When Sam The Dark Wonder cat was diagnosed with diabetes in October 2009, of course we didn't know how it would go. But someone had brought back a partial unit of insulin syringes -- they come 100 to a package which includes a hazardous sharps disposal container -- and the wonderful folks at Allendale Animal Hospital passed it on to us. At first he got two shots a day, but diabetes in cats isn't the same as diabetes in people, and eventually we got him stabilized on a single small shot in the morning after breakfast. The insulin was like rocket fuel, working wonders on Sammy for 2½ years.
And we must've ended up with 60-80 syringes in that first partial unit.
So the other day we got the last statement from the vet's office for last month. (DW) And today I swung by and settled up.
On the way, I bagged up some of our remaining supplies. The last vial of insulin can't be reused, so it'll get tossed. But I had a full container of spent sharps for recycling and most of a new container of syringes. Plus most of a case of cans of Science Diet w/d diabetic cat food.
So I dropped that off, too, for the next cat who suddenly turns diabetic and its owners who have to take care of them. I took a picture of Sam's gift, along with Eileen who runs the vet's office. Actually, Eileen was also the practice cat in October 2009 -- I gave her a shot of saline to learn how to give Sam his shot. (grin) I did it very well. (double-grin) And Sam almost never objected during all those hundreds of shots I gave him. (extra-special-grin)
Some number of insulin syringes and 17 cans of feline Science Diet w/d -- while Eileen glares slightly on the third picture. (Click on photo for larger.)
And paying it forward.