you also.
In any case, it is available without Rx and inexpensive.
Very few, if any[?] endos anywhere prescribe it anymore, which makes your Kaiser story sound incredible.
When I started Humulin, for the first couple of months,
I kept my pump running basal with the analog insulin I was prescribed at the time.
Then worked in Humulin-R boluses one by one with pen injections 15-30 minutes before meals.
Eventually, I ditched the analog insulin altogether and switched over to Humulin-R in the
pump for both basal and bolus. I am very happy with the Humulin-R as basal as well.
Most difficult for me [still] is the additional planning involved in bolusing 20 to 30 minutes before eating.
Reintroducing brown rice into my diet also seems to be working well with the "Humulin" metabolism.
When Humulin was invented in the early 1970's, brown rice was BIG.
I exercise daily and haven't found a significant difference with Humulin as far as preparing
by either adding carbs, reducing bolus, suspending the pump or all of the above.
Ask me any other questions you think I might be able to inform you about.
All my best,