Sunday, February 17, 2008
i was at work today (like most days) and i had no less than 5 lovely, concerned people ask how Duncan is. and i promised i would update:
he is MUCH BETTER. MUCH MUCH BETTER.
he has been quite stable for a couple of weeks, since the last post, really, and we went back to the vet, checked his weight (which is remaining the same), and re-checked his blood.
his total Biliruben (which is a measure of liver enzymes) was, when i first took him in, 19.3. that was 65 times normal. VERY VERY SCARY. as of last week, his Biliruben is only twice normal. YES. that is outstanding. his yellowness has gone away, and his hair is just starting to grow back.
and he is also eating on his own - at least sometimes. he is back to demanding turkey nearly every time i open (or go near) the refrigerator, and i am slowly weaning off feeding him through his tube. as long as his weight remains stable, i know that he is eating enough and hopefully within the next couple of months, i'll be able to get this tube taken out.
thank you again, everyone, for your concerns and nice thoughts.
i'm going to make my next post NOT be about a sick (or recovering) cat.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
he had a feeding tube in his nose and had to wear this unfortunate collar so he didn't pull out the feeding tube. he was miserable, but at least getting some nutrition. the scary bit was, i had to slowly build up his calorie intake, because his intake had been exactly zero, and to all of a sudden give him a ton of calories would have sent him into insulin shock.
again on monday night, his breathing became very fast and he looked even worse. i called again, and brought him in again, with the company of my dear friend liz. same vet (still a nice guy). i took him back in. when i put duncan in his kennel to go, he was just limp and so miserable. the vet took a look and said that duncan's breathing had stabilized and he thought it would be okay to take him home - and i had hit a point that i thought i was doing him more harm than good. to me, he had gotten worse, not better. i couldn't help him. i couldn't afford to leave him in the hospital for days on end. he was miserable and i decided (with many tears and much discussion) that it was time for him to go. i just couldn't put him through this anymore.
it is very slow going. we are now 8 days into this new tube. i still cannot get his full calories into him. he vomits usually once a day. the vet assures me i am doing everything right. i was afraid i was feeding too fast. he is on 3 different medicines to help him not be nauseous and/or vomit. he is also on antibiotics (just in case) and i have pain meds i can give if i think he's in pain. his nose is snuffly (partly because of the irritation from the other tube). his eyes are a bit runny. the poor thing is almost more bald than he has hair - he has shaved spots on 3 of 4 legs (from IV's), his whole stomach (from getting an ultrasound of his abdomen), and now his side (for the feeding tube).
Sunday, January 06, 2008
p.s. i changed the look of my blog for the new year. pretty in pink, you might say. needed a change of scenery.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
i know i'm terrible about posting. i realized some time ago that having a full time job where i'm not stuck in a cube, at a desk, is a good thing ... except when it comes to blogging. i used to write and read blogs pretty much all day at the old job. it made me look busy (except when i got caught).
now i have no time to sit and blog. i only recently got internet at home, and even that isn't quite up to par yet, so that hasn't been very helpful. sometimes i have a great connection and sometimes it just sucks.
so even though it's not technically 2008 yet, i'm making a new year's resolution to at least blog once a month. that sounds really sad but hey, it'll be a lot better than twice a year.
i will do that in exchange for: all you lurkers (especially the ones who track me down from my past, and you know who you are) comment now and then, would ya? my surprize visitor today didn't think i'd want a comment from the past. well of course i would. and this same visitor needs to email me, because i was an idiot and forgot to ask something very important. so this is now also a test, to see if you look again at my blog. ha ha.
and THANK YOU again for the visit, it was nice to see you, and meet your lady, and get a present delivered all in one day.
and to everyone else: find a moment to relax this holiday season. even though i've done a minimum of shopping, i feel totally worn out. i am exhausted. granted, i work retail 6 days a week, that could have something to do with it.
anyway, please take a moment to reflect on your year, things that have been good, even things that have been bad. i'm learning life is f***in short. it's important to keep perspective.
and i wish everything good for 2008. may it only get better!
p.s. for my cousin ryan, who i don't even think knows i have a blog, happy end-of-two-thousand-"sebn". it was a blast, my friend.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
this is kris. kris, meet everybody.
enough said? thanks. i thought so.
(okay seriously, i am giddy happy right now. i can't even explain it. it was an accident and predestined from the fates or something, because there's pretty much zero reason we would have met otherwise. okay now that's really enough said!)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
let's just move on. things are insane, but when are they not? i have a new job as of may 1. yes, a full time gig at a place i love ... 3 Kittens Needle Arts ... i left the bank FINALLY and even though i've had to be a bit more careful about my budget, it's been so worth it!!
i did the avon breast cancer 2-day walk on may 4th and 5th with my aunt and 2 cousins. it was fantastic, and i still don't have any pictures, or i'd have those up already.
mostly i've been working a lot. a LOT. knitting a LOT. even crocheting a LOT.
several other things to post about ... pictures to come ... i want to get back in this habit (such as it was)
Friday, April 06, 2007
"I went to the Home Depot the other day, which was unnecessary. I need to go to the Apartment Depot. Which is just a big warehouse with people standing around saying, 'Hey, we ain’t gotta fix shit!' ”