Thursday, June 26, 2014

Goodbye My "Little Man"

Today I am so sad and heartbroken as I said goodbye to my "little man" Tommy.  His kidney failure was just too big an obstacle to overcome. He gave it a valiant try, but he just couldn't quite make it. He died in my arms knowing he was truly loved for the short period of time he was allowed to be here. He chose me as his caretaker and I loved him dearly. He brought me lots of love and joy in this past year. I will always love you my "little man". Rest In Peace and run and play with "Butch" while you wait for me and the "girls"!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Busy Weekend!

My little Tommy started getting sick on Wednesday, didn't look much better on Thursday and when Friday got here, he was very lethargic and listless, would not eat or drink to the vet we went. His first time in a carrier since he was fixed in February and he didn't even cry. After 2 hours, and blood tests and $327 we were told he is severely dehydrated and in kidney failure.  I had 2 options, leave him at hospital for 2 days of IVs at $125 a day or take him home and do the Sub Q hydration, with no guarantees, but sometimes it can reverse.  Needless to say, I've had a very busy weekend of loving, coaxing to eat and a neighbor that helped with the hydration and giving him an antibiotic tablet each morning....! I am just heartbroken and so sad for him...he is down to 5 pounds. He turns a year old this month and has had no problems.  He has not been vomiting nor had diarrhea so cannot understand the dehydration.  He finally threw up on Saturday evening. After the treatment last evening....he is on an eating binge and is visiting the litter box again...not real perky yet...but so much better than the limp dishrag he was over the weekend. The "girls" are all checking on him quite often!  I hope this means he is taking a turn for getting the kidney functions back, but I am still guarded on that...Dr. M told me to bring him back for a recheck tomorrow. He actually was up and waiting to eat this morning and is now sleeping peacefully.  I guess prayers, sheer will and lots of TLC does work. Other than that, I had a rather quiet and peaceful weekend. I hope all of you had a marvelous Father's day weekend with lots of family and friends to celebrate with so you could make/share lots and lots of memories. Here is photo of Tommy I made on Tuesday when he was feeling okay. He wanted me to hold he is not spoiled rotten....ROFL!
I did a QP for Dad's on Miriam's Scraps using her It's All Wood kit plus a lacy border or lacy border with frames if you would like them.

Chat more with y'all injuries are healing nicely, but still not sitting or standing on the leg for more than an hour at a time.  Thanks for dropping by and leaving such nice comments, I love reading all of them. Y'all have a great week ahead. Hugs, Mat

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello My Friends!

Bet ya been wondering if I dropped off the face of the earth, huh? Nope, just been a bit hampered since that fall I took on the 25th of May.  It seems I created some internal bleeding in my titanium knee that took a week to decide to flow in little tracks down the leg (inside and outer side) to pool in my foot making it swell and turn all pretty and psychedelic in colors. Of course, this would happen on a Friday when my doctor's office was closed and I did not want to go to an Emergency Room.  After all, it did not hurt, it was just that my ankle looked ready to the foot and propped up for most of the weekend.  Take a look!
 Inside of my knee
Inside the ankle
Outside the ankle
My right hand
You really cannot see the little trails of blue bruises all the way down the leg, but it was really pretty and still is, but in the darkening and ugly shades of yellow and green now....LOL!  Anyhow, that is the Friday my friend Kaye was coming from west Texas to spend the night. We had not seen each other in about 18 months and were really looking forward to a girls' catch up gab session. (Probably cleaning the house of dust bunnies, making a couple of chicken pot pies etc started the flow down my leg...LOL).  Kaye arrived around 4:30 in the afternoon and we talked until after 10p.m. before going to bed. The "cats" were nice enough to share the bed with this stranger, but kept checking of us all during the night (especially the new little man)..LOL...they are definitely not used to anyone in the bed but them and me...ROFLMAO!!!  Next morning we shared a great breakfast and a pot of coffee before she headed on to east Texas for a "family/cousin" reunion in Tyler. However, I did manage to capture a photo of her with my cell phone and I decided to put her in one of Miss Linda's gorgeous QPs made with one of the free kits by Kyra....doesn't she look great in it?
I wound up staying off the leg for the rest of Saturday and Sunday mostly (cause I was watching Nascar, etc too) and keeping it elevated, but the swelling just did not want to go away, so first thing Monday morning, I called the Dr, but couldn't see him until 3:00 p.m. He examined my knee and told me the titanium would not break so no need for xrays unless my knee got unstable (and I would know if that happened he assured me) but since there was no heat or pain that he was not worried about phlebitis or a clot, but to elevate, stay off of as much as I could and put warm compresses on it and the blood would be reabsorbed in the a couple of weeks!  So, being as lazy as I am....I used this excuse to stay off it for a few days....and I got caught up with all the programs I had VCR'd ......LMAO!!! Anyhow, it seems to be doing as Dr. T suggested it would, just seems to me to be taking forever!  But, I can stay on it for longer periods now without it ballooning out on me!
We FINALLY got about an inch of rain yesterday and boy are the plants and my grass  happy for the drink. My hibiscus finally put out some more blooms (boy did it...3 of them in fact) and I just had to snap a photo of how large they were. I put a CD up next to it...the bloom is larger....look at this.....

Sorry, should have turned the last one before I posted it, but this is all 3 of the blooms with about 6 more ready to open in another day or so. All the flowers look really perky this morning....and we are supposed to get a few more showers latter part of the week.  We need a few days of them in the slow soaking in type, but those seem to constantly elude us and fall all around and near.  The good thing is it dropped us to 66F this morning...that is one reason the flowers are so alert too!  To be back into the 90's by Wednesday, but a couple of days of cooler with lower humidity is awesome in June in Texas!!!! We will take it and appreciate it!  ROFL here!
Here's another freebie I created using Miriam's awesome wedding kit 2 that you can find on her blog if you would like it.

The border alone or the QP can be found at Miriam's Scraps
Well, enough rambling...lots more to say, but need to move and I know y'all are tired of reading by now. Chat more next time....have a terrific week of making lots and lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat