Thursday, February 10, 2022

Nermie hard decision

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is doing fantastic this week!
Just wanted to check in because you guys have been so super supportive and I wanted to keep you posted.
We’ve had multiple check-in‘s with the vet regarding Nermal and his glucose numbers. For those new here- Nermal is my cat that was diagnosed with diabetes about two months ago after losing four pounds in one month. After we first started shots his numbers were in the 700s. After about two weeks we got them down to 500. That was giving him 2 units in the morning and 2 units at night and basically hand feeding him special diabetic cat food.  When I took him back the next time his numbers were back up in the 700s again. So the vet moved him to 3 units at night and 3 units in the morning. We tried that for about two more weeks and when I took him back this time the numbers were still up. So then the vet wanted to try 4 units in the morning and 4 units at night. I explained to him that Nerm is not acting like himself anymore. He never plays and all he does is lay in bed and sleep all day. I told him I was considering euthanasia due to him not having any quality of life at all. My vet said since he’s only six he did not agree and didn’t think we should even consider that yet.
I’ve been doing 4 units in the morning and 4 at night for a couple of days now and he is still filling the litter box within 6 hours with pee. He’s moping around the condo or he just lays on the bed all day. He doesn’t even watch birds anymore or try to play. He used to play all day. He really just lays there. He is not the same cat he used to be and I just can’t justify making him suffer anymore. My vet wants me to continue trying but I’ve decided I can’t put him through this anymore.
I contacted the at-home euthanasia vet that I used before when my last cat had liver cancer. She agrees that it’s time. So I’ve made an appointment for Saturday at 1 PM to allow him to pass on peacefully.
Any and all prayers are definitely appreciated. I honestly just can’t justify putting him through this anymore.

Please pray for me-this is going to tear my heart out but I simply can not watch him suffer with no quality of life any longer.




32 comments:

  1. Prayers said for you and kitty. Don't think cat diabetes is this hard to control. Almost seems like the plan is doing the opposite with his increase in pee instead of decrease. Nermie trusts you to take care of him at this juncture too.
    Kinda makes me think you'd be a good hospice nurse. That would certainly be at the other end of the spectrum from being a mother/baby nurse. Linda in Kansas

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    1. Yes, I am not sure I would be a good hospice nurse though. They have to hold back emotions and I was bawling through the whole thing and then everyday since. It has been horribly hard and I do not think I could hold back emotion. I wish it would have turned around but he just kept getting worse and worse on more and more insulin. UGH. Thank you as always for the sweet and thoughtful words Linda! HUGS

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  2. I am so very sorry, and my heart goes out to you both.

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    1. Thank you so much. It is so appreciated! HUGS

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  3. I am so very sorry...sending you lots of hugs.

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    1. Thank you Linda - the hugs are so appreciated! HUGS

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  4. My heart is breaking for you, but you are doing the right thing.

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    1. Thank you Kathy....the reassurance if so appreciated. I have second guessed myself many times...I miss him horribly! HUGS

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  5. awww so sad but we know our babies :(

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    1. Absolutely Julie. I have second-guessed myself because I miss his cuddles soooo much - but I could not allow him to suffer anymore! Thank you - HUGS

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  6. Sending prayers and positive thoughts.

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    1. Thanks for the prayers and thoughts Patrick. HUGS

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  7. I'm so sorry, it is such a difficult decision to have to make. Virtual Hugs.

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    1. Thanks for the virtual hug!!! Any hug helps!!! HUGS

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  8. I'm so sorry. We've been through it and I know how hard it is. I agree, you are making the right decision.

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    1. Thanks so much Mari - it is such a hard decision but I am sure it was the right one. Sorry you had to go through it also. HUGS

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  9. I have only found you but I understand your pain. You are doing the right thing.

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    1. Thank you so very much....I hope you have found comfort if you have also gone through the same thing. hugs

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  10. So sorry to hear this. It's a hard decision to make.

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  11. We just put down our 13 yr old Lab Thursday. It's the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. but you know when it's time and they will let you know if like a dog. Then you are giving them a loved and comfortable send off. But it's hard. very hard. Sending love and hugs your way.

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    1. Oh my Margaret!!! I am sooo very sorry for your loss! I hope you are holding up okay. I have no doubt you knew what needed to be done and made the best decision for your loved pet also. Sending hugs for peace and comfort

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  12. So sorry for your loss! I hope it all goes well. Take care!

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  13. Ann, I am sorry about Nermie. Sending gentle hugs your way. Hope your 3 tests on mathernity went well.

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    1. Thank you Robin! All three tests went awesome! HUGS

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  14. This is understandably a terribly hard decision to make considering Nermie’s age, but I agree with you that watching him suffer is even sadder. His quality of life is also a factor. I am puzzled as to why the vet cannot see this.

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    1. Thank you so much - your comments mean more than you know! HUGS

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