Sunday, November 27, 2011

22.5 Degrees

I was looking at my FOs so far for 2011 the other day, and they seem to be down quite a lot in numbers from previous years. I find since the store closed my knitting time is less. I think it's because where I work now I work from 1-5, five days a week. The mornings normally involve taking the dogs for a walk, housework, errands/grocery shopping, then it's time to go to work. Then by the time I get off work, get the boys, make supper, go over school work, etc, I don't get a lot of knitting time before I hit the hay. When the store was open I worked the same hours each week, but it was over two full days and a half day or three full days each week.

I did finally manage to pull off a FO. This is 22.5 Degrees, started October 5 and finished November 19. I used a 3.25mm circular needle, the yarn is Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Sock yarn in mountain rainbow, gifted from Smoking Hot Needles. I made this for the Boss Lady at work for Christmas. Ravelry details here.

Pumba is feeling sooooooooo much better since starting insulin! He's back to his old harassing self, meowing a lot and following me everywhere. He slept on my head/pillow most of the night last night, which he hasn't done in a long time. He's eating well (though he's not happy about only getting fed twice a day at needle time), and I'd say by the feel of him when I pick him up he's put on some of the weight he lost. I'm sure the vet would say don't let him put it all back on, but I'd like to see him gain back 4lbs or so, that'd be half of what he lost.

Didn't your mother ever tell you not to get so close to the tv? Or in this case the computer monitor!

Happy knitting!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sickly One

For the past couple of weeks I've been noticing that someone has been peeing an extreme amount. And I mean extreme -- I was having to change the litter every second day, and there was so much pee in it that I had to take a wad of toilet paper to loosen it up so I could get it out of the box. I wasn't sure if it was Pumba or Nala at first, of course I never saw anyone in it. But I had the feeling right off that it was Pumba because Nala always goes to the basement litter box.

So finally one morning I see that sure enough, it is Pumba. He started to get a little on the stinky side, too, from going to the bathroom so much. And then he lost weight, really quickly, and he started turning his head from his sof-foo-foo that he has every morning and night. (And goes on and on an on until he gets it!) He stopped harassing me -- following me everywhere I went to either sit on my lap or sit in front of the computer monitor to block the view, and he didn't meow much, and normally he's very, very vocal.

So right from the start I thought diabetic, and in doing some research and picking Wandering Cat Studio's brain (her Tux is diabetic, and so is new housemate, Mopar) I decided to YouTube how to test a cat's blood sugar. I went for Hubs's spare metre we keep at home (he carries one in his truck, too), and there was only one strip left in the drum, and he had all the other drums with him. So of course you know, too, that I didn't get enough blood and ruined the one and only strip I had, and it was five minutes before the drug store closed. So off I go first thing in the morning for more strips. I tested him two times that day and three times the next. His readings were 19.3, 16.6, 18.1, 21.9, and 19.1.

Before the testing began I did call the vet to make an appointment and was told that I had to wait a week, even though I said how feeble he was, how much weight he lost, how he wasn't eating hardly anything, and that I suspected he's diabetic. So as soon as I took the first reading I called back and told them, she said she'd talk to the vet and call me back. I gave her my work and cell number, didn't hear anything all day, so when I got home from work I did his test again, called the vet again, and was told there was a note saying to bring him down first thing Friday morning. (This was Wednesday when I called.)

So yesterday he went to the vet for the day. When they tested him his sugar was 21.8. They did a glucose curve on him and started him on 2 units of caninsulin. At 5pm his sugar was down to 7.0. He wouldn't pee for them, so they gave (or I should say sold) me some absorbent things to try and get a pee sample to drop off. (They said high sugar can cause urinary tract infection, so they want to check for that.) She showed me how to give him his needles, giving me some saline in a needle for practice. He is starting at 2 units in the morning and 1 unit at night, about 12 hours apart. They also put him on some diabetic food. I gave him his first needle this morning.

So here are some before and after pictures. This one shows how plump he was. He has always been overweight, before he weighed 20+ lbs, and he's kind of short compared to other cats.

After, sitting in the same chair. I took this last night after his bath. He was super stinky when we got home from the vet. He couldn't hold it any longer and ended up peeing a bit in the carrier, so he went right from the carrier to the tub, lol. He weighs a little over 12lbs now, so he's lost at least 8lbs!

He's so boney, I'm not used to it. For the first time ever since adulthood Nala weighs more than him! He definitely doesn't look like he swallowed a beach ball now.

So the poor guy is going to have to put up with pricked ears, needles twice a day, and laxative medicine twice a day (he's also got megacolon from chronic constipation -- he has no tail at all and long fur, so if he doesn't take his medicine he can't poop). He just turned 13, but we want to keep him around for as many more years as possible!! So now he and Daddy are insulin dependent diabetics.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Okay, it's not her REAL birthday, that would have been near the end of August. But three years ago today we brought home the little Puff of Fluff that grew up to not exactly look the way we thought she would. We love her and her skizziness anyways!

Jewel was a bit thinner here...

Today also happens to be my brother's birthday, so a Happy Birthday shoutout to him, even though he has no computer and no way to see it, lol.

Happy knitting!