Posted in advice, disease, family, health, Viruses

Social Distancing Amid Coronavirus Fears…

I saw this article pop up today and it talks about social distancing to avoid the spread of this virus.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/social-distancing-places-to-avoid-coronavirus_l_5e6bee6cc5b6dda30fc8e6f0

I’m a homebody and that’s a very good thing at the moment. Plus I convinced my elder family members to have small gatherings at home vs at a restaurant where people have this virus,colds, flu, pneumonia, etc.

My brother called me an alarmist at first, but after the pandemic was designated; he agreed with me.

What are you doing to hunker down in this crazy time?
As for me and mine…we have toilet paper and food, and avoiding touching our faces. We have soap and sanitizer gel too. If we do get it, quarantine is the only way to not spread it.
I hope very much we will have a vaccine soon and put a halt to this.

#coronavirus #virus #panic #quarantine #socialdistance

Posted in death, Depression, disease, evil day job, family, frustration, health, job loss, life, loss, marriage, married life, medical, Personal, question, relationship, unemployed

Which decade of your life was the worst?

So last night I was reminded of just how bad things were in my life a decade ago when I was in my mid 30s. It was a very rough time and I would never go back. It got me to thinking if I had the chance would I repeat them? The answer is a resounding no.

How about you? Which was your worst decade and why and would you ever repeat it?A lot of us have crazy childhoods and there can be a very stressful firstdecade or two. However adulthood has its own adventures and can lead to some of the worst years of our lives.

Personally for me my 30s were the worst ever. I was in a crazy marriage which had constant struggles between medical, financial, family, death, job issues,

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and mental anguish. I wouldn’t ever choose to relive them.

On the flipside, my 40s have been far and above what my 30s were. They’ve had their ups and downs but so far so good.

How about you? Which was your worst decade and why and would you ever repeat it?

Steph

Posted in cats, diabetes, disease

Three years of shots…

Hi all! An update on my baby boy, Jack.  He is still going strong after over three years after being diagnosed as diabetic.  So far he has endured two pancreatitis (mild) attacks (where he gets sick for two days and we have to give him pills for anti-nausea and one to stoke his appetite), and over 2,000 shots!!!! (one shot every 12 hours) and a move to another state.
Still…this little trooper keeps going strong.
He just turned 13 this year and we didn’t know if he’d make it to 10. (sniff)!!!

I love you baby boy!!! You are mama’s 20-lb angel 💖💖💖

Posted in advice, diabetes, disease, scare, weight control

Update on my sweet baby boy….

This is my baby boy…Jack.

We went to the vet yesterday and his glucose is down to 268! (a 50% drop so far) and after not even 3 weeks on insulin. We’ll need to learn how to test him at home (in the ear! ouch!) but he did great with them doing it.

Also good is that his weight has come up a little from 13 lbs to 14. He lost too much and the fact that he’s gained, his coat is shinier, eyes bright, and he looks healthier and happier.

The only worry now is his back paws. He’s walking a little wobbly still, but that’s due to some nerve damage, but now that he’s below 300, it will start to heal 🙂

I thank everyone for their advice and prayers and well wishes! This has not been easy and it’s something we’ll likely have to deal with for the rest of his life (he’s only 9).

More updates soon (esp if the best news…remission) happens!

Steph

Posted in diabetes, disease, fat cat, Jack, scare, weight control

Sweet baby boy

Hello! This won’t be a post about my books or works in progress…it’s about something dearer to my heart; my cat. Jack.

Jack has always been a big eater and when he lost weight we thought we had a triumph! Instead…we nearly had tragedy.

Two weeks ago Jack was diagnosed with diabetes. His glucose level was over 500 and if he were a human he would’ve been in shock! This of course bowled us over and we jumped into action.

We had to change everything from his dry food (not cutting it) to all wet food, protein-rich, and of course, the shots. Yipe! The shots are what I feared the most. But we are committed to this young, kitty life. He’s not even 10 years old yet and has lots of life left in him for sure.

Therefore, we got everything from the insulin, the syringes, the food, and I bought him at least a couple of new toys to take his mind of the nasty prick two times a day. He takes the evening shot far better than the morning one for sure. LOL

Luckily, I’d found a site that spelled out everything for diabetic cats, what to expect, what to look for, and support for the pet parents out there who feel horrible that they can’t do more.

I implore anyone that has a fat cat to really be aware they will likely become diabetic and to get their weight down (or better yet keep it from happening in the 1st place). Your pet and you will be far, far happier in the long run.

To end on a positive note, Jack’s sugar was checked again last Wednesday and had come down (after only 4 shots) to 341…not great, but not the horribly high mark it was. (ideal is 100-200). He has a ways to go, but at least it’s working! His weight has come up a little, he got too small. 14-15 lbs is perfect for his frame and he’s at 14.2 right now.

Take care of kitty…they only have so long.

Steph