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Monday, 12 April 2010

The statue

There’s an old quote I rather like, that sums up how life feels at times.
some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue
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Over the weekend my cat, who I’ve had 17 years this year, started to have trouble walking. Swaying a bit, as though she was drunk. She’s been deaf for as long as I’ve had her, and now old age has caught up in a cruel way. She has gone blind too.
A visit to the vet, reveals, yes, she’s blind; and aching joints through age, and I’ll probably have to have her…………………
Woa! WTF!! Hang on a minute.
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How does she go from sighted to blindness, over a weekend? How bloody fair is that in the grand scheme of all things? How do I make a decision on her life………….

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….and today was my visit to the people vet. The heart specialist, who tells me that the treadmill test did reveal something was wrong. Probably arteries blocking up.
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Yea, I figured something was up mate a while ago, with the chest pains, and getting tired quickly.
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So an angiogram has been arranged for a date to be announced. From this they can see if I need one or more stents. Now, here’s the killer, if you’ll pardon the pun.
This will be done here in Milton Keynes. They can’t do stents here, so if I need one of those, it’s off to Oxford for that; and do it all again.
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So, eleven weeks on, and I feel like I’m back at square one. Of course I’m not; but that’s how it feels right now.
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It feels like me and the cat are a couple of statues. Crap!
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Anyway, enough moaning, here’s to a new day, I’ve had enough of this one.
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20 comments:

  1. Spring is well on its way Keith, hope all is going well.
    All the best Keith H.

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  2. Once I had a dog, she was beautiful. Now I am all alone, but never mind, 'cause I'll always remember her. I'll bet you have a nice time with the doctors and they will make you better.

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  3. Thanks Keith. Another day tomorrow.

    Thank you Bob. You're right; memories last forever.

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  4. Sorry about your day. I know it's hard to watch an animal friend decline, and it's harder to say goodbye when the time comes. I'm just glad you're taking care of yourself. Your last photo shows there's a good attitude buried in there somewhere.

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  5. Thanks JoLynne. It is hard to watch her struggle. She is such a fighter.

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  6. Oh hon...I am so sorry...geesh..it has been a weekend. I lost a bunny a couple weeks back..same kinda thing..so hard to have them decline! Ya love them so!
    As for you..please take good care of you and know..it is just another journey..not back at the begining again. They will have you back feeling great in no time!! Sending hugs and healing, Sarah

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  7. Oh Keith, I am so sorry to hear about your day. Your cat had a wonderful life with you, of this I am sure. Do they have pain medication for cats? If she is still eating and otherwise ok, and the pain can be managed with medication, perhaps that's a good path for her?

    As for you, I'm praying for you and your heart. I hope the doctors have the wisdom and the power to help you overcome any issues, and I hope that your recovery is quick.

    This is a beautiful photo, full of hope and promise.

    Hugs to you,
    Jen

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  8. I am at a loss for uplifting words but remember the name of my Blog. When it's time, the cat will be waiting in Heaven. It is not your time so think positive and keep moving forward. It is after all, Time to live...

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  9. So sorry to hear about your cat. I have been taking in strays for many years and have gone through this situation again and again - several times already this year - and it never gets any easier to make the decision as to when the time is right to let them go. I wish peace to both of you.

    I hope also that your chest problems are resolved quickly and without loads of stress.

    I have been the 'statue' on many occasions so I know just how you are feeling at the moment.

    The photo is beautiful by the way.

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  10. What a bummer on both counts. It's never easy to see our much loved animal pals grow older before us, even harder when they fall ill. My Lab Harry is ten now and has got really bad arthritis in his elbow which has slowed him down alot, breaks my heart he can't come on the long treks with us anymore.

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  11. Thats very sad news Keith. 17 years is a good innings though, so you must think of it that way and I'm sure you cat has been well cared for and had a good life.
    You have to go all the way to Oxford, so much for Mr bl..... Brown's wonderful support of the NHS over the years. Thats ridiculous. Treatment at the point of source and all that, what a pack of lies. Roll on the 6th of May, thats what I say.

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  12. If the cat still enjoys having her neck scratched and eating, well then why do you have to kill her? and what's the problem with going to Oxford and getting a stent if they absolutely demand you have one. Sometimes its iffy. Just keep enjoying life and youll be ok.
    Turquis

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  13. Apologies for delay in replying to comments.
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    Thanks for your comment Sarah. It is hard watching pets deteriorate over time, even though with age it’s to be expected.

    Thanks Jen. There were a couple of options put forward by the vet. One was a steroid injection for the ‘wobbly walk’. Doesn’t seem to have worked though unfortunately.

    Dale, thank you for your comment. Appreciate it.

    Thanks Kerry. It is hard making those sort of decisions; hopefully a long way off yet for me.

    Thank you Debbie. It’s harder when they can’t tell you too.

    Roy, thank you. Yea, me and the cat have had many good times over the years. Always got the memories.

    Turquis, thank you for your comment. ‘Killing her’, as you put it, was one option put forward by the vet, along with a pain killer, or blood test to try and find out more.
    The blood test could later involve an anaesthetic, for any surgery. Because of her age I was advised this was not a good idea. She may not survive. I chose the pain killer, to relieve any pain she may be suffering whilst trying to walk. Watching her fall over is not very nice to see. That doesn’t seem to be working.
    And Oxford? Yea, nice place to visit.
    Enjoy your day.

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  14. Aw - Keith - that's not really fair for either of you..... Just think of this as a slight diversion rather than being back at the beginning....

    And, as Roy says, Oxford's a nice place!!

    Thinking of you, hugs!

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  15. Thanks Tricia. Had a phone consultation with my doctor today, (they're far too busy to see them in person), and I'm signed off for another 6 weeks. Hope the good weather lasts lol

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  16. Oh Keith...seems so much is on your plate right now...Its never easy. We just lost one been in the family 14 yrs my sis's dog he was in bad shape at the end..we have another dog in the family my precious Dixie Dog..she is with my X he "sort of got custody of her when we split" she is 14 now and has diabeties, was blind for one yr we had surgery done on her eyes and she regained her sight. She has screws in both hind legs from torn ligaments, and she is feeling poorly these days lost a lot of weight and very frail...my X thinks the world of her and I know he has a very hard row to hoe coming his way---all I can say is dont let her suffer at all...no reason for that.
    FOR YOU I'll just be damned!! That is not the news I had hoped for BUT the stent placement is a rather simple procedure you should be up and back home in no time. Still I know its harder to have it done away from your hometown...Hang in there all will be sorted out in the end and you will be feeling even better..Give Ms Kitty a hug from me.

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  17. I'm sorry you've had bad news but medicine has come a long way. The good news is that they discovered the problem and can do something about it.

    I understand how hard it is to watch your pet deteriorate. I'm sorry she's not doing well. Here's hoping you return to pigeon mode soon.

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  18. Dixxe, thank you for your kind words.
    Your poor dog sounds like he's having a tough time too.

    Thanks Hilary. Appreciate your words. Thank you.

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  19. That image is surely light at the end of a not so great day...Thomas

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  20. Thank you Thomas; appreciate your comment.

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