Saturday, February 23, 2008

I Scared Mom Yesterday ( and myself)

Normally, when she comes home, Mom lets out Camie, and by the time she gets back in the house, I meet her at the front door yowling for my lunch. Well, yesterday, that didn't happen. She came looking for me and I was 'asleep' in my millie bed. Mom just knew that something was wrong when she made some noise and I didn't wake up. She put her hand on me to wake me up, and I was very slow to respond, and looked at her with a dazed look. I really didn't know what was going on. So, she decided to do something that she never does at lunch - she tested my blood sugar. This is what she saw.
In order to get this on my machine, my blood sugar had to be below 20 (normal is between 80 and 120, and my vet is happy if I am below 200). When she saw the "LO" number, she immediately got me up and went and got a can of food. I was still pretty out of it, but what ever she put in front of me smelled pretty good, so I decided to eat a bit, but I only ate about 1/2 of the small can and normally I will eat almost the whole one by myself. So mom decided to test me again (it was about 10 min. later). I was still reading low, and not wanting to eat my normal lunch, so she went out to the kitchen and got me a jar of chicken baby food. I started to eat it right away, but quit after about 1/4 of the jar was gone. So mom tested me again, and I was still reading low. So then she broke out the nasty stuff.Mom called it honey - I call it disgusting. She put some in my mouth by rubbing it on my tongue and on my gums. It made me gag, and back away, which of course meant that I got the nasty, evil stuff on my chest...which meant that Mom had to wipe me down with a wet washcloth. She also had to clean the baby food off of me (I tend to be a bit of a slob when I eat it). In the picture below, you can see the honey in the measuring spoon, and my tester stuff.

About half an hour after she first tested me, I finally reached 25, which is still extremely low, but I had eaten a lot, and it takes a while for the food to raise the blood sugar. She finally figured it was okay to go back to work, but she made sure that Papa came in to check on me. She only had about an hour left to work by the time she left me to go back to work, and she works 10 minutes away.
As soon as she got home, she tested me again, and I was up to 92. I don't remember much about this afternoon, but I am glad that Mom decided to do something out of the ordinary and test my blood sugar - although, now I am sick of being poked. I think I had my blood sugar tested 5 times at lunch and once since she got home.

I am back to my old self - snuggling with my brother, and demanding my food like normal. Mom is going to keep close watch over me for the next couple of days to make sure that I don't drop that low again. It has only happened one other time since I was diagnosed with diabetes, and that was the first week. Mom thinks that I probably didn't eat all of my food after I had my insulin this morning, so because I didn't have enough to eat, the insulin worked too well.

30 comments:

ML said...

What a scare! So glad your Mom came home and checked on you. We'll be purring for you.
Love, KC

ML said...

... we putted you on the Pet Prayer & Praise bloggie so effurryone could purr fur you to get better.
Love & Purrs, KC

Parker said...

That is scary! Mommy has that rotten Diabetes too and knows how awful lows and highs can be!

Chen & Ollie said...

Holy smokes - that is very scary! It's a good thing your mom has such good motherly intuition and knew to test you out. Please be well and eat all your foods, ok?
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Daisy said...

Wow, that is very scairty! Thank goodness your mom came and checked on you. That baby good looks yummy, but I do not think I would enjoy honey, either.

Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie said...

Your Mommy must have been scared, especially when the meter said "what blood sugar?". Glad you're OK.

Eric and Flynn said...

That wuz skeery. We're glad your mum checked you and that your blood sugar levels went back up. We're sending you purrs to keep you feeling well.

Hot(M)BC said...

Phew! Good fing yore Mommy tested yoo efun tho the sticks weren't much fun. We's glad yore sugars are better now!!!
Purrrrrrrrrs!
Alla Us Hotties

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Dat is furry scary...dad is diabetic so we watch him carefully too. Glad yoor mom knows yoo well enuff to know when der is a prollem and what to do to make it better.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a scare. That is low. We have a friend who had diabetes for a long time and it does take awhile for sugars to hit the system. I hope you don't get that low again.

Lux said...

That sounds really scary! I'm sure glad your mom checked on you at lunchtime! Stay well ...

Fat Eric said...

That was scary. I am glad you are OK. You may know I am diabetic too but I don't have to have insulin at the moment. I used to get tested every day but now it is only about once a fortnight. Did you mum take you to the v-e-t or are you OK now? Maybe your sugar is getting lower anyway so you don't need so much insulin? That's what happened to me.

The Cat Realm said...

Yes, that was very scary - we are glad everything turned out so well! Good job Mom!
karl

TT said...

Holy Cats Tiki that is low!

We alls get scairt arounds here when Mommy Bean's blood sugar gets low too. She's hads it since she was younger.

TT

Try Karo syrup it may taste better than honey if you gets low again.

The Whiskers & Purrs Gang said...

Wowwwy...we was skeerd when we was readin' your post. We used to have a brother that had diabetes...mommy would check his blood sugar every day. We hope you is feelin' lots and lots better. We will say lotsa prayers for you right away.

Very truly yours,
The Whiskers & Purrs Gang

Angus said...

I am SO glad she went looking for you and tested your bloods! And that she knows what to do for you! Please eat all your foods, Tiki-we don't want to lose you!

Tiger Lily said...

Hi! We are very glad your Mom know what to do for you!

Jemima, Zeke, Sushi, Tiger Lily and Ruckus

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

Itsa good thing she went an checked on ya! We nefer tried eatin honey (an we dont wanna either).

Tyler said...

Sounds like your Mommy knows your patterns VERY well, Tiki. Moms are so smart, aren't they? They know us so well. I'm glad that you are feeling ok now. I just hope that your levels stay normal from now on. We've never dealt with a kitty chronic illness. It must take a lot of dedication on your mom's part to take care of you well.

Lots of purrs!

Artsy Catsy said...

Oh Tiki, that is very scary. We had a kitty who came before who had diabetes and she went through the same thing a couple of times. Our mom would give her Karo syrup, and she didn't like it any better than you like honey.

We're so glad your sugar is better now!

Rocky
& all of us at Artsy Catsy

Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

Oh no, that is furry scary!! We're so glad you're feelin' better now, we'll keep purrin' and purrayin' that you keep feelin' good (and eat all of your food).

Karen Jo said...

That is really scary, Tiki. I am very glad that your Mom knew there was something wrong right away and tested you and fixed you up. Be a good girl and eat all your food, please.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

How scary, Tiki! We are glad that your mom was there to check on you. We are also glad your blood sugar is back up and we hope you continue to feel better. We are purring for you!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

oh Tiki! Thank St. Francis that your mommy did something out of the ordinary and tested you. We hope you never scare her like that again. I'm glad your mommy gets to come home from work to be with you!

Riley & Tiki said...

That is very scary!! We are so glad you are feeling better. We had no idea that kitties could eat honey, although it does make sense with how low your blood sugar was.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

You will just have to eat better than. Most of us don't seem to have much trouble eating. I'm glad your feeling better.

Junior said...

I am SO GLAD your Mom came home at lunch and checked on you! Meowm and I are sending purrayers for your sugar to level out!

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Its really good your mom knows how to take care of you when your sugar gets low like that. Sheesh, that is scary!!

Latte

Tiggie FOC said...

Wow...I didn't know we cats could have diabetes. Hart often is totally out of it, but usually after he has been out partying with the raccoons. I think that is different that what you have.

Wrigley & Cobalt said...

That is so scary! We're glad your mom tested you and was able to give you food and bring your sugar back up. Glad you're doing better.d