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Old 06-26-2011, 01:32 PM
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I have been guessing now with the way he has been eating. He is running on the high side because of it. I get so worried that I give him less insulin cause he wasn't eating he full amount and then later I would give him cheese or the vets treats or some chicken cause I get worried. Ok so if I don't feed him and he is running high should I give 1/4 or 1/2 of his reg dose. His reg dose is 17. The last few days I gave him 12 and he was high
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:40 PM
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I didnt feed him even though I think he was waiting for his food. My husband bought new food so I am going to have to gradually give to him. I gave him 4CC. I hope everything is alright.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:58 PM
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It's not my goal to be a jerk - though it may seem like that's what I'm doing... Here's the thing.

You have all of the information available about how much food you've given him and when and how much insulin you've given him and when and how his blood sugar responded to that food and insulin.

So you are the best person on the planet to decide how much insulin to give him next time. You can take what you did and note how well it worked, or didn't, and adjust your next attempt.

I can't do that any better than you can.

In fact, I can't do it as well as you can because I don't have all the details of what you've done over the past couple days.

When I was in your shoes, as I was many many times during Chris' last two years when he sometimes refused to eat, I made a decision about how much insulin to give and then I tested him and monitored him. Sometimes it wasn't enough insulin. Sometimes it was too much and I had to give him syrup...

Every time I had to guess, I learned a little more about how to handle those problems.

None of those guesses - and that's truly what they were - that I made were ever perfect but none of them did him any lasting harm either. A few days of higher blood sugar is not the end of the world.

That's the part that is hard for you to remember I think. That you're not failing or hurting Buster if your guess about how much to give isn't perfect.

The only failure would be to not try to learn from your previous attempts.

You have learned that 12 units isn't covering how much food he's eaten. So you know that for that much food he needs more insulin. You know what you've done over the past couple of days and how well it worked. Take that and the general guidelines and come up with your next best guess about what to do.

I know you well enough to know that you are a worrier by nature. There is nothing I can do or say, including telling you how much insulin to give every day for the next two weeks, that will keep you from worrying. But you're always going to be the one with the best information on which to make the next guess.

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Old 06-26-2011, 05:13 PM
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You are never a jerk to me. I do write down in detail what I do. I even write down to how many pieces of food I give him. The past few days I was adjusting his insulin. I just don't think of not feedin g for a day or so. I know you are not here with me and buster (even though there are times I wish you were). I value everything you say to me more than you know. I listened to it as if you were his vet. I hope you are not upset with me. I know introducing this new food is going to be trial and error. I just hope I don't go that far off mark
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I'm not upset with you at all.

Unfortunately, I know you're going to worry yourself sick no matter what I do. If there was one thing I could change, it would be to give you some relief from worrying about Buster as much as you do and more confidence in your own abilities. After all, you haven't "broken" him so far, right????

Hang in there Debbie. I know you've been through a lot yourself lately.

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Old 06-26-2011, 05:39 PM
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Yes I do and I am. Worrying about Tomorrow morning when I feed him and if he will eat and when the doc calls and hope I am not in physical therapy My knee still hurts and gets swollen. Between me and you I would never recommend this to anyone. You know me very well. No I haven't broken him. I have Just hope he eats and the vet doesn't give me bad new.
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Me too Debbie. Me too. I will be checking for news.

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Old 06-27-2011, 04:15 AM
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Morning update. Last nite I didnt feed and I checked his blood and he was getting low gave him some syrup. He seemed to have slept better last nite. Gave him is belly pill (a pill to coat his belly before he eats-cant think of name-I take them too cause I have ulcers). He wanted to eat. Gave him a little more than a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 5 pieces of chicken and about 1/3 of cup of his new food. He ate and wanted more but I didnt give him more. I didnt want to upset his belly.
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That's great and exciting when they want to eat- hard not to give more but good on Buster
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:01 AM
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Thank you I hope the worst has passed.
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