Very foggy this morning. Guess autumn is here!
Bless chicken broth with brown rice, cinnamon oatmeal with big plump raisins, hot Tang (I make it really, really strong), and basic pasta and tomato sauce. And microwaveable hot packs, and cold packs I keep stashed in the freezer. Also Naked Juice
line of drinks. I've been indulging in those from the Broad Cafe almost every workday morning, either the Power-C or the Well-Being, which is my favorite so far of all their drinks I've tried. It really made a difference this year. I've had more energy and been less sick, even though I worked just about every new student event on the schedule and have roughly a zillion projects going on.
These wonderful students returning to classes (and staff and faculty returning from vacation) are not just the future of Caltech and of science, they're also disease vectors. ;-) Doesn't matter which cold they bring with them when they return to campus from wherever they've been... I always manifest it in sinusitis.
But I am feeling sooooooooooo much better today.
My cat is doing better, too. I've learned how to give her insulin injections and she's already slightly more active and just... perkier. She was pretty chatty this morning for the first time in a week and a half, and her visits to the litterbox are decreasing to a more sensible level. I've got to remember to stop and pick up more litter on the way home this afternoon.Here
is a good online guide for folks whose pets have just been diagnosed with diabetes. For the record, I've spent the following so far on Oci's diagnosis and treatment:
$32 vet office visit
$82 complete blood work panel (apparently her liver and kidneys are working a little too hard, but the creatinine and other indicator levels should come down as we get her blood sugar under control - glucose levels were above 500... I find it humorous that she, too, has high cholesterol)
$40 bottle of insulin, should last us for 2 months
$ 4 10-pack of syringes, should last us a little over a month
- about a week busy at work and worrying about when I'd be able to get her in to see the vet
- a weekend fretting once I spent a day at home and realized how lethargic she'd gotten and how much water she was drinking
- a day being a bit overwhelmed once the diagnosis was made from the urine test but before the bloodwork results were in so we could start figuring out what insulin levels to start her on
- two trips to the vet office
I adore my vets' office. Parkview Pet Clinic in Glendale is great, and both of the vets there are marvelous. The needles are really tiny, and if these first three times are any indication, Oci barely even feels it when I give her an injection. When I was dozing yesterday she hopped up on the bed to just check on me, the first time she's done that in a while. I'm so glad she's feeling better. If she needs insulin for the rest of her life, that's OK. Some cats are diabetic for a while and somehow recover from it; others stay diabetic for years.
I love my little critter dearly... but even Mom agrees that one of Oci's middle names has to be Troublesome. ( Ocelette Troublesome Shakal. )