Hi everyone, I've been posting recently on the forum since my ex-feral, indoor-only senior cat Mommy was diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatitis last Saturday and ended up hospitalized for three days with a 700+ BG reading. The thread is here: http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/hoping-for-some-advice.187493/#post-2083403 I have an excellent internist overseeing her care, but he's never going to win an award for Mr Friendly of the Year. I dubbed him Dr Dick because he's very arid and clinical; after her ultrasound at the hospital, he called to dourly inform me that Mommy also has stage 2 kidney disease (though upon further research on my end I discovered her kidney impairment isn't severe and much in line with what you'd expect in a cat of her age, as she's probably 11 or 12) and that her prognosis is "quite poor." We made the heartbreaking choice to euthanize her on Sunday night because of Dr Dick's prognosis, but then she rallied at the hospital in the late afternoon and started eating. Although she's lost a lot of weight, down to 6.1 lbs from 9 lbs last year, when we went to visit her she purred and gobbled up the Fancy Feast Classic Beef we brought her. She didn't look to us as if she was at death's door yet. So, we decided to give her a chance. She's a tough cat. She survived for years as a feral in a public park until I rescued her and her son, Boy. They've lived with us for 7 years. She's back home now, on 2 units of Lantus 2x a day, as her initial dosage of 1u 2x a day at the hospital wasn't long-lasting enough, according to Dr Dick. She's tolerating it well. She's more energetic and eating, only her FF Classic, no dry at all - she never ate much dry anyway - which she wasn't doing much of in the week leading to the crisis. Unfortunately, she's drinking more than seems okay, about 2 cups of water a day. She's also peeing about every 2 hours or so, not massive amounts, but still . . . I'm measuring her water bowl, which holds 3 1/2 cups of water. On the upside, she's more active, especially at night - which is common for her - as well as hungry, so I'm feeding her as much as she wants to eat because she's so underweight. She's currently consuming about two to three 3 oz cans of FF daily, so her appetite stimulant is definitely working. She's also on an anti-nausea med. I tried to home test her BG this morning before her shot with my brand-new AlphaTrak 2. It was a bust. I had everything ready, the meter coded to the strip, etc. I pricked her, managed to massage up a bead of blood on the side of her ear, but in my haste, I smeared the blood onto the strip and received an error 2 message, probably because I didn't touch the strip to the blood, but tried to scrape it up instead, which smeared the blood across her ear. So, I screwed up and lost a test strip. She was fine with all of it, until Boy sauntered into the room, curious, and she just wanted to get away from me to join him. I know it takes practice and patience to home test, I'm watching all the videos on YouTube that I can find, so I'll try to test her again later today at the 4-hour-mark, as I went ahead and dosed her with her a.m. shot. I've also downloaded the FDMB template to record her BG measurements. In my long-winded way, my question is this: she still seems symptomatic to me, though much improved overall. She's only been on Lantus for four days (they used a short-acting pump insulin the first 2 days at the hospital to stabilize her), so I'm not sure if it actually takes time for Lantus to build up in her system? I've read all the stickies here about the depot part of the insulin, but when I asked Dr Dick about it, he waved my concerns aside, saying Lantus was a slow-building insulin after each shot, as in, it starts to work several hours after the shot. He didn't address the depot issue at all, and actually said he doesn't want me testing her at home this week, but he can bite me. Should I be concerned that her peeing / drinking still seems excessive or just wait it out a bit? She has a follow-up with Dr Dick next Tuesday. I feel like an idiot, but the BG testing makes me nervous, probably because it's a prick, blood, and I need to practice to get the hang of it. Thanks a lot!