Suzanne realized that we'd been treating NSPy for diabetes for nearly a month last night and that we had a lot of insulin left still. So we got the bottle out of the fridge and looked at it more closely. What the bottle says is "100 units/ml" and also "10 ml" which, in my stress over the cost of the bottle, I missed the "10 ml" part. So instead of a bottle lasting 12.5 days, it lasts 125 days!
What a relief! That's so much less money than I was originally envisioning.
Meantime, he's doing great. He's been drinking a little more the last day or so, but he's an angel about getting his shots. If I feed him and go into the other room, he comes to get me when he's finished his food. And when I sit on the floor (to give him his shot), he walks up and stands in front of me so I can give him his shot. So cute.
Well, he spent the day at the vet's office for observation since his last blood sugar level was "high" and not a number. He seems to have averaged in the low 400s from all of the tests they ran today (I didn't jot down the numbers fast enough), but that's still too high. We're (that'd be the vet) bumping his insulin up to 4 units each shot. So that means each bottle of insulin only lasts for 12.5 days. :(
He goes back to the vet in a week from Wednesday to check his levels again. Poor kitty. At least he's all kinds of perky and happy these days.
[I have to go pick up the laundry before the laundrymat closes but then I'll post about my the rest of my trip to Seattle.]
So NSPy and I went back to the vet to check his blood sugar again. Unfortunately, it was high enough so that there was no actual number given. He goes back on 3/5 for a day of blood sugar observation (it would be sooner except I'll be in Seattle next week).
Also, the rescue people can't offer any assistance for his meds. :(
Finally, he's been bumped up to 3 units of insulin per shot as well.
NSPy's blood sugar count was down over 100 points today. Yay! The tech who took his blood is going to check with the vet to find out if we should be giving him more insulin per shot as it's still in the 450 range, which is far from normal (normal is 70-150).
I'm done with the crud from last week except for a little lingering sniffle from time to time.
Suzanne is also pretty much done with the crud.
Tomorrow I work from the office! Yay. :) I wasn't able to free the car after 20 minutes of digging, sanding, and rocking the car in the space, so I gave up. But I can take the other car tomorrow (Suzanne works from home on Fridays).
I have a busy weekend ahead: dinner at friends' tomorrow night, a massage and follow up contact lens visit (the lens I'm testing is nice so I'll order them), a date with my sweetie, laundry and other domestic goodness followed by another date with my sweetie. (Next week is busy too, but I'm not going to think about that yet. Then I go to Seattle for a week, which will be quiet in comparison.)
So NSPy has diabetes. It's not really the end of the world, though it's another thing we have to watch him for. We knew he had FIV when we got him, but were unprepared for much additional medical issues so soon. He also has a heart worm, which he's on meds for now.
Anyway, we just spent a pretty penny for needles and insulin (twice a day injections) and it's not even a whole month's worth (25 days, not 30). Hopefully this will help him. And hopefully we can continue to afford all this. I've contacted the woman who placed him with me because she'd mentioned that they may be able to help with medical expenses, and this seems like a fine time to find that out.
I just got back from picking him up at the vet's office where he had an ultrasound/echocardiogram and a doppler blood pressure test. It turns out that he has a heart worm. One. Kind of odd.
Unfortunately, the blood work we'd done last vet visit didn't show the heart worm. He's got meds and we go back in 2-4 weeks for another Xray.
At least it's something treatable and with a finite lifespan (assuming the treatment works) vs lifelong heart disease.
So NSPy has some health issues. We knew he had FIV when we got him and were ok with that. Neither of us wants more than one cat right now and he's happiest on his own (with his people at his beck and call).
First he had conjunctivitis and bronchitis. His lungs didn't clear up though, but his eyes did. More antibiotics and still unclear lungs. We tried steriods to see if it might be asthma and that didn't seem to make much of a difference.
Now we've found out that he has an enlarged heart (and his lungs are still congested). The blood work says he doesn't have heart worms, so he goes in for an EKG next week to see if we can figure out what's going on. They're also going to check his blood pressure too. Poor kitty. :(
It's not what you think.
NSPy has recently shown interest in the shower (since we have been showering frequently from the recent days of hotness). I was showering this morning and he decided to jump up on the edge of the tub, between the shower liner and shower curtain.
Keep in mind that when I don't have my contacts in or glasses on, I can't see well. But I saw this biiiiig dark spot!
He sat there and kind of watched me. Then he walked further down the tub (away from the shower head) but the shower curtain was in the tub so I couldn't see him anymore. I nudged the curtain and felt a big ol' lump of kitty. Then he came back up to the other end of the shower and meowed at me as if to say "what's the fascination with this showery thing anyway?" Then he wandered off. Ok, I thought.
Except! He came back and hopped in the shower with me! Granted it was at the far end of the tub, but still.
After I got out of the shower, he hopped back in to investigate more.
So, warning to you, the unwary person who might stay at our apartment: You might get unexpected company in the shower!
My cat* appears to have pollen allergies. Just like me!
We're going to take him to the vet soon to get checked out in general and we'll talk more about his allergies.
*His new name is "None shall pass" or NSPy (Nispy) for short.