Oh, Charlie, I am so sorry to hear that! I wonder if she would've eventually developed that form of diabetes anyway, and the hydrocortisone just hastened its appearance? Whatever the case, I hope that things are under control now. Is she unable to handle her own medication needs? It seems like you have an awful lot on your plate.
Charlie, it certainly IS overwhelming. I think it's harder on the caregiver than the patient. Therefore, you absolute MUST find some time for yourself. It's not selfish, it's a necessity. Otherwise, you will burn out. Get some respite care for your wife once in awhile, so you can go do something for yourself. I know all the caregivers and former caregivers here will agree.
Sue, people get sick from airplane travel all the time, as the air is recycled. I would like to have seen your pink cat! I had a pure white one who turned yellow during the time that I smoked. LOL I quit 7 yrs. ago this month, so when he died last summer, he was pure white again.