August 25th 2007 7:29 am
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Ok, we went back to the vet this morning, first thing. This morning’s tests gave us a crumb of good news, in that the glucose level had fallen from last night’s crisis level of 30, to 17, and the Ketone reading has tailed off slightly. So at least the insulin he was given last night brought him back from the critical situation he was in at the time. But that is the only good news on offer.
There is no doubt that he is a severe diabetic. Aside from the immediate symptoms, he has lost 10% of his body weight in four weeks, his eyes are showing early signs of clouding, and one of them is beginning to appear slightly sunken. He will now need daily (possibly twice daily) injections of insulin for the rest of his life, just to stabilize the glucose level, and establish a degree of control over the diabetes.
But this cannot, in any sense, be sustained in the long term. Aside from the diabetes, Barney already has arthritis in most of his joints, and troublesome skin that causes him a great deal of discomfort. A regime of daily injections will only add to his physical distress. Also, there are suggestions his pancreas is starting to fail, which will limit the effectiveness of the insulin anyway.
We also have to consider the effect it will have on us, as well. I worked a lot of years as a veterinary nurse, and I am more than capable of administering injections. But when it is your own dog, it’s different. I honestly do not know if I will be able to deal with it on an emotional level.
My OH and I have talked this over, and we have reconciled ourselves to the fact that this may very well not last long before we have to make a call. It will rip us up when we do, but we will not prolong matters to Barney’s detriment, simply to avoid making the decision that his time with us is done.
Thank you to everyone for the kind wishes and thoughts you have sent us.
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