I'm fortunate for today's technology. This meter is a good one, not as good as one made by a different company, but it is better than others I've had. I like being able to test and see how high or low my blood is and being able to adjust.
If there is one cool thing about Diabetes, it is this: You can do much of the control yourself. You can choose what carbs to eat, you can decide if you want to exercise or not, and you can count those carbs and determine how much insulin your body will need. Granted, tons of things happen which whack you out of the ball park. Life is unexpected and those are the parts which blow your plans.
Crazy, Diabetes is a lot like life! For me they are one and the same.