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Miss Moppet is feeling better!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

My tiny senior cat, Miss Moppet (named after a Beatrix Potter kitten with big round eyes), was fine on Saturday, doing acrobatics on the top shelf of the treehouse, saying bad words to the two youngsters, and otherwise acting normal. But Sunday was another story. She spent the day on my bed and wouldn't come out for meals or treats. When we saw that she wasn't eating or drinking at all, I got her in to the vet Tuesday morning. All they could say for sure was that she was a bit dehydrated and gave her fluids. When her tests came back on Wednesday, the vet called to say that pancreatitis looked like a good possibility and to bring her in for more hydration and an antibiotic.

She looked so small and pitiful, and I was so sad to think I might be losing another cat after our Raven kitty died of kidney failure in March.

The vet had suggested I try feeding her soft kitten food with a syringe, and she kept down the little bit that I managed to get down her. By evening...WOOHOO...she came out and ate a few bits of dry food and later turned up for a treat or two. This morning I gave her some more kitten food, and her resistance was a little stronger. Again she's eaten a bit on her own. I'm still concerned about her getting enough water, should do some of that with syringe, too.

She's come out to lie on the back of the sofa and has been washing herself. It appears that she's feeling better and hopefully will continue to recover.
Update: Miss Moppet ate her dinner and wanted to play a little bit with her favorite feather. She IS a beautiful little thing. She's just under 7 lbs, loves to hang on my shoulder and nestle in my lap. Our other two cats are much bigger, but she says she is top cat anyway.

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XHENA16 8/25/2012 12:38AM

  Its never easy when your pet is sick...glad to hear she is feeling better emoticon

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ANGGEL40 8/24/2012 12:27PM

    I am so Happy that Miss Moppet(love her name)is feeling better...She is so beautiful...

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SAGEMYST 8/24/2012 10:39AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that she has been sick. I'm facing the same problem with Dexter. He is almost 17 yrs old and skinny as a rail. I can't seem to get the weight on him. Just keep trying to get her to eat and drink and be watchful.

Best wishes to you both.


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ELSCO55 8/23/2012 11:47PM

    Hope she is well on the recovery road. Beautiful kitty.

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INFLATED 8/23/2012 11:31PM

    I am glad to read it seems she is doing better. She is beautiful!

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LIVIN4LISH 8/23/2012 10:08PM

    Glad she's feeling better - she is a little beauty! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 8/23/2012 7:44PM

    Beautiful kitty! Hope she continues to improve.

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DEEJON123 8/23/2012 1:41PM

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL KITTY ! Happy all is improving, I have a cat & 2 dogs and know what it's like if they are not well ... sometimes it's worse than your kids since they can't explain what is going on! Plus, they don't whine like kids either, BONUS!!

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Practice Gratitude

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I've long had a practice of gratitude that I've done in several ways. Sometimes I'll make a point of listing what I've been grateful for in my journal at bedtime. I use it as a desperation measure, too; snapping off 10 things I can be grateful for even when I feel really rotten. Yesterday was one of those days. My tiny senior cat stopped eating and has been to the vet twice in as many days. I lost one cat last spring, and it just seemed too much to be on the brink of losing another. Well...this evening, after two sessions of hydrating at the vet, she came out from under the bed and went to her food dish. She didn't eat much, but it's the first time since Sunday that she showed any interest at all.

I am very grateful

That Miss Moppet seems to be feeling a bit better. Husband says she's eating a cat treat now.

That I solved an aggravating computer issue all by myself.

That I've stayed within my cal range for three days in a row.

That after a week of feeling too tired to do much, I did a SP video today.

That a dear friend called to see if she could stop by.

That my house was in great shape, which was a good thing since she was calling from in front of my house!

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MUSOLF6 8/23/2012 8:04AM

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TAMPATINK67 8/23/2012 12:43AM

    Sounds like a great day to me!

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ROXYZMOM 8/22/2012 11:34PM

    Oh, boy -- first - the cat! I hope she had a little bug and is on the way to recovery!

Second, I am glad you have stayed in your calorie range - weekdays always seem to be so much easier

Finally - glad you got back to your videos!!

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1EMMA2011 8/22/2012 11:23PM

    emoticon Great ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!

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WORDGIRL830 8/22/2012 11:04PM

    This is so timely. You have just helped me to figure out what to write in my journal everyday after work. Thanks.

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SARAHISFREE86 8/22/2012 9:30PM

    This was so inspirational to me!!

I too have had a sick cat and she is only 3 years old. Last week she wouldnt move, drink or eat and I freaked out. I took her to the vet and he diagnosed her as having pancreatitis brought on by a bacterial infection. She is still on antibiotics but is almost fully recovered. I had to hydrate her via a syringe for a few days and that was so hard. Glad your kitty is showing improvement!

It is so important to remember what we are grateful for... not one day a year or one day a week but often as possible. I am grateful for family, my cat, my life and for this precious moment looking outside at the beautiful thunderstorm lighting up the sky. emoticon

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Happy Sparkversary to Me!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hi, friends! This is so exciting. Four days ago, August 16th, marked one whole year of SparkPeople. No, I didn't reach the goal I'd first set of losing 50 lbs in a year, but I did make substantial inroads and established lots of good habits. Here's my report:

1. Managed to lose and keep off 29 lbs
2. Dropped two sizes
3. Cleaned out half my closet
4. Can now wear the other half
5. Wrote my first ever blog
6. Made my first ever online only friends
7. Discovered what a difference it makes to let myself by supported by community. I've always been a Little Red Hen type, as in "I will do it myself."
8. Discovered SP videos thanks to ROXYSMOM
9. Have gone from laughing at my first SP video attempts to actually being able to do them
10. Learned that I'm not nearly as good at estimating portion size as I thought I was
11. No Plus or X sizes in my wardrobe
12. Able to "shop" in drawers and closet for "new" clothes I haven't been able to wear in ages (there are still some of those, but not many)
13. Have learned a lot about what makes me vulnerable to overeating
14. Learning not to judge myself harshly for what I've done or not done. Believe me, this is a big one.
15. Learned to read those sneaky labels--and menus--very carefully after making several what I thought were good choices
16. Enjoyed very active vacations with stair-climbing, rock-climbing, hiking, & biking to an extent I couldn't previously do
17. Got out of pre-diabetic range back to normal
18. Got out of Obese range into Overweight. NEVER AGAIN.
19. Have tracked my food consistently even when the results weren't good
20. Have exercised at least 10 min daily since I started exercising about 6 wks into SP
21. Stuck with it for one whole year and am not about to stop now

THANK YOU, SparkGuy, for this marvelous FREE resource.

THANK YOU, Sparkfriends, for all the notes, messages, encouragement, support, goodies, and friendship. You are the best.

THANK YOU, dear friend BC and dear daughter AM, for telling me about SP. Wishing you both success here, too.

THANK YOU, dear husband, for never-failing kindness and support.

And...I guess I deserve my THANKS too. THANK YOU, Body, for responding to my efforts. THANK YOU, Mind, for motivating me to do something, even when I don't want to. THANK YOU, Spirit, for nudging me in a healthier direction with the words of Ignatius of Loyola,

"Our only desire and one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God/Godde's deepening life in me."

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TAMPATINK67 8/21/2012 2:08AM

    Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!

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ROXYZMOM 8/20/2012 10:21PM

    You have done an awesome job this year! I am so, totally proud of you!!!!!


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BACKTOTEN12 8/20/2012 4:59PM

    You are AWESOME!! Glad we're sparkfriends. You are a great support to me. Sorry I haven't been on the board much lately and haven't blogged hardly at all for such a long time. emoticon emoticon We shall prevail and attain our goal. We have come a LONNNNNNGGGGG way and feel so much better. I love this blog. So many things to remind me of how far we've both come. We'll be running a half-marathon soon! Who'da thunk it??? LOL Take care and keep the Spark. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Nice job! I love all you have done so far! You are doing great! We almost have the same starting date!


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CLRWILLIAMS25 8/20/2012 11:48AM

    congratulations on your sparkversary and all of your accomplishments in a year! emoticon

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XHENA16 8/20/2012 11:46AM

  What a wonderful and inspiring blog emoticon Congratulations!

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Counting backwards, 5 to go!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Another day of packing food. I got rushed and had to just throw some things in, but I think I ended up with 1569, 19 cal over, but much better than if I hadn't planned at all.

:-) Lots of seated work today, so I stretched my shoulders and back often. Again at lunchtime, I walked the halls for more fitness minutes.

Long but good day--but not as long as expected, so I will be better rested to get up and go to choir early tomorrow morning.

What am I going to do to celebrate my upcoming one year Sparkversary?

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/13/2012 8:22PM

    emoticon emoticonKeep up the good work emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/12/2012 7:39AM

    Very good!

Why don't you set a new goal? (for your anniversary).

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1EMMA2011 8/11/2012 11:18PM

    emoticon YOu are rockin this thing!!! Do you have the SP book?

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Counting backwards, 6 to go!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I had to pack all my food today exccept breakfast. I was working at the county election office. Fortunately there were no sweets or treats except the sugar-free vanilla pudding and Dove chocolate I brought myself.

1311 total! Woohoo!

I even got in an extra 30 fitness minutes by walking briskly in the halls at lunchtime. It was much to hot to go out.

If I did it today, I can do it again tomorrow! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/11/2012 7:03AM

    Great job today! Packing food makes it so easy to stay on track! 5 more days to go! Way to stay focused!

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LHLADY517 8/10/2012 11:57PM

    You can do it.

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