Mozzwatch

The Patient at home on the balcony watching the birds. Note the shaven flank (ultrasound), neck (feeding tube to stomach), front legs (bone marrow IV).  The holes from the injection sites are on his other side. Patchy old bastard!

The Patient at home on the balcony watching the birds. Note the shaven flank (ultrasound), neck (feeding tube to stomach), front legs (bone marrow IV). The holes from the injection sites are on his other side. Patchy old bastard!

Mozz has been needing less and less insulin since he arrived home several weeks ago. We started him on 2 units in the morning, and 4 units in the evening.

He had a bit of a hypo attack one evening so we dropped it to 3 units in the evening and kept a close eye on his blood sugars. His readings remained in the ideal range (10-15) so we didn’t take him back up to 4 units.

This morning he was a bit low (5.4) before he got his insulin and he had a hypo attack afterwards.  His body is getting better and better and coping with the attacks now.  Despite the fact that he was registering less than 1.0, and thus a reading of LOW  on the blood sugar testing tool, he maintained bladder control and managed to eat his way through several bowls of cat food.  The food, along with a few spoonfulls of sugar syrup, had him back to healthyshortly thereafter.

This evening he was still low at 5.3 so we decided not to give him any insulin.

This is the first time we have done this.

We will take his sugar readings in the morning and see if they have escalated. They should be high in theory but I am guessing they might only be slightly higher than ideal.

I think he will be able to be weaned off the insulin eventually.  His pancreas seems to be functioning well now and producing enough of his own insulin to support him.

The Patient at home on my pillow

The Patient at home on my pillow

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6 responses to “Mozzwatch

  1. I love that second picture- gorgeous!

  2. We are in Townsville awaiting the Magnetic Ferry, going to stay with the Farquharsons at their house. Finally got onto your site and BIG SMILE reading about Mozzle – he’s amazing. What a good boy! I love that picture too!

    I have a job out of Alice Springs for 8 weeks of April and May managing a Community Health Centre. Then its home again.

  3. …hey you’re speaking to a woman who kisses her dog (on her velvety ears) and her bunny rabbit on the lips…..

    • I guess this is as good a time as any to admit that after I have taken Mozz’s blood test I suck his ear gently to clean the blood off it.

      I know. I’m gross!

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