Sunday, July 31, 2011
I finally got out for an early morning run today, around the neighborhood. Simba did vomit once yesterday, but thankfully that hasn't effected his appetite, he had another meal later & breakfast this morning & so far so good. He lined up to have his teeth brushed last night, as usual, and was his normal annoying self, meowing his head off for breakfast. I'm hopeful that he's turned a corner - he's certainly feeling better.
Both he & Lola are annoyed at me, because they both love to hang out on our bed during the day & I've had to close off our bedroom due to Simba's vomiting. He's actually pretty good at getting off the furniture if he feels it coming on, but it only takes once.
So my pace was a full minute slower than my runs in the park have been. I did tackle the hills we have here & while the park is hilly, not as big as the hills in our neighborhood. I figure it strengthens my legs & stronger legs will eventually be faster legs. It still wasn't a bad time for me. It was a mildly unpleasant run, tho, because it wa really buggy.
Still, I needed that! I have chosen some comfort foods over the last couple of days, but they've been planned for, portion controlled, & tracked. And more than food, I was really craving the stress relief of running. You know you have a healthy lifestyle when you would rather turn to exercise, rather than food, to deal with stress.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
About 10 yrs ago I had a cat who developed severe IBD, kidney disease - and shortly before we had to put her to sleep pancreatitis, too. I never had much chance to learn much about the disease as she went downhill so rapidly.
She is the reason I got interested in holistic medicine for both myself & my fur kids. So now the irony is that after totally changing the way I feed & take care of my fur kids, I am facing almost the same thing. At an even earlier age.
Anyway, again, the short story is that we think Simba has chronic pancreatitis & right now he is going thru a flare up. The good news is that he is obviously feeling better today - I am just praying he keeps feeling better, considering tomorrow is Sunday. He even wanted some of my husband's breakfast & jumped on top of the fridge (I was out walking the dogs at the time). Thankfully my husband had the good sense not to actually give him anything.
I still didn't get much sleep last night as Lola was making gagging sounds as she does from time to time. I got up around 3 am & Simba & I went to sleep on the couch.
Pancreatitis isn't fatal in & of itself - but there's no real clear-cut treatment for it.
Because the cats are essentially indoors, I don't vaccinate them except when I have to - like when we moved. Unfortunately, this is a bone of contention between me & their current vet. I refused to do it last time - I knew there was something wrong with Simba, I just didn't know what - I wanted blood work at the time, but he isn't an easy cat to restrain & frankly the poo-poo'd my concerns. In all fairness, blood work may very well have revealed nothing at that point.
Still, I knew something was wrong with him.
I was also quite upset with his views of my taking them to a holistic vet. His reaction was what is their plan now, to which I replied I'm here now, aren't I? The implication being that obviously I was wasting my money if they couldn't cure him RIGHT NOW. I wanted to slap him.
It's difficult & frustrating because I had good vets in Austin who wouldn't have taken that attitude with me & it's hard finding a new, good vet that will actually listen to you & respect that maybe you have a brain in your head.
I had to give u my farmer's market run today so I can keep an eye on him - probably won't get there next week either as we're planning to go down & see my family.
Thank you everyone who has sent us good vibes & prayers - whether you posted or not, they're much appreciated!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Channeling a little Joan Rivers here. The short story is Simba is sick & could use some prayers. Read on for the very long story . . .
Monday night I decided since the boys seemed to be doing pretty well, I would try a different brand of cat food. They used to eat raw, but because of some health issues, we'd switched to canned about 3 months ago. I really don't like feeding only one brand.
Simba was reluctant, but ate most of it.
I fed them their regular food the next morning, then mixed the two Tuesday evening. Not long after that Simba started throwing up & didn't stop. He lost all interest in food. Yesterday I took him to the holistic vet.
He continued to throw up last night & this morning, but ate a little freeze dried chicken & kept it down this morning, & was purring again. So far there hasn't been more vomiting, but he won't touch food again & won't purr again (altho he purred for me a little just now, but is still downstairs, a definite indication he doesn't feel well).
In the midst of that, we finally got this contractor who was supposed to clean our windows to come today. He wanted to come between 11-12, but I told him I wouldn't be home til noon - I had to run to the store to get some ground beef to make this slow cooked beef & rice the vet gave me a recipe for, which no doubt Simba won't touch - and had to miss my WW meeting because I just didn't really have time to get to the store & to my meeting & get hone on time.
Wouldn't you know I ran into a member from my meeting at the store? Maybe I would've had time, but I wanted to keep an eye on Simba, too. The contractor arrived at 12:30.
Which was where the fun began. It was supposed to be cleaning 20 windows, but said large windows were extra. Only my husband could never get from this guy what that might mean, considering we have sliding glass doors & a bay window upstairs.
And with their email exchanges, come to find out that storm windows were extra, too - not stated in the ad. The guy wants to start with the bottom. We want the top windows done, since obviously they're harder to get at. He's insistent on starting with the bottom windows because it's extra to do the top (do we see a theme here? Everything's extra!).
I say we've paid a certain amount. How many top windows can we get done for that amount? He can't seem to grasp that concept. Finally we agree he'll do the top, but not the screens & not the insides of the storm windows - and this guy has now lost a potential future customer.
The good news is I walked the dogs, did my ST, & 10 extra minutes of core before leaving this morning. The other semi-good news is this kind of stress causes me to lose my appetite. Don't worry, I am eating pretty healthy - and enough - just not quite as focused on it.
I have an appt for Simba at the regular vet tomorrow morning. I know many of the things it could be, most of them pretty scary, not to mention expensive. Kidney disease is a forerunner in my mind - he seems way too young at 10. Then there's pancreatitis, an obstruction, UTI, cancer . . . I just hope I've made the right decisions. I tried to get blood work on him a yr ago but he is uncooperative to say the least. I know he hasn't been right for a long time, which is why we were seeing the holistic vet.
Well, as I said in the beginning, good vibes & prayers appreciated.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Not actually talking about the salad here. We'll get to that.
So yesterday during my ST I felt odd - muscles really quivering & I didn't feel I was working THAT hard. I'm sort of leaning towards it being due to the Fiber 1 90 calorie bar I ate. I don't normally eat processed stuff like that, but sometimes I do get sucked in by the lure of low calories, sweetness & high fiber.
Afterwards I decided that I wanted my tuna waldorf salad for dinner. I asked DH if he would try it - pointing out that it didn't have anything in it he didn't like. He grudgingly agreed to it. I used much less romaine & celery for him, but the good news is he cleaned his plate - almost 2 servings of veggies, which is 2 more than he typically gets in a day. Sad, I know. He wasn't real enthusiastic about the whole adventure, but it warms my heart to see him getting in what he really needs.
Then HE came to me & suggested we walk the dogs (hmmm, could it be some greens energizing him?). Usually I have to drag him out admist much grumbling & duress.
As we were walking, we stopped to chat with a neighbor. And he said he'd been going out for early morning walks & how much they energized him. That's the part where I didn't have to bribe him! I could've kissed our neighbor!
This man is big, he's not an athlete, he likes his meat & potatoes & beer. It's so nice to get those kinds of endorsements from other people - unsolicited - cause somehow they mean more coming from other people, or so it seems.
Breakfast this morning was chocolate covered katie's gluten-free pizzert - recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/02/28
Very tasty - like eating a cookie for breakfast! I don't think it will keep me full for very long, tho. Need to have some fruit with it, I think.
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