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02:42 PM - 06/28/2006

The topic: At the vet’s


Ciara weighed in at 6.5 pounds!  That’s good, she’s steadily gaining weight.

She got her injections (I found out today exactly what they are, I was right on the vitamin B and calcium, the third ingredient is magnesium).  The vet said her back left leg is back to normal (which I don’t quite understand, she can’t put weight on it, maybe he means feeling wise; and maybe she can’t put weight on it because the muscles are weak from disuse).  She peed on the table and I wiped it up.

Then the vet tech walked away and I was holding her.  I wasn’t watching the vet and he squeezed one of her legs.  She wasn’t happy about this and she turned her head and bit me.  *lol*  Blood flowed.  But that’s okay, I can understand it and I didn’t and don’t hold it against her.  Honestly, I’m surprised she hasn’t done it sooner.

She goes in again Friday at 10:30, then next Wednesday at 2:00 in the afternoon.  I don’t like the idea of driving in the afternoon, but I am getting a little more used to it at this point.  I have to drive through a city named Santee on my way to route 52 and they are working on an extension of the 52 and traffic is obnoxious.  Bleh.  But that’s the worst part of the trip.

Another hopeful thing.  Ciara seems to have remembered how to sleep.  She slept yesterday and she’s been sleeping ever since we got home.  Her breathing still isn’t wonderful, but it’s not nearly as bad as it had been.

Cautiously optimistic.  That’s me.

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08:15 AM - 06/28/2006

The topic: Babies


Ron Howard got over his little episode in three days.  Yesterday, Rory was showing the same signs. *sigh*

She was in bed with us this morning, cuddled up against my side.  She is eating a little more than Ronnie did when he wasn’t feeling well and she’s drinking water. 

I feel so bad for kitties when they don’t feel well.

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07:55 AM - 06/28/2006

The topic: Ciara update


I haven’t written about her since Friday.  Because I don’t exactly know what to say. 

The holistic doctor said she has osteoporosis.  She got two injections, B vitamins and calcium.  She has to get these three times a week.  Today will be her third treatment.

He also prescribed some supplements.  Herbal remedies in Pet-Tinic, vitamin C, taurine and other stuff.  Some drops called “calcionate”.  When I asked about something for her pain, I got another bottle of herbs in Pet-Tinic for bone pain. And amoxicillan drops (which I’ve switched out with tablets, since the drops are so messy, along with all the other drops of stuff she’s getting).

He said I should be “cautiously optimistic”.  He said it will take at least two weeks of treatment to see any progress. 

I watch her.  I’m hopeful.  I see her doing things.  Is this good?  Is this a fluke? Is it….wishful thinking?

I dunno. 

She’s eating well.  She loves her Hill’s A/D.  She’s eating about two cans a day.  Plus other stuff, like baby food or Nutro veal pate (one she’s always liked). She’s not drinking at all.  She did lap up some goat’s milk earlier this week, but hasn’t been interested since.

She’s pooping.  The first couple of days, she didn’t, then Monday night I found she’d gone in the carrier, most of it still stuck to her tail.  I cleaned it off (it wasn’t nasty runny stuff, it was good looking poop) and yesterday morning, she went a whole lot in the litter box.  Of course, I had my hands around her belly supporting her, since she’s not putting weight on her back legs. Her left leg has more strength than her right, which has none at all, but it does have more feeling.  Just gently touch it to find out.  It hurts. I hope (wish/pray) this is a good sign.

The drops are nasty.  The one with the calcionate is sticky.  She gets four droppersful twice a day.  The immune drops, she gets three droppersful three times a day. And the bone pain drops, she gets three droppersful twice a day. This morning, she fought me for the first time. She actually was looking for a way to get out of the carrier (it’s one of those that has plastic things on the side that just pop out so the top comes off; much more convenient than trying to pull her out when I need her….here at home, I’ll put the top on, but I don’t attach it). A good sign?  I dunno.  I hope so.

Monday the vet said that her bones didn’t hurt so much.  He knew this by her reaction when he squeezed one of her front legs.  I think at the joint.

We’ve got an appointment today and I have to make another one for Friday.  I don’t know how it will work next week with the holiday, I’ll ask this morning.

I haven’t heard a word from the vet who was going on about MRIs and surgery.  It’s been over a week.  I don’t care right now.

I took Bart in for the recheck of his eye yesterday and I didn’t say anything about Ciara.  When Bart’s exam was over, the vet asked me about Ciara.  He mentioned the vet who spoke of MRIs and surgery.  He warned me that they like to do all of this expensive testing and in the end, it wasn’t worth a cent.  I told him I hadn’t heard from them and I mentioned the holistic vet.

He said he was all for that, he could get behind that type of treatment.  He asked me some questions about what was being done for her and then told me if I needed any help with her, that he would be there for me.

I hope (wish/pray) that she does show definite improvement by the second week of July.

Because this ain’t no way to treat a cat.

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07:44 AM - 06/28/2006

The topic: It’s hot!


It’s hot, it’s hot, it’s hot! 

Two days ago, a little after two in the afternoon, my weather station gave us a heat index reading of over 126°.  It’s been this way since last Saturday.  You’d think we lived in Florida or something.  The humidity is supposed to drop tomorrow and cooler temperatures are expected Friday.

I’m melting, I’m melting.  (And it’s not pleasant.)

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