I went to the new vet in Williamsburg after Venita called to say there was an opening today. The new vet used a meter she had to test (I forget the name but I think it started with a "C") plus used the same drop of blood to test on the meter Shellie sent that arrived today. On mine it was 250 and on hers it was (I think) 320. She wasn't sure which meter was right. She said when Espresso's insulin comes in the mail, to come back and she will teach me what to do. She examined Espresso's teeth and they were really bad in the back. She will need to pull a few teeth she said later on. My son was with me, which calms Espresso more since Espresso favors him more and my female cat favors me more. When we were in the vehicle to leave, the new vet came running out to tell us the young staff member that was in with us while she was examining Espresso has a diabetic cat and was running home to get three shots of insulin for us to get started for once a day....until my insulin comes for twice a day. She seems to think he may only need insulin until he goes in to remission (after she takes care of his teeth) which she thinks going into remission may not take a long time since his blood sugar was not extremely high in the office. (depending on which meter was right). I have a Freestyle Lite at home that I used on me when my hypoglycemia was bad from Hashimoto until my D.O. doctor taught me how to keep my own blood sugar normal with diet and lots of protein. Plus the blood strips are not very affordable. The vet said to use both meters at home and see how much lower he tests and how different each is. I let Shellie know I just received her package before the appt. and took it with me. Shellie looked up the Freestyle Lite One Touch and said the site said it's NOT reliable for cats if it's over 200, but I'll do what the doctor said. When the Vet assistant got back with the needles containing some insulin in each, (from his own diabetic cat) the doctor told me how to do it, and gave me the shot and watched while I did it. She said NOT to test Espresso's blood sugar more than once a day the next two days until I get back in to see her. If I get enough blood for both meters, that would be great, but if I don't, at least test one and let her know the results. She has an email she checks often up until 9pm at night. The three shots are already loaded (it looks like 1/2 way to the number 5 or two notches). She, also, gave him antibiotic drops for his teeth. Confirmed to keep him on the low carb foods, the antibiotics the emergency vet gave in case he has a urine infection; or the Purina DM which she likes. (but I'll continue with the Fancy Feist or Wellness low carbs, and some tuna water.) The new vet complimented how "easy" Espresso was and let her do everything, even though he was scared. She is so personable and caring. She's the best Vet I've ever been to !!! Bless everyone who is supportive and helping ! I'm not quite as stressed out as I was before today's appointment even though I am still rather apprehensive. I'm so willing to learn to keep my kitties healthy !!!