Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat Apr 29 - May 5




BillBlueEyes
04-29-2013, 05:10 AM
Going about without a coat has been such a pleasure. Every year I get the same kick as if it's a brand new event, this warming thing. DW is now thinking of moving the River Birch tree - nothing in our small yard is safe from her improvements to get the right sun/soil/moisture combination.

Shannon - that cedar chest is super. Love that you're going to keep your father's nicks.

Jessica and the twins - hope you're finding comfort in some position. Doubling in size from this point seems a bit drastic. By-the-by, I just read about identical triplet girls (https://www.google.com/search?q=identical+triplets&rlz=1C1RNBN_enUS459US459&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=uDd-UeeOFq-y0QGq1ICADg&ved=0CEIQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=620&sei=yDd-UdmvMfC50AHrvoCoBw) (natural, without IVF) - I'd never known that identical's came in groups larger than two. You can click to see pictures for easy amusement while you're confined.


Shannon in ATL
04-29-2013, 06:19 AM
I'm up and around way too early today... DH is sick, has been since about 2am Sunday morning. My cat just threw up in the kitchen. Again. I've gotten very little sleep for the last two days and DSS is in a fun mood. Whoopie cushions, hiding things in his bed to make me think he's still in there, running up and down the hall singing, etc. I'm not a morning person at the best of times, and it is making me impatient rather than entertained. I need to loosen up.

Mudpie
04-29-2013, 07:10 AM
I'm up and around way too early today... DH is sick, has been since about 2am Sunday morning. My cat just threw up in the kitchen. Again. I've gotten very little sleep for the last two days and DSS is in a fun mood. Whoopie cushions, hiding things in his bed to make me think he's still in there, running up and down the hall singing, etc. I'm not a morning person at the best of times, and it is making me impatient rather than entertained. I need to loosen up.

I can't recall a post where you mentioned DSS being happy or positive. I know you're feeling tired and cranky but hey! - try to get into his mood. :hug:

Dagmar :dizzy:


WardHog
04-29-2013, 08:49 AM
Shannon, get in the cedar chest. He'll never find you! ;)

More craziness here ... the school year is winding down and that means piano recital, double chorus rehearsals, chorus performance, awards ceremony, promotion ceremony, plus pre-season swim team practice.

I think I'll go for a swim. :)

Shannon in ATL
04-29-2013, 09:31 AM
I can't recall a post where you mentioned DSS being happy or positive. I know you're feeling tired and cranky but hey! - try to get into his mood. :hug:


No kidding. LOL :) I'm so not a morning person. It is a challenge. I pulled it off alright before dropping him off at school. :dizzy:

traveling michele
04-29-2013, 10:22 AM
No kidding. LOL :) I'm so not a morning person. It is a challenge. I pulled it off alright before dropping him off at school. :dizzy:

Thank goodness he isn't sick too!! Gotta look at the bright side.
Yesterday I found some cat puke that was very old. It was down the side of the TV, the dresser and the wall. Good times.

ICUwishing
04-29-2013, 10:51 AM
Yet another glorious point in favor of house bunnies: Bunnies are physically incapable of throwing up. :D

Saturday was SO nice! Lots of stuff done outside. The only bummer? It would have been a perfect day if I could have had a beer at the end of it. Alas. It's been a week and the scale has not responded in any manner that would make me think not drinking has value, but I will soldier on in support of my buddy.

alinnell
04-29-2013, 10:54 AM
Aaah, the joys of cat puke. My tuxedo cat likes to eat ribbon and then puke it up so I have to be careful when there are presents around.

DH and the in-laws and I went to our monthly wine women dinner last night at a French bistro. The highlight of the meal (IMO) was the salad: baby greens with a warm bacon vinaigrette served with a poached egg on top. Delish!

Friday we did the golf tournament--it was SO FUN! I was a bit scared when the rules indicated that you had to use a minimum of two drives per person in the foursome. I don't usually drive well, so I was kind of nervous. We got to our first hole (which was #5 as it was a shotgun start) and it happened to be a par 5 on which they were doing the longest drive competition. Oh, yeah, I was the ONLY one that hit the fairway so we used my drive! I even got to pick up the marker and put my name on it for the longest drive competition. I really amazed myself! Besides that, on our very last hole, I got the birdie putt--the only one of the round!

We golfed as usual on Saturday and Sunday mornings and I must have been tired as I couldn't golf worth crap. Oh, well.

Thinking good thoughts of Jessica!!!

Shannon in ATL
04-29-2013, 11:44 AM
Michele - I also found old cat puke last night, in addition to my multiple bouts of fresh this morning. I slept in the guest room so I wouldn't bother DH while he was trying to rest and what was on both of the pillows in there? Yes. Dried up and there for goodness only knows how long.

Becky - that makes bunnies look pretty appealing as pets. Seriously.

paperclippy
04-29-2013, 12:45 PM
You guys are making me very glad that I don't have a cat. :lol: At least my dog usually has the sense to ask that we let him outside when he has to puke, and it's not a regular occurrence.

Bill, apparently identicals can come in all different numbers! Twins are just more frequent (same as twins in general are more frequent than other multiples).

Still doing okay here. I lost a lot more fluid this morning so I'm not sure if it is still all from baby A or if baby B is ruptured now too, but I'm still not in labor so we might make it a few more days if we're lucky. Still no signs of infection or anything like that, although my blood pressure started going up so they're doing tests for preeclampsia now. They don't seem too concerned at the moment, probably because chances are that I'll deliver before it gets to be a problem. The nurses tell me that most people with ruptured membranes deliver within a week, and we're getting pretty close to that.

saef
04-29-2013, 04:09 PM
Jessica, when I see your name on a thread here with a fresh post, I have to admit, my heart jumps in my chest just a little & I wonder what's up, what news you'll have for us. So just a few more days?

How are you passing your time in the hospital? I haven't had a hospital stay since the advent of widespread wireless hotspots but it sure has to beat hours of daytime TV watching. Have you found an online community of expectant mothers posting from hospital beds? I'm convinced there's a supportive forum for nearly everything these days.

My mother just left, after a week-long stay. My apartment is spotless but more empty than usual, peaceful but a bit chilly. I'm sitting here in a heavy sweatshirt but feeling optimistic that, eventually, I'll have the windows open again.

krampus
04-29-2013, 04:39 PM
Food is out of whack and I feel puffy and sort of gross, but I went for a hike in the Adirondacks yesterday and there were red spotted newts swimming in lakes and puddles everywhere, with no fear whatsoever of humans. I stuck my finger in the water and poked one in the nose (gently of course), and put my hand in a puddle and they crawled right onto my hand.

I also kept up pace with my more expert hiker boyfriend with no issue whatsoever, including scrambling up and down many steep rocks and icy bits. I am definitely in better shape for hiking than I ever have been!

neurodoc
04-29-2013, 08:43 PM
I did my first-ever CrossFit class yesterday. I thought I would vomit blood at one point. We were supposed to do 15 minutes of nonstop pushups-thrusters(squat to tip toes with a dumbbell in each hand)-overhead lifts (single, heavier dumbbell raised from floor to straight overhead) in groups of 5, 10 and 15 respectively. The coach exhorted us continuously to "push through" our "wall" because it was really all about mental persistence, not physical fatigue. I wonder how many people have actually fainted or puked from pushing past their limits?

Jessica, good luck keeping the babies in the oven for a few more days. Of course you know that modern neonatology is very good, and almost-32-week twins should do just fine.

I have to say, I don't miss cat puke since my 16 year old cat died a few years back. Now, I have a 5 year old dog who has pooping accidents 1-2x/month instead :>(

Shannon in ATL
04-29-2013, 08:54 PM
Andrea - i believe Pukie the Clown is a common cross fit mascot.

Steph7409
04-29-2013, 09:12 PM
Ah, dried up cat puke...at least it's easier to clean up. Fortunately, only one of my current 3 is a puker.

Jessica, good luck!

I'm having a bit of good luck myself. I got called for jury duty but haven't had to report yet this week. I'd actually like to do it but it would be tough to juggle that along with work and visiting my dad. Being able to work a full day tomorrow will make it much easier if I do have to serve the rest of the week.

Here's my latest beading project. I bought a book of patterns for little (1" x 2.5") floral panels. I don't know what I'll do with them but I had fun doing the first one and there are 40 or so more!

bargoo
04-29-2013, 09:40 PM
Ah, dried up cat puke...at least it's easier to clean up. Fortunately, only one of my current 3 is a puker.

Jessica, good luck!

I'm having a bit of good luck myself. I got called for jury duty but haven't had to report yet this week. I'd actually like to do it but it would be tough to juggle that along with work and visiting my dad. Being able to work a full day tomorrow will make it much easier if I do have to serve the rest of the week.

Here's my latest beading project. I bought a book of patterns for little (1" x 2.5") floral panels. I don't know what I'll do with them but I had fun doing the first one and there are 40 or so more!

So pretty, I see it as an eyeglass case.

alinnell
04-30-2013, 09:34 AM
Andrea~my DD found a Crossfit on Living Social for only $30 for the month. She's considering doing it. I think she'd do fine as she routinely pushes herself in the gym. Me? I'd probably puke! I've pushed myself close to that point before and it's not a good feeling.

Hang in there, Jessica!! Still thinking positive thoughts!

Pretty beading, Steph. I'm not sure what I'd use it as, though.

I have to go for a blood draw this afternoon. I had a draw for our insurance exam a couple of months ago and I sent the results to my doctor and he's happy with my cholesterol on that but wants additional tests (thyroid and vitamin D level). I assume vitamin D is some sort of test to determine future osteoporosis? I'm just glad that these tests do not require fasting! There's nothing worse than not being able to have coffee in the morning!

bargoo
04-30-2013, 09:43 AM
Allison , I hear you on the fasting blood tests. The lab where I go is right next to an IHOP, that place looks very inviting after a fasting blood test .

CherryPie99
04-30-2013, 10:23 AM
Hi all!

Thought I would check in as I've been reading daily but haven't had much to contribute!

Jessica - been thinking about you a lot! Keep those legs closed together for at least a while longer!! :D

Allison - Vitamin D is related to depression as well as osteoporosis and a number of other things, including slow metabolism!

Ahhh.... a discussion on cat puke. As the owner of 10 cats, including several long haired ones, it is a remarkable day if I DON'T have to clean up cat puke!!!

I had a wonderful weekend. Got a whole bunch of outdoor chores that had been on my "to do" list done. For me there is such a great feeling being able to cross stuff off lists - weird, huh?

I'm getting nervous about the 1/2 marathon I'm running on May 11th. We drove the course this weekend and it looks to be a toughie. I am hoping for a good time, but feeling scared.

Weight is in a good spot and I love seeing our weather FINALLY warming into the 60's. Hope everyone has a great week!

Jen

traveling michele
04-30-2013, 10:38 AM
Steph-- looks like a beautiful book mark to me (says the librarian)

Jen-- my dd is just getting started on her weight loss journey (and started blogging about it). I sent her over your way as I've found you very inspiring! She hopes someday to be motivational to others too.

Andrea-- that cross fit sounds terrible. I have heard of it but I won't be seeking it out after your description! I've done some boot camps but that sounds really hard core!

krampus
04-30-2013, 11:47 AM
Urban Dictionary on Crossfit:

1. Crossfit:

A bunch of rich white people paying $250/mo. to have an uncredentialed coach instruct them to have spasms with PVC pipe and seizures on pull-up bars until they vomit. They generally do this for a period of 10-30 minutes and call it a workout. Those who partake in these group activities also have the option to pay $1000 to attend a weekend course where they have an alcoholic instruct them how to better lift their PVC pipe. Some people who do these activities may also confuse being nauseous with being elite.


That said, I get "free" classes through my health insurance in June. I am interested to see how it goes.

silverbirch
04-30-2013, 01:56 PM
Cheryl (jamsk8r or something like that) over on the Weights board has been cross-fitting for years. She says that the experience really does depend on the particular (can't remember the crossfit term for the gym/dojo/centre) and to try out different ones to find a good fit. Mel, a moderator here for years, entered the Crossfit Games and did quite well a few years ago. And I think that our dear midwife is also giving crossfit a go. (Ain't that right, midwife?)

It sounds as though it's becoming a bit of a craze.

Shannon in ATL
04-30-2013, 08:29 PM
Cheryl and Mel were both big into CF. I didn't take official classes but did WOD workouts in my garage. They were hard as I remember. Though in hindsight, I felt good while doing them.

Mudpie
05-01-2013, 05:48 AM
I'm back! :dance: And still standing. That was - hands down - the hardest dog sit I've ever done. I'm so glad it's over.

And I'm proud of myself for getting through it with only 2 minor over-eating incidents. And those were triggered by stress due to house hunting things, not by the sit itself.

Now to get my house and myself back in order!

:wave: to everyone - I'll try to catch up tomorrow.

Dagmar :cool:

ICUwishing
05-01-2013, 09:49 AM
:wave:

Steph, the beading is really pretty! I could see them as decorative zipper pulls for totes, or stringing a few together in a circle to dress up a lamp. I used to do Christmas ornament kits in days gone by (pre-DS), some of which were 30+ hours to complete. It was as close to meditation as I've ever been. :D Maybe this fall ...

dagmar, good to see you again! and very glad you survived!

Crossfit just looks to me like a great way to get injured. Parkour, on the other hand ... I could see myself trying at some point. :D

allison, good luck with the bloodwork numbers! I'm doing a pre-assessment next week for the summer run training program - looking forward to seeing a major difference between now and the fall post-assessment. Low Vit D is also associated with some cancers, slow recovery from injury/surgery, and poor immune system function.

Jen, you sound like you're in a really good place! You'll knock that 1/2 out of the park. :)

I've spent three days coddling a cold. NOT happy about it! I'm starting the month at 152, most of which is bloat from the red dye in the Nyquil. :mad: I told my alcohol-abstinence buddy that if I could have just sterilized my throat with a shot of whiskey when I felt the first throat tickle over the weekend, I wouldn't be in this position. Yeah, she didn't buy it either. :D But she's not dinging me for the alcohol in the Nyquil, thank goodness.

saef
05-01-2013, 09:53 AM
Krampus, you know how peoples' way of eating can become sort of like a religion, not to be criticized by the non-devout? I think Crossfit and yoga are kind of like that. Any time anyone writes an article in the NY Times that criticizes either form of exercise, the comments section goes absolutely insane. The defense and criticism resembles the clashes among the followers of intermittent fasting, paleo, low-carbers, vegan, Clean Eating, Gary Taube, South Beach, Dean Ornish, etc.

Me, I think nothing in this world is above satire or criticism or jokes, but some peoples' way of eating and exercising seem to be absorbed into their identity and became very personal subjects.

I laughed at your Urban Dictionary quote, because there's a Crossfit "box" around the corner from my old apartment, which is located near the Metro North traintracks in a lower-income neighborhood -- and it is indeed amusing to see really fit, big, well-off white guys parking their nice cars in the area before work/after work and walking to the gym together. The rest of the neighborhood doesn't set foot there, I'm told. Too expensive. My former neighbors use the nearby Gold's Gym or Blink, or run outside.

alinnell
05-01-2013, 10:17 AM
I'm sitting here at home this morning hoping that the dishwasher repairman lives up to his promise. He usually works in Palm Springs on Wednesdays, but Wednesday is a better day for me to take time off of work because my assistant is in the office. He said he'd do my repair first, get it out of the way early, and then move onto Palm Springs. I said he could start as early as 6 AM. It's now 7:15 and no sign of him. He said he would call if the part didn't arrive. No call, so I expect him to be here. Any bets on when he shows?

Have any of you heard of a program called Fit in 42? I talked to DH about doing this and he didn't like the idea. Basically you go to their "class" every single day for 6 weeks. They work very closely with you so you really get the benefit. They counsel you on diet (a lot of them lean toward Paleo) and supposedly after you complete it, you're fit and ready to do it on your own. While I'd really prefer doing it with someone, it looks like I might have to do it on my own, if I decide to do it. I think the next round of classes starts in a few weeks.

Jessica? You out there and hanging in there? Still thinking good thoughts!!!

Shannon in ATL
05-01-2013, 01:47 PM
I just saw on FB that Jessica had the babies.

"I guess these babies did not want to wait another 8 weeks to be born! Allison Leah (in the back in photo) and Cecilia Rachel were born on 4/29 at 11:11 and 11:14pm. Allison was 3lb 6oz and Cecilia was 3lb 10oz. Both babies are in the NICU for at least a few weeks, but are doing well."

ICUwishing
05-01-2013, 01:48 PM
YAY, JESSICA!!!! Congratulations!

alinnell
05-01-2013, 02:52 PM
Congratulations Jessica!!!

saef
05-01-2013, 03:12 PM
I thought that Jessica's silence was a pregnant one. The eggs hatched. The loaves came out of the oven. The two little girls are here.

I'm so happy for this new family.

paperclippy
05-01-2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks guys, and thanks Shannon for sharing the news! It is a little funny because it was only a few hours after I last posted here that the doctors decided it was time to induce labor (since my liver enzymes were elevating). I still can't quite believe how fast everything happened. Between when they started the induction and when I delivered was only about three hours! (To be fair, it turns out that before they even started the induction I was pretty much done with early labor.) In any case, I was feeling pretty good still when they came in to place the epidural but by the time the anesthesiologist was done they had to take me straight into the OR for delivery (twins and preemies always get delivered in the OR).

Both girls were born vaginally with no problems, and I'm recovering very well from the process. I told DH right after they took me back to my room for recovery, "I almost feel like a human again." I only got to take a peek at them before they were whisked off to the NICU, but we've gotten to go down and visit them several times a day in between when I'm too sleepy to do anything. I'm going home tonight, but we'll probably be spending most of our days at the hospital for a while since the babies will be here for several weeks, up to a couple months (i.e. until their original due date).

DH has been a champ and a trooper through this whole process. I don't know what I would do without him. :love:

bargoo
05-01-2013, 03:25 PM
Jessica , congratulations to you and DH. I love the names you have chosen and that you gave them individual names and not something rhyming because they are twins.
Proud of you, girl !

Shannon in ATL
05-01-2013, 03:41 PM
Congratulations Jessica! They are gorgeous. :)

traveling michele
05-01-2013, 04:08 PM
Congratulations Jessica! What amazing miracles. The NICU is an amazing place. You'll get to know the other families well. There will probably be other multiples there. My dd was in the NICU for a week and we felt so guilty because she was 7 pounds and was surrounded by all of the preemies. I can't see photos at work (they're blocked) so I'll eagerly take a peek at them when I get home. Glad to hear they are doing well!

silverbirch
05-01-2013, 04:26 PM
Wonderful news, Jessica. Congratulations to you and DH!

Welcome, Allison Leah! Welcome, Cecilia Rachel!

CherryPie99
05-01-2013, 04:30 PM
A major congrats!! That is actually really good weights for how early they are!!

And as a Simon and Garfunkle fan, I started singing when I saw the names!!!

BillBlueEyes
05-01-2013, 04:53 PM
Congrats to Jessica and her DH

Welcome to Allison and Cecilia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_QV97eYqM) - as celebrated by Simon and Garfunkel.

Mudpie
05-01-2013, 05:29 PM
Jessica, DH, and Carter :congrat: :cp: :bravo:

:welcome: to the world Allison and Cecelia

Dagmar :D

alinnell
05-01-2013, 05:30 PM
Congrats to Jessica and her DH

Welcome to Allison and Cecilia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_QV97eYqM) - as celebrated by Simon and Garfunkel.

Allison also has a song (if you don't mind the spelling mistake): Alison (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9GlC9GyF4Y)

alinnell
05-01-2013, 06:40 PM
It's fixed! The diagnosis took over an hour, ordered the part, it took a week for delivery and he arrived at 10:15 (first appointment of the day? Really?) and it took about 15 minutes to install and test.

But the important thing here is my DS. The first day that I had to all the horrible messy dishes from the night before, he was with his friends studying for one of many AP tests. The next two nights, DH dried the dishes after I washed them. And then, out of nowhere, my DS suddenly steps in before DH has a chance to, and he dries the dishes for me! No one asked him. He just did it.

Kids are wonderful!!!

And so cute. Today is officially the day that seniors have to have made up their mind where they will attend college. Of course, most have done this weeks ago (as my DS did). Today all the seniors are proudly wearing new t-shirts from their chosen school! I told DS to be sure and take pictures of him and all his friends (I'll find out if he did or not tonight). He looked so cute and proud this morning in his UCI t-shirt!

bargoo
05-01-2013, 07:56 PM
If you are tuning in late , Jessica had her twin girls ! See previous page. Their names are Allison Leah and Cecilia Rachel. Comments have already been made by posters regarding songs with Allison or Cecilia in the title. And of course their middle names Leah and Rachel , two very famous women in the Bible. Don't know if Jessica and DH had that in mind or if they just liked the names.

Steph7409
05-01-2013, 08:50 PM
Congrats to Jessica and the whole family! I hope the girls get to go home soon and meet their uncle Carter.

I got lucky with jury duty and didn't have to serve this week. I'm hoping to take Friday off for a mental health day - no work, no visit to dad, just a day for me to fool around in the garden. I spread all the mulch so now I have to get all the pots and wind chimes and various decor items out of the basement and into the yard. Lots of trips up and down the stairs.

I'm also trying to befriend a black cat that seems to be a stray. I'm not sure I want to bring in another cat but he (?) reminds me of Grommet, so we'll see.

neurodoc
05-01-2013, 10:40 PM
AWW. Welcome to the world, Allison and Cecilia! And congratulations Jessica. I know you wish you could take them home right now, but enjoy your rest -the middle-of-the-night feedings can wait awhile :>)

Megan1982
05-02-2013, 10:02 AM
Congratulations to Jessica, DH, and Carter on the new additions to the family! How very exciting. They are beautiful girls Jessica.

I've been immersed in field work for the past 2 weeks with several grad students, a post doc, and professor who are studying migratory songbirds on barrier islands of the gulf coast as they return from southern climates. I've learned how to untangle the birds from mist nets, band them, and am working on IDing my species and analyzing fat and muscle tone. I'm also having a fun time making friends with some really nice, cool people. This morning I held a beautiful male scarlet tanager in my hand. I'll have to post some photos when I download them.

saef
05-02-2013, 05:24 PM
I'm happy you held a tanager, Megan, because that means he's on his way north. In a couple weeks, if I'm in deep woods, I'll hear him from the top of a tulip tree or an ancient maple. I'll barely be able to see him, because the trees will be so leafed out, and they like the coolest, shadiest places. He'll be flicking his wings and showing off his red, red back to prospective mates. Please do share photographs. We're entering into warbler season and I will be out in the woods this weekend if I have any control at all over my life.

Mudpie
05-03-2013, 06:58 AM
I've been immersed in field work for the past 2 weeks with several grad students, a post doc, and professor who are studying migratory songbirds on barrier islands of the gulf coast as they return from southern climates. I've learned how to untangle the birds from mist nets, band them, and am working on IDing my species and analyzing fat and muscle tone. I'm also having a fun time making friends with some really nice, cool people. This morning I held a beautiful male scarlet tanager in my hand. I'll have to post some photos when I download them.

Wow! Sounds amazing Megan. We had a beautiful little bird (I am not a birder so can't ID anything) with yellow head and wings zip into the off leash area yesterday. Bulut (from Istanbul) went right for it. I corraled her as it flew and dipped among the dogs. I'll have to be careful with her - she sees birds as "good eatin'" despite getting 3 good meals a day at home.

I have been so immersed in househunting, dog sitting, and complaint listening (DH) that I've forgotten to notice spring. I was sitting in my car yesterday after work and suddenly became aware of how beautiful the magnolias, forsythia, and other flowering shrubs and trees are becoming. I'm going to take my camera along this morning and get some pics to use for screen savers.

TGIF! :dance:

Dagmar :beach:

alinnell
05-03-2013, 12:10 PM
Louie, my orange tabby, hasn't been himself this week. Sunday night and again this morning he ate his entire meal, backed up from his dish and puked up the whole meal (canned food--same food he's been on for over 6 months). Over the past year, I think he has lost a pound. Nothing huge, but he's pretty skinny whereas my tuxedo has probably gained 2 or 3 pounds. He eats his next meal without trouble. But his poops start out pretty normal but end up rather mushy at the end.

Also, the skin on Louie's eyelid and bottom lip have gotten some strange brown pigment changes. On his eyelids, the bottom rim of his eyelids each have 3 or 4 brown lines and his bottom lip has a brown freckle-like mark right in the middle.

Does any of this sound like something a vet ought to look at?

bargoo
05-03-2013, 12:36 PM
Here in Northern California where I live the forecast is for 94 degrees today. My home state of Minnesota is getting 18 inches of SNOW today, May 3 !!

traveling michele
05-03-2013, 01:00 PM
Louie, my orange tabby, hasn't been himself this week. Sunday night and again this morning he ate his entire meal, backed up from his dish and puked up the whole meal (canned food--same food he's been on for over 6 months). Over the past year, I think he has lost a pound. Nothing huge, but he's pretty skinny whereas my tuxedo has probably gained 2 or 3 pounds. He eats his next meal without trouble. But his poops start out pretty normal but end up rather mushy at the end.

Also, the skin on Louie's eyelid and bottom lip have gotten some strange brown pigment changes. On his eyelids, the bottom rim of his eyelids each have 3 or 4 brown lines and his bottom lip has a brown freckle-like mark right in the middle.

Does any of this sound like something a vet ought to look at?

Allison-- he's probably fine, but if it was me, I'd take him to the vet. He could have something as easy to fix as worms...... he is young and shouldn't be losing weight.

CherryPie99
05-03-2013, 02:48 PM
Can I ask you what food it is? Are the cats indoor/outdoor or exclusively indoor?

alinnell
05-03-2013, 03:36 PM
I feed them Fussie Cat canned along with Felidae dry from time to time. They are indoor cats EXCEPT that a few times a week we take them out in our back yard where they are trailed by us relentlessly. They get no more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time and they have never left the back yard.

And with the soft poop, I was also thinking worms. I guess I'll need to take a sample in.

Arctic Mama
05-03-2013, 04:10 PM
Congratulations Jessica! I hope they stay in the NICU is short and uneventful :)

Welcome to the world, sweet girls!

Arctic Mama
05-03-2013, 04:11 PM
I feed them Fussie Cat canned along with Felidae dry from time to time. They are indoor cats EXCEPT that a few times a week we take them out in our back yard where they are trailed by us relentlessly. They get no more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time and they have never left the back yard.

And with the soft poop, I was also thinking worms. I guess I'll need to take a sample in.

Mushy poop can be too much soft food - we had a cat who consumed primarily canned food and that caused similar issues in him, compared to our other cat who was a dry food fiend. But if this just popped up and he's losing weight I'd assume gastric distress of some sort. Worms may well be the culprit.

Mudpie
05-03-2013, 07:43 PM
Louie, my orange tabby, hasn't been himself this week. Sunday night and again this morning he ate his entire meal, backed up from his dish and puked up the whole meal (canned food--same food he's been on for over 6 months). Over the past year, I think he has lost a pound. Nothing huge, but he's pretty skinny whereas my tuxedo has probably gained 2 or 3 pounds. He eats his next meal without trouble. But his poops start out pretty normal but end up rather mushy at the end.

Also, the skin on Louie's eyelid and bottom lip have gotten some strange brown pigment changes. On his eyelids, the bottom rim of his eyelids each have 3 or 4 brown lines and his bottom lip has a brown freckle-like mark right in the middle.

Does any of this sound like something a vet ought to look at?

Always best to take cats to the vet sooner rather than later. Mudpie has been losing weight for the past couple of months. Lots of puking and loud meowing sometimes. We assumed it was her thyroid stuff coupled with old age. I picked her up the other day and she barely registered as weight - we took her in today and turns out she has a "lump" in her stomach area. They're not sure what it is yet but they're doing tests and she'll probably need surgery.

Dagmar :yikes:

bargoo
05-04-2013, 11:20 AM
Going to a BarBQue tonight , could be dangerous calorie wise. I will try to practice portion control. I see the next few months with lots of picnics, beach parties BarbQues ahead. Oh, my !

traveling michele
05-04-2013, 11:34 AM
Good luck Bargoo!!

I'm very grumpy about my weight. I'm just not understanding it and I'm trying to remain patient and not be too hard on myself. I gained almost 10 pounds on my cruise in mid March. It is two months later and I really haven't taken any off. I fluctuate but keep going back up. I've eaten nothing off plan in two months. Literally. I've worked out every day. Literally. My thyroid meds have been changed but they should be helping as they've been increased. I'm not sure what else to do, but trying to be positive.... Dh comes back from China tomorrow. Maybe having him home will help my stress levels and the weight will drop. I certainly hope so.

On another subject.... anyone have any experience with Mensa? My younger dd expressed interest in joining yesterday. We found it very interesting because she has never embraced her giftedness (she is at a genius level). The psychologist we have all seen predicted that once she went away to college she wouldn't feel so abnormal and would want to seek out others in her intelligence realm. She is finishing her freshman year next week. I guess the doc was right.... I don't know anyone who is in it. Is it just something to brag about or would it have some possible benefits for her?

bargoo
05-04-2013, 01:00 PM
Michele , can't help you much with your weight except to share a little of my experience . It was Jan of 2012 when I accepted the grim fact that I had gained 13 pounds over my hard earned goal weight. I decided it had to go and I got back on track but it took until March, 2012 to get back to Goal weight and April of 2013 to get to my dream weight.
My best advice, do not give up.

neurodoc
05-04-2013, 05:06 PM
Michele, FWIW, I belonged to Mensa for a few years. For me, it didn't do much except the bragging rights (which wasn't a perk since I never mentioned it to anyone). I think the purpose and value of it are to go to the Mensa-sponsored events to interact with other individuals as bright as you, which I really didn't do after I joined, because I had just gotten married, and DH wasn't into socializing with strangers and I wasn't into socializing without DH. I think it would be fun if she's looking to make friends.

silverbirch
05-04-2013, 05:43 PM
Another FWIW, Michele. Long before I met him, my SO took their tests and was invited to join. The attitudes and values displayed in the magazine they sent were such a turn-off, though, that he took it no further. But I'd say no harm in your DD investigating. What she finds might suit her.

CherryPie99
05-04-2013, 06:09 PM
That was my experience as well, Silverbirch. After being invited to join and meeting a few people the group was not for me...

Arctic Mama
05-04-2013, 06:18 PM
I'd be careful with Mensa. It can be mentally stimulating at best, but pretentious, prideful, and downright bigoted at worst. I'm always leery of separating out the world by characteristics we cannot control, with IQ being one of them. And while an adult with a good head on their shoulders can glean what is useful and stuff the rest, I'd worry about some of the attitudes of other members rubbing off negatively on my children.

I'd consider actual achievement-based activities as a better direction to steer your daughter toward. A debate team, academic decathlon, chess clubs, even research projects through private organizations would all acknowledge and reward her brightness without causing some of the gloating/ego issues that come about from elite membership to an elite group, who think quite highly of themselves and rarely for any reason more substantive than IQ.

Wow, sorry, I didn't mean to soapbox! I'm pretty passionate about this issue, especially since DH and myself fall into the Mensa membership guidelines, but wouldn't ever join. I didn't realize until after I typed it out that my opinion was quite that strongly negative on the subject, however. :o

alinnell
05-04-2013, 07:13 PM
Nothing to add to the Mensa discussion. I feel far inferior to anyone with the ability to join!

The neighbors are having a party--we're thinking it must be a a Kentucky Derby party for lack of another thing to celebrate. It sure smells good! There are at least 16 cars out front, so a huge crowd. Hmmm, we weren't invited...

We golfed (surprise!) this morning and I actually did better than usual. Had I kept it up on the back nine I could have gotten one of my best scores, but it kind of fell apart. Not a bad score, but nothing noteworthy.

We came home, cleaned the house and ourselves, ran errands and then I put together the enchiladas for our Cinco de Mayo party tomorrow. Serving them with blackberry margaritas. That sounds yummy!

traveling michele
05-05-2013, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the Mensa opinions..... I had a feeling a few of you might have personal experience.....

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I'm hoping to avoid any Mexican food or festivities today. I leave in an hour to get dh from the airport.

Shannon in ATL
05-06-2013, 05:45 PM
My experience with Mensa was not pleasant, either. I didn't meet anyone I would want to interact with socially - lots of ego and competition, even in casual conversations. And like Taryl said, a lot of bigots and elitists. It wasn't worth it.