OK, today I had my lab tests so I'd have them ready for my doctor's visit next Wednesday evening. I told the nurse I was a hard stick, but she said she found an easily stabbed vein, HA! She ended up digging around in my arm with the needle, At least it didn't hurt there. The next spot she tried DID hurt, but it got right into the blood vessel. The blood a deep black-red spurted right up into the tube. They took the requisite two quarts, [just kidding] and I'm set to face the doctor who said I could not control my diabetes with food and exercise.
I'm not exactly right on track yet, but I know soon I will be.