Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Would you like some insulin with that glucose?

This is Vesta... Vesta, say hi! No? Why not? Oh.... I get it. You're mad. Mad about the whole getting DIABETES thing. Yeah, I'd be mad too.

So about a week and a half ago we noticed that one of our cats was urinating inappropriately. That's a fancy way of saying peeing on all our stuff- the bed, bathmats, laundry, floor next to the litter... We had a feeling it was Vesta, our 9 year old high maintenance kitty. Took her to the vet, and after urine and blood testing, found out she has diabetes. Yep, just like people. We got the official word Monday morning, and started her on insulin shots yesterday morning.

The insulin is fine- aside from the whole needing to be home every 12 hours (7am/pm) to administer them. She's really good with the shots. The more difficult part, however, is the glucose testing. That's almost as important as the insulin, because it tells us how her body is responding to everything, and whether she's hyper- or hypoglycemic. Those are both bad (convulsing vs blindness and other really bad side effects). Very bad. Imagine trying to poke your cat's ear and then do one of those glucose meter tests on it- Fun picture, right? Not really.

So we're dealing. All of this on top of leaving for Mexico (I know, you feel really really bad for us right now) tomorrow night. At least we found a place to board her that is comfortable with the testing and injections.

Ain't life grand?