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Motovational Quote for the Amazing Race

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Love this one:

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SERENE-BEAN 6/1/2014 1:13AM

    I actually needed this so much that it made me a little weepy. Thank you.

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My Diabetic Cat, Part 2

Sunday, May 11, 2014

So I've given Mac 4 shots now.

I'm okay with injecting him now, but he is not happy about it! I had to poke him twice this morning, because I couldn't do the inject part when he was struggling. The poking doesn't seem to bug him that much, but he usually squeaks when I inject him, then I feel nasty.

I don't think he is drinking as much now though, and I haven't found any of his "biblical floods" in the cat box. However, he is still having trouble with his back legs. My Dad says it will take a while for his blood sugar to stabilize (my Dad is diabetic so he knows lots about it).

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--MAY-- 5/16/2014 6:11PM

    My sister had a Diabetic Cat, w
My Mom and I went to watch the cat one day, we could not find her anywhere, so we called my sister, and she said she liked to hide under the bed, well that is where she was, but she was caught under the bed, somehow she got her claws hooked in the bed from underneath took me forever to get her unhooked and boy she was not happy!!

cats they can get themselves into trouble HUH!!

Good luck with your Kitty

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VJH-W65 5/11/2014 11:40AM

    How horrible for both of you I am so sorry.
Have you added any cat walks to your shared home?
Something to add fun jumping and exploring activities?

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My Diabetic Cat part 1

Friday, May 09, 2014

One of my cats, Mac, had something wrong with his back legs recently. I was hoping it didn't have anything to do with the raccoon bite at the base of his tail he got last fall. He didn't seem to be in pain, but it's got to the point that he had trouble climbing into the litter box, so I made an apt for him at the vet.

I was surprised that the vet didn't think there was anything wrong with his legs. She thought that it was a muscle weakness that was the problem. After hearing how much water he drank she took a some blood to test for diabetes. Sure enough the tests came back and his blood sugar was up at 20 (very high).

Today I stuffed Mac in his carrier (he struggles like crazy when I try to put him in at home, but when I put him in the carrier at the vet he goes in happily) and we took him to the vet so she could show us how to give him insulin. It wasn't as traumatic for him this time - he just got weighed, plopped on the examining table and poked in the neck twice. I was a bit horrified when the vet produced an actual syringe and said he would need an injection twice a day. For some reason I was envisioning one of those automatic popper things (my BF used one for his pain meds during the worst of his cancer treatments) not an actual needle. But no, I have to actually stick the syringe in the bottle, measure out 3 ml of insulin, and inject my cat twice a day.

You grab the cat at the back of the neck and pull up the loose skin there. Then, holding the needle parallel to the back (not pointing down) you stick the needle in the skin under your hand where you are holding the skin and inject. I did it once for practice with sterile water at the vet, now I have to do it for real as soon as I feed Mac. You do it after feeding to avoid hypoglycemia. I'll post the results soon!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/10/2014 8:08AM

    You can do this Lenore............................

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BABYSOX 5/10/2014 6:37AM

    I pet sit for friends with a diabetic cat. The cat gets so used to the needles that it becomes as easy as feeding them. They had another diabetic cat that lived 5 years after being diagnosed. Well worth the effort.
Good luck!

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PAMNANGEL 5/9/2014 10:09PM

    It takes a little getting used to. Before you know it it's so routine you hardly think about it.

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NANCYPAT1 5/9/2014 9:42PM

    I had friend with a diabetic cat - I hope you will be able to keep your cat healthy for a long time - it is hard when our loved ones get illnesses..

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4 Fitness Tests Completed

Sunday, May 04, 2014

I did my fitness test for BLC25 this morning.

pushup test: 14 - average
crunch test: 26 - good to excellent
3 minute step test: pulse 82 - excellent
1 mile walk test: 16 min - average

I wasn't surprised by the step test. I know my pulse is slower than most people's because of the blood pressure meds I take - at least that's what my doctor told me. I know the nurses often comment how slow my pulse is when I give blood. I also do the 6 flights of stairs at work every morning, and even though I am breathing heavily and my pulse is fast, I recover very quickly - back to feeling normal in under 2 minutes.

I was a bit surprised I did as well as I did in the crunch test, as I don't do lots of crunches, but I do situps fairly often.

I believe I could have done better on the mile walk - I kept moving briskly, but I think I could have walked faster if I tried a bit. I think I might try it again soon.

The biggest surprise was the pushup test. I thought I would get zero, because my attempts to do pushups in the past came to nothing unless they were wall pushups. Today, when I looked carefully at how to do a proper (modified) pushup, I suddenly saw the arms are held out to the side a bit - I was trying to do them with my arms directly under my shoulders! I was able to do some (modified) pushups today, though I saw in the demonstration she didn't touch her chest to the mat between pushups but I did.

I can barely believe that I can now do pushups! It has been a goal of mine for a long time now. Maybe I should try a few unmodified ones now.

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/5/2014 8:51AM

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POPSY190 5/5/2014 4:32AM

    Great results! I love the BLC!

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SERENE-BEAN 5/4/2014 9:59PM

    Way to go!

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MCFITZ2 5/4/2014 9:37PM

    Nice job. On to the next challenge. emoticon

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BLC25 Goals

Friday, May 02, 2014

My #1 goal for BLC25 is simple - to weigh less in 12 weeks than I do now!

Other goals:

1. ST at least twice a week.
2. Run at least twice a week.
3. Bike ride at least once a week.
4. Eat freggies & protein with every meal.
5. Eat fewer calories on the weekend.

If I stick with these 5 goals I should have no problem with my #1 goal!

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MICHELELYNN777 5/3/2014 10:09AM

    Great plan! emoticon

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DENAMARIE1 5/2/2014 6:24PM

    You can do it!!! emoticon

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