May 18th 2010 7:40 am
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This morning when my pawrents came into my room, I had not eaten a bite nor had I used the litter box... for anything. All I was doing is laying around with no energy. So, my pawrents scooped me up and took me to see the doc doc and, of course, I had to see the vampires AGAIN. We were furry shocked to learn that my glucose had spiked from 343 yesterday to 567 today. Dr. Booker is off this week and I saw Dr. Elliott. He said the good news was that there were no ketones but I do have a UTI going on. He told Meowmy that he wants to keep me all day and give me fluids and watch me but wants her to pick me up before they close as he wants me to be carefully watched and they don't staff the hospital at night. Dr. Elliott said Meowmy could rush me to the Emergency Clinic if I have any problems. I may have to go back and forth to the hospital this week and come home again until things settle down.
I was given a shot to stop my throwing up and, to my meowmy's shock, Dr. Elliott wanted to give me an insulin shot even though I have not eaten because my glucose is so high. Meowmy took some pictures of me in my "jail cell" at the hospital.
All of this has given Meowmy some issues of her own from the stress, including a headache so she told me to paw from my "cell" to let you know what is going on with me and that she will be back later this afternoon to help us paw our diaries IF she feels better.
Please say a little prayer for me, if you will.
6:56 PM EST ~
I got to come home this afternoon about 4:15 PM. Unfortunately, I have to go back in the morning. My doc doc wants me home for the night, where I can be carefully monitored and IF I need to go to the Emergency Clinic, my pawrents can take me. I was force fed at the hospital and will be FF'd tonight if I don't eat on my own. It is not looking good for that at this point. I still have my line in so they can hook me back up tomorrow morning to the fluids.
Today, I got two blood glucose checks. The first was taken when I arrived was VERY high and the latter, taken in the late afternoon, had come down but Meowmy forgot to ask what it was when she left the hospital with me. I was hooked up all day long to the IV (it was given when I first arrived). I received a Convenia injection, a Cerenia injection, a Baytril injection, the IV fluids plus a medication, electrolytes in my IV and a blood panel for Pancreatitis. The results of that should be in either tomorrow or the day after.
I have to return to the hospital at 8 in the morning, if all goes well tonight, to start all over again.
Meowmy apologizes for not helping with OUR diaries. Her head is still hurting and she said she doesn't think well when her head hurts her.
May 17th 2010 9:02 pm
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I am sorry this is such a late entry. I had to go to the doc doc at 8 AM this morning for the blood letting and vampires. My pawrents would not let me out of my room until it was time. I never saw the prison carrier coming as I was in a hurry to eat. You see, my pawrents starved me last night... no food after midnight.
Meowmy let me out and immediately picked me up and carried me downstairs and shoved me into the prison carrier. Off we headed to see the doc doc. The first thing they did was to weigh me and I am now down to 13.8 pounds... not a good thing to keep losing.
Then, they put me in the room and Amy and a new tech took me into the back to see the vampires. The new tech needed to be shown how-to and Sandy was in the back. They brought me back into the room with my meowmy and we waited to get the lab results.
My glucose had come down from 420 back into the mid 300's so that was an improvement. However, my lipatic level was a little high and that could indicate the pancreatitis is rearing up again. Dr. Booker said to watch me and IF I start to throw up or show any signs to call her. The other thing is that I am to be on insulin twice a day again... at least for now.
Up until now, I have been acting relatively "normal" except for my increasing thirst and peeing in the past weeks since our workmen were here and I got so stressed. My appetite has been good, even though I have been losing some weight. This is normal in diabetic kitties. I have not shown any real signs of throwing up, other than an occasional small fluid issue or hair ball.
When we got home from the visit to the doc doc, I was fed and had acted hungry wehn we arrived home. I ended up eating most of my morning breakfast... but not all. This was the LAST time I showed any interest in food all day... even now. This is NOT my normal day. Meowmy gave me my insulin shot at 10... just before she went to her dentist... where she learned she has a cracked tooth now that her dentist is going to watch.
When Meowmy returned home from her dentist trip, she was not here for very long. My dad came in and they had a lot of errands to run. They got home about 4:30-5:00. That is when Meowmy saw IT. Not only had I not touched the rest of my breakfast, I had thrown up. I was acting funny and trying to hide under the sofa and just not wanting to be around my pawrents... not my normal self. Meowmy doesn't think the incident happened before her trip to the dentist but sometime while she and my dad were out and about.
After cleaning my throw up, Meowmy fed the rest of my furmily but I could have cared less... no begging from me today. I wandered off upstairs and Meowmy found me up on the bed sleeping in my room. About 7:30, Meowmy came back and picked me up and carried me downstairs to the kitchen where she had prepared a FF for me. I ate it all gone and even smacked my little lips. That lasted about 45 minutes and I began to make that awful noise that I make just before I throw up. Yep, I lost my dinner. Meowmy decided that I would NOT be getting my second insulin shot tonight.
About 9, Meowmy gave me a Pepcid. I seem to have kept that down... so about 10, I was given my Ursodiol and Denamarin. I kept that down until time to head up to bed. Meowmy told me I could paw about it in my diary before I went night-night. She told me that I will probably be heading back to the doc doc tomorrow... she IS calling for sure. She is hoping that I will keep my meds down tonight.
Oh, my sisfur Princess was the DOTD today. CONCATS to my sisfur. She also turned 8 yesterday but our pawrents deserted us for a pawty out of town for my human brofur Bryan. None of us got to write in our diaries last night but Meowmy told us we could write tomorrow... she will help us catch up then.
I want to thank all my sweet furiends for the pmails and gifties you sent me to concatulate me on my diary honor for yesterday. Meowmy will help me more tomorrow.
May 16th 2010 6:46 am
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Wow! I woke up to learn that I am one of today's DDP honorees. Thank you Catster HQ and Diary Gal. *whispers* I am really glad my meowmy did NOT post my "private" business photos. I was really concerned about that.
I share this honor with Sasha PAWS. Sasha is a sibling of a sweet furiend, Paisan. CONCATS to you, Sasha.
We are celebrating three birthdays in our furmily today. Baby G is 10 years old and Princess is 8 years old today and my human brofur is having a birthday. My pawrents will be going out of town to help Bryan celebrate his birthday later today. His furmily is having a cookout to celebrate. I purrsonally think that both Princess and I should be invited because it is their day, too... Meowmy says NO. Sometimes pawrents are unreasonable.
Meowmy wanted me to ask all of you to remember her furiend Daryle who is undergoing this new eye surgery tomorrow. Please pray for a successful outcome and for Daryle's doctors and for Daryle. She is one special lady.
On the 14th I received two thank you gifties from sweet furiends.
Kyande Kisu sent me a rose. She said, "MOL thank you HOOCHie .
Chip sent my furmily and me a cross. He said, "thank you for thinking of me & purring for me. So far I'm doing well, just missing my brofur. I do apologize for not thanking you before now. purrs & hugs, Chip" Sweet Chip, we miss Ginngie so much, too. He will be furever loved in our furmily. He left some special pawprints in our hearts.
May 13th 2010 7:16 am
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*eyes wide open, running in* I just got back from the doc doc....yes, my meowmy pulled a really sneaky and fast one on me this morning. Here I was just chillaxin' and enjoying my morning and the next thing I knew, my meowmy came in to give me my shot of insulin and my potassium tablet... THEN, she picked me up. I am thinking she is going to give me lots of love and kisses... NOT... she put ME into that prison carrier! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I purrtested loudly.
The morning actually got off to an even more bizzare start. Meowmy went straight to my litter box and started taking pictures of my deposits. I KNOW! WEIRD! I was wondering why she was taking pictures of THAT! I surely hope she doesn't plan to frame it.
I noticed that the camera with THOSE pictures went to the doc doc with us. Oh, yes, she captured Baby G, too. I think Baby G had figured out something was about to happen because she hid.
When we got to the doc doc's, I was weighed. My weight was 14.1 pounds which is exactly what it was last Thursday. Then, they took me back into the examining room and the vampires came it. They asked if my meowmy minded if they drew my blood in there. Meowmy said she did not mind. Meowmy said I was purrfect and so did Sandy and Leslie. They told my meowmy that I am one of the best patients in their practice. *puffs out chest*
My doc doc came in and told Meowmy that my glucose had jumped to 420 since last week but is thinking that my old insulin was somewhat inert. I only started the new bottle yesterday so it really hasn't had enough time to show positive results.
My meowmy says the past two days I have been drinking a whole lot more water and making MUCH bigger deposits in my litter box. When my meowmy showed my doc doc and the girls my deposits, they all agreed that my output was VERY impressive. We need to get this thing in check ASAP.
I have to go back on Monday morning at 8 AM. I am to come in fasting... I am fast, why should I come in fasting? WHAT is fasting? I hope I will like it. Also, on Sunday evening, my meowmy is to give me a second unit... but that is the only day I am to get 1 unit of insulin twice a day. Dr. Booker says I have a real sensitivity to the human insulin and react purrty quickly. We don't want to make me head in the reverse order by my receiving too much.
I will have a great weekend and maybe I can find a really great hiding spot before Monday morning.
1:33 PM EST ~
Meowmy says we furgot to mention normal levels of glucose. The normal blood glucose level is in cats is 80-120 mg/dL (4.4-6.6 mmol/L). Diabetic cats often have levels over 400 (22), or even 600 mg/dL (33 mmol/L).
A cat’s blood glucose level can be influenced by excitement. "Stress hyperglycemia" can result from a ride in an automobile and a visit to the veterinary hospital, especially in an excitable cat. Dr. Booker thinks that with my stress factors involved, that my problem this time may have been triggered by the two days of THOSE workmen here in MY home and the stress of a doc doc visit on the second day of THOSE workmen bothering me.
11:30 PM EST ~
Wilson J. Scooter sent my furmily and me a purrty heart. He said, "Hey Hooch and family... thanks for the shiny trophy It will sit proudly on my mantle. Love, Wilson J"
May 12th 2010 9:42 am
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Meowmy was just listening to the noon news and they reported on the little kitty who was tossed from a car earlier this week. It seems that the doc doc has said that the little guy will lose his leg and they were asking for donations to help defray costs. The hospital is treating the little guy for free and is hoping to place him in a loving home.
It seems that the man who saved this little guy has a questionable record but who cares? He saved the little guy. After Meowmy read about the man who saved him, she doesn't think that he should get the little guy but is glad he save the little kitty.
Here is the link to the news article ~
You must close the space between the 2350 and 2504 to view the link. Make it 23502504 to view the link.
May 11th 2010 6:27 pm
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A sweet new angel named Marvin sent my furmily and me a beautifur heart. He said, "Thanks for the condolences Hooch and family. It's nice to know at such a sad time that we've got great pals here on Catster. Purrs Angel Marvie" Marvin, we are all so sorry you had to go to the Bridge at such a young and tender age.
My meowmy was listening to the local TV news and heard about a little orange kitty who was tossed out of a car on I-85 in our area. A witness saw it and stopped to rescue the kitty and took the injured kitty to a local hospital. The little guy was furry cute and they have named him lucky. Meowmy said that the doc doc said he will have to have surgery. Meowmy will be listening for more news tomorrow on this little guy.
May 9th 2010 9:32 pm
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Norman and his precious furmily sent my furmily and me a beautifur heart. They said, "Many heartfelt thanks for your kindness and always being there when we need moral support, it means the world to us. Love Normy and family"
May 8th 2010 10:52 pm
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My sweet furiend Angel Mipo sent me the power of the paw. He said, "just need to touch base with my good buddy Hooch, and send you a PoP that the diabetic episode is just a temporary setback. Mom's been very busy as she and a friend founded a nonprofit to have a lowcost s/n clinic in town. kitty hugs, Mipo BFF!" Thank you, Mipo for always being there for me. You ARE a special angel... and so is your meowmy!
May 7th 2010 8:17 pm
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Sweet Angel Harvey sent my furmily and me a beautifur heart. He said, "Thank you for thinking of me on my bridge day, it was so kind of you as always. It means the world to us to have friends like you and your family. Love Harvey"
May 6th 2010 7:27 am
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Hiss, spit, poofer and, YES, even poo... you heard me. I had to go on a surprise visit to the doc doc this morning. For the past week, my meowmy says I have been drinking more and producing more "pee" in my litterbox. She thought she was imagining it, at first. I am still eating like a champ and am always hungry. Last night my meowmy spoke to Hazel Lucy's meowmy and she asked if Meowmy had weighed me. Meowmy had not but after talking with Hazel Lucy's meowmy, my meowmy decided to weigh me. So, according to her scales I was 13.5. That was enough to make my meowmy decide to surprise and shock me with a visit to the doc doc this morning.
When I arrived, they weighed me. I weighed in at 14.1 pounds on their scales. Meowmy says that is better than 13.5 on hers but it is still a loss of .5 from my 14.6 on the 21st of April. I had a normal Fructosamine on the 21st. Meowmy asked the techs to do a glucose today to check and it came back 384... so I has to see Dr. Elliot because this is Dr. Booker's Thursday through Saturday off. Dr. Elliot came in and talked with Meowmy and he suggested that I start back with 1 unit of my Lantus per day and come back for recheck in a week. He said that it is possible that this is only a temporary setback and that I may again be able to get off insulin. We will just have to wait and see.
Boy, the upset I got with those workmen surely did do a number on me and my system. My pawrents had better not have to have anyone else come to do work around here!
On May 4th, we lost a very dear and very special furiend named Tommy. He was called to the Rainbow Bridge. He fought a valiant fight with FeLV but that FeLV monster won the battle. Tommy and his furmily have our deepest sympathy and want to tell you that you took a piece of all of our hearts with you on your Bridge journey. You lived an all too short life but you lived it to the fullest and it was so full of love from your furmily and from so many others.
6:05 PM EST ~
Harry and his wonderpurr furmily sent me a healing heart. They said, "We are keeping our fingers and paws crossed that you not feeling well is just temporary and that you can go off of insulin for good soon! Lots and lots of love and purrs coming your way, Harry, Albie, and Family"