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    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2012 3:36pm (Sep 6th 2012)
     
    Thought i would have a grumble and drum up some sympathy.

    Yesterday I fell, quite badly, in the dining room and my arm was throbbing all night so today i went to see my G.P. The Doctor took one look at the Biceps on my left arm and said does you bicep normally look that big?!, my left bicep looked like Popeye's arm!, he had a quick look at my arm and diagnosed a "Ruptured Biceps Tendon" which will take 4-6 weeks to settle down and might need surgery to re-attach the tendon.

    Now all that sounds bad enough but add to that the fact i cant go to work as outside of my home environment I'm a wheelchair user and cant propel myself, due to the injury. Add to that my car is fitted with hand controls and my left arm does all the steering means I'm housebound unless Karen takes me out and pushes me in my wheelchair, and i hate being pushed!

    and...................Breath
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2012 5:16pm (Sep 6th 2012) edited
     
    O Ian, what a b*gger for you. What with you & Trev's mum and Ollie's hip I reckon we should start a sick visiting thread. :flowers:


    I'm housebound unless Karen takes me out and pushes me in my wheelchair, and i hate being pushed!


    Admit it. You men just HATE women driving...

    Hope you're quick to recover. i believe glucosamine is quite good for helping healing of things like that - have a google!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2012 10:22pm (Sep 6th 2012)
     
    They do say things come in threes - but you didn't have to prove it!! How terrible for you. I hope the doc has given you some decent painkillers to help. Have you got to have it scanned or something to decide if it needs surgery?

    Lots of sympathy from me - all you can do is think positively. At least you have a fantastic excuse to not do the washing up for a few weeks! Get some good books and DVDs to keep you entertained. Plus some sun cream coz the weather is due to pick up for a few days. (I'm scraping the barrel now aren't I!)
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2012 10:35am (Sep 7th 2012) edited
     
    Posted By: chief chickenAdmit it. You men just HATE women driving...


    I cant call Karen's driving as we have both passed the advanced driving test and are also qualified advanced driving tutors :driving:
    http://www.roada.org.uk/drivers/index.htm
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2012 10:42am (Sep 7th 2012)
     
    What have you been doing zz9 to get a Ruptured Biceps Tendon? You mustn't work that wheelchair like an F1 driver!
    What's wrong with being pushed as opposed to driving yourself? I've come accross that often and wondered about it. I've had a few turns in a wheelchair this year due to my temporary condition but not in a selfpropelled one, so can't compare.
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2012 1:40pm (Sep 7th 2012)
     
    Posted By: ollie in UKWhat have you been doing zz9 to get a Ruptured Biceps Tendon? You mustn't work that wheelchair like an F1 driver!

    Wasn't in the chair, I get around the bungalow by holding on to things or crawling, but I tripped and my Bicep took my full 15.5 stone:gasp:
    Posted By: ollie in UKWhat's wrong with being pushed as opposed to driving yourself? I've come accross that often and wondered about it.
    Being pushed is the penultimate act of defiance. The last bastion of defiance is not using my chair in the house. Its a man thing:iamwithstupid:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 7:31am (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    wow, Ian I hope you will heal fast and you won't need the surgery on it. ( I don't have a clue what 15.5 stone is in weight..I only know weight in pounds.....*scratching head wondering* )
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 10:22am (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    Posted By: LynnWI don't have a clue what 15.5 stone is in weight..I only know weight in pounds


    14 pounds to a stone so that makes me 217 pounds:gasp: but as Cartman says "I'm not fat I'm big boned":willy_nilly:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 12:24pm (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    heal up soon zz, hope you dont need surgery, best wishes
    TM
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 10:21pm (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    How are you feeling today? Any improvement?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 10:42pm (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    On the other hand - I haven't regretted going for surgery on my hip at a very early stage. That is despite the subsequent problems due to having generally weak leg muscles and my knee becoming a lot of bother, in fact far more bother than all the hip problems added together!
    I'm working very hard on that now!

    Reminds me of my great Aunt Lily, who was knocked down on a zebra crossing and put herself into a Nursing Home as she "couldn't walk" much and her arms were "a problem" to her. She sat in a chair all day and consequently lost much of her use of arms et, legs etc and really did become incapacitated and was never able to leave the home....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2012 4:36pm (Sep 9th 2012)
     
    You're so right, Ollie - use it or lose it, as they say. I spose your knee got stressed when you were walking badly because of the hip? Hope you're - BOTH - on the mend!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2012 11:30pm (Dec 24th 2012)
     
    My rant - worms!!! Discovered this morning that Kitten (feral) has worms. Thankfully the vets were willing to sell me de-wormer for 'my' cat, and said it was up to me what I did with it (she's never seen a vet as it would be extremely traumatic and I'm not putting her through that until I have to), so have wormed all 5 of them, and given them spot on treatment. That wasn't very successful, as it turns out Meow Meow, Ting Tong and Tabby can all swivel their heads 180 degrees and lick the product, which resulting in them running around the house, salivating profusely, and refusing to let me within 10 feet of them. Kitten also licked at it but just pulled a face and didn't do it again. Shame the others aren't that bright!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 4:32pm (Dec 26th 2012)
     
    Have to put the spot on on the top of their heads next time! Just think of it as their little Christmas present to you...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 9:25pm (Dec 26th 2012)
     
    Too right CC! Cost a darn fortune at the vet but they're well worth it. Am thinking of writing up Kitten's transformation for the Cat Protection magazine if they're interested.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 10:58pm (Dec 26th 2012)
     
    Do that Kate.
    These mags are often desperate for stuff to print.
    Kitten's story will be great, maybe you could follow it up later with an update.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2012 1:00pm (Dec 28th 2012)
     
    What a lovely idea Kate.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2012 6:19pm (Dec 28th 2012)
     
    Yes, do it - and get NN in to do the pics!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2013 10:24pm (Jan 2nd 2013)
     
    Here's a pic of Kitten under the tree. Wish I'd taken more when she was little but she never stood still long enough!!
      image2.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2013 2:58pm (Jan 3rd 2013) edited
     
    Oh Kate she is a right little cutie pie. You definately dont need me to take the pictures for the article as CC suggested. You take lovely pictures come on lets see some more Please xx I love her little splash of black lippy.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2013 12:38am (Jan 4th 2013)
     
    Dont you just love the way she is lying on something, cats just love to do that. Koko will always leap inside any bag, plastic or otherwise if left around. I was a bit disappointed, no actually a lot disappointed (rant rant as this is the rant page) at how fast he has grown, at 10 months he is really fully grown now but still a kitten in so many ways.
    Woke us at 5am this morning because he wanted to play so we got up early and were in the pool doing 'walkies' by 6.30am (without Koko :face-smile:).
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2013 6:20pm (Jan 4th 2013)
     
    Her eyes look bad in that photo but I think she was sleepy. They look ok normally. She looked like a kitten for a long time but is now an adult which is a bit sad. Jenson will do the same I suppose. Koko is so handsome you should look at him as a handsome young male now!

    Walkies in the pool?! Exercises?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2013 6:03pm (Jan 5th 2013)
     
    I presumed Kate had put down a special silken cushion for Kitten to sit upon, as befits her position as Queen!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2013 12:45am (Jan 8th 2013)
     
    yes Kate I walk up and down pool 3 times a week. I have balance issues :face-devil-grin:so pool is ideal and safer for me if I topple. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2013 3:32pm (Jan 8th 2013)
     
    ...and you can have your gin & tonic on a little floating cushion beside you! But that won't help the balance... Have you ever had that manipulation to help with balance? My friend's mum is having it and it's making a lot of difference.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2013 8:31pm (Jan 8th 2013)
     
    Have you got your own pool? I know they're quite common over there. I think us Brits should've all dug a big hole in our gardens back in March. We'd have had our own pools by August filled by Mother Nature!

    Are your balance problems to do with your ears or general muscle strength? Does Koko walk alongside you? (On the edge of the pool of course!)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2013 9:23pm (Jan 8th 2013)
     
    We once had a Persian Swimming cat.
    Wonder how she would have coped with a swimming pool?
    We didn't even have a bathroom then but she loved the sink, which thankfully was about a yard long, though fairly shallow.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2013 6:37pm (Jan 9th 2013)
     
    What a lovely image! Bet it looked skinny when it got out of the sink!

    Did anyone see tonight's news about the 12 elephants killed on a reserve in Kenya? How can man be so cruel.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2013 6:51pm (Jan 9th 2013)
     
    The handsome Jenson is sick - he has cat flu. Vet has given him an antibiotic jab and said to put him in the cat carrier, put a towel over it, and put a bowl of boiling water and karvol/olbas oil under the towel for him to inhale. He said the aim is to make him sneeze to help clear his sinuses. I haven't done it yet-he's been asleep since we got back. I hope the others don't catch it. He is quite poorly, coughing, sneezing, lethargic, no appetite.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2013 5:36pm (Jan 10th 2013)
     
    Poor Jenson; i hope he's feeling better soon, Kate...:( :heart: While he's asleep is a good time to slip the olbas oil to him and steam him gently!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2013 6:54pm (Jan 10th 2013)
     
    He's no better today but no worse either. Sneezing more, looks rough-furred and runny eyed, but at least he's eaten something today.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2013 10:24pm (Jan 10th 2013)
     
    Real chicken soup! Oooooops!!!! Shhh...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2013 3:37pm (Jan 11th 2013)
     
    :surprised: :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2013 6:07pm (Jan 11th 2013)
     
    Poor Jenson I do hope he feels better soon.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 5:24am (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    I hope Jenson will be feeling better soon, Kate..poor little kitty.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 5:43am (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    get well soon Jenson :heartsabove:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 11:25am (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    Posted By: Trevs Mumyes Kate I walk up and down pool 3 times a week. I have balance issues<img src=" class="smiley" src="http:///hencam_forum//extensions/Smile/tango/face-devil-grin.png" />so pool is ideal and safer for me if I topple.<img src=" class="smiley" src="http:///hencam_forum//extensions/Smile/tango/face-sad.png" />



    CC I have been having Bowen treatment lately and all sorts of remedies including having Koko tap dance on my head but nothing helps. Had numerous tests and done balance class etc all to no avail. Have been told the drug given to me 6 years ago (antibiotic Gentamicin)has permanently damaged inner ear so my balance is buggered and have vertigo and nausea at times.

    Having said that I still believe anything is possible. My life has been changed dramatically but I refuse to be miserable and always say I do what I can do, whenever I can, within my limitations.

    We dont have a pool but I go to one only 5 mins away. I love the image Kate, of Koko scampering along beside me, he probably would be in the water if we had a pool here, the little bugger loves water.

    The exercise is to keep my legs strong so I dont walk around tottering too much and can catch myself if I do look like falling. I use a stick and a walker (both purple). Have had a few falls but no broken bones, so far they seem pretty tough. This is first time I have talked about my disability on here as I wanted to be a 'whole' person but guess I feel I am amongst friends and also am turning 60 soon and feel like it doesn't seem to matter any more.

    A Persian swimming cat Ollie, how fascinating, it seems many cats are not as afraid of water as we first thought.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 12:29pm (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    I didn't find this was a "Persian swimming cat" until very many years later.
    Shame, as we could have had some fun and given her better conditions.
    As it was we just considered her a nuisance in with the washing up and when washing your hair!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 12:43pm (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    I am rather older than you and have recent osteoarthritis problems.
    Your comment on Bowen treatment sent me looking it up. Appears to be very applicable.
    I have had a hip replacement that has now set off a weak knee, this has improved but the other knee now painful and the original leg foot giving occasional problems.
    First line of treatment is to seriously "do the diet" as per New Year Res...
    Bowen sounds appealing and have found a local practitioner. Thinking about this. Thanks for the idea.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 4:41pm (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    How brilliant! TM shares about her disability and that might be a future treatment for Ollie too! I've never heard of Bowen treatment either. I hope it helps.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 5:01pm (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    Jenson is a little better today. He's still very bunged up but he is eating and taking care of himself.

    My rant is about Cat Protection. Head Office have changed the feeding protocol. From now on, any cat age 6 months to 12 years gets 55gms of dry food in the morning and that's it for the day (they used to get a packet of wet food plus some dry in the morning, and then either another packet of wet or measure of dry at the end of the day, not sure which). It doesn't take into account the cat's body weight, so a small female at 3.5kg gets the same amount as a big male of twice the weight. Several of the cats eat their allowance in one go as soon as they get it which means they get no more food until the next morning. I am going to write to head office to complain. It is very distressing to have to deal with starving cats. I would rather my monthly subscription was used to feed cats rather than fund all the managers and such like.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2013 5:25pm (Jan 12th 2013)
     
    It probably all boils down to money, kate - these things often do these days. :(
    Try Bowen, Ollie; it did wonders for my back problem and even for my breathing, as she worked on my intercostal muscles that tighten up when I have problems breathing.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2013 2:22am (Jan 13th 2013)
     
    I agree Kate I would rather my money go to more food for the animals than paying big wages etc to managers. The weight of the cat should be a consideration and the age as their needs can vary so much.

    Hope you can get some relief form Bowen treatment Ollie as it is non invasive and has I believe helped my back problem too.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2013 11:47am (Jan 13th 2013)
     
    They do say that a trouble shared is a trouble halved TN. How lovely that talking about your problems have already helped Oliie and will probably go on to help a few more of the silent guests out there.

    How awful about the cats new feeding regime Kate. We got Daisy from cats protection and she ate and ate and ate for ages when she first came to us. It took a long while before she realised she could eat what she wanted, whenever she liked. She used to guard the big bowl of cat biscuts worried that some one else would eat them all. We ended up putting three bowls down in various locations so every one could get to them with out a scrap !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2013 7:40pm (Jan 13th 2013)
     
    A lot of strays are like that NN, which is why they wolf down their food as soon as they get it. I would hope that the various centre managers have reacted to this and already complained. The staff have said it is a sackable offence to feed them extra food. I feel like cancelling my membership and using it to buy food to take on a weekend. I'm not employed so can't be sacked! (I can of course be told not to come back again...!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2013 7:45pm (Jan 13th 2013)
     
    I thought Jenson was improving but he isn't much better again. I've also heard Tabby and Meow Meow sneeze which I hope is just coincidence mixed with paranoia, and Ting Tong is currently snoring on the sofa. Only myself to blame, letting a stray in, but what else could I do? I couldn't have left him out in the cold when he was so in need (says she trying to justify a potential flu outbreak).
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2013 10:17am (Jan 14th 2013)
     
    So sorry Jensen is still sick, it is such a worry as they can not tell you how they feel. My Sylvi cat had cat flu last year and my others stayed clear so fingers crossed. I do think it weakened her and thats how come the kidney failure struck her down so quickly. She had never been a well cat since she was as kitten.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2013 3:04pm (Jan 14th 2013)
     
    I'm sorry he's still not well, Kate; is he on antiboos, or are they no help with cat flu? I'm sure the others will be fine - Jenson's just made you notice every little sneeze!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2013 9:08pm (Jan 14th 2013)
     
    The vet gave him a long lasting antibiotic jab just to ward off any opportunistic infection. He was literally climbing the walls, windows, doors etc today so hubby let him out. He finally came back at 6pm, hungry but looking a lot better -maybe the fresh . He's still congested but looks lots better. Can't say the same for Tabby who is obviously in the first throws of it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2013 9:40pm (Jan 14th 2013)
     
    Hope they feel better soon Kate xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2013 4:24pm (Jan 15th 2013)
     
    Does that mean Tabby will need antiboos too? It might just be the effects of sitting too close to the telly... Hope she's on the up soon, Kate. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2013 11:06pm (Jan 15th 2013)
     
    She doesn't seem too bad today (hope I haven't spoken too soon!) Still a bit sneezy but that's all.

    Hubby let Jenson out today and he hasn't been back (Jenson, not hubby!). It's bloody freezing here tonight so I hope he's got another home. I'm a bit worried he can't find his way back because of his sense of smell being impaired. Don't know if they rely on that to find places.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2013 4:30pm (Jan 16th 2013)
     
    Did he turn up, Kate? Hope so; I can't sleep unless I know where everyone is!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2013 1:35am (Jan 17th 2013)
     
    Me too girls I toss and turn until Brian gets home he he:face-smile:

    Kate hope the kitties are all improving and no sneezes.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2013 5:13pm (Jan 17th 2013)
     
    Posted By: Trevs Mum I toss and turn until Brian gets home

    I thought you'd enjoy having a bit more bed!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2013 7:06pm (Jan 17th 2013)
     
    Yes, finally turned up at midnight stinking like he'd been stuck in a garage. Last night he didn't come back until 10.30, but he was in by 6pm tonight. Must've heard the weather forecast!

    Tabby and Kitten are both coughing and sneezing, but not as bad as Jenson was so I'm hoping they are that bit stronger to fight it off. :fingerscrossed:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2013 5:19pm (Jan 18th 2013)
     
    It is such a worry when they wont come in at night especially when it is so cold. Daisy gets mighty cross as we dont let her out evenings at all now, so she has to use the litter tray and that makes her ratty. I know she has plenty of hidey holes and her outdoor kennel is nice and cosy topped up with warm litter and hay. But she isnt such a young girl any more.

    I hope they all feel better soon Kate xx
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2013 4:22am (Jan 19th 2013)
     
    Posted By: chief chicken
    Posted By: Trevs MumI toss and turn until Brian gets home

    I thought you'd enjoy having a bit more bed!



    ha ha CC we currently have to fight for space with Koko, he loves stretching out and leaning against our legs to go to sleep. Can't believe how much room he takes up. We have an 'insomnia room' which is very handy as one of us often retreats there if having a bad night.:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2013 12:20pm (Jan 19th 2013)
     
    Obviously you have'nt educated Koko into the benefits of the insomnia room.
    However he may be cuter than that and if he can get you both to go in there he will have the whole bed to himself!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2013 4:20pm (Jan 19th 2013)
     
    LSE and I spent an uncomfortable night with half of our bodies uncovered and cold. Tuppence in the middle however was snug as a bug...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2013 5:40pm (Jan 19th 2013)
     
    Cor I remember that feeling very well CC. Mine have to spend their nights in the conservatory now as my sleeping pattern was getting so bad. We do leave the heating on for them when it is very cold. They have got so used to going in there now they don't think anything of it and quite often put themselves to bed if we are up late.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2013 8:40pm (Jan 19th 2013)
     
    I love the idea of the insomnia room. Hubby is beginning to develop a snore which means I can't always get off to sleep. I love having a cat to curl up to but none of mine will sleep on the bed!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2013 2:42pm (Jan 20th 2013)
     
    Go to the respiratory testing unit in your hospital, Kate, and ask for one of their ferocious noseclips for His Nibs. I had to wear one for tests last week; they're quite strong but well cushioned!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2013 2:56pm (Jan 20th 2013)
     
    We had burglar alarm going off twice up our street last night. It is pretty usless as every one is fed up with hearing it so often, so no body gets up to see what is going on.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2013 5:27pm (Jan 20th 2013)
     
    You should throw snowballs at it till it's buried!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2013 8:01pm (Jan 21st 2013)
     
    He doesn't actually snore, more like extreme heavy breathing!

    Was that tests for your lung capacity (is it asthma you have?) Did they go OK?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2013 3:38pm (Jan 22nd 2013)
     
    Yes, but I don't know how I did as I missed my appointment because of the snow so didn't get my results. My appointment has been rescheduled - for April!! So I hope there were no problems...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2013 6:57pm (Jan 22nd 2013)
     
    You could go and ask your GP as he should've had something from the hospital about it.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2013 10:36am (Jan 23rd 2013)
     
    I think as we get older and our breathing can increase in volume a spare bed is so very handy indeed. Will ask Koko tonight if he would like the whole bed to himself.

    CC - April!!! good lord you could be expired from respiratory failure by then,:face-devil-grin: hope your GP can help in case you need new or altered medication.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2013 2:42pm (Jan 23rd 2013)
     
    I don't think anything will change; they do these tests once a year and I never hear anything about them unless I actively enquire. No news is good news!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2013 12:54am (Jan 24th 2013)
     
    Ok then as long as you are happy.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2013 5:42pm (Jan 24th 2013)
     
    As long as I don't have to run anywhere or blow up any blooooooons, I'll be fine...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2013 7:29pm (Jan 28th 2013)
     
    Aargh! Vets! I took Emmett today as her breathing has been terrible all weekend-very congested and 'bubbly'. The vet said he couldn't see any nasal congestion, therefore the cat flu was a red herring. He then umm'd and aah'd a bit, talked about her needing an x-ray, and decided she should have an antibiotic jab and painkiller for her arthritis. Then said "maybe she needs some regular pain meds" so I pointed out she'd been on them for a long time. His eyes lit up and he said she had to have blood tests to check kidneys etc. I asked him what he thought could be causing her breathing difficulties and he said a tumour or fluid around the heart or COPD (congestive lung disease).

    When the results came back guess what. No raised white cells so no tumour. Everything else extremely good for an 18 year old cat. Only thing it showed was that she might have ... A virus! Not cat flu is it? (Me right, him wrong). He still tried to say its something else and if she's no better wants to do a chest x-ray on Thurs. I'm not subjecting her to that.

    He is the head vet/owner of the practice and I feel like I've been ripped off to the tune of £150.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2013 1:21am (Jan 29th 2013)
     
    Ouch! Kate it is so expensive isn't it, we are looking into pet health insurance for Koko, we couldnt insure Thomas as he was elderly with many issues but decided to get in early with our little 'chocolate monster'.

    I guess it can be difficult sometimes to get an exact diagnosis without a barrage of tests as our pets cant talk to us and tell us where exactly it hurts but it stil shouldn't be hit and miss or a guessing game. At least her kidneys are doing ok which is good news.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2013 5:01pm (Jan 29th 2013)
     
    O Kate, they're such sods sometimes, aren't they? But Julie's right; it's excellent that she is in such good nick otherwise.
    Julie, what some people are doing here now is putting a little money aside in a savings account every month rather than paying insurance. My own friend has been doing it since she was ripped off by insurance plans where the premium rose enormously every year. Also they refused to pay out on pre-existing conditions whereas her savings account doesn't mind!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2013 7:07pm (Jan 29th 2013)
     
    Plus there are a lot of insurance companies that are pulling out and leaving owners in the lurch. I think I should start doing that, so thanks for the idea!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 11:24am (Jan 30th 2013)
     
    My freezer has packed up. :face-sad:
    It's over thirty years old but may be repairable.
    The red light came on, so I dutifully defrosted - found that car-defroster is exactly the same as much more expensive freezer-defroster spray!
    Not lost much food though, taken some round to daughters too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 3:52pm (Jan 30th 2013)
     
    Sorry to hear that, Ollie; your 30 year old freezer is probably far better quality than the new ones. Have you got someone reliable to look at it for you?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 4:08pm (Jan 30th 2013)
     
    I hope the cats are all ok now Kate

    What a nuisance about the freezer Ollie I hope you can get it repaired soon
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 11:56pm (Jan 30th 2013)
     
    Emmett is still not good. Her right eye is half closed, red rimmed and runny. If the vet had been her old one I'd probably be considering taking her back to get it checked as I'm positive it's flu, but he just wouldn't agree with me. Sometimes if it looks like a dog and barks like a dog it just might be a dog! I'll see how she is in 24hrs.

    Have booked Jenson in to get his bits removed on Friday. Suppose the vet will want to chip him, blood test for FIV, and give all the jabs going. They'll all be turned down for now. I will pay £40 for the op but object to an additional £100 for the other things.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2013 6:15pm (Feb 1st 2013)
     
    Too right Kate; we had Trouble the cat for 19 years and she never had a jab in her life. You just can't afford this every time for all your waifs and strays at the prices the vets charge.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2013 8:57pm (Feb 1st 2013)
     
    Jenson is driving me mad! He came back from the vet at 12.00, slept all afternoon, and is now trying to get out of the house. He is literally climbing the walls! Plus he's sprayed somewhere in the living room and it stinks. I'll be glad when he gets these hormones out of his system. I should keep him in for 2 days but I think I'll have to let him out in the morning and just hope he doesn't come across long leg Jim!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2013 10:22pm (Feb 1st 2013)
     
    Darn these cats.
    They're as much trouble as the kids were when they were growing up!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2013 12:24am (Feb 2nd 2013)
     
    Thanks about vet advice and pet insurance, will give that some serious thought.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2013 9:11pm (Feb 15th 2013)
     
    My rant is at me. I am mad at myself for not trusting my own instincts and taking Jenson and Emmett to the vet to get their eyes checked sooner. I took Jenson this evening. Vet pulled his eye open and I was shocked at how red and sore it was. I figured I could use the same drops for Emmett but he was warning about marks on the cornea and stopping the drops if his eye looked cloudy. When I opened Emmett's eye it looked really bad. I called the vets and took her straight up. It is badly damaged. I've got to take her to see a specialist in Leicester in Tuesday. Vet said it looks very bad but there's always a chance it can be saved, however he was talking about her eye rupturing and how painful it is for her. My guilt, fear and worry are sky high. He warned that Jenson's could go the same way.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 5:57pm (Feb 17th 2013)
     
    We all beat ourselves up at times Kate; you're not a vet, you weren't to know. And now they'll get treatment and be fine. Don't worry. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 7:40pm (Feb 17th 2013)
     
    Jenson's eye is vastly improved - 95% better I'd say which is fantastic. Sadly Emmett's has no improvement at all, other than it's more open so I can see just how bad it is every time I look at her. I honestly think they'll say it can't be saved. The edge of the pupil is very irregular, and the cornea (the outermost surface) is cloudy and I think it's breaking down. I am a pessimist, that way any positives they give me are a bonus, but I think we are going to have to decide whether an operation to remove it is in her best interests, then have the same discussion with the vet. In some ways it would be much easier if she had some other life-limiting condition but apart from arthritis she's very healthy for an 18 year old.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2013 2:40pm (Feb 18th 2013)
     
    Oh Kate I was so saddened when I read about Jenson and Emmett. Please dont blame your self so much it is hard to know how cats are feeling, as they sleep most of the time and dont really complain much. You are so good with them and care deeply about them all and I know how sad it is when you find out that something is megga wrong. Thats how it was for me with poor little Sylvi then you are made to think you are over reacting and before you know it it can be to late. I do hope they will get better soon and am thinking of you with love xxxxx:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2013 6:57pm (Feb 18th 2013)
     
    Thanks NN. I am not looking forward to tomorrow at all and would love to just bury my head in the sand until its all gone away, but I've got to suck it up and do what I can for her. My son (her favourite family member) is coming with me so that should help to reduce her stress.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2013 9:18pm (Feb 18th 2013)
     
    Kate, I'm so sorry to hear that Jenson and Emmet are having such problems. I hope everything will go alright at the Vet's tomorrow.
    ( NN is right, don't be so hard on yourself. Cats are good at hiding their problems till it becomes too late.)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 2:03pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    Vet was lovely and very impressed with how calm and relaxed Emmett was. She even seemed to enjoy the journey! She has a melting ulcer on her eye. That means it damages the surface of the eye and then bacteria have broken it down further. The cornea is made up of 7 layers and she is down to the last one. Any undue pressure could burst the eye. There is some healing around the edge so he's decided to manage it conservatively for now with 2 lots of eye drops. Got to take her to see my vet next week, then back to him in 2 weeks. He was talking about corneal grafts but didn't go into details. The bad thing is it could burst at any time if she rubs it but she can't cope with the Elizabethan collar. The vet says she seems 'sensible' so should be ok but it's such a worry.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 3:47pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    Hang on in there, kid. Cats are on the whole very sensible creatures and know what they should and shouldn't do. Just keep loving her and doing the drops! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 6:02pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    Update: all changed. Emmett ruptured her eye an hour ago. I called my vet to see if they'd see her, then called the specialist who had a chat about her with me then said he'd speak to my vet. I rushed her up there and the specialist asked them to give her a strong painkiller to see her through the night, then I'm taking her back to him tomorrow to have her eye removed. I'm pleased that she's getting the best care available and that my son (who loves her very much) is a good saver! Fingers crossed that it all goes well.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 6:43pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    Oh Kate I am so sorry, but thank goodness you were there and realised what had happened. I am so pleased that you have a good specialist and that she is being well looked after. I know it isnt much consolation but she will manage with just the one eye cats are so adaptable. I saw a little cat with only two legs on the same side getting about and managing. It may take her a little while to get used to but with all your love and care she will do just fine. Hang on in there kate we are all thinking of you and your family with love xxxxxxxx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 7:17pm (Feb 19th 2013) edited
     
    My Mum had a dog that had to have an eye removed after a fight with another dog - his own mother!

    However it didn't seem to give him any problem and he was as sprightly as ever right from the first day
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 10:46pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    This evening seems to be going so slowly. She is obviously in pain and hasn't slept at all. I hope she has a quiet night. Roll round tomorrow when she can have her op. thanks everyone, your thoughts are much appreciated. xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2013 4:05pm (Feb 20th 2013)
     
    My friends had a cat who had an eye removed through disease and she carried on perfectly well and was in fact a terrible hunter to the end, bringing them a breakfast mouse every day until she got too old!
    She'll be fine, Kate; give her some Rescue Remedy in her water to help with the shock, then let the painkillers do their work. Arnica helps with healing too. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2013 4:28pm (Feb 20th 2013)
     
    Kate, I hope Emmett will come through the operation alright.:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2013 10:07pm (Feb 20th 2013)
     
    She is back home and amazingly sprightly!! Vet said the op went well apart from her holding her breath when thy tried to anaesthetise her! Nurse said she'd been lovely to look after. She has a large piece of rolled gauze stitched to her eye to absorb any discharge, reduce bruising and cover the wound so that its a bit better aesthetically. My vet will take that off in 2 days, then my vet will take out the other stitches in 10 days.

    The trip to collect her was awful. Left here at 4.45 to do a 50 min trip. Didn't need to be there til 6.15 so had 40 mins spare. Did the first 30 miles in half an hour. The last 10 miles took an hour and a half, and we were half an hour late collecting her. Just as well they do 20 hour service!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2013 12:43am (Feb 21st 2013)
     
    I'm so glad all went well with your little Emmet, Kate (well except for the trip):clap: I hope she has a speedy recovery.