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Old 10-10-2021, 12:06 PM
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In my opinion you are seeing some rebounding which is very common as the body tries to adapt to the new reality of injected insulin which is far different than its biological counterpart

It takes time for the body to settle in and accepting this new reality.

You could try some carby/sugary snacks at the lower points in the day to try to interrupt that dump of sugar by the body but ussually you have to do it before that low point as it maybe to late if you wait till its at th lowest number . Now this is just experimentation and seeing if you can interrupt that spike of sugar. I would give my Jesse a spoonful of honey to work with the strength of injected insulin with surprising results . I liked honey over food as there really wasnt digestion involved and the honeys sugar went quick into the blood stream .

It took better part of a year to get jesse in a stable routine and her last couple years I really did test her much at all as she was very stable

Jesse was challenging to regulate and when I looked at the vets eyes they were confused and not sure what to do except for the basics which is when I decided to take matters into my own hands and become an expert on my Jesses diabetes which I believe I accomplished with Jesses cooperation and help

The good thing is you are seeing some very good numbers and your pup is stable ,
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Old 10-10-2021, 03:09 PM
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As promised. Here is Maxís curve today from my spreadsheet, First row is time, second is BGs and third is mental/activity state:
Sunday
5:30
Unknown
Breakfast and Insulin
8:00
176
Resting
10:00
335
Resting
12:00
435
Resting
2:00
470
Resting
4:00
248
Animated - My fault from football
5:30
Unknown
Dinner and Insulin
6:00
Resting
447

Iím at a lossÖ This is at 7 units of Vetsulin. Updated units Wednesday evening.
Max is an 11 YO PWC diagnosed in early August and started on 3 units at that time.
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Old 10-10-2021, 03:58 PM
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Ironically, this has been the same pattern since diagnosed in early August and given 3 units. Works well for a few days, then doesn't...
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Old 10-10-2021, 04:43 PM
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One last reading for tonight: 244 at 7:30 tonight.

This monitoring is hard to do!

My husband is convinced I'm insane for following his curve, I'm convinced I need to do it for a pattern, of which I've not seen, or don't understand...

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Old 10-11-2021, 11:26 AM
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the 176 was it at fasting? or after food and insulin. means alot to know the fasting number before food. remember if is under 200 wait to inject until the bg is over 200.

i dont see any exercise. when did Max go for a walk?

good job both you and Max
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Old 10-11-2021, 01:15 PM
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Thanks for your help! The reality here is that I cannot get a before breakfast readÖ Iíd love to, but itís just not possible with the, shark type feeding frenzy, that occurs here in the morning. Keep in mind itís not just Max here, I have a GSD as well and the routine is, they go out to pee, then straight to their crates for their breakfast, and it damn well better be fed promptly!!!! I would never be able to pin him down for a reading in the morning, sadlyÖ As I feed exactly 12 hours apart (and for whatever reason the evening meal isnít as much of a shark frenzy, I am able to get a reading before the meal, so I just have to hope the numbers would be the same in the morning as they were the night before, which are typically pretty high!
Iím also wondering how accurate the Alphatrack II really is? For instance, I fed him at 5:30 this morning, then read him at 9:00 and it said 60, although he looked and acted fine! I took it 45 minutes later and it was 292? Can it really go up more than 200 in less than an hour??? This has been his normal reaction to insulin of any doseÖ I just took it a few minutes ago (4:00 PM here) and it was almost 400.
Iím just so confused about his numbers and what, if anything they really mean??
We didnít go for a walk yesterday as it rained and he wonít even go out to pee in the rain! He hates it! You can tell he was rescued from someplace other than NEÖ Resilient, heís NOT! LOL
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Old 10-11-2021, 02:51 PM
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taking control of Max,s diabetes is just that control. try and find a way to get that fasting test in okay. your in control! maybe take him for a short walk alone. ince u have the routine down pat all will be better, honest

when u get a low number, test again!

we cant chase numbers . yes blood sugar gets irregular until Max is regulated. your aiming for under 250 for the better part of the day.

test after breakfast before you give insulin make sure hes over 200 before u inject.

he also needs to exercise lighly to bring down his blood sugar.
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Old 10-11-2021, 03:39 PM
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I seen the big jump after a low number and at a much higher level .Classic rebounding and until you can curb the strength of insulin it may continue but time can reduce its affects and be less pronounced

You can do one of 3 things .
Reduce the dose and see if sugar balances out
A food change and or sugary or carby snack to balance things out
Just maintain what your doing and see if time will balance things out .

Most meters get fairly accurate at lower numbers so the 60 is more than likely close to being correct and in my opinion to low to be a normal maintenance level for the long term

Whether its 292 or 200 its a big dump of sugar


Its not that complicated and following the simple protocols will usually do the trick and most get to a regulated place and regulation can be different depending on the individual dog


You know insulin is working thats a good thing so really the hard part has been overcome Now it may take some fine tuning and time to get things working for the long haul . 6 months from now you ll wonder what all the fuss was about
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Jesse earned her wings on 6/21/2021

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Old 10-11-2021, 03:52 PM
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Thanks for your response!

When I see a low number like that, I do give a cookie (Wellness Just Vegging) to try to bring it up!
Also, as I live in a rural area, Taking Max for a walk before testing isn't an option here. First off, as we live in a rural area, we live in Black Bear country. Second, there are no street lights.

We've actually had a bear in our yard several times despite our six foot stockade fence and there is no way in hell I'm walking down the road with Max in the dark...

Max will in fact run back in the house as did my previous rescued GSD, But Ace Lobo isn't afraid of no damn bear, and he's the one I worry about...

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Old 10-11-2021, 05:11 PM
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eventually you would like to move from reactionary to a stable routine that is repeatable everyday and that will happen For example giving a cookie snack at the same time everyday . Consistency is regulations friend

Now once regulated and seeing more consistency there can be some flexibility to a routine as you understand your dogs patterns.

I am in a rural area but our dangers are coyotes and maybe a mountain lion .

Jesse once went nose to nose with a coyote and rattlesnake with no ill affects

She also had a huge owl size her up but to big for the owl but the dive bomb was surprising .

It was a very special time for me and jesse managing her diabetes it created a very tight bond between us and we made a great team .

Your doing a fine job and making progress
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