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The park is faster

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.

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/3/2011 11:28AM

    You're doing emoticon That's what I need to do with my junk food: planned for, portion controlled, & tracked.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/1/2011 9:17AM

    Good job on turning to exercise instead of food. Hope you are feeling a little less stressed. emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/1/2011 7:35AM

    what lucky little fur babies you have. I love how they line up to get their teeth brushed.

You have had a healthy lifestyle since i have known you and I am proud that you have figured in your cheats and that you crave exercise!

:) Jeanne

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TEMPEST272002 7/31/2011 9:03PM

    There's nothing like running to work out the negative stuff. Glad Simba is doing better.

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DISPATCHER04 7/31/2011 5:41PM

    Kudos to you for running in this HEAT! It's something awful here. I'm seeking workouts indoors for a bit. :)

But yes, it's a great thing when you finally learn that exercise is so much healthier for you in the way of stress-busting. Exercise is my Xanax! emoticon

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SPARKARINO 7/31/2011 10:45AM

    So glad Simba is feeling better, hope he continues on the mend. How great that you turn to exercise for stress relief rather than the comfort of food, that is a good place to be! I admire your running but not sure my old knees could handle it, probably best if I stick with walking.

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NATPLUMMER 7/31/2011 9:48AM

    Yay for Simba feeling a lot better!!! Everybody will be happier.
Eww. I hate when there are a lot of bugs around on my runs. That sometimes happens on the trail. The last time, there was one of those big black bumble bees so I sped up to get away from it and my husband was surprised at how fast I ran ;-)
I'm sure the run helped a lot. You have been very worried.
Heading out for another MM today...track or trail...not sure yet.

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Tentative pancreatitis dx for Simba

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!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/1/2011 7:41AM

    So, you paid good money to be given an attitude by a vet? I have been through 3 vets in 20 years. I like the one that i have now. She found a surgeon to do the cheaper surgery when Joey tore his ACL. BTW, Joey is doing fine and is a fierce swimming now. She empathetically helped me when it was time to put my cat down last winter.
Look for a good vet.

Glad he is feeling better

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KARBIE18 7/30/2011 1:37PM

    Yikes! I hope Simba continues to make good progress.


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TEMPEST272002 7/30/2011 1:32PM

    Sorry the vet is giving you a hard time. You're already anxious about your pet & then to have to deal with that. Holistic medicine & traditional medicine both have something to offer. Too bad when medical pros don't/can't see that. Glad to hear that you have a tentative dx & hopefully Simba will continue to improve.

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CEETWO 7/30/2011 1:03PM

    Sorry phone rang in the middle and I pressed "submit" twice!! Maybe that's a sign ... "double" best wishes for you & Simba ...

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CEETWO 7/30/2011 12:51PM

    Have had similar issues with Zane, diagnosed at age 12 with severe IBD and .. from memory here ... "triaditis" .. basically chronic inflammation of pancreas, liver & gastro intestinal tract, that lead to infection. He was so sick, it was awful and I really thought I was losing him. But I have a GREAT vet who really researched this for me, I learned tons about the frequent incidence of pancreatitis and inflammation of the liver along with IBD - see research out of Texas A&M University.

He was on antibiotics at first to deal with the infection, and then steroids for the inflammation, but thankfully the vet knew that wasn't a long-term fix. What it really came down to for Zane was putting him on an extremely high-protein/ low-carb diet (as the vet said, in nature, the most carbs a cat would consume might be from whatever the mouse or rabbit had been eating!). Just changing to a really high quality low-carb/high protein canned food helped tremendously. Not that the food he'd been on previously was "low quality" - but even things like green peas, sweet potatoes, common ingredients that you'd think are "good" are carbs that aren't naturally part of a cat's diet and some just seem to be more sensitive to this than others.

Also B vitamins are great for helping with chronic inflammation. I started taking Zane for monthly B complex & B-12 injections (one is administered with fluids, more than I can do myself). But the vet let me buy a bottle of the serum, just keep it at the vet office, and I pay a "nurse fee" for the injections.

Zane is now 17 and going strong!! There is the occasional flare-up - more often than not I think that's my fault if I get a little lax re: the "monthly" vitamins. And I seriously should look into that for myself. Right after his vitamin shots, his appetite perks up and he is so lively - it really restores his usual kittenish, playful self!

Best of luck to you & Simba ..I know how heart-wrenching it is when your furry buddy isn't feeling well!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/30/2011 10:37AM

    I'm glad Simba is doing better today. I hope it continues.
Doctors are doctors whether they treat people or pets. Some are more open to other avenues than others.
I'm sorry you had to give up your Farmer's Market run. I know how you enjoy it.

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LALAFLOWERS 7/30/2011 10:20AM

    I'm sorry you are going thru this. You would think that Vets would get that these are our furry kids, and to treat us with respect. It's not like we have insurance, and as such tied into a specific practice.... we can choose with our feet!!

Call around, or ask your holistic vet whom they work best with. You might find a partner in your journey.

I certainly understand. My own best buddy, Eeyore, is a 15yr old black lab mix. She's on the downhill side. I'm not sure she'll be around much longer, as she starting the fall on the stairs, and trip when walking. This is with pain medication for her arthritis.... I think her muscle loss has progressed to the point that it's hard for her to move her legs. But, other days, she her bouncy old self... this is the hardest time for me.

Hugs, and don't give up on Simba. You guys will find a path.

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No hot yoga for me

Friday, July 29, 2011

I just spent almost a month's worth of groceries on the animals . . . can't really justify dropping another $100 on hot yoga.

Simba woke me up about 2 am, snuggling for a bit & then licking his lips (a sign of nausea) & jumping off the bed. I followed him, offered some treats which he devoured. I offered him more treats when I got up & he devoured those, too. He seemed much chipper. A couple of hrs later I gave him more - just a couple of pieces each time.

Shortly before I had to take him to the vet I fried up a small amount of the leftover ground meat & the beef & rice I made him yesterday (which everyone except him ate, naturally) - but he turned his nose up at that, went out into his kennel & threw everything up.

He got some subcutaneous fluids at the vet & they drew blood. I should know the results by tomorrow.

This has been a very long week. Not enough sleep, lots of stress & even tho I've eaten well, I am definitely feeling heavier - course just the lack of sleep & stress can do that.

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JESSIEJUICE 7/30/2011 2:54AM

    emoticon I hope Simba feels better soon and that you can get some good rest this weekend. Don't forget to take care of you! Thinking good thoughts for you and yours :).

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 7/29/2011 8:07PM

  emoticon to you and Simba.

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    I hope Simba feels better soon. Have you tried boiling some chicken with rice and using that instead of beef?

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TEMPEST272002 7/29/2011 7:45PM

    Hope things get sorted with Simba soon. Too bad about the hot yoga.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/29/2011 1:48PM

    Hope your little one is OK. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/29/2011 1:15PM

    I'm sorry. It's so rough to deal with sick animals who can't tell you what's wrong. emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 7/29/2011 12:34PM

    Oh I hope results are favorable. We love our furry families!

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Can we talk?

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.

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DDOORN 7/29/2011 8:15AM

    Wish stress did that to ME (losing appetite)...lol!

Sending healing vibes Simba's way!


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KATIEKATE11 7/29/2011 12:16AM

    ******Good vibes and even better prayers****** I hope Simba feels better super-soon. 10 is WAY too young for all of that silliness.

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TEMPEST272002 7/28/2011 4:16PM

    Poor Simba. I hope everything is alright with him. It could have been the food. I hope so anyhow.

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NATPLUMMER 7/28/2011 3:03PM

    Poor Simba emoticon Is he really sick or is it just the food? I hope it isn't anything serious.
BOO! Contractor!! Yes, I see the theme and it's an expensive one.

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And I didn't even have to bribe him . . .

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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KISSFAN1 7/30/2011 7:08AM

    That's great about your husband eating his veggies and getting some exercise in. Even better with the neighbor making the positive comment in front of your husband, LOL.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/28/2011 10:02AM

    Lead and they shall follow. Good job on being the example and bask in all the small victories. emoticon

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RATFINKROB 7/28/2011 9:55AM

    I walk every day but can never get my wife to join me. She also laughs when I suggest she try any of my healthy meals. She has been a meat and potatoes girl her whole life and never gains an once of fat.

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DDOORN 7/28/2011 9:32AM

    Two thumbs WAY UP for DH! Yep, somehow coming from others seems to open our ears a little more...lol!


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JESSIEJUICE 7/27/2011 7:59PM

    Ooh I'm definitely going to check out that pizzert! Sounds like you are definitely leading by example in your house! (ps I BET it was the greens that gave him the boost ;) ).

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TEMPEST272002 7/27/2011 1:46PM

    Wow. Greens & an unsolicited walk. You are on a roll with that man! I've got a show stopper to share with you too. Last week hubby says to me... wait for it.... "Stop buying me cookies & chips. I don't need that crap." What?! This from Mr. I-have-an-aversion-to-anything-that
-might-be-healthy? See, husbands CAN change. They just have to think it's their idea. ROTFL

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HALFFAST 7/27/2011 1:11PM

    Way to go on sneaking in veggies on the hubby ;) I make a bunch of CCK recipes! Love her! Do you also read skinnytaste.com? Gina has some great recipes and always posts the WW points too :)

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TERJEGOLD 7/27/2011 12:04PM

    Doing fitness-focused activities with your partner is absolutely the best. If you both are doing it, there's no chance for guilt or losing it to "higher" priority things. Really nice!

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STIPER23 7/27/2011 11:36AM

    I know the feeling, except in my case I feel so proud when I see my preschooler getting his veggies. I feel like DH is a lost cause. lol

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NATPLUMMER 7/27/2011 11:24AM

    Yay for veggies and walks!!
The pizzert does sound good.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/27/2011 10:52AM

    As I am apt to say, "husbands learn from example"! John actually thanked me in front of his mother (can I say bonus points!) that I am making him eat healthier and that he actually enjoys it!!!! Hey, this is a great blog idea for today!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/27/2011 9:35AM

    Maybe he'll learn to not only get into the walking thing, but also learn to like it! You never know. Have a fun day.

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