Saturday, 29 September 2012

Rainbows


Saw this when I was out walking Indy the other morning. The sky was bruised behind it and the colour in it so vivid. It was perfect and had a shadow rainbow too. Trouble is, the very combination of weather that brings a rainbow made it difficult for me to get a decent picture – and I only had my phone, not my proper camera. The end of the rainbow appeared to be in someone’s garden. I did consider visiting with a shovel, but didn’t think I’d be welcome.



It's a rubbish photo really, but it sort of brightens the blog up!

Indy has been doing really well on the insulin. I hadn’t realised that he wasn’t himself until “himself” started to come back. He’s been brighter, faster, sleeping better, more bouncy.

So when he went in for his glucose curve yesterday I was very optimistic. I know stabilising diabetes can take time, but I stupidly thought we’d done it.

He had his first test via glucometer at the vet’s (blood glucose 8 – excellent), then I gave him his first injection and took him out to give him breakfast before a quick walk. I then returned him for his next glucose test. For this they need a tiny spot of blood. He had more tests at regular intervals throughout the day and I went to pick him up in the evening - and what a long day it was without him here. They said he'd been a model patient!

Well it turns out Indy is a puzzle. A glucose curve should start higher then gradually dip down in the middle of the day before rising again, so it hangs like a slack skipping rope. What did Indy’s do? It went UP as the day went on, then just before I picked him up, his blood glucose had dropped to 4, which is too low! So his curve looked more like a rainbow than a skipping rope.

So he has to go back for another curve on the 10th October. He’ll be in for a few hours more next time. They’re hoping yesterday was just a blip. I’m hoping so too.




42 comments:

  1. From your description, I can imagine just how that sky looked.

    Sorry to hear Indy isn't stabilised yet, but glad to know he's more himself again.

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    1. Thanks, Patsy - I'm afraid you need your imagination with that photo ;-) x

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  2. That rainbow kind of says everything about what you and Indy have been through over the past few weeks Teresa, and it looks like that pot of gold is finally within reach. Hope your next post tells us he's back on the road to health. X

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    1. Thank you, Rena - that really is the only pot of gold that I want right now :-) x

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  3. I read the other day that rainbows are in fact circular. You just can't see the other half.

    Poor Indy. But it does sound as though he's feeling better, which is what matters!

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    1. That is very interesting, Frances. Perhaps a rainbow isn't such a bad curve after all :-) x

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  4. Lovely rainbow, Teresa. I bet I know what you wished for!

    Tim 'n' Ted know what Indy's up to. He likes the vet, doesn't he? So he wants to go back soon.

    I hope his curve is the right shape next time.

    xxPat
    woofs T&T who woof, "You're not to worry, Indy's Herself. Indy will be fine."

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    1. Thank you, Pat xx - and thank you lovely Tim 'n' Ted for your wise words xx

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  5. I guess you just have to be patient - it can be difficult stabilising people with diabetes so I guess it won't be any different for a dog? I do hope it sorts out soon... I'm sure it will! Best wishes to both of you!!

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    1. Thanks, Pat. I've been reading that it can be tricky to get it right at first. Just need to be patient x

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  6. All the best to Indy. It sounds as though your vets are working hard to sort out the problem.

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    1. Yes, they are, Joanne and they're all so kind x

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  7. I wish your rainbow visited my garden too :). Kisses to lovely Indy, I am sure he;ll be fine...as long as his mommy loved him :).

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    1. Thank you Unikorna - I wish I could send you a rainbow, but you have found gold I think in your new blue-eyed friend :-) x

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  8. Hugs Indy - get better soon. And hugs to your mum too, those humans do worry some I can tell ya! Love Bob the Dog xx and her indoors xxx

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    1. Thank you Bob the Dog and her indoors :-) xx

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  9. Best wishes to Indy and I hope he stabilises soon. It can take some time to get the medication balanced. Yes, rainbows are circular and the best way to see them is from an aeroplane. I saw about half a dozen of them during one early morning flight to Portugal about 20 years ago. Of course, that's where the saying about the pot of gold being at the end of the rainbow comes from because not only does the apparent 'end' of the rainbow move if you try to find it on land but, in reality a rainbow has no 'end'.

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    1. Thanks, Jacula. That must have been AMAZING to see whole circle rainbows - magical! I spent a great deal of time as a child chasing the end of rainbows with my bucket and spade out on the shore - very disappointing!! x

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  10. Hi Teresa,
    Penny and I send our hopeful and loving wishes to your beloved and brave Indy. May Indy's glucose levels stabilise soon. We wish you all the very best and lots of playful fun with Indy.
    The rainbow, symbolic of hopeful times.
    Take care,
    Gary x

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    1. Thank you Gary and lovely Penny. I know you've had a huge worry of your own recently and I am so happy all is confirmed well for Penny x

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  11. Good luck to Indy but it sounds like the vets know what they are doing. I wish a rainbow would land in my garden.

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    1. Thanks, Colette. I was thinking the same thing, but if a rainbow did land in our gardens, we wouldn't be able to see it would we? Invisible rainbows - perhaps I should dig a hole just in case ;-) x

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  12. Very best wishes to Indy and let's hope the next visit to the vet brings the right result. I'm sure that beautiful rainbow is a hopeful symbol. And I'm so glad he has been feeling more like himself lately. That's another good sign, too. x

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    1. Thanks, Joanna. Yes it is a good sign that he's been so bright - I felt quite down that his results weren't as good as we hoped, but of course compared to how he was a couple of weeks ago, he is much happier :-) x

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  13. I hope Indy will be stabalised soon, and I love to see a rainbow against a dramatic dark sky. A good sign I'm sure.

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    1. Thanks, Maggie - there is something hopeful about rainbows x

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  14. I love rainbows and missed geting a photo of an almost perfect bow recently! I do hope poor Indy is back on top form very soon - he does sound a model patient.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary - yes he is a model patient and he makes it so easy for me to give him the injections, bless him x

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  15. Teresa, no photograph qualifies as a 'rubbish photo', all the time it has a rainbow in it. Nice post.

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  16. I' m sure the vet knows his stuff, and sometimes it takes a while for things to settle. Keep the faith.

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  17. Oh no!! Oh poor Indy!! I am so so sorry to hear he's been unwell puzzling the vet's with his curves and what not! :-( Awwww! Hope he gets back to being as bouncy and bonny as that wonderful rainbow! Yay! Take care
    x

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  18. It's a great picture Teresa, thanks for sharing it with us. I would love to see you with your shovel, I sometimes want to do that as well. Glad Indy is on the mend.xx

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    1. Lovely photos of Indy rolling around - he certainly looks happy and that's the main thing. Crossing fingers, toes and everything else for you that the vets get him sorted. xx

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    2. Thanks, Lydia - as you say, his being happy is the main thing and he's stopped falling over when he chases the ball which I wrongly thought was him getting o.l.d.e.r. x

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  19. I hope the little chap is soon sorted out.

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  20. Hello again lovely Teresa I invited you to join the Sisterhood of the world bloggers, it's a blog award. You can pass it on or not...whatever you choose is ok :)...kisses and congrats.

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    1. That is lovely, thank you so much, Petronela :-) x

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