I'm a type 2 and I'd be happy to share my story and help in any way I can.
I was diagnosed 3yrs ago. I was drinking water like crazy and peeing every 5 minutes. I had a SEVERE craving for sweets and was eating food like a horse yet I was loosing weight. My vision was getting fuzzy and I started to really feel like crap. I borrowed a buddies meter and checked my blood. His meter maxed out at 599, I was over max. Way over max.
I went to the ER that night and they gave me some insulin injection to get me down to a safe range. After that my Dr put me on metformin 1k mg twice a day. That and diet kept me in the 90-100 glucose range. That worked great for a couple of years and then I let my diet fall off a bit and my numbers climbed to 120ish, Not great, but tolerable.
Last summer I started drinking water like crazy again, and was eating like a horse yet losing weight. I hadn't checked my numbers in a while and when I started checking again I was in the mid 400's. I decided to see and Endo and he put my on 2 different types of insulin. BTW, my A1C was 12.5 on the first visit.
I went back in a month and with the insulin and a very strict diet my A1C was 7.5 and my glucose numbers were averaging 80-90. He cut my insulin doses in half and added Januvia to my regimen. (Januvia is expensive, frigg'n expensive! It doesn't do much either IMHO)
I went back 3 months later and he took me off of the fast acting insulin totally and cut the slow stuff down another half. My A1C was 4.9, almost too low.
I go back to see him in April. I'm telling him I'm stopping the Juniva, that crap is just way too damn expensive. I'm also hoping he'll take me off the insulin totally. My numbers are averaging in the 80's to low 90's.
Sticking to a diet SUCKS. No need to beat around the bush, it SUCKS!!! I am VERY good on my diet on weekdays, and pretty good on weekends.
My M-f diet is this.
Breakfast- 1 big bowl of oats sweetened with Truvia and sugar free maple syrup.
Lunch- Sandwich with some type of lunch meat (no mayo or anything, just meat and bread) and an apple. BTW Krogers has a white bread with half the carbs and calories.
Dinner is usually light, but sometime heavy (pizza, Boston Market, Chinese, or for light maybe a salad with egg and ham)
You have to cheat once in a whole or you'll cheat all the time IMHO. For instance I am eating like a hog at the church fish fries every Friday. 6-7 pieces of fish, fries, a roll and dessert. But I am very good the rest of the week and I use that knowledge that I get to cheat big time on Friday to be my motivation to be good. It's still hard though.
My opinion on a few things.
1. Go see an Endocrinologist. Family doctors are not specialist. I can recommend if you like.
2. if you take injections you can save money by using the needle more than once. Some may say not to, but I'm the only one using them and I use mine 4 times before I throw it out. I just injected through my t shirt and skipped the alcohol wipe too.
3. Finger pricker for testing blood. Again, I use my multiple times. Mine uses little cartridges that have 6 needle each and I use each needle well over 20 times each till it starts to hurt. I believe it's an accucheck multiclick.
Any other questions, just let me know. And again, everything above is my opinion.