I assume the follow up about living so long by myself with TID was asked of myself. To answer your question, yes I live by myself and have for large portions of my life. My recommendation to you would be much the same as Frankholby, that being, get a CGM if you don’t have one. It is the most revolutionary tool since insulin. I have always had good control (6.7-7.0 or so), but with the Dexcom 5, mine are around 6.0 now. More importantly, this was achieved through less highs and lows and much more steady glucose levels. And, the alarm when you go to far up or too low can be a life saver in the middle of the night. And again, frankholby is right on, you start to see patterns of food impact on blood sugar, you know very well how much insulin to take and how quickly it will work. Additionally, Dexcom is about to come out with a dexcom 6, that reportedly needs very little calibration and is FDA approved to be used to treat (dexcom 5 is not) due to it’s great accuracy.
We all have tricks to deal with lows. Mine is I have all the normal stuff, glucose tabs, etc., but I keep gatorade for emergencies. You don’t have to chew and it works very quickly.
And to re-address mallory, see it takes work, but you can live a long healthy life, it just takes practice and time.
And lastly, Shout out to you Frankholby for living for 61+ years with it! Way to go my friend!