Rainbow Bridge - March 1, 2006
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This is Espresso's Story - When he became diabetic!
Back in September Espresso was chewing on his leg and causing a lot
I took him to the vet and they gave him prednisone (as he has had before
self digging issues) after 2 doses he started vomiting and was very
lethargic... He had had
pancreatitis before.. but never had an attack from prednisone...I stopped
and took him in for blood work.... in the next few days while
waiting for the results he
seemed to go from a chubby happy baby to skin and bones... and would
barely lift his head....
The blood results came back and they were a mess... I heard many things..
none of them good.,
but the vet said on the list was Diabetes.. and that first and
foremost he needs to get on insulin...
I had already made preliminary arrangements for him to "make the transition"
as he was now
not much more than bones and barely moved.. he was peeing the
bed and I thought
he was dying in front of my eyes..
I arranged for him to go to the Emergency vets as they wanted to keep
him for a few days
and start his insulin.. but the regular vet did not have 24 hour vets
there.. and I was quite
familiar with the Em Vets as he has been an epileptic for 10 years
and I had been to
the Em Vets enough with all my babies that I actually had a file in
I got tri-daily reports on him.. but was not allowed to visit as he
was so very attached to me..
the vet said that it would upset him more than help him to see me and
then have me leave...
This was so very hard for me.. but I had to do what was best for him...
When they finally
said I could come get him 3-4 days later.. I couldn't believe the change..
he was semi
spunky and alert.. In the 3-4 days he was at the em. vets.. I found
Rainbow Bridge website
and a whole bunch of people who understood what I was going through
as I babbled and
was basically hysterical.. scared and so very alone inside... I can
remember the disaster
that was shot time and the panic attacks and the tears and the problems..
though now it
seems like so long ago... recently Espressie went blind suddenly..
He has just had
cataract surgery and is healing from that...
He is still not regulated after all these months... But he is here and
with every fight caused
by this disease.. there are many who have already been there in the
and have helped us through them..
I hope to get a recent picture of him so that everyone can see how beautiful
the picture I sent is the baby I was watching die... Now that he has
gotten some of his
weight back and his eyes taken care of... He looks more like his ole
self.. and a large part of
this is due to this group and a vet who took the time to do extra research
to what I was saying when I related what I had learned on here...
"If you pick up a starving animal and make them prosperous,
They will not turn on you; that is the principal difference between
an animal and a human...."
Rambo aka Cujo