Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week 32 - Pets...

We had a most unexpected week and nearly all of our days were not how we had planned them. It mostly revolves around our smallest cat, Rosetta, having some pretty severe problems that we had no clue about until last Sunday.

Fun Events

But first, Amber went to the Spring Formal / Prom last Saturday and had a fantastic time. I got the impression that they are no longer "magical" to her anymore though. Instead she just enjoys dressing up and hanging out with her friends. She doesn't ever make the group photo session in the park because her options are to spend an hour or more traipsing about a park for photos, or to spend the evening at the dance. We take the latter option.

Sunday Amber had a birthday party to attend in the late afternoon and evening. She is so proud of herself because she went down to a creek with her friends, walked through the creek, and fished. She even caught a fish, which she would not touch. She kept saying "I was outdoorsy!"  Yet once we got home she immediately took an hour long shower to get the "outdoors and creek off."

Earlier Sunday afternoon I had remembered that I had an appointment for the steroid shots in my back during Amber's flute lesson later in the week, so managed to reschedule that for Monday. Only to have a message AFTER we arrived home from the flute lesson that my pain management doctor is on indefinite medical leave and I'll need to reschedule to see one of the other doctors in the practice. That is after re-arranging the authorization for the shots with my insurance. I've done none of that yet. It was all too ridiculous.

Cat Problems:

The problem with Rosetta arose Sunday morning. We awoke after the late night for Amber's dance to find Rosie not using her back left leg. Fred took her to the emergency vet while Amber and I got ready for the day. We were fortunate in that the vet on call at the emergency office was actually one of our veterinarians from the practice we use. So, this veterinarian actually knew Rosie.  Fred was sent home with Rosie and a pain killer. Nothing was broken and probably soft tissue damage from a jump. Rose is a jumper.

Rosetta.  This was our first trip to the vet's new location. They have exam rooms designed for cats and dogs now, and are a certified Fear-Free vet.
However she got much worse over the afternoon and evening on Sunday, so Monday morning I called bright and early and got her in to see our other veterinarian (just because the one she saw Sunday was off on Monday) Monday morning.  This time Rosetta was x-rayed. She has severe arthritis. Very severe. There are "significant changes to her hips."  Sigh. Rose is only 4 years old (and one month). We immediately started cold laser therapy to help with the inflammation. Tuesday Rosie's pain was more than the vets wanted to see, so I took her in for an anti-inflammatory shot. She got three of those shots on consecutive days and goes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for her laser therapy. However, on Thursday and Friday she also ended up with enemas because she hadn't gone since Sunday / Monday (hard to tell).

At this point, on Saturday afternoon, she is using her litter box appropriately again. She always ate and drank well. She is still walking with a hitch and doesn't walk too far at one time. She runs after resting, but then has to stop. She does small jumps, but has come to realize she can't make most of the jumps she used to do.  We have to keep her confined to a safe room when we are asleep or gone, so that she doesn't re-injure the hip even more. We confine her brother, Milori, with her too.

This means to leave the house for anything is an ordeal. We also have Biscotti who is still not out with the other cats without a leash or us being watchful. I spend half of my day juggling where cats are, and which ones get the roam of the house. Biscotti doesn't know that Rose is injured, I don't think. But he is enjoying being out more since Rose and Milori must be put away more for Rose's safety.

Silly moments: This week at the same restaurant as last week, Amber got a normal sized straw and a small glass :) Being a pirate, and accidentally matching her dad today.
In all, Rose went to a vet at least once a day Sunday - Friday this past week. I'm relishing that we were able to stay home this morning. Amber has been a huge help in herding cats, following my texted instructions as I wait at the vet each day, and generally being patient with my exhaustion from it all.


We were supposed to start Amber's standardized testing bright and early on Monday. That didn't happen because we were both tired from the weekend, and spent most of the morning at the vet with Rosetta.  Instead Amber worked on some Grammar after lunch, began her new Lightning Literature Shakespeare (tragedies) that we are reviewing, and had her flute lesson.  I think that was a pretty good start considering the long weekend and Monday morning.

Tuesday and Wednesday Amber spent the bulk of her school days on her standardized testing. She uses the Stanford 10 (Task 1 this year) along with the OLSAT ability test. To celebrate the completion of the testing, and because Fred could come home early that day, we went to see a late afternoon showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Wednesday. It was a fantastic movie and good way to relax.

Standardized testing. Maybe not the best choice this year.
Thursday, after our daily vet visit, Amber's friends came over for a sewing session on the weighted blankets we are making for Children's Hospital. They made good progress, and we helped one of her friends learn to sew. Next week we have another sewing day with an additional friend who was unable to join this week. Amber and I plan to sew on the blankets most Thursdays this summer and will open our house to whichever of her friends that want to join us each week. I'd like to finish 20 blankets over the course of the summer, so we'll see how well the girls work.

Friday was another therapy day, so most of the afternoon was spent at the hospital for Amber's PT and OT. Then she had her last yearbook meeting of the school year. Amber has all of her assignments completed! You know we are quickly approaching the end of the school year when the yearbook is finished.

Sewing and Lightning Literature Shakespeare. The Lightning Lit had literally arrived in the mail 5 minutes prior.
In school hours, Amber is almost finished with her total hours - she might even finish next week. However, she is still not there with her core hours. After looking over our May schedule and invitations Amber has received for fun events, we have decided to not stress over finishing the core hours before the end of May. Although I wanted to give Amber a full summer off, she has never had that. Amber decided to work on a few core subjects through June. Working 2-3 hours a day on Science, languages, and English will easily allow her to complete the remaining core hours needed. I'll then give her most of July off from school. She finds this an acceptable solution and really wasn't sure what she would do with an entire summer off.

Next week we still have to take Rosetta to the vet three days, assuming she has no additional problems. We'll still have to keep her from roaming the house when we can't watch her too, which means the cat juggling will continue. But otherwise, there really isn't anything additional on the schedule except for flute lesson. Whew. I'm relieved. This week was a bit too much.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is quite the ordeal with your cat! :( Poor kitty! The dance looks fun and I love her choice of dress.