Diary of a Ruddy Aby

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Keep Calm and Carry On

October 18th 2012 3:56 am
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This popular phrase seems to fit my situation at this point.
I'm feeling better and more able to enjoy my daily life, I love my brushings, fresh air, naps and my appetite is good. My lungs continue to show some clearing-but lung disease is complicated and there is still uncertainty and concern.
My blood sugar is slowly responding to the insulin and I'm now on 4 units twice daily. Mom has been concerned with the dose going up about 'crashes' but Dr. P explained how to help me if this should happen and that the insulin for kitties is such an improvement over using human insulin that this is less likely.
Mom says I've been angelic about all this, I don't mind my shots and I behave like a gentleman at the vet, well, after all, my name is Gentleman Jack :)
We'll go back in a week for another check and meanwhile, will work at Keeping Calm and Carrying On...if I were a human, I'd fix myself a nice pot of tea and sit down with a good book.
Hugs and purrs, Gentleman Jack


Tears in my gold eyes

October 11th 2012 7:08 am
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I have tears in my gold eyes. You have all been so kind and thoughtful to me. I've watched Momcatt read my diary comments and look at my Zealies and it makes her smile and feel better. Purrs and blessings to all of you, Gentleman Jack


Update on Jack

October 10th 2012 11:35 am
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I'm getting used to going down the mountain to the vet, I hardly cry anymore. I got the usual prodding and poking :( but there was some good news. My right lung is clear and there has been improvement in my left lung.
So, next week I get another xray and we're hoping for more good news.
My blood sugar was still high and my insulin dose was increased to 3 units. Dr. P says it can take a while to get me regulated. I am feeling better, I'm drinking less water and the litter box is much less wet. Mom says I look like I feel better, I'm sleeping better and my appetite is better.
We're sending big thank yous to all our friends who purred and thought about us during this difficult time. Love to everyone.
Gentleman Jack and family


Jack has had his Blessing

October 4th 2012 2:51 pm
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Jack was unable to be at the Blessing of the Animals Service but he was blessed and he is receiving purrs for healing.
The service was held under a grove of pawsome ginko trees on a sunny beautiful day. Kitties and doggies and their persons gathered in peace and friendship.
We feel hopeful that the diabetes will be manageable and the lung problem can be treated.
Peaceful purrs from Gentleman Jack and family


Jack's trip to the vet

October 3rd 2012 10:41 am
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Jack is home taking a nice nap. The diabetes had not responded as well as hoped, the blood sugar was still 358, a bit higher than last week. Dr. Prince increased the dose to 2 units, twice a day. Increasing the dose must be done carefully to avoid hypoglycemia and a "crash." We're hopeful about more improvement.
His chest xray did show some improvement. Since the needle biopsy does carry some risk, Dr. P decided to give Jack another antibiotic injection and have him return in two weeks.
Long term, the diabetes has a good chance of being managed. The lung condition is still up in the air. Had a long talk about possible outcomes, for now will just take it day by day and give thanks for having a wonderful creature of God like Jack in our lives.
By the way, St. Frances Day is Oct. 4,will take Jack's picture to be blessed since he's not able to go in purrson, the Blessing of the Animals Services are always heartwarming.
Hugs and purrs to all our friends.
Gentleman Jack and Momcatt


Asking purrs for Wednesday

October 2nd 2012 9:10 am
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Tomorrow Jack goes back to Dr. P. He'll get his blood sugar tested to see how the new dose of insulin, 1 1/2, units has worked and he'll get a chest xray to see how much the antibiotic has helped clear his lungs.
Also, the big thing will be a needle biopsy of the lungs to try to determine what is causing the shadow on the xray.
We're hoping for the best.
Hugs and purrs from Gentleman Jack and Momcatt


Hopeful news

September 27th 2012 9:23 am
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My pawrents and I are feeling hopeful after out trip to Dr. Prince. He is such a caring and calm vet, we're so pleased to have him as our doctor.
First, my blood sugar has improved! It went from 468 ten days ago to 315 today on one unit of insulin! This is good news. Mom says the litter box is less wet and the water bowl is not emptying quite as fast. Dr. P increased my dose for the next week to 1 1/2 units. They discussed my progress and are learning more about diabetes.
In the past kitties had to use human insulin. I'm so thankful that now there is an insulin just for cats and vets are seeing better results.
Now, about my lung condition. There is some improvement in my lung but the area of 'consolidation' is still there. Dr. P says we will let the medicine have another week to heal then we'll go back for a chest xay to see where we are. We discussed possible steps at that point depending on how much more my lung clears.
I'm a tired kitty, I'm going to get some fresh air and take a nap.
Hugs and purrs, Gentleman Jack

Good news about the diabetes at this point, it's sounding like something that can be managed and Jack can have a good quaiity of life.
The lung problem is still a big concern. Will just have to stay hopeful and purr/pray about that. Don't know yet what is causing that and it could be a number of things. Just thankful Jack is feeling better and sleeping better.
Thanks to all our friends for your support, it has helped tremendously.
Hugs, Jack's Mom


Tomorrow, vet trip

September 26th 2012 2:16 pm
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We've been living in the here and now and concentrating on getting Jack his meds and taking good care of him daily, we've tried not to worry what the outcome will be when he's retested. Feeling very nervous about tomorrow.
Purring/praying for a good outcome.
Hugs and purrs, Jacks Pawrents


Insulin, pills and liquid, oh my!

September 25th 2012 4:16 pm
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What a week it has been. I've been given pills, liquid yuckys, and shots. Of all the above the liquid is the worst, the shots are not bad,I don't even feel them. Momcatt's nursing techniques are improving and I know she loves me and is trying to get me well. Dad will learn to do shots later, for now, he has taken over the litter box duty.
I've been sleeping a lot during the day, the antihistimine is making me sleepy and it's cool here now so, I have my favorite fleece to burrow under. I made Mom smile earlier this evening, I love my Greek yogurt and I have not wanted to eat it for days, this evening I ate my small bowl of Fage!
We're going back to Dr. P Thursday morning, please keep purring, I feel all the love and energy from your purrs and I know It's helping me.
Love, Gentleman Jack



September 22nd 2012 12:15 pm
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Mom cat wrote a diary post earlier today-but it seems to have disappeared :(
Mom started my insulin last night and we are hopeful, I did have a more peaceful night. I will be so glad when the yucky liquid medicine is finished. Mom had a detailed tutorial from Dr. P on giving me my shots. She was scared she'd hurt me-but she practiced on a tomato! I knew she would do fine, I had faith in her. I'm on my favorite pillow on the screened porch getting some fresh air. Love, Jack

We started Jack on insulin yesterday.
We are hopeful at this point and Jack is tolerating the shots well, he does not even seem to feel them. We'll just take it day by day and purr for good news next Thursday.
We were so thankful he was able to sleep last night.
We want to thank all our wonderful friends for your support. When things are not so stressful we will send personal thank-yous to every one.
Hugs, Jack's Mom

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