heading towards remission

Discussion in 'Caninsulin / Vetsulin and N / NPH' started by BBelshan, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. BBelshan

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    I am still not great at testing. My spreadsheet is full of holes. My poor cat has tolerated it well. I have to do it while he eats his regular food as he is not interested in no carb snacks and they don't last long enough. Many times he has already eaten over half of his food by the time I do get a good sample. I wonder how quickly his number raise on the friskies pates. I swear I poke each ear at least 3 or more times and I still don't always get enough blood, but when I do, he has great numbers. Lately I've only had to give him a drop every couple of days. Today was the lowest he has ever been without insulin. 83!! He has one more vet trip scheduled this Thursday to remove his splint and make sure his sprain has healed enough. He always has to be sedated to be checked out and the stress might raise his numbers again, but we are so close! I know he hasn't been off of it long enough to consider it being official, but I feel like we can see the finish line. I hope I haven't jinxed his progress, but I just had to share my excitement.
     
  2. MrWorfMen's Mom

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the splint isn't causing him just a wee bit of "stress" and having that over and done with might bring his numbers down just a little more. It does look like you are close to remission antijinx-emoticon.png so fingers crossed Beast continues to give you lovely low blue and dark green numbers like tonight in the days to come when he co-operatively gives up enough blood for you to test.;):cat:
     
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  3. BBelshan

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    Thanks, the splint also caused a large mat in his fur I just noticed. (armpit area so hard to see) It probably is causing him some discomfort as well. It's so thick my scissors barely made a cut, so while they sedate him to check it out, I will ask they shave that off for him. I tried clippers and he jumped 2 feet in the air so I decided it was best not to try again.
     
  4. MrWorfMen's Mom

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    Poor Beast! That long fur sure does look elegant but it can be a real PIA sometimes! ;)
     
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  5. BBelshan

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    Yeah, his fur is usually so fluffy and pretty. He grooms well. I did manage to cut some of it off with the kitchen meat scissors, but as they are super sharp, I didn't want to get too close to his skin. Maybe with the majority of it gone, he can either get the rest out with grooming or at least make it easier on the vet to shave off.
     
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  6. BBelshan

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    Well the streak ended, but maybe once things settle down his numbers will be good again. The vet recommended cosequin, but I don't think he likes the taste of the treat. I am thinking about getting the liquid drop version. Supposedly it doesn't raise the BG.
     
  7. MrWorfMen's Mom

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    Don't be down trodden. His numbers are not bad at all. He may just need a little more insulin support to make it over the finish line.
     
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  8. AmandaE

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    Thinking of you and Beast, Fingers crosses that he will be in remission soon!!
     
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  9. BBelshan

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    Thanks so much for thinking of him. He is back on track. I haven't updated my spreadsheet yet, but he has been under 120 the few times I managed to get blood from him. It's been a little over a week since the last drop so only a little bit to go before I can relax. I hope things are also settling down for you and Mowgli. It's always super stressful the first month for everyone I think.
     
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  10. AmandaE

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    I'm so glad to hear it!

    It has been stressful, but I am definitely holding a lot of hope Mowgli will get better, even just seeing how close Beast is to possible remission really lifts my spirits about it :)
     
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  11. BBelshan

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    Finally got around to updating my sheet. He is on day ten of no insulin. Hope you have more good blues and some dark greens soon!
     
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  12. BBelshan

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    Beast has not been wanting to bleed for me lately or he flicks it off when he does, but finally got a recent test. His numbers are still good. I will still try to test 2 times a week for a while to make sure they stay that way. His hair is no longer oily and full of dandruff, his weight seems to be stable as well.
     
  13. MrWorfMen's Mom

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    Oh that dreaded head flick! The bane of every sugar cat caregiver's testing experience! If you get a bead of blood to test with, grab it on a clean finger nail and test from there rather than losing the sample. ;)

    ETA Still looking pretty good. Glad to hear he's otherwise stable and looking better.
     
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  14. BBelshan

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    I've thought about the fingernail thing I have seen others post about. I tend not to use the petroleum jelly or neosporin before test so I worry that using a fingernail would just make the blood smear into his fur. Just touching his ears makes him fold them back so it gets a bit fiddly. It's worth trying though, easier to grab on a nail than a moving cat.
     
  15. AmandaE

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    I haven't seen ANYONE mention this method in all of my reading so far! what a game changer!!

    For me, I think Mowgli has finally learned that blood test + good behaviour = food

    I hope that the fingernail trick works for you @BBelshan; I have a feeling that I will have a chance to use it in the future too :D
     
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  16. MrWorfMen's Mom

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    A very tiny skim of petroleum jelly definitely does help get the blood to bead up rather than spread into the fur. I found with my girl's black fur, the blood bead was hard to see and the petroleum jelly really helped.
     
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