Hello! I'd like to introduce my kitty cat Lucy As you can see from the uploaded picture at the vet, she is quite the curious troublemaker! Lucy is ~10 - 12 years old (pound kitty so unsure of her actual age). She was diagnosed with diabetes about 3 years ago and was able to get well regulated. Due to my own blind acceptance of what my vet told me (no more!), she was taken off of her insulin as a "cured" cat and eventually came down with a severe case of pancreatitis. That was approximately 6 months ago. I had her hospitalized for 3 full days and was in and out of the vet with her at all hours of the night in to mornings for a week prior to that. She recovered and is now back on insulin. She also lost her lifelong kitty brother to advanced CHF at the same time so am having a difficult time distinguishing her changes in behavior between that event or her just not feeling well due to the diabetes. I've tried the vet's recommendations (not the same vet as prior) in addition with trying to educate myself but am becoming overwhelmed. I just want her to get better and am very determined which is why I'm here. Looking forward to chatting with everyone! My primary goals: - Find a reliable at home testing meter to use. Currently using Alpha Trak 2 and it seems like a LOT of blood is needed (more than what the company actually says) in order to get a reading on the meter. Lucy already HATES this testing so having to re-poke her is not ideal. - Test for ketones, purchased Ketostix with Amazon Prime last night (maybe you can tell I've already been reading some of the posts here... ) - Figure out if (and how) I need to lower her insulin dose and restart the at-home testing to determine if I've passed her "ideal" dose as the vet has just been recommending I increase by 1 unit every few weeks when I've called him with her high glucose numbers. Currently at 4 units of ProZinc with a U40 1mL (28G x 1/2") syringe. She was started out at 1 unit. - Once I have a reliable testing meter in hand, figure out a good testing schedule and post it here using the test spreadsheet.