Went and played with 3 kittens today that belong to some friends. I am still not ready yet, and as sad as Austin is, I don't think he wants to learn to deal with a new kitten. The time will come, just not now.
January 6, 1998
We went to New York City this last weekend for 3 days. My brother Patrick was also out of town, so Austin had to go to the vet for boarding. Austin was way overdue for a glucose curve, so another reason to go in to the clinic. We have been bad parents, even when new acquaintances make comments like, "Wow, your cat is so skinny!" Did we take Austin in for a checkup? No. Denial, I think. We are clinging so hard to Austin, knowing that without him, we would not be able to bear the loss of Eugene at all. Austin seems to know this, too. He works very hard trying to love all of us double so we don't miss the Big G so much. And Austin wants everyone to know that this is very hard work!
Anyway, Austin went to the vet, supposedly just for a day, but when my brother went to pick him up, the vet wouldn't let him go home. Dr. Candace thought Austin "just didn't look right." Sounds like all of us nervous parents, doesn't it? As an added bonus for staying 3 nights at the vet, Austin also got a toenail trim and a bath. He was most indignant when he came home, but quickly forgave us.
As a result of his clinic stay and extensive glucose checks, Austin is now back on twice daily insulin for the first time in almost a year, 5 units in the morning and 3 at night. I dread these insulin changes, especially big ones, worrying about hypoglycemic episodes. I also wonder what is going on that makes Austin require so much more insulin. His last glucose curve was in November and he only needed to increase by 1 unit a day. Austin looks fine right now, sitting in my lap, supervising the web page update. I am waiting for his little back legs to get stronger but I suspect he likes being carried up and down the stairs by all the household members!
Chapter 15, In Which Austin Considers a New Partner
January 9, 1998
Austin and I checked the email early yesterday morning and were surprised to find the following message:
Hi My name is Baby, and I'm a 4 yr old female calico. My Daddy and Mommy adopted me six weeks ago from the Delaware County SPCS, and have taken really good care of me. However, I haven't been feeling so good, so they took me to a nice Vet close to our home in Montgomery County PA. The Vet said I had a really nasty thing called Diabetes, and my blood sugar count was 500+. This really made Mom and Dad sad. You see, they have a problem. Mommy has to go to England for almost two months, and Daddy works long hours in his job. They won't be able to administer the treatment I need...even though this breaks their hearts. They have called almost every shelter and vet in the area to see if anyone they know can give me a nice place to live and give me the treatment I need. But although the people were sad, they couldn't help. Most actually suggested putting me to sleep as being the kindest thing. But this made Mommy and Daddy cry a lot. So I'm tiptapping on Daddy's PC to ask if anyone knows of ANYONE who will be able to take in a cute, cuddly, very friendly and lovable diabetic kitty....otherwise my only option is not a nice one :( If any of you wonderful people can help, please email my Mommy soon....she leaves this weekend. Thankyou all for listening...mieowwww! :) Baby, Tess and Greg Zangari
Of course, our first reaction was to just post the message to our Message Board, knowing that someone would be able to help. We were even sneaky and forwarded the message to our friend, Cindy, who is a known soft touch when it comes to cats in distress! For some reason, we also decided to forward the message to Paul at work and to get his opinion. Before we knew it, Paul shot a message back:
Things are moving fast now. The new one is introduced on the Piebald Home Page.
So these chapters, Austin Alone, draw to a rapid close, and we
begin The Sister Chapters !