Diary of a Ruddy Aby

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Happy Thanksgiving to our friends

November 27th 2014 3:16 pm
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Hope everyone is having a joyful day today. We're all happy, healthy and warm on this cold, grey day.
We're happy to have received some zealies and happy that some of our friends are still here on Catster.
Looking forward to a Happy Catmus.
Love, purrs, hugs, GJ and family


12 Today

March 26th 2014 2:19 pm
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Where have the years gone, I'm twelve years old today. I've been a sugar kitty for 18 months, I'm blessed to be one of the kitties who has done well on insulin, I've felt good and been able to enjoy life.
Mom sang happy birthday to me (she is NOT blessed with the gift of song but she made a joyful noise :) and I'm going to get a little more of my 'gold pellets" (diabetic cat food) in my dish tonight. A very nice, peaceful birthday.
Thank you my furriends for your good wishes on FB and for the Zealies.
Love, Gentleman Jack


My vet visit

January 21st 2014 8:17 am
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I saw Dr. Prince today for my blood sugar check and weight.I'm now a healthy 11 pounds, 8 ounces; show cat weight, if I were a show cat.
My sugar was too low again so I'm back down to 2 units of insulin, I go back in 3 weeks.
I will miss posting here on Catster. Here we've felt safe and free and had the anonymity to post in our cats voices.
In 7 years I never saw a negative post. I believe Catster brought out the goodness and best in us.
Peaceful purrs to all our friends.
Gentleman Jack and Jen


Saying Goodby Is Never Easy

January 19th 2014 6:51 am
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We were sad to hear the news of Catster closing down; sad, but not surprised. It seems all good things must come to an end but it is never easy.
We will spend the remaining time saying goodby to our dear friends. You have been such a joy in our lives since we joined in 2007. All your encouraging words and purrs/prayers have helped us get through my struggle with diabetes, the loss of Mom's friends last year and have also brought much laughter and sunshine into our lives.
Love and blessings to each of you.
Gentleman Jack, Mister Micky, Miss Minerva Lucille, Weezercat and Momcatt, Jenny


Gentleman Jack's Christmas Letter to all my Friends

December 13th 2013 5:02 am
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Christmas good wishes to all my Catster friends and their families, we have been encouraged and cheered by your thoughtful comments and Zealies during my Sugarkitty struggle and Mom's surgery.
I am now a fulltime sugarkitty, after correcting myself for a while, I'm back on insulin. my doctors are now working to get me regulated. Yesterday, I was still way to high, 350 and I was bumped up to 4 units 2 x a day. Dr. C hopes this will get me below 250. She says I'm getting older (12 in March) and my pancreas is not working as well. My prognosis is still good though.
As for Momcatt, as she was told and now fully knows :( shoulder surgery is painful and takes a long time to recover. But, thanks to excellent PT's she is making progress-one of her goals is to paint the outside of our house this spring-the therapists say she will be able to do this!
We're enjoying our lights and decorations and are settling in for a quiet mountain Christmas
God Bless you one and all!Gentleman Jack


Update from Jack

November 8th 2013 3:21 am
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Hello my furriends, We've been missing from Catster for a while, it's been a difficult time for our furramily. As I get older my sugar is getting harder to control. I spent all day yesterday at the vet getting blood drawn during the day for a "Curve" which showed my numbers are way to high, over 300. I was ok with the little sticks THEN SHE used a gigantic needle, shaved my neck fur and drew 3cc of my blood. I hissed, one of the first hisses of my life :( This will show what my blood sugar has been over the last two weeks.....so, I'm up to 2 units of insulin. But, Dr. C says she thinks we can get me regulated....
Meanwhile, Momcatt had her gimpy shoulder operated on, 3 weeks ago, it's been tough, she says much harder than she anticipated but the prognosis is good and she's working hard in PT.
We're all happy to be on the mend.
Hope all my friends are well and happy.
Love, Gentleman Jack


Good News on a Beautiful October Day

October 10th 2013 8:34 am
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I didn't mind my trip to the vet today-I could see beautiful fall sunlight and blue sky.
I saw the new lady vet today. She has just finished vet school and I'm her first Abyssinian patient! And, I got excellent news, off insulin, my bloodsugar reading was 130! This is a great number, I'm feeling really well and chasing Minerva and Micky, I feel like a young cat :) and I don't have to go back for 3 weeks.
My Momcatt is hanging in there, she's going to have surgery on her gimpy shoulder next week, she dreads it but the prognosis is good and she's looking forward to feeling better. I will give her lots of headbonks and purrs during her recovery.
Hope all is well with my kitty furriends.
Peaceful purrs from Gentleman Jack


My Saturday Morning-Taking Joy in My Life

September 14th 2013 9:07 am
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I feels like fall today! Crisp, clean air, beautiful blue sky; I took an outing to the screened porch with Micky and Minerva. Then I enjoyed a cozy nap under a warm blanket, ahhhh, life is good. Momcatt and Dad took a long walk on this beautiful mountain, saw many deer and even a pair of twin spotted fawns.
Momcatt was busy, she likes to cook and nice smells were wafting from the kitchen. She said if anyone likes energy/granola bars there is a super easy and delicious recipe in this month's Backpacker magazine (cost effective too over purchased bars) don't know if the recipe is in the online addition....
Meanwhile, I plan to get back to my nap and then get some more fresh air.
Love, Gentleman Jack


My vet visit today

September 12th 2013 12:54 pm
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Another trip to the vet today, this time my bloodsugar was even lower than last week-54 and this is on just 2 units of insulin. My goodness, just a couple weeks ago it was over 400. I've responded well to being back on the medicine and now go down to 1 unit twice a day. We'll see what happens on that dose and go back in a week. Mom just wants me to feel good and enjoy life, I have felt pretty well but those numbers jumping around are worrisome, don't know if I'll be able to get off insulin again or not-it would be nice not to have shots-though they don't hurt at all, I don't even feel them.
Mom is still waiting for an MRI on her shoulder-the insurance company is making her "jump thru hoops" before approving it :(
We're both hanging in there and we both feel much better knowing our furriends are thinking about us and sending healing purrs.
Love, GJ and Momcatt


Low bloodsugar today

September 5th 2013 9:12 am
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Back we went to Dr. P today. My blood sugar was almost too low on 3 units of insulin. So, I'm back down to just 2 units 2 x day. I'll go back in a week to check again and see where I am on this dose. My weight is stable and I continue on my diet of "gold pellets" :)
Momcat is going for an MRI on her gimpy shoulder next week and see if anything can be done.
Meanwhile, we're going to take joy in our daily lives....I am joyfully going for a catnap!
Love, Gentleman Jack

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