Our cat is diabetic – well – one of our cats is diabetic. The cat that got me through the death of my first cat, the cat who got me through the move to Des Moines, the cat that my family and I literally had to save from starvation because she was too ferrel and sick to eat – that cat is diabetic. She has been my rock for many years and was my home base before I met B. Our other two cats are awesome and special, but Lily holds a deep place in my heart.
Lily was diagnosed with her diabetes a month before we first saw the RE. She was diagnosed the month that we were diagnosed with infertility by my OB’s office. I learned how to give subcutaneous shots on her. Poor old girl. I remember giving her her first shot thinking, “I’ll be doing this to myself someday soon.” I was lucky and B did all of my shots for IVF #1 and our failed FET. By the time we got to IVF #2, it was old hat and I could handle the SQ shots myself.
Lily is a trooper. She’s been diabetic as long as we’ve been infertile – and she’s handled her diagnosis much better than I. HA! She loves her shots – they make her feel better. If you forget to give it to her, she will come to you next to the counter that houses her needles and meow for her dose. She lies down on the floor and spreads herself out for you to give her her shot, and gives you a quick meow when you’re done and a nuzzle on the nose. It’s amazing – and special. She’s special. (I don’t give B a nuzzle after my shots.)
Tonight was my first injection of hopefully many. I started the evening with putting Matthew to bed, then dosing the Lils, and then dosing myself. I need to be very careful about giving the right medicine to the right patient. Back during IVF #2, I almost gave her my lupron and gave myself her insulin. I’m not kidding. This would be very bad (more so for her than for me). I don’t think she’d appreciate it 😉
My injection went just fine. I didn’t like doing it, and I almost threw up watching the needle go in, but it’s over and done and it was no big deal. I just need to toughen up and get used to it. B is out of town but was sending texts to make sure all was well. He’s very sensitive to my needle phobia.
We got some possible alarming news on our Lils today from the vet. Her diabetes are under control, but she may be in early kidney failure. We need to get more tests run next week. I tend to bury my head in the sand when it comes to Lily. I don’t do that with anyone else, but with her, I’d rather not think about it. Just writing this makes me tear up a bit. She’s my old girl – she’s my life saver (cherry flavored, because that’s my favorite).
I think it’s so weird that we got this potential bad news on the same day I started injections for IVF #2 – it’s sort of like we’re cycling together again. She’s definitely my first choice for a cycle sister 😉