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Kitty is doing better and "vacation" begins

June 28th, 2019 at 05:13 pm

My cat ended up spending a week in the veterinary hospital, and then two more weeks at home with a esophageal feeding tube, which I did use to feed her a few times right after she came home, and then just to administer medications as the meds continued to work. She's not entirely better (and she may never be) but she is significantly improved, and I'm no longer feeling as though her passing is immediately imminent. Both my cats are 14 so I am well aware that I may lose one or both in the next couple of years.

I did add to my debt to get her through the medical crisis but with no regrets--she makes my house a home and makes me laugh and would be a reason to live even if life was otherwise bleak (which it is not).

Life is not bleak but I'm a bit stymied by the fact that I suddenly find myself on vacation with no plans in place. I actually was going to take off starting yesterday, and then all of next week, but I ended up changing to just take all of next week.

I scheduled the long period because I had my six-month follow-up thyroid ultrasound last week and thought that if the nodule had grown, this would allow me a period to take time for surgery. I originally had both an endocrinologist and a surgical oncologist appointment scheduled shortly after the ultrasound, and both doctors ended up moving my appointments into July, but I got the ultrasound results and I know from that the nodule has not grown and is very slightly smaller. The only reason I would have had the surgery is if it had grown or if I were feeling symptoms. Neither thing is true, so I will continue the "watch and wait" strategy. I had intended to also take much better care of my health in terms of improved diet and exercise, and that didn't pan out very well (and still it was smaller). So that is incentive to try again for the improved self-care.

Because I was thinking I might have surgery, I didn't bother making any vacation plans, and because my cat is still not entirely herself, I don't want to leave her overnight.

I DO want to (a) make some significant progress on my Investments course, as I am six weeks behind, and (b) do some more decluttering, and I'll try to find a couple of fun things just so "vacation" isn't all work and no play. I have a friend who is now a "snowbird" and I haven't seen her since last summer and I'll try to get together with her, and we have an LL Bean outlet locally that offers kayaking courses on a local lake, so I'll try to schedule those things plus go see a movie or something. If the cat was better I would go visit a friend who lives in Albany but I'm not ready to leave her overnight yet, so that visit will have to wait. I do have a friend coming to visit me the first weekend in August so I'll just continue decluttering and making my place look nicer for her--and for me, of course. Another friend usually comes out in August and invites me overnight to her riverside cabin, so hopefully in another month I'll feel that I can leave the kitty overnight. She has another panel of blood tests and another followup ultrasound in a month, and hopefully things will continue to improve.

It IS lovely to have her home.

6 Responses to “Kitty is doing better and "vacation" begins”

  1. Lucky Robin Says:

    Sounds like things are going better for both you and kitty. That is good to hear.

  2. Jenn Says:

    You are a good mama!! Enjoy your time off. You could use that time to set health habits too. Hopefully that nodule will keep shrinking.

  3. Wink Says:

    Good news for both you and kitty! I actually like a staycation every now and then. Enjoy your time off!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    It bothers me to leave my cat overnight, even when he is well. He is such a baby. I'm glad your baby is doing better.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I love to hear of things shrinking! The body really can heal if given the right conditions. I'm glad your kitty is much better. We also have a 14 year old kitty. Sounds like a nice staycation really, with some good balance of work and play.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you and kitty are improving!

    Although we have money saved for a vacation, we have been taking day trips or exploring things around our own town. Nice to sleep in one's own bed at the end of the day! Guess I'm getting old!

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