December 15th 2013 5:48 am
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Good morning Kit-tahs,
Rule number one in the Nat-cat's book:
1)Always let any Vet and their Tech know who is in chargge.
Last week was a bit of mishap. I had to go to the vet and have my blood pressure checked. Well, it was not a good day there for me-it never is lately. First off, though they had given daddy the first appointment at 8:10am for a 'tech exam) (that means I'm taken to the back and a tech looks at me), there was already an emergency-a Dog. A Dog that would simply not shut up, barking and barking. Now though I am a bit hard of hearing, this dog had upset other animals and I must have sensed it.
Then, the 'New' tech decided she would take over, and put the blood pressure cuff around my tail.
Now I hate having anything around my tail-Mom thinks it'e because I'm very sensitive there, and my FHS is triggered from that area. I was already in a bad mood and stressed and this new person did not help.
She somehow tried to hold me wrong...and I went off...the foolish creatures insisted on restraining me and I became very upset. I kicked her in the face, twice, and the neck, drawing blood...it was her fault. I also bit her hand. But alas, in the battle, I somehow lost a back nail and began to bleed everywhere....
Well, obviously they could not take my blood pressure and some new person at the desk told Daddy I might have to be 'on rabies hold' since I had bit this foolish girl. Daddy told them off. He said that it wasn't my fault if I got upset because there was a DOG upsetting me, he could hear the dog and me screaming-which got him very very upset-and that he NEVER WANTED THIS GIRL TO EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN! He then DEMANDED to talk with the vet, but she was attending to this emergency...(maybe the Dogs Barker was broken and that's why it was barking so much) but that it was the vet who agreed I was not up to any sort of shot at the moment. He then said I was 17 years old, the only time I went out was in my carrier to see THEM and that nothing was going to happen to me or he wasn't going to be responsible for what happened...
My own Vet tech saved the day. She came out, carrying my in a blankie, all wrapped up. She told daddy about my back claw, she had stopped the bleeding and that I was very upset but feeling a little better and that I could go home and rest and she would come to our house and take my blood pressure herself this week. She told the girl on the desk-not the lady we know-someone else-that she had taken care of me for 3 and a half years and that she would be the one to care for me from now on and that I could go home. She told Daddy not to worry about anything.
Daddy and she got me in my carrier. I was happy to get out of there. She called Mommy and told her and Mommy didn't yell at her-she and Mommy like each other-though Mommy was really upset when Daddy told her what happened.
I went home, and my little back foot was sore, but I was otherwise ok.
My tech came over on Tuesday, with the nice woman we know from the front desk. She took my blood pressure from my paw, not my tail. Mommy told her that I hated to have my tail touched. I was in my little heated bed and stayed there. I didn't like it, and I hissed and growled but she spoke nicely to me and was gentle and kind and you know what.....
my blood pressure was normal!
It turns out I may not have high blood pressure at all....I simply hate being at the vet, and being there upsets me.
But the little vet wants to keep me on the meds for awhile to make sure. She said that it's doing me no harm. Mom has run out of meds, and she didnt' tell Daddy this til late Saturday, so I am out of meds and haven't had to take any. But he will have to get them today or Monday. She said that as it had tested high on a couple occasions, she thought for now it was good to keep me on til we checked again.
I'm otherwise feeling much better these days, though I don't like the cold and am spending alot of time in the heated bed...the cold doesn't agree with me.
Ah, for a nice warm bed and staying warm...I miss my warm summer sun...
purrs for all,
Natalie the Natcat
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Oh my, you sure have been through it, and your daddy too.
It's called the "doctor effect" when your blood pressure is high or higher at the doc's office. And I never heard of BP taken at the tail. Luckily, the right tech adores you! Home visit is the way to go!
Yes Miss Mazie,
We just heard of a vet who makes house calls, and mommy may be, as you do, going that way shortly with me! Yippe!!!
Actually it's supposed to be taken on the tail to get a proper reading. glad you were able to go home and are okay now!
Interesting. My blood pressure was taken on my arm, just like a human. The tech took it five times and averaged them out, but only the first couple were a little high. After that, my blood pressure dropped steadily.
What you went through would be enough to make anybody's blood pressure, high, Nat!
Oh my Nat you should not have to go through that at all...just glad you got home and you are safe, in your warm bed and doing well!!!
Hang in there sweetie...sending lots of angel hugs and butterfly kisses to you
OMC! Sorry you had to go through all that.
Good gravy Nats! Bless your little heart. Take care of your little paw. Sendin' purrs...
Oh Nat! I'm so sorry for all you went through. We hope you're doing better now. Keep warm! We're purring for you.
What an event! Poor Nat. It sounds like you have a good vet tech though, for her to come to your house. Rest and relax on your heated bed little one.
Oh goodness Nat, you had quite the day!! I am happy you are ok though, the Vet is never a great place to be. :)
Oh my catness, Natalie, that new vet tech needs LOTS more training. Anycat would be upset at that kind of treatment. Last time I went in I started foaming at the mouth when they wanted my blood. I got so upset. They left me alone and told Mom that Mietzi is not going to give them any blood today. They just need to leave us alone if we get furry upset and try another day. Purrs to you. Hope your nail heals quickly.