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      Sunday, October 22, 2017

12:25 PM - 10/22/2017

The topic: More energy!


I don't know where it came from, the walking or the mega vitamin D, or just because, but I have more energy.

I'm actually doing things, not just staring at the wall, wondering what I should be doing.

For instance, I did a load of pants this morning, jeans and sweatpants.

Then I hung them on the line! We're in for a couple of days of hot weather (talking 100° plus days) and the pants should dry quickly.

I ran Botti yesterday, stacked chairs and step stools away from his path.

I just feel like being more active. Not like training for a marathon active, but just more like doing something. It's kind of nice. I'd probably feel like doing even more if it wasn't for this stupid cold. Nose isn't as runny, but there's the cough....

I know when the heat hits, I won't feel like doing squat. lol

the morning walk
11:44 AM - 10/22/2017

The topic: We started walking again last Monday


Because of those lab results we got from our blood tests a couple of weeks ago. We didn't walk Friday, so we walked yesterday. We won't be walking tomorrow, so we walked this morning.

At the midway point of our current route, there is an elementary school. On a small, what used to be quiet, residential street. A couple of years ago they made that school a charter school and now there is all sorts of traffic in the morning and afternoon, from parents bringing their kids and picking up their kids.

Last year, some residents put up those "slow" signs because people are assholes and don't care about speed limits on residential streets. Too involved in their own lives to care about those around them. We used to have some major potholes on our street, a real pain, some were two feet deep, but after over a decade of potholes and complaints, they got taken care of after this charter school went in. Because the school traffic wouldn't use our street as a route because of the potholes and it caused a major bottleneck going the other way. And the traffic started coming up our street as well. Our nice, wide, quiet street. I miss those potholes.

Anyway, these little signs are made of corrugated plastic or something similar and one had been pulled from the street sign. It just hung there. Every day this past week, Brian would set it straight. And the next day, it would be just hanging again. I told him yesterday he should bring a zip tie. He said "I thought about doing that".

This morning, he brought the zip tie.

It will be interesting to see how it is on Tuesday.


      Friday, October 20, 2017

07:52 AM - 10/20/2017

The topic: So, an eventful week comes to a close


Thank God. I certainly hope this is the end of the bad streak.

Rory and Spot are both doing much better. I was a little surprised on Wednesday when the phone rang and it was the clinic we took Rory to last weekend. Calling to confirm her dental on Thursday. The dental that would cost between $800 and $1200. Nope. You can cancel that one. No way would we use that clinic for routine work. Emergencies only. 

When we were at our vet on Monday waiting to pick up Rory and Spot, Brian told Shannon (receptionist) that when that one tech kept asking me questions about Rory's care I said "we're done here".  He finally quit asking me things and got the doctor. Neither cat loves taking their medicine, but both are doing much better today than they were on Monday.

Brian got some not good results on a couple of his blood tests. He goes back in for one on Monday morning and he's getting a colonoscopy on the 30th. One of the problems with those tests where you poop on paper in the toilet and stick that little thing in it, if there's blood, they can't tell where it actually came from. In the colon or from a hemorrhoid. He's worried about both of them. He's not saying much, but watching his internet searches, I know he's worried about both of them.

These are part of the reason we started walking again on Monday. Keep him in your thoughts.

I had ordered some new covers for our printers earlier this month. The vinyl covers I had were custom made fifteen or more years ago and over the years, they got ripped up by the cats. I tried taping them back together and honestly? That was an exercise in futility. They were beyond saving. Anyway, the new ones got here yesterday and I have to admit, they look pretty sharp. It's nice to have a cover for the R1900 that covers the printer AND the ink.

I really like my new phone. I figured out how to make my own personalized message for incoming calls and I think it turned out nicely. I hope anyone who hears it gets a little smile.

And it takes really awesome photos.

I picked up a cold. Not fun. Yesterday I had the sore throat and headache and stuffy nose. Today, the nose is more drippy. Bleh. 

Glad this week is almost done.

spot    rory    doctor    catstuff   

      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10:11 AM - 10/17/2017
We found three pennies! on our walk this morning

The topic: Alright. Update on the cats


The vet has a tentative diagnosis. He sent blood out for testing to double check what he thinks it is. Bartonella. From flea bites.

So, right now Rory and Spot are both on steroids to mess with the bacteria or whatever it is and doxycycline to kill the infection.

And they sold me Vectra for dogs, with instructions on dosing the cats. This is NOT Vectra 3D, which would KILL the cats. It's just "Vectra". There is a Vectra for cats and like other flea killers, the ingredient ratios are exactly the same, it's just the dosing that's different.

Rory is very happy to be home. Spot is doing well, too. They both look a little ragged. Rory isn't eating with as much enthusiasm as I wish she was, but the vet said after a couple of days of meds, her appetite should pick up.

The money scare is over. (Don't send money! I appreciate this, but we're okay,  I'll just send it back.) We were ready to pay the two grand, but the thirty-six hundred was a shock. Our regular vet charged us just under five hundred bucks, for two cats (with an ultrasound and x-rays), which included  the Vectra and a couple of bags of fluids. So, it was under $1700.00. 

While we were waiting for the vet to call with results, we went down to the local Cricket Wireless and I upgraded my phone. I kind of hoped this new phone would be easier for me to answer. And wouldn't you know when were down there, my phone rang? The old one? It was the vet and I couldn't answer the damned thing, even though I was doing it right. I handed it to the young woman behind the counter and asked her to answer it, she did, then handed it back to me.

He told me that he had a really good idea what was going on with these cats (and reflecting on our conversation, it was a positive that he had the both of them there). He said Rory's ultrasound showed nothing out of the ordinary. All organs were right sized and nothing was there that shouldn't be. But the blood work. The blood work was weird.

He said what was weird was that the results for Rory and Spot were almost identical. Both showed anemia. And he came to the conclusion that it was probably bartonella, which is transmitted by fleas. And medication should help. And that it's early enough in the week to see if there is some progress for both of them.

I asked about the possibility of the other cats getting this and he said he'd put it at five percent. Okay, we can live with that.

Rory was so happy to be home. She went and laid on the lawn, then ended up on the pillow under the kitchen window. She did come in at bedtime and snuggled up against me. At some point, she went back outside. But she's just thrilled to be home. Last night when she walked on the pillow, she was pretty unsteady, but she was a lot better this morning.

And I've got about ten cats treated with the Vectra at this point, got a couple more to do.

I feel a lot better today than I have in months.


vet    spot    rory    catstuff    bartonella   

      Monday, October 16, 2017

03:02 PM - 10/16/2017

The topic: I wish I drank


Because I'd be drinking right now.

So, we take Spot in to our regular vet. I tell Shannon, the receptionist, about Rory and the charges. She said she didn't see why we couldn't bring Rory over to our regular vet. She put a long note on Spot's check in sheet.

So, we go in to the examining room, waiting for the doc. Spot is right at home, except he really would like to jump down from the table. The vet came in, asked about what was going on with him, suggested x-rays and blood work to rule anything out. And we start talking about Rory.

The x-rays didn't show anything, so then it was on to blood work. He said "you go get the other cat instead of waiting here and just bring her here".  Before we were out of the examining room, I'd called the other place and told them we were coming to pick her up and bring her to our regular vet.

For some reason, Brian thought the $$$$ vet said MRI and I said "no, ultrasound". Once again, he kept fighting me on it, but I know I was right. (One of these days, he'll learn to let it go.) We discussed what the situation was and he said "bring her over here. I'll do the ultrasound and run the tests".

So, we go to the emergency vet (they're also a clinic, take appointments and walk-ins). I tell them who we are and that we're here to get Rory. I tell them I want copies of all of her test results for my vet. And we wait.

A tech came out and told us that they hadn't done the ultrasound yet (I side eyed Brian), it should be just a while. I told him "don't do it, we're taking her to our vet and he'll do it". That kind of surprised him and he went back to speak with the doctor. Then she came out and asked what we were going to do and I told her "take Rory directly from here to our other vet".  Not bring her home at all. So, she got instructions ready and they brought Rory out and I settled up the bill

We got a refund of $395 dollars. So, her care since Saturday morning was $1205.00.  A lot better than $3600.00.

On the way back to our vet, Brian said the reason he thought they'd said MRI was he couldn't believe the ultrasounds would cost $1600.00. "How can pregnant women afford that?" Yeah, because they aren't getting ripped off.

So, Rory is definitely feeling better, she was much more alert, but she wasn't eating for them. We got to the doc's office, brought her in, as well as all of the paperwork for her treatment thus far. Brian told me "I'll be right back" and he walked outside. Shannon came over and got Rory and said "okay, you can go now" and I asked if she was kicking me out and she said yes.

I walked outside and Brian was gone! Car and all. I called him, he'd come home to get the other carrier. Well, we don't need it just yet, come get me.

It's hot out there.

And now we wait.

10:18 AM - 10/16/2017

The topic: Happy birthday to me.


I'm 64 years old today.

Spotty is having problems. He's peeing okay, but he's not moving too quickly. It's like (koff) his tummy hurts. I saw him poop and it was just a little drip. I scooped it onto a leaf and it was mucusy and just not normal.

I know that my vet is really busy now and it's hard to get in same day, but after Potter, we won't do drop off. I called and spoke with one of the techs and explained the situation. I guess the second vet doesn't work on Mondays, they've switched it to Fridays because they're busier right before the weekend. (They have hired another vet who starts next week.) The doc wasn't in yet, but the tech said he'd leave a note for the doctor and call me back. I also let him know we had another cat over at the emergency hospital.

Then the hospital where Rory is called. Another doctor talked to me and asked about doing the ultrasound and that Rory's heart was beating fast and, even though she didn't hear a murmur, that she felt an ultrasound of Rory's heart would be advisable. She asked about the dental and I told her that the doctor this weekend said she didn't think Rory was up to something like that at this point, because anesthesia. She agreed (then why bring it up? did she not look at Rory's chart?). She said that we could come visit Rory anytime between 8:00 this morning and 10:00 tonight. Then she told me she'd have someone call with a workup of a new estimate, for what they've done and for the additional work they're doing.

Both places had my cell number. Both places called my cell number.

The first was our regular vet. I was cooking breakfast, turned off the burner and picked up my phone. It didn't answer as easily as it did when I called myself and knew it was going to ring. I started tantruming, but I did get it answered before it went to voice mail.

Spot has an 11:30 appointment.

Then I went back to making breakfast and the cell rang again. I answered it. (Yay!)

The new estimate was $1,600.00. I said "okay".

So, trying to stay positive.

I woke up.

We went walking.

We're able to get Spot into his regular vet. Today.

I just called to clarify the new estimate. That $1,600 is on TOP of the $2,000. Anyone want to donate to her bill?  If you do, nuttybuddy @ catler.org. Remove the spaces. Use the "friends and family" option, so they don't take fees. Thanks.

Damn. Just damn. Not expecting that at all.

vet    spot    rory    catstuff   

      Saturday, October 14, 2017

03:38 PM - 10/14/2017

The topic: We have a diagnosis


"Cholangitis is the medical term given for inflammation of the bile ducts and intrahepatic ducts -- the ducts that carry bile out of the liver. Bile, an essential component in the digestive process, begins in the liver and is then stored in the gallbladder until a meal is taken. The bitter fluid is then released into the cat's small intestine, where it emulsifies fats in the food to be used as energy by the rest of the body."

Rory wi'll be staying at the vet's until at least Monday. Hopefully, she'll be doing well enough by then to come home. There's a possibility they'll want to do an ultrasound if her progress isn't as good as they hope.

Antibiotics, fluids, pain meds, she's under supervision at this point and in good hands.


vet    rory    cholangitis   

11:50 AM - 10/14/2017

The topic: Ponderance


Laying in bed this morning, knowing there was a definite problem with Rory, I started to think over the past six or so months, looking for some common denominator as to what's going on with the cats.

I can't find one.

DaNiece started it back in June. We almost lost her. Over the course of the weeks, she ended up on phenobarbital for the rest of her life. As well as those thyroid meds she'd been taking.

Then Sagwa got pretty sick. He lost a lot of weight.  I was able to pull him out of it with hand feeding and fluids.

Potter had kidney disease. His kidneys were toast, beyond help.

Skip most likely had cancer. The snotty nose on Wednesday. The expanding head the following Monday. The blindness that Thursday. Death the following Monday. Fast growing tumor would be my guess. It all fits.

Rocky with his crypto and daily meds, which he hates to take.

Opie, who was diagnosed with minor COPD this summer.

Then Ronnie. Who's almost back to normal, except a lot more affectionate. He's putting on weight, eating and drinking.

Mystie, who spent most of her time close to the house or in the house, had a tumor by her liver. Who knows how long it was growing before it got so bad that we finally realized there was a serious problem and had to say goodbye.

And now, Rory. 

I'm just not seeing a common thread.

Brian and I had blood work on Wednesday. My results were what I expected. His were not. Not getting into it, but he's going to need more tests to rule stuff out.

And then waking up each morning with a cloud over the country, wondering how much deeper Cheetohead has dug the hole with his ignorance since the day before...and will we even be around next year?

I thought I was weary...

vet    skipper    sagwa    rory    ronnie    rocky    opie    mystie    daniece    catstuff   

10:10 AM - 10/14/2017

The topic: We’re home


Without Rory. We had to leave her there. For two days.

Lots of tests being run (bloodwork), x-rays (stomach and maybe chest), she'll be getting hydrated, medicine to help settle her stomach and pain meds as well. And flea treatment. Since she has fleas.

Possible problems mentioned were diabetes, kidney disease, pancreatitis and cancer (which there is no test for).

She's missing lots of teeth and what's left are in bad shape.

While we waited for the official estimate, Rory responded nicely to both of us. She even did the butt lift when I scratched her back. She rubbed against me and purred. She loved the attention she was getting from both Brian and me.  It was hard to leave her there, but she needs help that she can't get here at home.

Brian was nervous about the cost, but when I told him what the low/high estimates were ($1400/$2000) he didn't balk. We had to pay half of the low end in advance.

Which was really nice when the clerk gave us the senior discount. I'm a year short, but she went ahead and gave it to us anyway. 

Keep her in your good thoughts and prayers. She's really a nice cat. And she's only eleven years old.

vet    rory    catstuff   

08:28 AM - 10/14/2017

The topic: Oh, please, just STOP


Rory's sick.

She was throwing up yellow bile yesterday, not eating or drinking. Sitting hunched over.

I gave her a famotidine (Pepcid) and she didn't throw up for about five hours. Still hunched. I put some baby food in her mouth (not a lot) and she threw that up within fifteen minutes.

Early this morning (around three?) I syringed a little water into her mouth. It looks as if she kept that down. I gave her 3ml a little over an hour ago and she's kept that down.

The hydration pinch doesn't show that she's dehydrated which puzzles me.

If she's not doing better .... damn, she's outside puking again and her belly is just shaking.

I guess we're getting dressed and heading to emergency

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