I've self funded a patch as it provides patterns which helps in adjusting background insulin and seeing what is going on. (I find the night scary as otherwise it is hard to see what is going on and morning readings may be showing a rebound so continuous readings is fantastic.) I am hoping to get my GP to provide it but truth be told there is a lag between the patch readings and the blood readings so I'm still finger pricking if I start dropping or driving. But as you say after thirty five years it is just a fact of life and I just get on with it, no sweat. It does annoy my wife if I leave bloody finger prints in the house (side effect of regular finger pricking -- just squeezing the finger soon after a test can get an other drop of blood.
I would like to see a closed loop (bad idea with the lag) the patch controls the pump and adjusts in real time that would be fantastic but for the lag.