Hello All! I'm Christine, and the mother of Bumpsy (M) and Shady (F) who are brother-sister (litter-mates). 11.5 y/o. Well I just got the information about Bumps four days ago. I'm crushed! I've been reading a lot of information here, and although very informative, it's quite overwhelming. So really, I'm literally at step one! I figure diet is first. I had been feeding them Wellness Healthy Weight (dry food) for pretty much their whole lives. Well, that has changed. I bought a variety pack of Friskies Tasty Treasures the next day, and switched them both over completely and immediately. So far that is going ok, but I'm worried if I am feeding too much or not enough (1.5 cans a day between the two of them). I bought this brand because everything I was reading said diet should be high protein, low fat and this seemed to fit, but now I've been seeing here, low carb as well. The cans don't say the carb level, so now I'm not sure if I've made a good choice. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions regarding my choice. (I would like to say that in the short few days from making the switch, he seems to be doing better, and a little back to his normal self personality-wise. I also believe I caught this issue relatively quickly, if that matters). Next steps: I have to try to collect a urine sample to bring to the vet, fill the prescriptions, and begin insulin ASAP. That should happen in the next few days. They prescribed Lantus, and said to start him off at 1 (unit? cc? not sure of the terminology yet, but they showed me on the syringe.) They talked about regulating and monitoring, but haven't had a lot of conversations about that yet. I've read here about what some of that entails, (that seems to be the overwhelming part), but we haven't even crossed that bridge yet. Any first steps, or recommended supplies I should have, (go slow please) could help. I'm also scared to death of the low BG (again, unsure of terminology?) thing, and would like any suggestions regarding that, should the situation arise. The vet talked about rubbing syrup on his gums, but I just want to make sure to be fully prepared in the event. Me: I am single, live alone and work an erratic schedule 45 - 50 hours a week (read: cat lady, lol). I don't drive, but do have a decent public transportation where I live (NE USA). Also, I am NOT rich, so any ideas regarding cost savings (down the road, once things are hopefully stabilized), or support systems would be welcome advise as well. Thanks for listening/reading!