I have some very good news to share today.
As you may know, in August I was diagnosed with diabetes and on August 16th I started getting insulin injections twice a day. I was quite good about it even when my mum was having a bit of trouble getting her injection technique right! Sometimes I had to go to the v-e-t so I could have my blood tested to see how much sugar was in it. When I was diagnosed my blood sugar was up at 28 and it is supposed to be between about 4 and 9!
As well as getting insulin I had to change my diet and not eat any more dry food because it is bad for diabetic kitties. Now I eat a special kind of stinky goodness which is low-carb and low-sugar but luckily even though it is healthy food I really like it so I gobble it all up!
My mum spent a lot of time reading helpful advice on the Feline Diabetes Message Board and she learned how to do home-testing of my blood every day. That means I sit on her lap and she sticks a needle in my ear and steals some of my blood and puts it in a little machine which tells her a number. We found this quite hard to do at first even though I am pretty co-operative. Sometimes it takes her a few tries to get some of my blood and I don't really like it and I shake my ears about but I still keep purring! I do get treats afterwards so, you know, I reckon it is worth putting up with a bit of hassle.
Anyway, the very good news is that my blood sugar numbers have been so good lately that I have not had to have an insulin injection now for 9 days! And during the 9 days I have been without insulin my blood sugar has stayed between 4.4 and 5.7 the whole time, which means my pancreas has decided to start working again! My mum says this makes me a furry lucky kitty because this only happens for some diabetic cats.
My mum took me to the v-e-t on Thursday evening and showed him all my blood numbers and he said I was doing furry furry well indeed and that me and my mum were doing a good job. He also said I had lost another 800g in weight since my last v-e-t visit, which was also good because I am supposed to be slimming. The v-e-t said I could stay off insulin unless my numbers go up again, and if everything keeps going well then soon my mum can start testing my blood just weekly instead of daily.
So YAY! I am officially (paws crossed) in remission for now! And this is a picture my mum took this very morning to show my friends how healthy I am looking today.
And in case you are wondering what I am looking at so intently, it is this...