geekchick: (cloud of depression)

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The poor little guy's luck finally ran out tonight and the heart disease caught up to him. No surprising recovery this time. =/ That last trip to the vet was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. Merry f'ing Christmas, eh?

geekchick: (mopey)
(Well, maybe not the worst, but right up in the top three, certainly.)

So not the week to be out of Zoloft.
geekchick: (bag o'bliss)
Yesterday ended around 4:30 AM, after an emergency 3 AM trip to CVS and a couple of hours of shoving sugar down my seriously--as in, "first reading on the glucose meter once we realized what was probably going on: 34 rather than somewhere in the 70s or above"--hypoglycemic cat's throat. [livejournal.com profile] nminusone's day ended much later than that, as he stayed up with Gateway after I'd gone to catch a nap before work to keep feeding him glucose, cat treats, and Fancy Feast until he'd mostly recovered. I'm thankful that I got sucked into reading the latest Anita Blake book (not a phrase I ever expected to type) and was still awake at 2:30 to notice that the cat was acting very strangely.

The day's kind of gone downhill from there, and I have another two and a half hours to go here before heading home. Joy. Where's my Bag o'Bliss?
geekchick: (gateway)
There's just nothing I enjoy more than bringing my cat back clearly sick from his vet's office where he's been boarded for the weekend (and of course according to the guy I just talked to on the phone, they saw no signs of him being unwell, even though he his appetite was enough off that they prescribed an appetite stimulant for him). I think for the rate we pay them for boarding and medication dispensing, next time we can probably find a cat-sitting service who will come out and do the insulin injections at home.

Cat TV

Feb. 25th, 2007 02:56 pm
geekchick: (cute animals)
Partaking in the bird seed buffet: 16 mourning doves, five slate-colored juncos, a tufted titmouse and a chickadee. Gateway's head is going to explode.

Birdwatching   Cat TV
geekchick: (insomnia)
There are few alarms quite as effective as a hungry cat who wants his breakfast. If only I could hit the snooze on him until my real alarm was set to go off half an hour from now.
geekchick: (gateway)
This is how I spent the latter part of my evening last night. That cat is so grounded. Chris again earns title "Hero of the Revolution" for retrieving him, because I was almost ready to let Brave Sir Dumbass stay outside all night.

You know what makes everything better though? OMG ponies!!1!11!! Okay, technically it's a miniature horse. (via [livejournal.com profile] cuteoverload)

cat update

Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:21 am
geekchick: (gateway)
Chris has posted about this, but here's an update for anyone who doesn't also read his journal and is following the saga of my diabetic kitty. Gateway's appetite came back with a vengeance over the weekend, he's been shovelling down the food nearly as fast as we put it out for him for a few days. Chris finally found a glucose meter that required a small enough amount of blood that we could use it on the cat and took a measurement last night. It was around 70-72, more than twelve hours after his insulin injection. That's about right for a normal cat, but it's low for a diabetic, especially one who's taking as little insulin as he is (a unit and a half of glargine every 24 hours) and it would be very easy for the insulin to send him into hypoglycemic seizures again**. Tonight's reading, again many hours after his injection, was 65. We'll test again tomorrow morning, but at this rate it looks like there's a good possibility that he might be able to come off insulin and be managed through diet alone. He'll still be upset that he can't have any more of the crackScience Diet dry food, but he'll get over it. Anyone local want a bit more than half of an 8 lb. bag of Science Diet Senior dry food? I think all three of us would be perfectly happy not to have to deal with daily injections, although I don't think the poor little guy is going to be able to get out of the more painful glucose testing.

** I don't remember if I mentioned this here or not. When we took Gateway in for his original glucose curve, they gave him the prescribed dose of five units of insulin based on his current glucose reading, which was noticeably over 400 (!!). Many, many hours later, his glucose dipped so low as a result that he went into hypoglycemic seizures, much to everyone's surprise. He was put on a dextrose drip overnight, which got his levels back up into closer to normal range eventually. He ended up spending three days at the vet so that they could keep an eye on him. Luckily it happened while he was still there instead of after they sent him home; if it had happened at home overnight or while we were out, we could've lost him.
geekchick: (gateway)
My cat is a little rock star. When we went to visit during his three-day stay at the vet, the tech was telling us that everybody absolutely loved him because he was so laid back. I think it's mostly "resigned to his fate", but in either case they were pleased that he wasn't a holy terror like a lot of cats who end up at the vet. "Not impressed by our other animals" I think was the worst they had to say. I also suspect that by the end of the second day, he'd decided he was going to be friendly with the humans; he's always shy at first, but warms up to people pretty quickly. Once he gets started, he's a world-class suck-up.

When Chris took him back yesterday, apparently his fan club was waiting. I was told that it took a while for him to be brought back out after they drew blood because everybody wanted to come say hi to him first. I'm amused.
geekchick: (gateway)
This was just what I needed last night to distract me; y'all rock like rockin' things. Gateway was at the vet all day yesterday to get a blood glucose curve drawn up and to figure out what sort of insulin dosage he needed. When we heard from the vet finally around 7 PM, they told us he might be kept overnight and to call back at 9. Around 9, we found out he definitely wasn't coming home last night. They're giving him a slow-acting form of insulin, and started him with what should've been a medium dose for a cat with fasting glucose levels in the low 400s. It seems though that he's still quite sensitive to insulin, so his glucose plunged to the low 40s by the time we talked at 7, and by 9 he had gotten so hypoglycemic that they were giving him IV glucose and were definitely keeping him overnight for monitoring.

They're going to keep him today and try again with a dose about half the size of the one he got yesterday. Hopefully this will be less stressful for all of us and we'll get to bring him home tonight. If we're really lucky, we caught the diabetes early enough that the treatment will help induce remission. Poor little guy has already got one chronic health issue, he doesn't need any more. Luckily the HCM is well-managed by his medication since we caught that pretty early; hope the same can be said of the diabetes.

Edit: Just talked to the vet, and he's probably not going to get to come home tonight. Even with the IV, his blood sugar is still on the low side of normal and it seems like the insulin is sticking around a lot longer than typical, so they're not going to try giving any more insulin today unless something significantly changes. They'll probably keep him overnight again to monitor him and probably send him home tomorrow for a few days since he's not wanting to eat for them. [livejournal.com profile] nminusone and I will go visit him tonight and see if we can get him to eat and bring them his atenelol, which we didn't send with him since we didn't expect him to be there overnight.
geekchick: (gateway)
This year has not been the best for our pets. First Ed had an abscess behind his right eye and now is our adorable little pirate piggie; he's adapted well to having just the one eye though, and the nose is still in fine working order. Now it turns out Gateway is diabetic, on top of the existing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The latter at least seems to be well under control with his medication, as the vet said he didn't hear his heart murmur last night. His glucose level last night (after not having any food for more than 12 hours) was 417. (!!!) He hasn't developed ketoacidosis though. The vet's advice was to try switching him to lower-carb food for a week and bringing him back in; if his glucose levels are still high, and I'd imagine they probably will be, then he starts getting insulin injections. Poor baby. Well, the good news here is that with the symptoms he had, it could've been something much worse, like chronic renal failure.
geekchick: (Default)
Why my typing speed at home is much slower than in the office:

That would be Mr. Gateway )

He is for some reason compelled to flop down on my desk and drape himself over my arm every single time I sit down at the keyboard, and it's hard to type with a 15 pound cat on your forearm.

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