Update on Sidney, who was **supposed** to start insulin today. We went in to learn how to do shots, but found out Sid has a fever, likely from the UTI, so they don’t want to start the insulin yet. The antibiotic shot didn’t work, so now he is on half a pill of something per day for 14 days. He has to go back Thursday (god, this cat is going to hate me!) to get a check to see if the fever is gone and we can start the insulin. The doctor wants me to check his urine once a day for ketones, and I pray to god we don’t have that situation to deal with before starting insulin. I just checked and it was negative when it hit fifteen seconds and then a few second later between negative and trace. I did it again and I got the same results so I think we are okay on that front. I just feel so defeated right now. Sid is tough to pill, but the vet said the pills can be crushed. I figure I can hide a wee bit in tiny food balls or even pill pockets. I’d like not to traumatize him further. He was very stressed after todays vet visit. I feel like he needs kitty Xanax. The vet wants him to start on 1 u of Lantus when we can finally start. He's fully for home testing. He said it was a good choice to start. The shots don't look hard at all. They shaved a small spot to start so we can get used to it. Hubby and I both did a practice shot. Hopefully I can keep Sidney stable until his next visit and the fever has gone down. He is really looking for cuddles right now. Here is something interesting...first time at the vet, his values were 20.3. Last time, 22.4, this time, 17.9. I wonder if his values are lower from the low carb food? The vet of course wants me to start him on DM food. <sigh> Anyway, that's where we stand: On hold. Weirdly, I feel more confident to manage testing and shots now, but fearful of this infection and once again having to delay his treatment. I hope we can get it controlled. My pocketbook is feeling the sting. I had no money for this to begin with, and we are over a grand in by now, plus supplies. I'm looking around for something to hock on Craigslist. I can kind of chill and relax a bit today since he's already been pilled, and hopefully get some work done.