Happy 3rd Diabetes Anniversary - Leo

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  1. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

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    8/5/2015 - First insulin injection
    8/5/2018 - Leo is healthy, regulated, and just got his 2,190th insulin injection

    If you are new to diabetes, FDMB is the right place, and you can make your kitteh healthier like I did.

    In 2015, Leo was washed out, hungry, thin, and peeing a lot. He had neuropathy. He was diagnosed with Feline Diabetes Melitis. The diagnosis was scary and devastating to us.:(

    I knew nothing about feline diabetes in 2015.
    • Our great cat veterinarian helped us.
    • I had amazing help on FDMB from a bunch of people who gave up their free time to guide me and encourage me.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
    Feline diabetes can be very challenging to deal with. Theresa and I have successfully treated Leo for 3 years now. What does it take?
    • dedication and lots of learning
    • patience and kitteh love
    • losing some sleep
    • permanent low carb food change (Fancy Feast Classics)
    • money for the vet and supplies
    • ~5,500 test strips (365 x 5/day x 3 years)
    • $500/year insulin (for 2018), many kittehs don't use this much
    • ~2,200 syringes (365 x twice/day x 3 years)
    If you laid out those 4" syringes end-to-end, they would be 733 feet long, more than 2 American football fields in length.:eek:

    Today, we continue Leoberry's diabetes treatment. And we treat him for small cell lymphoma as well. In return, we have a healthy, happy kitteh Leo. And some great friendships on FDMB. Who could ask for more?:joyful::bighug:

    Thank You FDMB. Thank you everyone who helped Leo get this far.
    And Happy 3rd Diabetes Anniversary sweet Leoberry - you are the best kitteh ever.:bighug: Leo - July 2015c.JPG
    Leo and Little Dude on couch - 1-17-2018c.JPG
     

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  2. LuvinThisPig

    LuvinThisPig Well-Known Member

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    Happy Anniversary Leo! :bighug::bighug::bighug: Such an amazing journey you have had and with the best family a kitteh could ask for! We are following in some great footsteps! Here is to another 3 years of love, healing, and scritches! :cat::cat::cat:
     
  3. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    Happy anniversary!
     
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  4. Maggies Mom Debby

    Maggies Mom Debby Well-Known Member

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    Leo, you are the luckiest cat to have such a caring dad! Happy 3 year diabetes anniversary, and many more healthy years to come.
     
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  5. Idjit's mom

    Idjit's mom Well-Known Member

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    Great pictures, wonderful story, a long steady journey. Hugs to the whole family.
     
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  6. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    What a great story Jeff!!! Leo is lucky to have you and Theresa!!

    Here's to another 3 years!!
     
  7. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

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    What a cute picture of China. Thanks everyone for the best wishes. This place is great.

    All of us are lucky to have FDMB as a resource. Also we benefit from very, very modern medicine. Even home testing kits were not generally available until the mid 1990s.
     
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  8. Becky & Baby Girl GA

    Becky & Baby Girl GA Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on 3 years & going strong Leo! Leo has so much love & caring! It’s no wonder he has overcome so many obstacles in this journey; his parents are the best! Great pics with lots of fur! Love it!
     
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  9. Amanda & Shmee

    Amanda & Shmee Well-Known Member

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    Wow two football fields length of syringes!!! Interesting comparison!! :eek:
    Congrats on your three year journey, I am so happy Leoberry is doing well and he has such a great cat mom and dad :cat::bighug:
     
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  10. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    Happy Third Anniversary! :D
     
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  11. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone. Leo is the best kitteh ever. So glad to be on this forum.:joyful:
     
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  12. Jill & Alex (GA)

    Jill & Alex (GA) Senior Member Moderator

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    Happy anniversary!
    Leo is one lucky kitty to have you and Theresa in his life!
     
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  13. Noah & me (GA)

    Noah & me (GA) Well-Known Member

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    You forgot something on your list Jeff. The basic respect for life that drove you and Theresa to not just give up when so many other people would not put up with the bother. I'm sure we've all seen the look, "You have a diabetic cat? Maybe it's time to....". To what? Tell the cat you love him, just not that much.
    You're a very lucky boy Leo. Hi Theresa, we all know you're there too. :)
     
  14. Krystina & Nelli

    Krystina & Nelli Well-Known Member

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    HaPpY belated anniversary Leo :bighug:!!!
     
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