Very New, Confused, Hopeful

Discussion in 'Welcome to the Group - Post an Introduction Here' started by Caitlin M, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Caitlin M

    Caitlin M Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2017

    I'm not even sure if I'm posting this in the correct place, but here goes. My name is Caitlin and I am a happy mom of 2 black and white, short haired brothers. They are about 10 years old-Brat is the bigger, more vocal, grabber of hands and mama's boy. Pita is the smaller (newly diagnosed), sweet baby who loves being held and will knock stuff over to wake me up. They were my first adoptees when I had my first apartment and living alone.
    I just brought Pita to the vet yesterday and he had a urine and blood test taken. My vet (who has been my family's vet for 50+ years) said all signs point to Diabetes but we wait until Tuesday to be 100%. I've been a mixed bag of emotions since-crying and heartbroken, hopeful and ready. I have SO many questions but I should try to start with my biggest concerns right off the bat.
    Pita is a horrible traveler-globs of drool hanging from his mouth, vomiting and diarrhea. My vet offered a shot for the trip home, but the drive back home is usually better for him. At any rate-she mentioned having to take him for a day to do what I believe she said is called 'Glucose Curve'. From my knowledge this far, I believe it is a steady checking (blood?) of his levels throughout the day to find out when he dips, rises, etc. Is this correct?! Now, my bill from yesterday was over $300 and I unfortunately am guessing that a full day stay is going to be much, much more. Can I ask to perform this curve test at home myself? Is it doable? Has anyone else done this? I'm thinking that besides the bill, I've read that glucose levels can be off due to a vet visit and considering how horribly he does, I'm guessing that will be true and want to try to reduce his stress.
    This is really my first and biggest concern so far, before I have any other information from my vet. I've accepted the fact that this will be a lifelong journey for him and I can make it work financially overall. Please help? Thank you in advance!

  2. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Welcome to you and Pita! We can offer you a lot of help and support here. :) Yes! You can do a blood glucose curve at home. There's no need to pay $$$ for a day long stay at the vet to have it done, even your very first one. Please repost on the main health forum where more people will see your message. Ask any/all questions you have.
  3. Caitlin M

    Caitlin M Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2017

    I just reposted where you suggested- Thank you SO much already :)
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