When I first thought about doing this post, I worried I might jinx it — you know, just by writing about well blind Sophie was doing with her diabetes, I would pretty well guarantee she’d crash in the next week. But, here goes anyway!
You may recall that we learned on New Year’s Day that Sophie was diabetic (Happy New Year!), and that we struggled for a month to get her regulated. No amount of changes in dosages or insulins could keep her blood sugar in a stable, predictable range, and watching her values fluctuate was driving us all crazy — especially Sophie, who got really tired of being pricked all the time for the glucose monitoring curves we were doing. Yet, oddly, much of the time Sophie appeared just fine. Our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Marielle Goossens at Peak in Burlington, consulted with a veterinary endocrinologist at UC Davis to see if there was something else we could do.
The endocrinologist said that there are always a few animals whose bodies just don’t respond the way they should to insulin, and that their blood glucose levels will never be particularly stable. This specialist said, in effect, that we should focus on the patient and not the numbers — in other words, if Sophie is acting normally, drinking and eating normally, and otherwise seems healthy and her usual self, we should stop worrying so much about what her glucose numbers are. We should keep her at the insulin dose that seems to work for her, and relax. That was sound advice, and that’s what we’ve done ever since.
And so far (uh oh!) …Sophie’s been doing great! I took that photo above last week when Sophie was enjoying hanging out on a lovely summer morning under the oak tree in the front yard. Here she is snoozing contentedly in the shade:
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. It began July 14 and ends September 21. You can vote every day at http://www.shelterchallenge.com/. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We’ve won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
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