Hang in there---did your vet say anything about using Pain Relief Neosporin on Oreo's ear after the testing with the lancet? I learned this trick on FDMB- you just need a tiny bit on a bit of cotton and gently pinch the ear to stop the blood flow. It will take a short time for Oreo's ear to build up more tiny blood vessels, then the poking will get easier because you will have more of a blood flow through his ears. also, I have to say, I did not hesitate to let my Tiger eat out of her bowl right there on the kitchen counter as I was testing and giving the shots. Then pretty soon, I got more confident and I could test and get the shot done in a few minutes. If you find yourself getting too frustrated, give it a rest, but continue giving the treats and hugs to Oreo. On the FDMB board, we learned to sing while learning to test and give shots, it sounds crazy, but it helped to relieve stress. Big hugs to you, keep up the great work. Regarding the high numbers, all I can say is Patience!! He does most certainly recognize that you are helping him. Don't stress out about the high numbers at this point, you just started giving insulin and remember, insulin is a hormone and won't have the exact same reaction every time. someone on the forum explained to me that if you have a headache, you can take an asprin, but insulin doesn't have that same predictible reaction. It will work, have patience!! Please let us know how you're doing!