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Apr. 17th, 2013 @ 06:40 pm 9:365
Still faithfully walking, but UGH I see why people start an exercise program and give it up.

I really shouldn't complain at all. Already I am seeing some benefits. For example, we did our monthly grocery run on Saturday, and for the first time in a long time, I wasn't completely wiped out at the end of the trip. I did allow myself an abbreviated walk that day since we do so much walking in the grocery store, but that's the only "cheat" I'm going to allow.

I'm still debating on whether I should go up to six minutes next week. What I've been doing is setting my kitchen timer for five minutes and walking until it goes off then I turn around and come back, so probably I'm walking 10-15 minutes. I intended to increase the time every week, but I'm thinking that I probably shouldn't do any increase until I'm consistently getting the same distance every day, which has NOT yet been the case.

How many days does it take to make something a habit? I'm not there yet, but now that I am starting to accumulate a significant number of days in a row, I do find it helps motivate me because I don't want to break my "streak". It's a pity there isn't really anyone nearby to walk with, that would make it a lot easier.

Rydia continues to hang in there, she has been a total bitch today, but that's actually way more normal, so Ben and I think it's a good sign. ;)
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Apr. 11th, 2013 @ 10:25 am Rydia is doing amazingly well
She's tolerating the medication well, and perhaps even more important, her appetite has picked up, which we feel is a good sign.

I seriously have no idea how much wet food she needs a day. We figured out that she likes food that has bites rather than the standard pate, so we picked up some different flavors and have a set that she really seems to like.  The Friskies can says feed one can per five pounds of cat, so we figure as long as she's eating a full can or so plus getting some of her beloved kibble, that's probably plenty. We don't limit her, we offer food several times a day and if one can gets emptied, we open another.

I don't know if the medicine is helping her eyes, but it seemed to both Ben and I yesterday that her pupils were more responsive to light when we opened the curtain yesterday. We do think she has some sight, but that it's more of an awareness of light and dark shapes. A couple of days ago, Beaker was lying on the rug (black cat on light colored rug) and she avoided him. We don't think she scented him in this case because she doesn't like the other cats and would have growled and batted at him. She hissed at Catastrophe about a week ago when he got up on the back of the couch, light orange cat on black couch.

We'll see what happens--the primary use of the medication isn't so much to try to restore her sight but rather to prevent things like a stroke, so if her eyes heal at all, that's just a bonus.

Now I have to get off my ass for my walk--my calves are still really sore, so it's an effort. Still, the whole endeavor only takes about fifteen minutes, right?
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Apr. 10th, 2013 @ 10:55 am 3:365
When I hurt myself last spring, I lost a lot of ground, physcially.

I'm trying something a little different this time. I'm trying to take a walk every day.

I can't believe how hard it is to get myself motivated. To start with (especially given the extremely steep hills here), I walk as far as I can in 5 minutes and then come back. Minimal effort, right? I promised myself I would start on Monday because the weather is improving now and the worst I might have to deal with is a rain delay.

It's been a fight to get started every day. I'm not sure why. Well, that's not entirely true. The first day was hard because I had absolutely no enthusiasm for the project.  The second day, my calves were incredibly sore. Today I was also sore, but it wasn't as hard to stretch the kinks out, and already I am puffing less when I climb the driveway. Hopefully every day I do it will make it easier to do the next day.
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Mar. 30th, 2013 @ 01:32 pm Rydia update
Current Mood: cheerful


Just gave Rydia her second dose of blood pressure medicine.

She's brighter today. I thought it was wishful thinking, but she's definitely brighter.

Ben and I were thinking that maybe the high blood pressure gave her a headache and she's feeling perkier because it's lessened/gone. She had a really good appetite today, which is always a good sign.

Now we just enjoy her company for however long we may have it.
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Mar. 29th, 2013 @ 01:19 pm Rydia Redux
Talked to the vet yesterday when I brought in Mischief for her annual exam/rabies shot. We also talked about Fuzzy, since he's having issues with the persistent sinusitis. The vet decided that trying a course of steroids in addition to antibiotics wasn't necessarily a bad thing, so I have baytril and cat dose prednisone.

i was utterly shocked when, for the first time I can remember in a LONG time, Fuzzy didn't have gook in his eyes, they weren't teary, nor were they red. There may be more of an allergy component to his issues than we realized.  He's been really, really good about the pills so far, too, while he isn't thrilled with being pilled, he also is smart enough to have figured out that if he cooperates, it's done with very quickly. He was very good for me this morning. It helps that the pills are very small.

The vet was willing to consider the blood pressure medicine for Rydia but wanted some blood tests, so I brought her in early this morning.

Long story short, I have a blood pressure prescription and no blood tests were done--Rydia was not interested in having her blood drawn, thank you very much. I even left the room hoping she'd behave a bit better, but no, thank you kindly but I'm not sharing my blood with you. The vet had seen enough that he was comfortable prescribing the medication despite the lack of blood work, we talked about sedating her but the thing is, she's seventeen years old and may be in the early stages of renal failure, meaning the sedative could do some serious damage.

Now we see how it works. It may help her blindness--a very slim chance, to be sure, but a better chance than if we had done nothing. It will also likely address some hind leg weakness, another plus. Now all we have to do is give it to her daily and watch for side effects. The good thing is that if her blood pressure isn't high, this particular medication isn't likely to cause a pressure drop, and side effects are rare.

*crosses fingers* It would be nice if treating her bought her a good quality of life for a year or two!
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Mar. 28th, 2013 @ 10:38 am On being boring and cats
I promised I would post about Rydia.

We finally dug out our records and Rydia is 17 just about to the day because she was an early Spring kitten. She has become blind, we thought it was probably cataracts but it might also be high blood pressure--it's hard to say without taking her blood pressure, and the vet doesn't even have the equipment. He didn't offer any treatment options, I am not sure if it's because he doesn't know of any or feels that it isn't worth pursuing. Changing vets isn't really an option at this point, this one is the best in the immediate area. I am going to speak to him about it again today when I bring Mischief in for her regular checkup, maybe we can treat her so that she has a few more good years.

Still, even if there isn't any appropriate treatment, she's had a good long life and she's doing very well. We got some little stick-on scent tabs called Tracerz which really help her navigate, and we keep a good eye on her, although the daily activities would make for very boring blog reading.

So we're all hanging in there. I'll try to post sooner, it's just that most of my life's events are candidates for the dullest blog in the world. :)
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Mar. 10th, 2013 @ 08:42 pm Haven't posted in forever
I'm still hanging in there, it's just that nothing very exciting is going on.

I was talking to madclarinet and babyghia last week, and I mentioned that the problem was that as far as stuff going on goes, it's either a) too private to share or b) too boring.

Then I was thinking about it and realized that one thing that is going on, while perhaps a bit embarrassing, actually can be discussed.

Teeth!Collapse )

In other news, our cat Rydia has become effectively blind. This was not by any means unexpected as she is 17 and we've been aware of cataracts developing for at least a couple of years. At the beginning she wasn't dealing with it well, but we've gotten some really amazing things that help her a lot, which will be the subject of a later post.
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Oct. 12th, 2012 @ 10:40 pm Still alive
Not much going on, I've had quite a bit of work and am continuing to dig out of the financial hole we've been in. We have actual heat at last, every time the heater kicks on I feel a warm glow of accomplishment.

I popped on to update the birth dates of some of the cats, I was looking through a box trying to find something (more on that after it's mailed and received by the intended recipient) and I found an old calendar where I knew I had recorded the kittens' date of birth. Binky was born on August 30, 1998, which means Slippers and Charcoal were late May/early June of 1998.

Anyway. Shoulder to the wheel and onward.
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Aug. 15th, 2012 @ 01:02 pm Charcoal 1998-2012
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May. 28th, 2012 @ 07:13 pm Happy Memorial Day
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.

Not much going on around here, although heavyarms02 is visiting. We went to Lowes yesterday and picked up some lumber because the steps need to be replaced--they've been a bit rickety for several years, and this is the year I was determined to replace them.

Of course, it's too darn hot to do anything with the lumber, but that's no big deal, the important thing is that we have the supplies we need--it should cool down a bit later on in the week.

In other news, I got myself a cueCat barcode scanner from LibraryThing, and I have begun scanning my books in so I have an actual inventory of my library. I have to straighten out a mixup where I have two accounts, after that, I will have a link to post so you can see my progress. Many of the books are old enough that even if I can scan them, I have to use a program to translate the bar code into a proper ISBN, but it's much better than trying to type the info by hand.

Had cold Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner, it was just the thing on a day as hot as today was. It's after 7 and it's still 78 degrees. Long-range shows us a bit cooler than normal in five or six days, and I think everyone is going to welcome that for a change.

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