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The Flooger is still in hospital - not only with blood sugar still unstable, but after a 'dizzy spell' this morning, which seems to also be associated with anaemia :-( So still a watching brief ... just going for a visit now.

We've had a reasonably rapid and positive response from the hospital about our concerns with Mater's possibilities for rehabilitation :-) Lots to do before this becomes a sustained programme of positive action, however ...

First purple buddleia flowers spotted yesterday :-)
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Both considerably better than might have been expected!

Flooger still on fluids, but blood sugar is stabilizing again - we might be starting to understand the problem there. Other numbers now less scary, too.

Mater very pleased to see me & I have set up her bedside phone system so I can ring her from now on :-)

Now to flop out and recuperate myself!

I hope all your difficult situations can take some kind of turn for the better too ... here's to restful and happy weekends as far as possible for all.

Hospitals

Jun. 17th, 2011 08:51 am
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Boofy Flooger spent a comfortable night in hospital on drips and intra-muscular insulin, and they have managed to stabilize the blood sugar for now.

But liver, kidney and pancreas all worsening, and we don't currently have a way of keeping the Flooger stable and comfortable at home.

More news later on today ... Wong! is very clingy and confused, but OK when we're around.

Meanwhile, Mater also in a very bad way in hospital, off to do battle on her behalf there this morning.
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Some 24 hours after being discharged from hospital, the Flooger seems to be doing very well all things considered.

Eyesight clearly failing at last - apparently, the new behaviour of scraping/stamping at the water with a front food is a classic sign of that.

We still don't know exactly what caused the collapse, but it's basically a symptom of the progressive damage caused by diabetes.

Just had a nice little sit in the sun together :-)
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Such a turn around - seems we rushed to hospital in the nick of time - a few hours of IV, warming & intra-muscular insulin, & the Flooger seems past this crisis safely.
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Diabetic keto-acidosis - came on pm today - in critical condition in hospital.
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So, are the BBC going to be showing the complete run of Sarah Jane Adventures over the summer, whilst Dr Who is 'on hiatus'? And if not, why not? ;-)

Live continues to be the paradoxical mix of emotions - our Flooger seems bright and perky, despite being on numerous medications (two 'serious' ones, various 'digestive palliatives' that any octogenarian human might need).

Mater is bed-ridden in yet another hospital - same saga, admitted after falling, injuries minor but underlying conditions the kicker. We are drafting a letter to try to blast the health professionals into a new, more helpful mode.

Although I slightly strained a muscle in my back doing aikido this week & got soundly whacked on my right little finger by a very good friend in class this morning, I'm generally very happy with how my training is progressing :-))) I'm booked for Summer School & looking at logistics for a train trip to France next year to accompany my Sensei on a teaching trip.

We've bought our tickets for the most local folk festival later in the summer, too.

Work is work - I love my job, but they wouldn't call it 'work' if it wasn't sometime challenging :-)

And stuff like that!
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It looks like the Flooger has an aggressive inoperable gut tumour, and we're into the stage of palliative care ... neither the Flooger nor the Wong! know this yet, of course. It could just be a matter of weeks or days now.

Had a scare yesterday, Mater fell forward on her head - but hospital scans & tests all came back clear, so she's recuperating back at the rest home. I hope to get to talk to her this afternoon - I'm at the tail end of a 'flu-like thing, so I'll see how I feel over the weekend before deciding when I'm well enough to visit her.

So we're all going to be resting & trying to recover our reserves this afternoon.

Because I was travelling the other way on the train this morning, I chanced to see a gorgeous stand of Lupinus plants in full flower ... a bit like this:



Our good wishes to you all with your personal roller-coasters ... what challenges are you grappling with? What helps to keep your spirits up?

Briefly ...

May. 8th, 2011 10:45 am
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Flooger decidely more comfortable after 24 hours of treatment ... need to keep on with these improvements, though.

Nearly time for Pizza Express trip with Mater :-)

Sick kitty

May. 7th, 2011 08:50 am
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The Boofy Flooger has got ill again in the past few days. We're investigating a possible recurrence of the pancreatitis, as the symptoms fit - wanting to eat but struggling to actually do so, apparent abdominal discomfort. Second V-E-T appointment just after noon today to look at test results and plan treatment ... Wong! is rather pent up and needing monkey-play whilst Uncle Boof! is hors de combat.

I did have a good aikido training session last night - Sensei said kind words, and invited me back to the 'advanced' class on Tuesday.

It is raining today, the first significant rain here for over 4 weeks which are usually vital for watering new crops :-)

Going to Pizza Express with Mater and my brother tomorrow, which I hope she can really enjoy. She has new Teva walking sandals, which I'm hoping will support her improving mobility!

Have to go with Mater to the Post Office on Monday to pass the security checks to get her post redirected. She has to give up the lease on her flat, and find a new long-term living arrangement.

So as you can see, my life is a roller-coaster again at the moment, with real highs and lows! May all your lows be short and shallow, and may all your highs be lofty and long! What's going well and what challenges are you facing?

Time to treat myself to nummy weekend breakfast now :-)
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... at updating, sorry.

I'm training again in aikido, which keeps me busy & healthily tired some of the time. But my fitness is still very iffy, so lots of cycling needed too ...

Mater is out of hospital but has to learn to walk again (now making progress with a zimmer frame) & find a new long-term living arrangement. So you can guess that's busy for me too ...

The Flooger is remarkably cheerful given near-death experience earlier in the year (don't like to think how many of the 9 lives now burned) - but still struggling to maintain weight in the face of unstable diabetes & complications.

Trying to get back into the swing of work, after 3+ months of treading water due to persistent colds, being busy for Mater, 10 days of leave etc. Just about caught up on the backlog of routine stuff, need to start doing non-routine stuff!!

Garden developing well. Thanks to heroic support from D, my compost bins are finally near how they should be - moved, rebuilt, dug out, re-layered etc. But we've not had any rain for nigh on a month which in April is a serious problem. Bought another bucket today ...
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Any advice on treating lumbar spasms? See below.

But first - the Flooger continues to confound the more pessimistic vets, and to do quite well back at home. Course of antibiotics, treating a pancreas infection, now complete. Course of potassium supplements, partly to support appetite, completing tomorrow. Then there's just the long term insulin and kidney medications, plus a distressingly minty antacid liquid, to continue. We're having another check-up on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, my lower back went into spasm - on Saturday morning, when I was reaching into the bread bin for a loaf. Apparently, this isn't uncommon - a more significant aggravating factor leaves the back weakened so that something very minor triggers spasms. I presume that I've mildly strained a muscle in my lumbar region - perhaps through poor posture at my desk, or from walking too far too fast in my new boots, or possible from falling slightly awkwardly in an aikido class a few days beforehand.

I'm currently treating with moderate rest, a little light exercise that doesn't cause discomfort, alternating ice and heat, and ibuprofen to help me sleep.

Back to the good news - our new ADSL2 broadband appears to be markedly better than the advertised ADSL1 performance we were supposed to be getting, and far beyond appalling service we were actually getting since TalkTalk took over Nildram last autumn.
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Boofy Flooger continues in a positive direction, but remains in hospital.

The Wong! was almost hoarse with yelling by the time I got home, though - the extended loneliness is getting too much :-(

Wishing well for everyone caught up in difficult times today - although I'm only talking about cats, I have seen the news of riots, earthquakes and more.
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The Boofy Flooger seems to be responding to the treatment for the URI. The prognosis is still in doubt - another update due at bed-time tonight - but this is a good step.

I expect to be cuddling Wong! all night, since it's turned cold again and Wong!Boof is very short fuzz and that means it'll be me and Wong! under the duvet :-)
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It seems the Boofy Flooger's breathing trouble may be down to a simple upper respiratory tract infection!

Kitty Intensive Care commenced - a special enclosed kennel with a little additional oxygen plus a nebulizer, and back on the intravenous drip.

We still have a long way to go but the prognosis is a little better now.

Thank you all! (As I'm back home, I have a Wong purring away beside me as I type ...)
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Many thanks for all your kind wishes.

The Boofy Flooger spent a relatively quiet and reasonably comfortable night thanks to strong opiates. The Wong is confused but not as distraught as we'd feared (after a week without beloved Uncle Boof at home). We all managed to get some sleep.

Although the Boofer's breathing is a little improved, the prognosis is still extremely poor.

We expect to know more by 10 am.
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The Boofy Flooger - who is nearly 18 and diabetic - is seriously ill in hospital, with breathing difficulties and on heavy opiates for significant pain, and may not last the night.

iChat

Feb. 20th, 2011 10:28 am
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Hello, world! In between fighting off a coldy-throat-infectiony thing, supporting our now-Venerable Kitty with pancreatitis-with-complications, and trying to support Mater to find a new living situation, I'm trying to get some kind of account set up so that I can use iChat.

I have a Powerbook G4 running Mac OS X 10.5 - and iChat runs.

However, I have apparently set up 'the wrong kind of Apple ID', which has a dot in it and thus doesn't work as an iChat id. I can't change my Apple ID to not have a dot because it has to be the same as my third-party email address.

I apparently have an old AIM account for which I cannot recover the password.

Please, is there a simple *free* way - perhaps for me to set up a mac.com email? - where I can set up a (free) account and start iChatting?

Thanks in advance for help on this!

Hope to see some of you at Eastercon, if it actually is going ahead in Birmingham - any news on that hotel-block issue?
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That's one of the few times I have ever been turned out at closing time from the Tun - great to see so many people after far too long!

News from me is ... very busy but still enjoying work; starting to really get the garden growing including successfully bringing my pear tree back from the dead (many, many thanks to all who helped with that miracle :-) ; Mater continues with her chronic illnesses but has recently enjoyed yoga, lunches and The Kung-Fu Kid at the cinema with us; The Boofy Flooger has turned 17 and is still stomping on, albeit with twice-daily medication - still occasionally delighting Wong! by wielding those skillful white paws to box the HUGE Wong-ears; D & G both doing pretty good ...

Am at the Permaculture Convergence this weekend, presenting to accredit at the end of three years work for a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design - like a conference in a field, with a tree bog and computer projection :-)
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Long time, no etc. Hope all's well chez vous?

Some new things with me & co.: Mater is starting to recover some ground in her convalescence after her 2 months in hospital last winter - we've been doing gentle yoga together once a week since June, for example. The Boofy Flooger is now 17, still doing OK with daily kidney & diabetes medications. I've submitted my Permaculture Portfolio, hopefully presenting for accreditation in the Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design in early September. D & G are working hard, doing OK. We're harvesting from the garden: poppyseeds, blackberries, onions, garlic, runner beans - with pears, carlin peas, kale & one apple to come - & almost time for the Garden Great Autumnal Renewal, with lots of groundwork, tidying, planting out & preparations.

Today, we're celebrating Mater's birthday & mine with a family trip to eat at Wagamama's & watch Jackie Chan's Karate Kid at the Torchwood centre :-)

Have also seen all of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, which was generally very impressive but culminating in the finale last night Spoilery stuff )

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