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Kitties on the Mend

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Sigh. How come when you finally start getting back on track, something happens to throw you off kilter? And then when that crisis is over, you get hit with another one?

In late June my boy kitty, Shadow, had a bladder infection that wouldn't go away, and then he ended up requiring emergency surgery for a blocked urinary tract (ouch!). He spent a few days in the hospital and then required lots of meds at odd hours for the subsequent two weeks. He had a reaction to one of the meds, which required more vet visits. He lost several pounds in less than a week and wouldn't eat, which was scary because he's diabetic. After all that the bladder infection was still raging, but after two more courses of antibiotics we may have finally beat that (I'm awaiting those results still) and he's finally on the mend and back to his normal mischievous self.

The problem is, he got a bit too rambunctious last week with my girl kitty, Faith. I'm not sure exactly what happened - I didn't see it, I only heard the weird noises. But what I think happened was that he chased her or startled her on the basement stairs which caused her to lose her footing. I suddenly had a cat who was in major pain and couldn't move her back legs at all. So off to the emergency vet I went, but with a different cat.

They couldn't treat her and said she needed a specialist. So they gave her a shot for the pain and sent me to a place almost an hour from home. They in turn examined her and sent me to a neurologist, another thirty minutes further. Thankfully I have a GPS, or I would have never found these places in the dark in areas I was not familiar with. It was a really long night and I didn't get home until 3 a.m. I hope I never have to visit three emergency vets in one night again!

Faith had an MRI and they discovered a bruise on her spinal cord, so she must have hit the edge of the stairs. She spent four days at the neurologist's clinic and at first she couldn't even go potty on her own and could only drag her rear end, very slowly and awkwardly. It was really hard to see my sweet, bouncy kitty so hobbled.

She finally came home on Monday and is making slow progress. She has to be kept in a cage for a few weeks, and she seems content to just curl up and sleep. She's using the litter box and she's starting to move her back legs for extra leverage when she scoots around. Hopefully she'll be able to walk and run again in time. I have noticed her using her back foot to scratch her ear though, so that's a good sign that she is able to move her legs and has gotten some coordination back. She's making some progress every day, so I just need to be patient.

So my life has been dealing with one kitty emergency after another lately, and who knows how long Faith will require extra attention. Right now I feel like I need to be keeping her company when I am home, and also giving Shadow some attention too. He's been great so far, and spends a lot of time laying on the floor next to the cage to keep her company.

The one good thing in all of this is that I haven't had a chance to sit down much when I'm home or do any snacking, so I have lost some weight through this latest ordeal. This is just part of life and things will settle down in time and I'll be able to get back into a healthy routine again - just as long as these kitties behave! =^.^=

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LESLIELENORE 8/3/2013 7:55PM

    Your poor kitties! We had a cat fall down the basement stairs at my parents house when I was a kid and he was permanently brain damaged and walked with completely straight legs. He was a sweet cat though. Glad the damage for Faith seems to be healing!

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REXTINE1 8/2/2013 5:23PM

    It sounds like major trouble. I hope both cats end up in fine shape again - fairly soon.

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LYDDIECAT 8/1/2013 10:07PM

    Poor kitties! I hope they heal soon and stay out of trouble!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/1/2013 8:19PM

    I'm so sorry your babies are going through all this. The good part is that they are both on the mend. I wish you a peaceful August.

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BRANDIW7 8/1/2013 11:21AM

    I'm so sorry! I hope both your kitties are all better soon!

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MDWSTRNR 8/1/2013 10:32AM

    Glad your kitties are improving, albeit slowly. Hang in there!

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FitBit Stairs Mission

Friday, May 03, 2013

I've only had my FitBit a few days now, but the one thing I like is that it tells you an equivalent for how many floors you've climbed, such as climbing the Hollywood Sign, the Statue of Liberty, or my favorite so far - Godzilla!

I wish it would tell you that on the device though, since I do most of my stair-climbing at work and it gives you the equivalents on the web site. So while I know how many flights I've climbed during the day, I don't see the equivalents until I get home and sync it up with my computer. I suppose I could take the dongle-thingy to work and sync it up throughout the day, or buy a second dongle-thingy just to leave at work. Yes, that's a technical term. :-)

Just for grins, I decided to keep track of the things I've "climbed". Because I don't get the equivalents until the end of the day, I'm missing a lot of them at the lower end of the scale. I'm home from work today, so I'm hoping to fill a lot of those in. I just have to remember and check the website after each time I do a flight of stairs. This will give me good incentive to go downstairs and do some laundry, right? LOL.

I hope to fill in more blanks during the day, but so far here is what you'd climb for each flight of stairs you do:

1 A Basketball Hoop
2 A Tall Giraffe
3 The World's Tallest Corn Stalk
4 The World's Tallest Sand Castle
5 The Hollywood Sign
6 The Tallest Dinosaur
7 The Tallest Dinosaur (*)
8 The World's Largest Pencil
9 The World's Largest Pencil (*)
10 The Tallest Lego Tower
11 The Tallest Lego Tower (*)
12 The Tallest Snowman
13 Cristo Redentor
14 Cristo Redentor (*)
15 The Statue of Liberty
16 Godzilla
17 A Really High High Dive
18 The Leaning Tower of Pisa
19 The Leaning Tower of Pisa (*)
20 Coit Tower
21 Angkor Wat
22 The Wicked Twister

* I feel cheated that it's the same item as the one before. If I climbed those extra stairs I should be rewarded with a new factoid. :-)

Update: Whew... I've filled in all the missing ones today and then did an extra one for good measure to see what was beyond Angkor Wat, my previous best. :-)

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REXTINE1 7/17/2013 5:17PM

    You must have good knees. Great work.

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LINDAKAY228 5/3/2013 3:47PM

    It is so cute to see those. I really need to pay more attention to them. Sometimes I notice them and sometimes I forget to pay attention. But when I do they always make me smile. The fitbit really has changed my exercise more than anything else I think.

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LESLIELENORE 5/3/2013 12:01PM

    emoticon Makes me want to get a fitbit!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/3/2013 10:14AM

    That is SO cute. I don't have stairs at work and home is a raised ranch (3 steps). I haven't seen any of these. Now I need to go find stairs!

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AWOL Excuses

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I have been AWOL the past few months thanks to old man winter, in various forms. First it was the freezing rain that turned to ice, which I slipped on while shoveling the driveway. In the process I twisted my knee, which made walking painful, so walking was restricted to the bare minimum until that healed.

It seemed to take forever to heal (I must be getting old). I tried walking a few times, at a more leisurely pace, and then would feel twinges and would stop. I really didn't want to hinder the healing process. And a few times I thought I could at least ride the stationery bike, since there would be no weight on my knee, but that was a no-go as well. Sigh.

So that was a bit depressing and coincided with Girl Scout cookie time, so I ate more than I should have while getting a lot less exercise. I guess I was having a pity party of sorts. And the cold and the dark just got to me even more it seems, and made it hard to get back in the routine once my knee was feeling 100% again.

While I continued to log my meals, I didn't keep up with other activities on SparkPeople. Some of you did send notes or comment on my page, so thank you all for that! It was nice to know I hadn't been forgotten. But I didn't keep up with all of you, so I apologize for that. I think part of my slump was that there were other things I also want to do in my free time and exercise and spending time on the SparkPeople site seemed to eat up all my free time and leave room for nothing else. So it all got out of balance and made it even harder to get back on track.

I suppose there are no good excuses, right? But now that the weather is warming up and there's a lot more daylight, I hope to get back in gear. I still may not be as active on SparkPeople as I had been, because I need to find some balance and not feel deprived or get resentful for not having time for everything I want to do. I did go for a nice five mile walk yesterday in the sunshine yesterday, and it kicked my butt. At least I didn't fall all the way back to square one, but I've clearly lost some ground. But that doesn't really matter in the long run, as long as I pick myself up and continue moving forward.

Thanks for listening, and have a blessed day!

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TERRY0217 5/1/2013 6:37AM

    I hope your knee is doing better...if it continues to give you problems..get it checked out...I twisted mine 2 years ago doing zumba, and I'm just starting to do stairs at work...
so my dear, heal...the sun WILL come out...it WILL get warm (I hope) and we can get back to a great outdoor life...
and, we won't say anything about Girl scout cookies ( thin mints, samoas, etc...sigh) emoticon

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LYDDIECAT 5/1/2013 6:04AM

    Fall down seven times, get up eight. We all stumble; what matters is that you are getting yourself back on track. And good for you for seeking balance in your life. SP is great, but there are so many other things to do that bring us joy and fulfillment. Enjoy your walks in the sunshine! emoticon

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ECOAGE 4/28/2013 11:35PM

    I've got a blog (or two) posted that sounds about the same as yours --- it was a rough winter and stopped me cold (ha ha).

Sorry to read about your knee but I'm glad it's better. It's nice to see you back again.

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JESSICAWALKS 4/28/2013 3:39PM

    I'm with you Girl....balance is the key, and I need to find it too! Glad to see you on here. Hope you enjoy a healthy, happy, BALANCED summer!

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LESLIELENORE 4/28/2013 10:56AM

    Good to hear from you again! emoticon emoticon

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DARLY55 4/28/2013 10:50AM

    Welcome back! emoticon emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI 4/28/2013 10:23AM

    I agree with RHEYNKLAW. This has been a rough spring. You're back that's what's important.

Now get push that tush! emoticon

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RHEYNKLW 4/28/2013 10:19AM

    Welcome back from the Winter that Refused to Die.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/28/2013 9:47AM

    Congrats on getting back at it. We'll be here when/if you need us.

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TransAmerica Walk - December 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

I only walked/cycled 47.0 miles in December. I ended the month at mile marker 1217.3, about 10 miles from St. Mary, Missouri. It appears that Iím on the outskirts of a city, so Iím curious to see what the road ahead looks like.

Despite my low mileage this month, I made it out of Illinois, crossed the Mississippi River, and am just barely on the Missouri shoreline. It will be awhile before I see Kansas on the horizon.

I have the entire stretch of Missouri ahead of me. The Kansas border is 317.2 miles down the road, and I hope to cross into Kansas by the end of March.

The entire TransAmerica walk is 4,063 miles and I have completed 30% of the walk so far. I have been on this journey for one year now, and my goal is to complete the walk in another two years, arriving on the Pacific coast by December 2014. To accomplish that, I need to walk 119 miles per month, so my goal is to maintain a 120 mile per month pace.

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REXTINE1 1/10/2013 2:58PM

    The trip is a wonderful motivator. Good showl.

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    Very cool idea! Well, when you get to the border between Missouri and Kansas, you'll be in my neck of the woods. Hope you're not buried in snow that day!! emoticon Keep on steppin'!!

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KATYDID412 1/2/2013 11:24AM

    This is such a cool idea!

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XRSIZE18 1/2/2013 10:53AM

    Love the visual. What a great idea!

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ECOAGE 1/1/2013 12:13PM

... be seeing you on the road ... and happy new year!


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BIGPAWSUP 1/1/2013 9:24AM

    Terrific! And I think we are really close to each other. I "squeeked" into Missouri yesterday too! Awesome. You can do this.

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SNUGLBUNIE 12/31/2012 11:02PM

    Very ambitious and you are doing great :)

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