August 12 Blood Sugar Readings

Good morning, furiends. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar readings for the week. It has definitely been a hot few weeks here. The human is not happy about having to run the air conditioning all the time. Koji and I do not like being unable to go onto the balcony, either.

The human says this is because it is just too hot. And when Koji and I sneaked past the human onto the balcony, I have to say I agree. It is very warm out there!

No need to work on the fur tan when it is so hot. Besides, there are sun puddles in the home for Koji and me to use to get some sun. And when we get tired of them, we relax in the darker areas of the home and cool down.

This Feline is Cooling Down

But enough of how hot it is, furiends. On to my blood sugar readings. For the week, my blood sugar readings averaged 156. That is a lot lower than the week before, when they averaged 180. But either way, they are fine. These readings are well below the level where I will start to get complications from diabetes.

The other good thing about my blood sugar readings for the week is that none of them were so low that the human got worried. We had one test with results that made the human skip my insulin shot. But that reading still did not make the human get concerned.

Well, furiends, I am off to go and try to keep cool. The human noticed that when it is hot, I groom myself more. I am a smart feline, after all, and know that being a little damp helps keep me cooler.

I will tell you about my blood sugar readings next Monday. Until then, stay cool if it is hot where you live, furiends!

Feline Co-Authors Physics Paper

Furiends, we felines are smart creatures. And bengal cats like me, Jacey, and Koji are even smarter than most felines. But I’ll bet you never though a feline could co-author a scientific paper!

That is what happened in 1975. A human physicist had put together a paper about a very complex topic. The paper was titled “Two, Three, and Four Atom Exchange Effect in bcc 3He.” I do not know what this, means, furiends. And the human does not, either. But humans who are trained in physics say it talks about atomic behavior at different temperatures.

The human who wrote the paper sent it to a colleague. And the colleague told that human that the paper was good, except for one problem. Instead of using “I,” the author chose to use “we.” And the journal Physical Review Letters had a strict rule. They rejected any papers with less than two authors that used “we” instead of “I.”

Back when the paper was written, it would have been very hard to fix the mistake. The author would have had to do it manually. And they decided not to.

This Feline Co-Authored a Scientific Paper

Instead, they decided to credit their feline as a co-author. The feline was named Chester. And so they credited F.D.C Willard as a co-author. The F.D.C. stands for felis domesticus Chester. And Willard was Chester’s father’s name. The trick worked. Issue 35 of Physical Review Letters carried the paper.

For a while, the only humans who knew about this were the author and their close colleagues. But one day, a visitor came to the campus. The author was away. So the visitor asked for the co-author, which prompted laughter. And the story spread.

Once the university officials learned of the trick, they wanted to get in on it. They asked if they could list Chester as a distinguished visiting professor. And the human behind the paper produced a few signed copies of the paper, complete with Chester’s paw print.

I suppose it is fitting that a feline would publish a physics related paper, furiends. After all, one of the most famous cats is Schroedinger’s cat!

 

July 16 Blood Sugar Readings

Good morning, furiends. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar readings for the week. First, I will tell you about something that amused me and Koji. One of us was bad, and we knocked down the toilet paper holder. The human was not happy about this. But he knew he had to put it back into the wall.

The Human Could Have Used Some Feline Help

Koji and I saw him go into the tool box, and we decided to observe. The human started off the job off easily. He measured the spacing for the holes and leveled things off. But then he could not get the fasteners into the wall. And he got more and more annoyed.

Eventually, he stopped trying to use those fasteners and used the ones that came out of the wall in the first place. You will not be surprised to learn this made the human very frustrated. He said many words that I will not repeat to you.

And Koji and I were silently snickering the entire time. This probably was good for my blood sugar readings, but it was not good for the human!

On to my blood sugar readings for the week. They averaged 184 this week, which is up a little from the 174 we saw last week. While the numbers are a little higher, they are still at a safe level. The individual readings were also good news. None of them were so low that they would be considered hypoglycemic.

We did have one reading where the human did not want to risk giving me insulin. That reading was lower than we want. But it was still above the level considered to be hypoglycemic.

I will tell you about my blood sugar readings for the week next Monday. And maybe I will get to snicker at the human some more. If I do, I will be sure to tell you about that. He will not be happy, but Koji and I will be!