Pita’s Plan 2019

Discussion in 'Prozinc / PZI' started by Caitlin M, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Caitlin M

    Caitlin M Well-Known Member

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    Hello wonderful people and fur babies! Hope this new year has been going well for everyone so far. I check in every day but haven’t posted in what feels like months so I wanted to write a little update. Pita has been doing very well aside from yelling at us when he wants to go outside! Matt and I consider him to be in remission (again!) but still test for both PS because he loves it and even begs to be tested. Plus I’d rather test when he doesn’t need it rather than stop testing and then he doesn’t like it if he needs it again. Either way he always gets excited when I walk towards the bathroom even if it has nothing to do with him! He has had some higher numbers than what we’d consider remission numbers but we have a plan! If Pita is above 140 ish for two full days (4 tests) we will shoot 0.1 units. An example would have been this morning! We were planning to shoot if he’d been higher again, but of course he heard us talking and changed his tune :rolleyes: We both think that as of right now this is our best plan and I think Pita agrees. Sending love to everyone!
     
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  2. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    Great to see Pita's doing well and you have a good plan, Caitlin! :)
     
  3. Djamila

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    I think it sounds like a good plan. And I agree with you and Matt that Pita is in Pita's version of remission. I would keep scattering occasional tests in the mid-cycle times just to make sure that the majority of the day he's under 120. I love that you're all getting a nice little break. I hope it stretches on and on and on this time!
     
  4. Rachel

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    Sounds like an excellent plan, Caitlin. It's great that Pita is doing so well! Always glad to hear from you!
     
  5. Lisa and little

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  6. Caitlin M

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    Happy hump day everyone!
     

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  7. Djamila

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    Lol...ummm, Caitlin? You realize most of the country is buried in a polar vortex right now, right? They might be a little jealous of Pita showing off his belly in the warm LA sunshine over there. ;):p:D
     
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  8. Djamila

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    PS I love seeing another kitty who can walk on a leash! Do both of yours? Or just Pita?
     
  9. Lisa and little

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    True that!! Brrrrr!
     
  10. Lisa and little

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    Does Sam walk on a leash!!
     
  11. Caitlin M

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    Omg I know! When I saw your pic of Sam I was so happy. Soo they both enjoy going outside but Brat tends to hang out more on the stoop with the occasional energy spurt to explore. Pita literally gets mad if he can’t walk up and down the street! They’ve both started meowling at us every day to go outside.
    Also- on slightly unrelated news- Matt started a full time job on Monday! So that’s been awesome :) And since that strange day, Pita has been happy and back to normal. We are still keeping a watchful eye but hopefully that was it.
     
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  12. Caitlin M

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    I do hope that everyone living in those areas are staying warm and safe! It’s unreal to see.
     
  13. Djamila

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    I know well the meowing/yelling at the door to go out. Sam gets quite vocal and he will. not. stop. until I get up and take him out. I make Sam stay in the yard, but it's a big yard so he has plenty of space to explore and trees to scratch and bushes to rest under. It's too easy for him to escape when the door opens, so I want him trained to think that the edge of the property is as far as he can go. It's worked so far. Both times he snuck past me he stopped before running into the street and waited for me to come pick him up.

    Atty does NOT walk on the leash. He's good about letting me put the harness on him, but then he flops over and plays dead. It's hilarious. He won't walk at all once it's on him. I can drag him around with the leash and he still won't stand up. So no outdoors for him. He's cool with that though because he's been indoors his whole life and doesn't want to go out anyway. When the door opens he runs and hides.

    Congrats to Matt on the new job! That's so exciting!!! Does he like it so far?

    It's been interesting watching Pita's journey. It looks like those little micro-doses nudged him back down again. Seems like a good system to just give him little boosts when he needs some help, and leave him alone when his pancreas can handle it. Could you ask him to talk to Sam? I wouldn't mind getting a little break from this myself!
     
  14. Rachel

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    Congrats to Matt on the new job!!!!! That's awesome! Let us know how he likes it.

    Haha, yes we've even had too much cold in Alabama to go out for the last few days. My cats have been cuddling together on the couch and that's a miracle! It's supposed to warm up here soon though...
     
  15. Caitlin M

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    Hi everyone! Things are going well here just been pretty busy. Wanted to take a moment to update on meters for me. I bought the Relion Premier Compact meter the other day to have and because a box of $100 test strips is cheaper than the box of 50 strips I've been buying off ADW for the Confirm. Well, I know it's only going from a 0.3 to a 0.5 blood sample but holy crap! I just tried to do a midday test and maybe it just wasn't the best test but I couldn't get enough blood for the Premier size! It just worries me a bit because although I don't HAVE to switch meters, the cost savings can obviously go back to the boys' food or something. Anywho, just thought it was crazy and it freaked me out a little that I feel like I couldn't get enough blood for it. But maybe it was just a one-time thing-plus I know I've had trouble getting enough for the Confirm at times also...:rolleyes:
     
  16. Djamila

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    I've used a 0.5 blood sample since the beginning. I promise it's possible. Maybe go back to some of the earlier tricks and see if it helps while you get used to it - especially things like putting a little Vaseline or Neosporin on the ear first, so that the blood beads up better. And making sure it's warm -- although in LA that probably isn't a problem (unless you have the a/c up). Oh, and maybe go back to the larger lancets. I use 30's during the winter and 33's during the summer.

    I also wonder if the strips just "sip" a little differently and it might take a little getting used to that? I did use the AT2 briefly and honestly didn't feel like the blood amount was that much different. Of course that was back when Sam was still a wild child and I had to move so fast I didn't really have time to think anyway....so it might be more of a difference than I remember. ;)
     
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  17. Rachel

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    Try doing the double poke too...one right next to the other to make the blood a little easier to come out. :)
     
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  18. Yong

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    Hi Caitlin!!! Sorry to pop this thread again but I was wondering where you guys were :smuggrin:. Late congrats but CONGRATS TO PITA:otj:!!! ***anitjinxing***
    Hope you are well on the West coast! Also, Hi Brat (I think) and Matt, don't want you feeling left out :bighug:
     
  19. Caitlin M

    Caitlin M Well-Known Member

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    Hi Yong (and everyone!). We are all alive, is really the extent of how things are going right now. Had a devastating family event happen that is still continuing, Matt lost his job, so now we're both unemployed and mentally I'm not doing well. Cats, however, are good (thank god)! Pita still has lovely numbers when we test- dear Christ, anti-jinx- because I selfishly can not handle it if he goes back on insulin right now. He and Brat have actually both lost 2 lbs- don't freak out! They go outside every day for at least 30 minutes, usually longer and they both WALK the entire time. I had Matt weigh them each and Pita is 14lbs, Brat is 17. At first I was freaked out because oh no! And I was worried that they both had something going on, but I was reminded of their new LA lifestyle. They both eat/graze all day long and we don't hold back food if they're asking for it. So yeah, cats are good. Life not so much, which is also probably why i haven't really posted here in a while- nothing (positive) to say. I do hope everyone else is doing well! I appreciate the check in :)
     
  20. Yong

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    Awww I'm sorry to hear you guys aren't doing so well :bighug::bighug::bighug:. Glad to hear the boys are doing well and enjoying their LA lifestyle. Maybe they can give some of their good vibes to their parents ;). Let us know if we can do anything to help you two:bighug:.
     
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  21. Noah & me (GA)

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    Hope things get better soon Caitlin. :bighug:
     
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