Diary of a Ruddy Aby

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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

 

Insulin

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

 

Not a good night

September 21st 2012 5:01 am
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Jack woke up around midnight, he usually sleeps thru the night. He was agitated,nervously pacing, crying and going to the water bowl drinking huge amounts of water. We tried to comfort him and finally, he settled down to sleep on the sofa. All the family sat with him and kept him company.
Jack's well being is the most important thing now, please continue healing purrs for Jack and also for Minerva and Micky, they are feeling stressed too.
Jack's Mom

 

Doing the best we can

September 20th 2012 4:57 am
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It's a difficult time for all of us. Micky and Minerva know something is wrong. We're doing a bit better with giving the medication, just hate seeing Jack drool and get stressed. Jack is drinking much more water, just in the last two days the level in the water dish is going down much more rapidly. Hoping by next week the lung problem will be better and the change in diet will help so that the glucose will not be as high.
Thanks to all our friends for your kind words and support, you are making this difficult time more bearable.
Hugs and purrs, Gentleman Jack and family

 

Update on Jack

September 19th 2012 9:18 am
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Well, it was back down the mountain this morning for me. I have a new larger more comfie carrier and Mom put a soft pillow in it that I was able to burrow under. That made me fell more secure. I hardly cried during the journey. I'm back home now and Mom is changing me to a new food, more suited to where I am in life now.
Yumm,I like it. I've eaten and now I think I'll settle in for a well deserved nap. Hugs, Gentleman Jack
Jack's Mom here. Got an injection for Jack's antibiotic but will have to keep trying to orally give the other two as they are not available any other way and more advice on giving the meds. Will have to do our best.
Have an appointment in a week to see where the lung problem stands and check the blood sugar again, will talk further about the diabetes treatment. It's possible the very high reading was related to Jack being sick and stressed. Please keep purring for us.
Our vet's office is always busy but it's a small town and everyone is always friendly. I got support from two people with diabetic pets and one person with 3 shelter cats who healed from very bad lung problems.
We're praying and purring for the best.
Hugs and purrs from Jack and family

 

Medications

September 18th 2012 7:52 am
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Jack's medications for congestion are two liquids and one small pill. Throughout his life he's been fairly easy to medicate. Something is different this time. He's fighting taking the meds, he's making every effort to clamp his (very strong) jaw shut and to spit out the liquid. Anyone have any ideas and words of encouragement?
Jack's Mom

 

Jack is not well

September 18th 2012 7:36 am
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Thank you all our wonderful friends for the purrs, rosies and healing thoughts about Jack.
In 24 hours Jack has gone from looking like his usual self to looking like a very sick kitty. We're working on getting the lung congestion cleared. Going back to the vet this afternoon, without Jack, to talk about all this. It was such a shock yesterday, Jack is such a beloved kitty and my heart hurts for him.
Jack's Mom

 
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