After reading as much as I have so far in the forum, I realize that I did not start this program properly. The vet did not assume I would be willing to adopt at home testing, although I planned to do so, but he nevertheless instructed me to increase by .5 increments before I had begun testing. I now know that was dangerous. When I did begin testing, my technique was not good and I often could not get blood, so we got off to a rocky start. The vet did suggest that I test for the curve but I was hesitant because I had trouble doing it for several reasons. I was in a learning curve but moved too fast and was shooting blind. Then on 3/18, we got some low numbers. Initially, I thought that was good until they kept going down that day. We got through that as noted on the spreadsheet. Since then I have increased my study and realize my mistakes. I have read and am continuing to read the PZ instructions on dosing and testing and am making an effort to begin a new start. I would like clarification from you that my current thinking and plan below is correct and will be the most beneficial for good results over the next few days. I’m aware that there are fine tuning techniques, but I’m looking for basics right now. If you see that something is not correct, please advise. 1. Because of the low readings on 3/18 and because I think I was increasing too fast, on 3/21 I reduced the dosage to 2.5 to try and level off for a while. Is that a wise tactic? 2. I am attempting to test before each meal to be sure that it is safe to shoot. 3. I should not increase dosage for 3 to 6 cycles, then do another curve to see if the dosage should be increased. When I do increase, it should be in .25u increments. 4. Important: Is it correct that I’m testing the curve to determine the lowest nadir reached to determine if increasing is advisable. I test AMPS and PMPS to learn if it is safe to shoot at all. 5. Generally speaking for beginners, if the BS is below 200, give half dose. If the BS is below 150, don’t shoot. I have read complicated instructions for testing again every 30 minutes and skinny shooting, but I’m just looking for basics now. I will need more help with dosing soon but would just like to know if the above plan will get me through the next few days. I’m sure you can appreciate that there is a lot to absorb, especially for a senior, so I need to move slowly as I’m learning. I have also posted an inquiry regarding diet. Blackie has been drinking lots of water all this year, but in the past week or so, it has decreased to about half as much. So I’m hoping we’re on the right track. Thank you so much for your help.