Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Doctors and Vets and Adoptions

Woke up with the pinkie worse, and knew i had to get to the doctor. I had spoken to the nurse the evening before, and she told me if i showed up at 7:30am they would work me in. Since i also had to get a kitten to the vet for spay, bringing along a sample from the poopie kittens, it was a toss up whether to go or not. Ended up going, and i'm glad i did.

It has become obvious that the place i originally thought was a staph infection is actually a bug bite i don't remember getting that is destroying tissue under the skin. It did need an antibiotic, though, because these things are notorious for getting infected.

Upon starting the antibiotic, the fungal infection, which had obviously not every fully cleared out, came roaring back.

So now i am on both, which i needed to be anyway, and got a cortisone shot for the inflammation at the site of the bite. As long as it doesn't get any worse, i will just finish the course of meds and move on.

Speaking of cortisone shots, the nurse managed to hit right next to the sciatic nerve when she told me to bend over. Remember the little hammer trick that makes your knee jerk? When she popped that needle into my rump, my knee jerked up involuntarily, i could feel the electricity shooting down my leg. It is still sore, and i am limping.

When did i break down this badly? Don't answer that.

I also managed, somehow, to get back home in time to take Tiger for her spay surgery, and drop off the samples. Turns out one of the older ones has a tapeworm! I'm glad i took in the sample even though they eat some dry food and so their mess is just soft and not liquid. She had her first pill for it today, and left me with a nice bleeding souvenir of the process. On top of everything else.

The younger 4 are clean, and need more solid in their diet. We are now soaking kitten chow in formula until it is soft enough to go through the bottle. Next step is getting them to drink it themselves from a bowl.

Good news about adoption opportunities. There is an adoption event every Wednesday at the shelter, and usually kittens are not there because they want the adult cats to have an opportunity to shine. This time, they are begging us to bring the kittens, as lots of people are calling and saying they want to come if they can adopt a Christmas kitten. One more chance for Dawnflower, Tiger, Hummingbird, Fuzz, and Mike, as well as for Meg's kittens.

Today is:

Beetle Banquet and Badger Ball -- Fairy Calendar

Christmas Tree Light Day

Dongzhi Festival -- East Asia (solstice festival)

Festival of Demeter -- Ancient Greek Calendar

Mother's Day -- Indonesia

National Date Nut Bread Day

St. Chaeremon's Day

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini's Day (Mother Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants)

Unity Day -- Zimbabwe

Birthdays Today:

Jordin Sparks, 1989
Maurice Gibb, 1949
Robin Gibb, 1949
Steve Garvey, 1948
Diane Sawyer, 1945
Joe Pyne, 1925
Barbara Billingsley, 1922
Gene Rayburn, 1917
Lady Bird Johnson, 1912

Today in History:

A serious earthquake strikes Innsbruck, 1689
The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies, 1790
The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India, 1851
Jules Janssen flies in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse, 1870
The first string of Christmas tree lights is created by Thomas Edison, 1882
Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan, 1885
French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated), 1894
Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, 1956
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany, 1989
Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63, 2001


  1. Well here you are! Nice to read through your blog and find out more about your life. Didn't know you were a cat rescuer! Sounds like you have a lot of work to do there!

    I've been thinking about your infection and can only suggest a couple more things to add to your natural care arsenal: oregano and olive leaf extract. Might work better than the tea tree oil although you have to use oregano with a little olive oil to cut it down or it will burn your skin. It does sound like you are getting the best that medical care has to offer and I'm glad for that.

    Have a good day Mimi and see you around, a lot of different places these days which I love!


  2. Welcome, Angela!

    Yes, i have used olive leaf and oregano oil for other things, too, and if what i am doing now doesn't cut it, i will add those back. somehow, this fungus has to go. The bite will have to heal on its own.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh, my. Good thoughts for finger repair? Owch!!

    As far as the kittens, most likely you have, but when you give the kitten a pill, have you ever held it in a bit of food? I had one kitty, it was the only way I could get it down that little turd, uh, angel, was to put a blob of cheese or meat around the pill. And occasionaly have another cat, or the dog close enough to be a "hurry up" mechanism, but that's another story. ONE kitten was so obnoxious, we had to roll it in a towel, stuff the pill down its throat, then hold the muzzle shut until he swallowed at least twice. Not a fun time for either person, or cat, let me tell you!

    Ok, is this horrible, I know for sure ONE of the birthday people today, Lady Bird Johnson.(Besides my husband, who is on MY list, the good one, that is...)

    Badger Ball. They are fairly good dancers, but watch your feet, they do have a temper! ;)


  4. healthy vibes... healthy vibes... healthy vibes...

  5. Thank you, Cat and Merry.

    Yes, Cat, sometimes i have to practically sit on the cats to medicate them.