The roly poly entered a new phase of his continuing war against diabetes yesterday. Tucker’s recent curve was so good that his doctor has reduced his insulin dosage from one unit in the morning and two in the evening to one unit daily, to be administered in the mornings but only if his blood-glucose number is fifteen or greater.
While this is undoubtedly a step forward, it is in the way of an experiment. The doctor says that Tucker may be going into remission, but cautions that there are other possibilities that may arise. My sausage of a cat may need to stay on insulin. If he does, however, it will likely be of an amount less than he has been receiving, perhaps only one unit a day, or one unit twice daily. I will need to test his blood each morning for a while, to see what his numbers are. If he doesn’t receive insulin for a few days, he may require it thereafter. This is the test: can his body cope without insulin at this point? If not, how much can it fight the diabetes on its own, and how much insulin will it need as an ally?
While his condition may be in flux at the moment, it is clear that Tucker’s current dose of one-and-two is too much. He simply doesn’t require those amounts. That in itself is a victory.
Clinically, he is well. His behaviour remains the same. He is drinking a modicum less water. He is still himself, cheerful, playful and, when he sees Raleigh, annoyed. The roly poly one rolls on.