Well Crap - my brother, age 33, just called me from the ER. He was feeling bad at work(he works at a hospital) and asked a nurse to check his BS...it read HI on the meter...so they sent him to the ER - 1 hour later he got the news--Welcome to the World of Diabetes.
BS 686 and A1c = 11.0. They juiced him up with 10 units of insulin and an hour later his BS was 228 - I said, well at least you will get your first low out of the way while you are in the ER, get ready - 1 hour later he was 60.
So far, he seems to be handling the news fairly well...he grew up with me, I have been diabetic since he was born - and I have never let diabetes stop me. To me diabetes is a matter of perspective--it doesn't have to be that life altering...but it will be a pain in the finger.