So glad to have found this place!
Was dx diabetic at age 51, type 2. Lower end of obese, BMI 31. Was put on Metformin then, and didn't take the dx very seriously as my BG levels seemed to remain more or less level regardless of what I ate. Over the next seven or eight years, needed higher doses of metformin for higher A1c's, but day to day readings were pretty regular, again regardless of what I ate. I was testing only once a day in AM, however. After maximum dose of metformin, added glimiperide, which seemed to make no difference at all.
Then, out of the blue, I developed an epidural abscess at C6, with infection from C1 to T2. After emergency surgery, lost kidney function (creatinine >7, GFR <8), blood sugars to 500. In the hospital for 26 days, several dialysis runs, carb controlled diet and insulin. Went home on IV antibiotics and insulin, and two months at home before being ok to go back to work. No metformin because of nephrotoxicity, but surprised by feeling much more in control with insulin injections and testing 4 times a day.
Even so, it seemed a good idea to see an endo. To my total surprise, he said he'd bet I'm really T1. My half-sister had told me that my dad's family had lots of diabetes, though we didn't know what type, and I have some autoimmune stuff going on. The endo is very pro-pump and wanted to test me to see if insurance would cover it. C-peptide was 3.5, but the GAD was positive, so I've got a purple pump here and a training class set for Nov 9.
In the meantime, eating exactly the same way, and doing exactly the same activities, my BGs have jumped 30-40 points in the past few weeks. I haven't been sick, and I use a scale to measure carb portions, so don't know whar's going on.
Please forgive me for this super long post. I guess I'm still boggled by the T1 dx and trying to make sense of it!