Thursday, July 4, 2013

Jewel's Vet Visit

I'm very overwhelmed with everything I need to do, and don't know how to avoid the kind of pain flare-up I had the last time I moved.  It's hard for me to pace myself with the pain and exhaustion I'm constantly experiencing (my chronic pain condition causes extreme exhaustion as well as pain).  

But enough about me!  I wanted to give you all an update about Jewel.

I took Jewel to the vet on Tuesday to learn how to give her fluids with the IV line instead of the syringes.  They thought it would be more comfortable for her with the line.  

The vet showed me how to do it.  She's great. :)  She said they would get the line all ready for me each time, letting the fluid drip down into the line because I can't see it to tell where it is in the line.  I so appreciate that they are willing to work with me and my limitations.  

It turns out, the line really is better.  Jewel didn't cry nearly as much with her treatment at the vet.  Her next treatment will be Friday.  I think it will go better than the syringe method and she'll get all the fluids she needs.  

Jewel: I was very upset when the woman tried to put me in the carrier, so I tried to bite her.  I missed her hand, though, so I fought hard and squirmed and scratched.  I almost got away, but she managed to get me in the carrier.  

While at the vet, I bought a Yeoww banana for Jewel and a couple of catnip pillows.  I put one of the pillows in her carrier for the way home as I thought it might calm her a little, but she decided to pee in the carrier on the way home.  I'll have to get her another pillow when I go back in a week or two (without cats this time).

The vet and I discussed Jewel's medications.  The vet pilled her with the Mirtazepine for me since I can't pill her myself.  We decided to compound her medications.  

Jewel will be getting Benazepril (blood pressure med) and Mirtazepine (appetite stimulant) in liquid form.  I'm hoping if Jewel is hungrier, I can give her a snack with her slippery elm bark, but if that doesn't work, we will compound Reglan for her nausea.  

We wish all of our fellow Americans a happy Independence Day!!! 


  1. We are all still sending our very best purrs to sweet Jewel. Happy Independence Day!

  2. Sweet purrs and purrayers to your whole little family!
    And Happy 4th!

  3. Purrs to Jewels and paws of support to you for all you are doing for her.

  4. Sending continuing hugs and purrs for Jewel. Happy Independence Day to you all xx

  5. We are glad you have a good vet that is willing to work with you. We continue to purr for Jewell and hope all goes well with the fluids and medications. Compounding meds are much easier to give.

    Happy 4th of July!

  6. Purrz for Jewel and you too... Keep us posted. Wonderful to have such a kind vet working with you.

    Take care
    Purrz and Hugs,
    Katie Kat.

  7. Thanks for the update on how Jewel is doing. We continue to purr and pray for her, for you, and the whole situation. Your vet sounds wonderful, and we are glad she is so helpful and caring.

    Happy Fourth, sweet friends!

  8. you are both in our thoughts. Sending much love!

  9. Mom gave Admiral that same appetite stimulent. Mom put it in pill pockets and Admiral took them well. Purrs and loves to Jewel. And to mom.

  10. We are sending prayers from our mom and purrayers from us. Jewel, we really hope both you and your mom feel better very soon. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  11. Sending purrs that the new method continues to work for Jewel. Purrs and hugs to all!

  12. Purrrrrrrss to Jewel. We hope the new methods work better for everyone.

    Not sure if it would help, but a compounding pharmacy can make a gel you can rub on her ears (or maybe other places, we guess). Not sure will ever be needed, or even for sure it would help any, but we thought someone ought to mention that option.

    Hang in there, everyone.

  13. We're sending lots and lots of purrs to sweet Jewel.
    Bless you for all you do to care for her.
    : ) Katie & Glogirly

  14. Oh Jewel I am sorry to hear about having to go to the vet! I hope you get better soon! Me-Om, Swami Zoe

  15. "Mom" Kim here from Fuzzy Tales.

    Yes, I'll let folks know if this product works for Derry. I expect it would take several weeks' regular use, and I don't think it's intended to get rid of existing tartar. It will be "interesting" to actually apply it to Derry's gums. LOL. I'm picking it up today after work, from the clinic.

    I think of you all often, because I know the stress of trying to cope with a sick cat by yourself and on a practically non-existent budget, and with no vehicle.

    I'm sorry I've not visiting much at all right now--I figure I'm doing well to get to work and do my job every day, and I can't seem to make myself do much more than the basics. It's not a full-on episode of depression (been there), but more a lower grade "blah" feeling, hard to work up energy.

    However, you all are in my thoughts and prayers, and of course the boys send purrs too.

    BTW, Annie had her methimazole compounded (for the hyper-t), because I wasn't able to pill her. The first base we tried irritated her ears too much, but the second base was better. I also had her armpits periodically shaved to apply the meds there, to give her ears a break.

    So know you can get a different base for the compound if necessary, and that the meds probably can be applied under the armpits too, if they cause irritation in the ears.

    Good luck.

  16. I only just read about Jewel's problems and wanted to say I am praying for her. My own Lady Butterfly suffers from CRF and hyperthyroid but she is doing pretty well so far.

    Hope things are going well.

  17. So glad the line works for you! I hope they can compound the meds for you in a flavor that works well.