"She has a good heart, said Dr. Rossi of The Animal Ultrasound Clinic" in Salem, and "other than a little hissing, she's a pretty easy cat." The clinic has state-of-the-art equipment, identical to that used in leading hospitals for humans. Only difference is that TAUC's gets clogged with fur from time to time. We got to sit alongside the proceedings and watch the screen as the doc proceeded. Nerve-wracking but fascinating. "It looks like a weather chart," we noted, and in fact medical imaging involves the same Doppler effect, with sound waves bouncing off red blood cells instead of clouds. Tiny had to wear a wide conic collar and did, indeed, hiss the entire time.
X-rays and a battery of blood and urine tests through our local vet, together with the abdominal sonogram and echocardiogram referenced above, ruled out lots of frightening possibilities her symptoms might have presaged. Now the hard work begins, and indeed this very afternoon our first test. Just as we were about to jab the loose skin at the nape of her neck with the tiny syringe needle, she bolted. We jabbed ourselves with the needle, grabbed Tiny and tried jabbing her again. She bolted again and bent the needle. Not sure whether she got her 1U dose, but thanks to the vet's mini-tutorial and hand-out, we knew not to refill the syringe: "The danger is in insulin overdose, not short-term underdose." We'll just have to wait 12 hours and try again following breakfast. Gotta work on our bedside manner.
Note: Blogfriend Gayle Miller's golden boy Sam the Wonder Cat was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is doing fine. We invite Gayle and other fans of Tiny's to share war stories in the comments.
Earl Grey dropped on by for a clowder
But Tiny was taking a powder:
An insulin shot
That will, like as not
Have her miaowing, before long, the louder!
Update II: More miaowing, woofing and such at Modulator's Friday Ark #269.
Update III, Friday morning: "This is very good," says local vet Dr. Beale re Tiny's latest blood glucose reading. Original=348=high. This morning=271=considered "under control," within 100-300 range. Will go next Friday for glucose curve, where she'll stay at the vet's all day so they can take a reading every two hours. Tiny will not be amused.