Anyone else had this experience? For the first 20 years of Type 1, you handle it relatively well, and it's mostly nothing more than an annoyance of keeping in good control through insulin, testing, diet and exercise. You're able to function relatively well at both highs and lows. They don't control your life.
Then at about year 20, your symptoms become more pronounced during highs and lows.
By way of example, during my first 20 years with this thing, I could go out to a party and have fun with my friends, come home and do a test and see I was in the 200s. Throughout the party and when I got home and did the test I felt fine, other than maybe having a slightly dry mouth. I'd give myself 4-5 units of insulin and go to bed, end of story.
Now after about 23 years with T1, I'll go out to a party, start to feel crappy with a rapid heartbeat while talking to a friend, do a test and see that I'm at 180. It'll basically end my night. I'll have to give myself the correction bolus, but also have to sit down out of fatigue and drink water, and then leave the party really early.