Thursday, April 14, 2011

Itchin' Time

My in-laws are staying through the weekend, so I don't think I'll get a chance to post any pictures til next week. I know you all want to know how amazing my gardening skills are (trust me, they're not that good) but you will get a chance to see them soon!

We've gotten in a groove of testing sugar/injecting insulin/feedings and it hasn't been that stressful. Other than last night when I was afraid Buzz's sugar was too low (funny story - I woke up at 3AM and he wasn't responding to me. I ran and got his glucometer to see how low his sugar was - I was convinced it was going to be something like 17 - and it was over 300. He looked up at me when I poked his ear, like, 'Mom, seriously. I'm trying to sleep. You need to stop this.').

Buzz has an appointment at the internal specialist vet on Tuesday morning. We haven't been back since he was first diagnosed and subsequently spent the week there and a few days the next week because it seems like as soon as we step in that door, we're spending our life savings.

Buzz's allergies are getting really bad, so bad that he's making himself bleed all over. Bella has allergies, too, but she was just on a round of steroids to help them. Buzz can't go on steroids because they will make his diabetes worse (steroids essentially attack the beta cells in the pancreas (the cells that produce insulin), well, the healthy ones anyway, and cause those cells to become unable to produce insulin thus making diabetes worse).

Buzz also is still about 2-3 lbs underweight and just can't seem to catch back up to his ideal weight. This is important for one major reason. If Buzz doesn't have any fat, his body will break down his organs as a source of energy if he gets sick again - this drastically increases the risk of death. That thought is extremely scary. We've worked so hard to get him healthy and learn about his diabetes and how to properly care for him.

And then there's the fact that Buzz still isn't regulated. It's only been 4 months since his diagnosis, but I don't think it's too much to ask to know when we can expect him to get on some sort of schedule with regards to his glucose and become a little healthier.

Anyways, we'll let you know how the appointment goes on Tuesday - keep your fingers crossed that it's smooth sailing from here on out!

Buzz enjoying the sunshine!

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