Blood draws don't bother me.. and never have. Shots still do, but I've realized for me it's less about the pain and more about not being in control of it. I can give myself a shot no problem - but someone else does it, and all I want to do is freak out.
I'm finding this thread interesting. When I was misdiagnosed with T2 following a pregnancy where they were convinced I just had GD (despite being young, no family history of T2, not overweight, no other risk factors, and being diagnosed substantially earlier than is typical with MUCH higher BG's than most women see with GD), and my c-peptide was only 0.7, which was only just above the lab threshold of 0.6. My fasting BG was well over 300 at the time (I was off insulin at the time, because this doctor told me to stop taking it), and the doctor I was seeng at the time was convinced I couldn't possibly be a T1 because I was still making "some" insulin. She wasn't my doctor for long - I fired her after she yelled at me in the office for treating high BG's with insulin because I wasn't giving the oral meds she prescribed "time to work". My next doctor did confirm with antibody testing (which was very positive) that I was T1... at that point I was taking insulin (on my own since R and NPH were available without an RX) and my c-peptide came back at 0.3 and things got much better in terms of how my treatment was approached.
I've been curious for a while about what my c-peptide is now, 15 years later, and I might ask that it be repeated just to satisfy my curiosity (mostly I just want to see if it dropped off to nearly nothing). If my doctor won't do it, it's only about $30 from most directlabs type places... I'd be willing to spend that to find out