Monday, November 2, 2015

The End of the Beginning

This weekend, I conducted another ‘curve’ on my long-suffering cat, Tucker. I woke, as always, at 5.30, and poked his ear to draw blood. Then, after his insulin shot and a breakfast, we all went back to bed, only to rise again two hours later, for more blood-letting. That was too early for a Sunday, so we returned to bed yet again. Though I did eventually stay up, the jabbing of Tucker’s ear went on all day.

I am pleased to record that the results were at least worth the effort, though Tucker may disagree. The lowest point in his numbers was reached about 1.30, and, according to the roly poly’s veterinarian, to whom I emailed my findings, the results are “fantastic”. She is very pleased with Tucker’s situation right now. It will need to improve, of course, but for where he is at this point, he is doing very well.


Naturally, there is a way to go. That the insulin is having an effect may be seen from the fact that all of Tucker’s numbers, from before dawn until dusk, were lower than those found during his first ‘curve’, though the dosage is the same. That dosage, of three units twice a day, will remain unchanged. I am told that insulin does have a cumulative effect and is being used well by his body.

This is a great relief to me. My cat has a long fight ahead of him; constant vigilance will be required. But, as Sir Winston Churchill said at one point in World War Two, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

12 comments:

  1. I'm rooting for him. He is so lucky to have someone as kind and loving as you, John, in his life.

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  2. Hurrah for Tucker! The poking and prodding is worth it!

    We know you both would prefer not to have to deal with this at all, but you're doing so well - - Tucker for enduring all of this and you for taking such great care of him.

    Continued purrs from the boys.

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  3. That is very good news that Tucker is doing so well. Tucker is very good to tolerate all the ear jabbing.
    I haven't been able to visit for a couple of weeks because my humans were away, but they are back now, so I am too.

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  4. dood...continmewed grate numbers ( & we due knot even like math ☺ )...continmewed grate numbers for ewe....we troo lee hope ya get two de stage wear de insulin takes a hike N yur foodz help maintain yur health...bye de way...frum wear we sit...which iz SWS of ewe bye bout thiz much ~~~~ yur lookin good dood !!! ~~~~~~~~~ waves two de crew ♥♥♥

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  5. Hooray for great numbers! We are so happy things are going smoothly.

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  6. Wonderful news! It's so good to hear that the dosage is having a positive impact. I'm certain it may not make the bloodletting any easier though.

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  7. You are doing a great job John.

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  8. this makes me so happy my eyes are starting to leak.. Goodness I do love hearing of someone learning to do, and doing, a curve on their kitty

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  9. that's good news - sounds like you are both on the right path :)

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  10. Glad Tucker's numbers were good. What a wonderful pet dad you are!

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  11. Excellent news! You're on the right track!
    Tucker is a wonderful cat and you are an excellent cat dad. God bless you both.

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  12. Wonderful to hear that the numbers are doing so well!

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