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Old 01-12-2008, 06:49 AM   #16
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Good morning to you all. Sad news, my baby had to be put to sleep. I questioned the doctor over and over about how Jack and I waited to see if he was just off his feed and did that keep him from getting well, but he said no that his kidneys malfunctioned and that was why the rapid weight loss etc. Man, I have been a mess. I just haven't been able to handle it very well. I keep thinking we should have noticed something bad sooner, etc, but the doctor says it was unusual that he continued to eat, put out urine, etc and that we did nothing wrong. He said it was just one of those things that happens with cats sometimes and there is no kitty dialysis. He tested him for all the cat diseases and he had nothing that would have caused it. Doesn't make me feel any better. The doctor said with the condition of his kidneys, the only thing that would have happened if we had brought him in a couple weeks ago is that they would have had to do this a couple weeks ago. I couldn't face going back to finish up the arrangements and poor Jack had to handle it alone. He was as torn up as I. He said Doc Montgomery told him that if B had been his kitty he would have had to do the same thing and he was sorry.

Jean: What a stupid place to have a party. I mean, some people won't go into a casino for heaven's sake. Do well on the bells. We will be listening! Sounds like that teacher is a real pistol.

Susan: Hope Stan gets totally better really quickly. Ok, so what if Stan decides to heck with trying the graft thing again, what adverse effects would it cause or maybe I should say, just what will happen then? That man has been through so much. You would think he could have some quality health time for awhile.

Big mistake with the movie. Oh, it was wonderful, you should go see it, but bring a box of kleenex. I knew it was about two guys who met in the hospital, one rich and one a mechanic, and knew that they were dying and so composed the "bucket list" about things they wanted to do before they kicked the bucket, but the trailers made it seem like it was very funny. Instead it only had a couple of amusing moments but focused on the lonliness of the rich guy and the emotional thing of the mechanic and with the thing with B, I bawled through most of the movie. Here I was convincing Jack we should get out of the house because we were sitting around crying and stuff and I take him to a sad movie!

They have my enema appt set up and I got all my questions answered so now all I have to do is pick up the junk I have to drink from Walgreens across the street (as soon as she calls it in) and then just wait.

Life goes on, but it will not be the same without our B.
Have a nice Saturday everyone.
Faye

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:21 AM   #17
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Good Evening, Flowers! We just got home from the belated Christmas party. The casino was impressive except when you walked in the front door the cigarette smoke smell about knocked you over. The party rooms were upstairs and there was no smoking so that was nice. The food was good and something I've never seen on a buffet before -- two different kinds of noodles with a choice of sauce and pepper steak, Caesar salad, pasta salad, green beans w/almonds, rolls, and a choice of different cheesecakes for dessert. There also was a table of cheese and meat, crackers, fresh fruit and raw veggies that we could eat from before/during the meal. After the "pep" talk from the big trip winners and a few words from the senior agent (old Bob) we were invited to stay and visit or visit the casino. Bob has been with the company for 26 years and never "won" a trip. The kicker is that they put the inflated cost of the trip on your 1099 income report. The inflation is because the agents do all the work and the big shots get to go on the trips too! That just doesn't seem fair. We couldn't take our coats in the casino so opted to leave. At the entrance to the casino was a clear plastic phone booth type looking thing. As we were leaving a woman stepped inside and the paper bills started flying around her. Whatever she could grab and stuff into apron pockets was her's to keep. When she came out she told the people she was with that it wasn't as easy as it looked.

My "sister" finally got the results of the 2nd pathologist's opinion and has been admitted to the hospital. They planned to put a stent in for the chemo and she was told she will be very sick, so would remain in the hospital. I don't know if they got it in because they were going to drain the bile via a tube which wouldn't/couldn't get through to where they needed to go. In the meantime there is something wrong with her blood and it is too thin so she has to have shots to thicken it. I don't know how long that will take. An MRI was scheduled for today; I would have thought they would have done one of those in the first place! It has now been over a month since her first doctor's appt. -- talk about hurry up and wait. I am very worried about her and her mother is beside herself.

"Gma" -- I could right along with you over Butterscotch! He looks just exactly like Leonard . . . wonder if they were related. Even though there is nothing you could have done it is so hard to let them go. Our vet always reminds us that he/she had a good life with us and we were his/her family doing what was best. Each animal has their own quirky little things that they do. Bob sits down to watch TV and "Mom" comes to lay on his lap no matter where she is. If he doesn't scratch her ears, she will pat him with her paw. They are definitely part of the family. Can you bury a pet in your yard?

I'm heading off to bed. Have a relaxing Sunday!

Jean -- from Iowa!
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:22 AM   #18
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Good morning to you all. Little cool this morning but not too bad. I finished the sweater and I think I did a spiffy job! It was the first time I ever made a raglan sweater. I had to knit the first sleeve 3 times as the pattern directions made it too short. I took it out, lengthened it, nope, then took it out and lengthened it again. I checked the gauge and it was spot on and the sweater armholes were spot on in length so I don't know. Anyway, third time was a charm. I bought this cute apple pin to put on it. It is actually from a teacher's website, but I looked and looked for a pin about friendship and liked this one when I found it. Vicki has been my best friend for 41 years. She was there whenever I needed her and her parents treated me like I was their own child. I love her as much as I love any sibling I have. Her daughter told a group of people that it wasn't surprising we were best friends and pulled a wallet out of her mom's purse and it was "I Love Lucy." You know how I am about Lucy!

Jean: Oh my gosh, what a horrible thing for this woman to have to go through. I am not looking forward to my procedure, but it is short and a bit uncomfortable. When I think of how people like your sister and Stan not only are sick, but then have to go through painful procedures on top of that, I realize just how lucky I am. I will say a prayer for her endurance on this. I know it is going to be a tough road for her. The Vegas casinos are starting to go non-smoking. The have no smoking in their food places already and I talked to someone when we were in Vegas and they are talking about eventually making the buildings non smoking. Someone said it would drive away business, but the fact is, if smokers can't smoke in the building, they will get their fix outside it. Believe me, gamblers aren't going to stop gambling, especially if the ban is for all casinos and not just an individual choice by the owners.

I have commissary day today. I got the downstairs cleaned yesterday so it is all good now. Tomorrow I tackle the upstairs. I bought a hand vac to clean the edging stuff where B had his litter box. He was in Jack's office and the imprint of his box is still on the carpet. I know that makes it doubly hard for Jack so I want to get that vacuumed out tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great Sunday. I am off to work a menu and a shopping list.

Faye

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Old 01-13-2008, 12:14 PM   #19
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Faye, I'm so sorry about your "baby." We've lost two male cats to kidney disease when they got old. In both cases, it came on quickly with no warning - same as it does with people, unfortunately. They did have kitty dialysis available about 10 years ago when Sammy got sick. Maybe it didn't work out in the long run. Anyway, I loved him too much to have that done because it would have been torture for him. He was terrified to go in a car and he would have had to go 3 times a week and get stuck with the needles, special diet, etc.

If Stan doesn't do the graft, they will continue to use the chest catheter. He might have to do a long time each treatment to get the same results, but it is doeable. Yesterday he was telling me Dr. said they'd try again in 4 months. As I said, I'll leave it up to him.

I took the time to go get a haircut yesterday. I wear my hair pretty short and spiked on the top. A lot are afraid they will cut too much off so I always tell them not to worry, I won't be upset and hollar if they get it too short. My regular girl was out sick so I had a new one. I might have been one of her first since getting her license. She started out with it a little to long so I told her to take 1/4 inch more off. She cut and cut and cut. I ended up looking like a Marine corp recruit. I have to add I can't see at all without my glasses, just shapes. I figure it will all grow out in a month or two. My husband thinks it's really cute and its growing on me. Step out of the shower and my hair is ready to go. Dried in 5 minutes.

I slept for 12 hours last night...I was so tired. Now I feel great again.
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