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Living with diabetes

No, not me, my cat. Yes, my lovely, but old, Sammie-girl is diabetic. During the investigation into why she was acting so lethargic, being occasionally very stumbly and wobbly on her feet, and randomly meowing as if in pain, the veterinarian discovered that her blood sugar was in the high 200's. Not catastrophic, but definitely high. So we* tried giving her insulin for a week, and it seems to have helped.

But the glucometer we were using isn't ours, and now we have to return it. I tried to find another one of the same kind (Alpha 2, if I'm remembering correctly), but I couldn't. So now I have to decide which one to get. Do any of you have any suggestions or recommendations? It would be nice if I could find one where the strips don't cost forty cents EACH.

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* My brother and I. We live together right now.

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kishiriadgr
Apr. 12th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, that's how they get you. Badira and Mei-Mei both became diabetic in their old age, and it's just a pain in the ass. I would just ask a pharmacist, because it doesn't matter what brand you get. It helps to have strips that take the smallest wee dot of blood though.

I feel your pain completely. It's not fun. If it's any consolation, this is a bump in the road, not something fatal in and of itself.
ebenbrooks
Apr. 12th, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's actually not bad at all. The insulin isn't even the hard part, it's the ear-pricking to get the blood sample. And even though she doesn't like it, it's still possible for one person to do (whereas administering her antibiotic was definitely a two-person job).
kishiriadgr
Apr. 13th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
I could never do the ear-pricking because my hands shake. It stressed me too much. Long life to Sammie; once you have her on an even dose of insulin a lot of times the dose starts to go down, because cats can actually regenerate some pancreatic use. It was that way with Mei-Mei.
koressa
Apr. 12th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
Probably a dumb question
Can you use a glucometer meant for a human? My mom handed off an unused one to me and I had no idea what I was going to do with it. (no test strips unfortunately). If you can, it's yours.
psybelle
Apr. 12th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
Yup - cats need the same range of blood-sugar as humans do; I used a "human" meter for the male cat who went diabetic many years ago.
ebenbrooks
Apr. 12th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
Yes. A glucometer is a glucometer. Thank you! When will you be home?
ebenbrooks
Apr. 12th, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
Actually, perhaps a more pertinent question is "what brand is it?" Because I'll need to look up the kind of test strips it uses and make sure that they are the kind that only requires a very small drop of blood to work.
psybelle
Apr. 13th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
When I was doing the ear-stick for Chester (he was a big boy - 15 pounds in his prime; and that was a while back - I think he passed in '03?), I pretty consistently got more blood than the test strip needed. One might hope that the tech has improved since then….
ebenbrooks
Apr. 13th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
Yeah, but Sammie's ears need a bit of encouragement. Sometimes there's barely enough.
psybelle
Apr. 13th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
I *would* occasionally have to warm his ear up a bit - that always did the trick.
ebenbrooks
Apr. 13th, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably a dumb question
I need to get something by tonight, so if I can come get your meter, let me know when. Otherwise, I'll buy one at the local pharmacy (they're less than $20).
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