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Who am I?
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Hello everyone.

My name is Sharon Byrd

and  my husband is John. I came to this group in July 1999 when my Bichon Luke was diagnosed. Luke was born on September 4, 1990, and went to the bridge on March 23, 2007. Luke was sick and the first vet that I took him to misdiagnosed and prescribed Prednisone. Three days later my husband carried Luke into our present vet clinic where they diagnosed diabetes in just a few minutes. Luke was so sick that he had to stay 4 days at the vet clinic, on an IV most of the time. When I heard the diagnosis my heart sank thinking this was the end. I went home and got on the Internet and thank God, I found this group. Luke holds the record at our vet's office for living the longest as a diabetic and also was their oldest diabetic pet.  I know that most of my knowledge came from this group.  Luke is proof that diabetes is not a death sentence.  One of our vets said that Luke is proof that a diabetic dog can still live to old age if they are regulated.

Vinney, Sharon holding Luke, Dusty

We have 3 children and 7 + grandchildren. Our daughter Deb and her children Rob, Heather, and Ryan live in nearby West Lafayette, IN with her 2 cats Gloria and Shadow. Our older son Dan, his wife Tanya and 3 children Andrew, Alex, and Tatiana live in Lebanon, OH near Cincinnati.
Five years ago they adopted 3 siblings from Russia. The youngest just turned 11 years old.  Tanya is pregnant and the baby is due in August.  That is exactly what happens when people adopt. They have 2 mini schnauzers, Indy &C arolina and 2 cats, Samantha and Max. Our younger son Dennis, his wife Molly, and daughter Ashley live in Moody, AL near Birmingham.  They have a yellow lab Lizzy and a cat named Simon.

We got Missy about 8 years ago from the animal shelter.  They thought that she was about 4 years old.  About the time that Luke went to the bridge, Missy began loosing weight, was lethargic, drank lots of water, and peed a lot.  I was afraid that she was diabetic, but she has a nodule on her thyroid.  I treat it by applying Methimazole gel to her inner ear flaps twice a day.  She has no diet restrictions and the schedule is not a rigid 12 hours like insulin.  About a year later she has gained her weight back, is more active, her coat is shiny again, and she does not drink as much water.

Vinney.  Six years ago our daughter in law, Molly, told me that someone in the Battle Ground area had an ad in the paper for Bichon puppies.  We thought we would never find a breeder nearby.  We called and they had 1 male left.  Our granddaughter, Ashley, went with us to check him out.  When we brought Vinney home, we put him on the floor and Luke sniffed him and seemed to give his approval.  Vinney respected that Luke was Alpha dog until Luke's health declined and it was passed on to Vinney.

Dusty.  3 1/2 years ago we found out that Vinney's litter mate sister, Nanny, had 5 male puppies.  My husband said we had to get one.  We took our granddaughter, Ashley, with us again.  There were 4 puppies left and John picked out Dusty. Dusty likes to follow his "Uncle" Vinney around.  Vinney and Dusty have trained Dad to take them for a ride nearly every day in the van.
They also enjoy going to the nearby Battlefield and exploring the grounds.
People are always asking us if they are related and we always say yes, they are uncle and nephew.

Diabetic Pet's Name:  Luke

Breed:  Bichon

Birth: 9/4/1990

When Diagnosed:  July 1999

Age Diagnosed: 9 years

Weight: 20 1/2 lbs.

Kind of Insulin and Amount Per Injection:  Novolin N

Food:  Eukanuba Optimum Weight Control (formerly glucose control)

Do you hometest? (blood, urine and/or observation)  Urine and observation

Other Health Problems?  Skin allergies and the last year or so Luke suffered aging.

Webpage of Pet:
Luke's rainbow page http://www.caninediabetes.org/rbluke.html
Luke's diabetic story  http://www.caninediabetes.org/luke.html

Your Location: Battle Ground, Indiana USA

How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life? When we both worked, we had to make sure that one of us made it home in time for the evening shot.  We used to take Luke with us when we traveled.  The last couple of years we started traveling separately so one of us could stay home with Luke.

From Left to Right, John holding Indy which is Dan & Tanya's dog.
Our son Dan & daughter-in-law Tanya .holding their dog Carolina, (me, Sharon) holding Luke.
from a Christmas Card Exchange in 1999
Sharon sent this picture to me in a card ---- Judy
I thought I would share this memory with the group.

Sharon thank you for taking time to share your story in a who am I email.
Your story will give encouragement to those just starting down the winding sometimes bumpy road named diabetes.
It will also show how lifelong friends are made in an email group like this one. We are an internet family.

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