Rusty/Jen & Ernie
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Birthday:
Dec 21, 1978 (Age: 39)
Location:
St. Joseph, IL

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Rusty/Jen & Ernie

Member, Male, 39, from St. Joseph, IL

Rusty/Jen & Ernie was last seen:
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Dec 21, 1978 (Age: 39)
    Location:
    St. Joseph, IL
    Member since:
    7/24/15
    We are Rusty & Jennifer, we are the blessed parents of our 10 year old orange & white prince charming. Ernie is our little sugar baby. Our other fur babies include his litter mate sister, Elsie. They came into our lives at 6 weeks old, when we adopted them from a rescue group. The trio is rounded out by our spunky princess, a 6 year old grey tiger stripped named Annie.



    A little back history, in 2011, we lost a 11 year old tortie named Rosie to diabetes unexpectedly. She had masked the signs for far too long & far too well. By the time we knew something was wrong & ran her to the vet the same day her gluc was through the roof, and she was also in a state of DKA & renal issues. Unfortunately, at the time, we chose, for her sake, not to wage that war & we bid farewell to her the same day to give her relief. Looking back on it now, I partially blame the vet we had at the time, maybe she wasn’t overly educated with diabetes. And of course, I blame myself, because we didn’t see any signs, I know, cats hide it so well & she certainly did! I also should have educated myself before making such a pivotal decision. However, with compounded issues & early system failure, I felt like our choices were narrowed. However, if there is any saving grace, Rosie helped us to become better fur-parents, because we watch our babies like a hawk now.

    In June of 2014 we said goodbye to our 15 year old Golden Lab / Rhodesian Ridgeback / Chow female, named Mistie Lou. In September of 2014, we provided relief to Rosie’s littermate, Rudie who was 14 & had battled colon cancer for 3 months. And again in June of 2015, it was time to let our last canine, Mollie Ann go at the ripe age of 15. Mollie was a pure Golden Lab who’s legs & hips had aged to that point. So, it had already been a rough year, before getting Ernie’s DX on 7/13/15. Ernie is truly the rock of the family & the biggest love bug in the world. Mommy & Daddy don’t have a favorite, but he sure is close!

    The last dog we lost was Ernie’s “big sister” in every sense of the word. After losing her, he became a little reclusive & lost, as well as a little less interested in food. He had reacted in similar fashions when we lost Mistie & again when we let Rudie go. So, at first we attributed it to his mourning. However, after about 3 weeks of not snapping out of it, we started watching him even closer. We soon saw a problem when we looked into his “eyes” & he was also throwing up a lot of his food, we called the vet right away. They found some inflammation in the pancreas & his glucose level was right at 500. They advised that we treat the pancreas inflammation & stabilize his diet with canned food. They wanted to make sure his insulin production hadn’t dipped due to the inflammation & also make sure his sugars didn’t spike due to not holding food down.

    We went back to the vet a week later on 7/20/15 & his glucose was 425. At that point, the decided it was time to help the body out with 2x daily Vetsulin injections @ 1 unit. The first week was hit & miss on the injections, as we continued to train him on eating the canned food as soon as we put it out. So, we had to cancel his 1st follow up check because he didn’t eat, thus he didn’t get his insulin. So, he instead had a follow up on 8/1. His gluc level was down to 180, 5 hours after eating & injection. So, we are off to a decent start & are still learning to navigate the waters together.

    The bottom line is, we love our son & would do anything to preserve, prolong, & protect his little life. He has given us so much & it is time that we give back to him!

    Ok, I am off of the soapbox now!

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    8/6/15 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jg0Id-baG-yHH330r4UQH6ElAPvOLTjiyLd_iQ3tXC8/pubhtml
    Ernie - 10 year old male DSH. DX - 7/20/15. Vetsulin - 1u - 2x Daily (on the 6:30s) Home BG testing with Alpha Trak 2. Friskies - Turkey & Giblets Pate - portion controlled. No other medical issues
    Civies - Elsie (Ernie's littermate sister) & Annie - Adopted 7 year old female
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