Saturday, February 4, 2023

When Numbers Go Down, Spirits Go Up

The last time I told you about Neville, he was recovering from the ill effects of the anti-biotic prescribed to combat a possible infection that was playing havoc with his blood-sugar numbers. I am pleased to write that following the publishing of that entry, the Nevsky suffered no more regurgitation. He has been eating well since then.

I performed a ‘curve’ on Neville today, to see how his blood-sugar numbers respond to his usual dose of insulin, after the anti-biotic. I was surprised to see that he actually had a curve. His start was, as expected, high: 24.0. Subsequent to his two and a half units of insulin, his numbers dropped to a nadir of 17.1.

While this is hardly a low number for a diabetic, it is nonetheless a response, unlike many of the days on which I had monitored him recently. He also hit his lowest point rather early in the day, at 10.22 in the morning, a bare four hours after his injection. Even so, it is in the right direction.

However, I must caution myself. There were days during which Neville’s electronic sensor was attached to him that recorded similarly encouraging curves. These were rare days, and came irregularly; there was neither rhyme nor reason to his reactions to the insulin. In other words, he had a couple of good days, when the insulin did what it should have, among eight bad days. This may be another.

I intend to run another curve on my grey boy next weekend. If it turns out the same as today, then I will suspect that an improvement with some staying power has been effected; after all, that two good days out a week both happened to fall on Saturdays will be unlikely. If, in turn, next weekend’s curve provides encouragement, then I will have another electronic sensor attached for a more detailed study of the improvement.

Neville’s diabetes has not been co√∂perative, so I am guarded in my optimism. But today was a good day for his numbers, and, as Mr Parker pointed out, good days are splendid days.

14 comments:

  1. Purring that Nevsky's numbers do what is supposed to do to keep him as healthy as can be.

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  2. This is wonderful news.And quite right...that is how we all will recall Neville's numbers since you've had him just about. Thank goodness he has had downward trend. Neville...you are responding to all the love and purrs and wishes you have had.

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  3. That's great news! Paws and fingers crossed that Neville's improvement continues.

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  4. That is very good news, and I hope the trend continues.

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  5. I am really bad with numbers, but the underlying comments seem really good. Heres hoping everything continues how you both would wish. That is a lovely selfie of Neville, very proud and majestic pose.
    ERin

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  6. I'm sending Neville purrayers that his numbers continue to trend down. He's been through so much in his life. ❤️

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  7. Purrs that the numbers keep going in a good direction for Neville!
    Purrs, Julie

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  8. That's definitely encouraging news. May this trend continue!

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  9. Dear Parker was so right. We have to look on the brighter side of things and for Neville, things do sound better. Hope they continue in the right direction.

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  10. As Saku would say, Paws crossed that things continue to be good for Neville.

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  11. We're so glad for this bit of encouraging news. We purr and pray these good things for Nev and you continue!

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  12. We sure hope that things are going to continue in this good direction.

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  13. Good days are celebration days! Go Nev go!!!

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  14. We hope the numbers stabilize, sweet Neville deserves a break.

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