So I'm returning home from a very stressful court hearing regarding summer unemployment benefits for substitute teaching, and as I enter my apartment, I'm overwhelmed by an incredible, indescribable, stench. A cross between vomit, feces, and garbage truck. I notice first that my girlfriend (Andrea) is gone, but her college books are spread out on my bed. Notice next that the larger of my 2 cats is gone, and that the light is flashing on my answering machine. Message is of Andrea crying, "I called my sister to come and pick me up and rush Itchkabibble to the vet. Please meet us there as soon as you get home." Itch has probably been my best buddy for 12 years now. Only pet parents know the feeling. I jumped into the car and prayed obsessively. Got to the vet. My pal was a mess. He had lost all control over his bodily functions and emptied himself all over my apartment and himself. He seemed paralyzed. Couldn't clean himself. Vomit on his face and paws. Andrea said he had been panting uncontrollably until just before I arrived. I put my hands on him and talked to him while we waited our turn. Told him it was OK if he felt it was time to leave us. I was sure the vet was going to give me the BIG decision to make. It was a horrible 20 minute wait. When we got into the examination room Itch started to get a little spark back in his eyes. By the third attempt to get blood from him, life was flowing back into the veins he wouldn't allow to be pierced. By the time we left the office, he was fine. Itch is diabetic. It seems he hasd what vets are beginning to call stress related diabetes. Sometimes he has it, sometimes he don't. I have to be really vigilant about checking his blood sugar and watching after him. Apparently that morning he decide to quit being diabetic again, and the 8 units of insulin (which is a real lot for a cat) that I gave him in the morning wasn't needed. He crashed bigtime and had a severe hypoglycemic reaction. It wasn't pretty. Itch is fine. He even caught and an killed the first mouse I ever saw in my place yesterday morning. Brought it to my feet and dropped it there - almost as if to say thanks. My cat story.