Parker’s curve, conducted on the weekend, did not give me the results for which I was hoping. It was a good curve, showing the decrease of his blood-sugar after receiving his morning dose of insulin, followed by a rise after mid-day to another peak before his evening injection. The low, or nadir, that his numbers reached was a good one. Anything between four and eight is excellent, and Parker attained nine.
His doctor is satisfied with the curve. It is similar to curves performed before the orange-boy’s dental surgery, and shows that his diabetes is being managed. But I was hoping for more. With the low numbers attained in the evenings of last week, I was anticipating a greater change. I knew that surgery and anaesthetic can affect such numbers, but I was expecting to see a more erratic pattern. Parker’s numbers last week were a change from normal, but regular even so: high in the morning and low at night; not usual, but consistent. Now they have returned to his pre-surgical pattern.
This is not bad. The results show that my foster-cat is handling his diabetes very well. Moreover, he is active and playful. Also, he seems to be using his mouth more when we play with the string-toy, grabbing the toy and putting it between his teeth, which I don’t recall him doing previously. His surgery was indubitably good for him, and I am sure he feels better for it. I was hoping it would affect his diabetes more positively.
Still, it is early days as regards the operation’s results. The veterinary has kept Parker on his usual dosage of insulin until after the sturdy-boy’s next curve, in three or four weeks. My foster-cat remains a cheerful, cuddly fellow, his condition kept in check and his bad, infected teeth no longer uncomfortable. For this, I am grateful. As for the rest, we will continue to work on it.