Any old timer's here know me. I'm Jacob'sDad and at one time I was a regular poster here. I had a wealth of knowledge which I was happy to share, many ideas and theories, and a hunger to learn all I could about type 1 diabetes. I learned so much from the members here and would have been lost without you. I was an extremely dedicated father and wanted to help my son any way I could. His BGs have always been very hard to control but I had a pretty good grip on it. It wore me down physically and mentally but it never beat me. Jacob's lowest A1c ever was 7.0 and I was committed to getting it into the sixes. But it all sipped away. About from the time we switched from Animas to Medtronic things went downhill. Oh, and BTW this is not about saying anything bad about Medtronic. We got the Revel with the CGM but Jacob's skin broke out so bad from the sites, which had also been an ongoing problem with Dexcom, and then there was alarms all night that I could barely hear and it all got to be too much. It was quite a blow to find out that switching pump companies what not going to solve the adhesive problem. Instead of continuing to try to find a solution I just sort of threw in the towel. Jacob stopped using the CGM. Then he went through puberty. Then he started taking on more and more responsibilities himself and I took on less and less. In the past we had great results with the steel Rapid-D infusion set. The Medtronic version is the Sure-T so that is what we switched to. But for Jacob the Sure-Ts seem to quite often fail entirely on the third day causing sky high BGs. The performance of the Rapid-D used to taper off on day four (if I pushed it that far) but it was gradual highs and not complete failure. Instead of trying other infusion sets or changing sites every two days, I just let things go. I haven't worked hard at solving the issues I have mentioned, hardly at all really, and on top of that I haven't kept up with basal, ISF and ICR changes. His A1c is well past 8.0 and I keep saying I am going to get on top of things but then the days just keep passing by and things remain the same. So now I am back here asking for help. I figure maybe if I start getting active here again I can become the diabetes dad I once was again. I need this community. I needed it before and lost it when I bailed out like so many others and went to Facebook. Big mistake. I should have stayed active here. Now I am on Facebook very little so I have time to come back here. By making this post I am committing to making big improvements. I don't want to embarrass myself by posting this and then not following through. I'm also guessing that I am not alone and others have gone through or are going through the same thing I am. I want them to speak up too. Nobody should have to feel embarrassed to say that things have gone downhill from where they once were. Thanks for reading! Any and all comments are appreciated!