Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Little More Good News

In the wake of good news about Adah’s health and Rebecca’s capture, I can report a bit more.

The blood-glucose numbers of my diabetes boys have stabilised. Their doctors are pleased with where their ‘curves’ show them to be. Tucker’s insulin dosage remains at two units twice a day, down from the five that he once had been given. Parker just received permission to be given a reduction in his amount: after being on four units twice a day for several weeks, he is now at three and a half. His latest curve dipped down very low and, while not dangerous, it need not reach that point for his health. Consequently, his insulin dosage has been decreased, to give him a margin of safety. This will undoubtedly make his daily ‘curve’ a less drastic one, and better for him. The loss of weight in each cat has had an effect on their blood-sugar numbers and their treatment.

I am fortunate to have such co-operative subjects for what seems to be a continuously experimental situation. They bear their monthly ‘curves’ with fortitude, and stay cheerful through all their injections. Parker even reminds me when it’s time for his evening shot - though this may have to do with the fact that the furry gourmand is given a little bit of soft food as a reward.

21 comments:

  1. Great news for them both! They both are so very good about the entire process. I'm actually in awe of you, how you manage this. It's no small undertaking to take on one, let alone two, diabetic cats. They're in good hands and I hope they know it, in their cat way. :-)

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    1. Thank you. I think my secret is that one of the few things at which I am any good is knowing details and minutiae. That has helped in this. I'd rather be able to fly or foretell the future, but this'll do.

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  2. They say things come in threes, and I am very happy for your third lot of good news.
    You are very diligent monitoring Parker and Tucker's numbers and it is paying off now. My best wishes come for continued good news.

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    1. Thank you, I try to maintain good records. And, as the Trout Town Tabbies wrote recently, having a blog helps me keep a record of the ups and downs of diabetes in my household, in more than just numbers and dates.

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    1. Thanks. I have very good patients.

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  4. Wow! This is great news! Not only was Rebecca captured, but Tucker's and Parker's blood sugars are improving. I think you should to do something special to celebrate, John. You deserve it. After all, you worked hard caring for your animals, and as our motto at PAWS goes: They wouldn't have made it without you.

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    1. I think I distrust diabetes too much to celebrate, but I may give everyone here some low-carbohydrate treats...

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  5. we lovez grate nooze postz like thiz !!!~~~~~~ N st francis' blessingz two each N all that de grate nooze continmewz ~ ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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    1. It's just as good to report good news as to hear it, guys. Thank you.

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  6. That's fantastic news for you, Parker and Tucker. They are lucky to have you as their caregiver. I'm pretty certain I wouldn't be able to manage half as well.

    Eileen

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    1. I think you would. You have your own little tribe to care for (some of whom are tougher to care for than mine), and do it very well indeed.

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  7. Very good news. Tucker and Parker are in good health due to your love and caregiving. I agree with Roberta, you should celebrate - treat yourself and the kitties to something special.

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    1. I'm lucky in that the sugar twins have a couple of good veterinaries looking after them. The doctors are flexible, and listen to what I have to say about the boys' home-life. Everything works well together for the boys.

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  8. Oh I am glad that you have some good news with the boys. I admire your hard work in looking after them.

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    1. Thank you. I know Poppy gives you some concern regarding her weight, but every picture I see of her shows a happy, healthy and loved cat.

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  9. I am like Kim here today. I have always been in awe at how you "just do it". I flutter, worry myself into oblivion and assume I can't get anything done. I do anyway...but sometimes I have to get a Vet tech up here to help. But we do what we have to do, all of us, when we have to do it. I know if I could not get anyone here to help me in the more difficult times, I would and could handle it. You are fearless and capable. That is THE most admirable thing to me.

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    1. I'm hardly fearless. I worry about them all the time. And as for capability, like you, and most pet-owners, I will do what's necessary for mine. We take care of our families.

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  10. The "furry gourmand" has the bestest human ever, as does Tucker! Good news!

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