Great points, Tanya. I forgot about the order. The first step is to try to control blood sugar with just the diet and exercise (that worked for me); the second is to add medications such as gluberide (sp?) to help control blood sugar; the last is to do the insulin injections (Does that sound right to everyone else?) And like Tanya said, I have heard a lot of people have mixed results with gluberide - sometimes it can drop the sugars too low and make you feel crummy. So, here's to hoping the diet and exercise will be enough. And if not, I think what Tanya said makes a lot of sense.
I know you are worried about the actual testing, and my advice would be to invest in the best lancet device you can find, such as one that automatically pops a new lancet into place each time you test. I could use the same lancet for a couple of days (just keep fingers clean) but if your fingers are sensitive, using a new one each time will make a big difference. Just get one of the automatic ones so you don't have to change it every time. And here is a link for making testing less painful:
I think this is the right link. The first time I tried this I pasted the link for Chuck. E. Cheese! Not very helpful!
Also, I know exactly what you mean about the whole odds thing. My getting preg. odds were not good. I was 41, FSH 20.3, and my DH had 1% morphology. Scary. And then I developed obstetric cholostasis (really really rare) which mandated delivery at 35 weeks - baby in the NICU, etc. Then, 4 months after her birth I developed this headache disorder and have had a constant headache since January 15th. I'm like, what? A headache that never goes away? What are the odds? But I'm taking anti-seizure meds now and it has kicked it down to a 4/5 on the pain scale, so I'll take it and am now looking into surgical options. And my DD is in a helmet for plagiocephaly (preemie with enormous head led to flat spot) - again, what are the odds? So, I know what you mean - it is sort of scary when you don't feel like you can trust the odds. Odds are supposed to either be beat or to provide some security, not sneak up and tackle you from behind! I've just decided to disregard them altogether. Life is fate and fortune - no one knows the future. All we can do is the best we can do, right? And you're doing great! So just keep moving along, one step at a time.