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      Wednesday, October 05, 2011

11:16 AM - 10/05/2011

The topic: Back from the vet

Skippy just hasn’t rebounded from his illness back in August.  Since we’re gonna be gone next week, I made an appointment for him on Monday.

Skip has a 104° temperature.  Normal for a cat is 101.5°.  This is just a little less than his temperature back in August.  The vet didn’t like that Skip had lost so much weight. He didn’t like that Skip’s breathing appeared labored. The vet mentioned fluid in the lungs.  And because of his FIV status, he was concerned that something badnasty was going on with Skipper.
Skip got the works as far as tests go.  The x-rays showed nothing, everything looks as it should.  Skip even had some poo in his bowels.

Then came the bloodwork.  The vet said since it wouldn’t really take all that long, I could just wait for the results.

And the results?

Well, nothing bad.  The only thing was his WBC; white blood count - the white blood cells are what the body produces to fight off infection.  The trouble with FIV (or HIV in humans) is that the body’s immune system doesn’t work right.  When there’s an infection, the body doesn’t make the needed white blood cells.  So, the count would be lower than it should be.  When Skip had the bloodwork last August, his WBC was around 11,000.  Not bad, normal, really.  Today it was 31,000.  Which is a good thing to know. It means that his immune system is working.  And it means he’s fighting off an infection somewhere.  The vet said since the x-rays were clear (no fluid in lungs, the organs are all the proper size) that it might be in the blood system.  So, Skip is on a different course of medications now.

In August, he was given doxicycline.  Today, he’s on clavamox.  Twice a day. For two weeks.

Alicia said “you better put him someplace where I can find him” so he can be medicated.  Looks like Skip will be spending a couple of days in the crate next week.

The first thing Skip did when we got home and he got out of the carrier?  He ate.


      Wednesday, October 12, 2011

07:45 AM - 10/12/2011

The topic: I’m a winner!

In this morning’s email:

“We’re happy to let you know that you’re a winner in the DISNEY MOVIE REWARDS FEEL LIKE A MILLION GIVEAWAY! You’ve won a Disney Character printable sticker and 10 Disney Movie Rewards Points. Congratulations!”

So, I’m thinking “a printable character?  Like I download it and use my own computer, printer and ink to print it? Wow, I’m impressed.  And ten whole rewards points?  I rock!”  Then I read the fine print.

Tier 1 Prize: FIVE (5) TIER 1 PRIZES: Movie admission and concessions for six (6) of the Disney movies to be released in 2012. The prize will be awarded in the form of six (6) Hollywood Movie Money® fun packs; each fun pack will include four (4) movie certificates good for up to $12 each off admission to see any motion picture playing at participating theaters and four (4) $5 concession certificates. Prize will be awarded in the form of Hollywood Movie Money® reward codes. Value of movie admission and concessions is the same for US and Canada. Movie admission and concession certificates must be used by 12/31/12. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $408 USD.

Tier 2 Prizes: THREE (3) TIER 2 PRIZES: An Epson MovieMate 62 Projector and a Duet Ultra Portable Projector Screen. ARV: $750 USD.

Tier 3 Prizes: FIVE (5) TIER 3 PRIZES: A Tablet (make and model determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion). ARV: $599 USD.

Tier 4 Prizes: TEN (10) TIER 4 GRAND PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 4,500 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. FIFTY (50) TIER 4 FIRST PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 1,000 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) TIER 4 SECOND PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 250 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. FOUR HUNDRED (400) TIER 4 THIRD PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 100 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. EIGHT HUNDRED (800) TIER 4 FOURTH PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 50 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. ONE THOUSAND (1,000) TIER 4 FIFTH PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 25 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. THIRTY-NINE THOUSAND (39,000) TIER 4 SIXTH PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 10 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. SEVENTY-SIX THOUSAND (76,000) TIER 4 SEVENTH PRIZES: A Disney Character printable sticker and 5 Disney Movie Rewards Points. ARV: $0.10. Winners can redeem Disney Movie Rewards Points for rewards items found in the Disney Movie Rewards catalog. All rewards items are subject to availability. After verification, winner will be provided specific directions to claim their allotted Disney Movie Rewards Points. Disney Movie Rewards Points have no monetary value. Disney Movie Rewards Points may only be used to redeem rewards items pursuant to the Disney Movie Rewards Program’s Terms & Conditions (http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/page/terms-and-conditions.htm).

I bet you’re jealous.  And rightly so.  I wonder where I declare this on our taxes…..


      Thursday, October 20, 2011

06:09 PM - 10/20/2011

The topic: Skip update

Well, after being on clavamox for fourteen days, it looks like Skip may be doing better.  His last clavamox was Tuesday night and finally, today, his appetite is picking back up.  I’m taking him in next week for a blood recheck to seer if his WBC is back to normal.  I was so concerned about him not eating, but it looks like the clavamox was affecting it.

He was back in the cat tree this afternoon and has come inside multiple times for food and water. 

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him.

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