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RE: Windy, rainy/ now trip and cat issues

Glad he's doing better, Theresa!  And I'm glad you are getting your house
taken care of.  I am sorry about you momma's decline, though.  Misery
doesn't necessarily love company, but I fully understand.  

I got one of those tip out chairs for my mother last week.  I couldn't be
there when they delivered it to the nursing home.  She didn't even know it
was in her room.  When I showed her and put her in it, she really liked it.
At least now she sits in it regularly.  She is having trouble remembering
that she can use the remote to recline or to have the chair help her get out
of it.  Alzheimer's is an insidious disease. 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Theresa W.
Sent: Friday, November 10, 2006 10:35 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Windy, rainy/ now trip and cat issues

It was good.  Nice to see family, but my mom's Alzheimers is worse and
worse. : ( Weather was gorgeous there.  We bought a pecan tree and I helped
my mom plant it in her yard.  She was so excited! (I get my gardening
addiction from her!) Today I actually had a day off!  I cleaned up all of
the front gardens.  
My hands, wrists, legs etc are SORE!  Been way to long since I've been
outside.  I didn't get anything planted- still have plants and bulbs that
need to get in the ground.  Maybe Sunday- as tomorrow it's supposed to rain.
The stucco guys got all of the weather-proof paper and lathing on the house
today.  So-  if it manages not to rain for part of next week, that can get
started.  Yeah!

I've been doing cat care all week.  I took my grey (George) back to the vet
again Monday, as he's licked even more fur off of his belly and legs.  They
still thought it was an allergy, but I asked them to do whatever they needed
to, to rule out other possibility.  So, bloodwork (normal), and Xray.  Turns
out he has severe arthritis, with several calcified discs in his back,
closest to his tail.  SO, poor thing has been in pain, and in particular
hasn't be going #2 regularly- likely because it really hurts his back to.
So, now I'm giving him lactulose (basically the cat equivalent to miralax)
to make things "easier" for him.  Also, he's getting cat version of
glucosamine/chondrotin, and also an NSAID (Metalax) that is made for dogs,
but they use it for cats too.  
He seems to be feeling more comfortable, but still definitely tender if he
gets too playful (at least he is playing some again!)  So, we're working on
this with him.  He hates the meds (lactulose and Metacam are both liquids-
so syringe makes if fairly easy to administer).  The gluc/chond is a capsule
that I open and sprinkle over a small amount of canned cat food (which he
loves!).  I'm also leaving the heat on higher, as he clearly is less
comfortable when it is chillier in the house (this was part of how I figured
out that something was definitely wrong and it wasn't an allergy.  Well,
that and the fact that he never seemed itchy).

So- that's my cat saga.


Pam Evans wrote:
> how was your trip to Texas?
> On 11/9/06, Theresa W. <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> Fall has arrived here also- has rained off and on since last week.  
>> Of course, at the beginning of this week, we got the last window put 
>> into the house, and today was gorgeous out and they got 2/3 of the 
>> house weather-proofed and lathed in anticipation of the stucco.  They 
>> are finishing the lathe work tomorrow, but it is supposed to rain 
>> Saturday and Sunday.  Hopefully the forecast for sun on Monday will 
>> hold and the first layer of stucco can get put on!
>> My garden is just a mess right now-  needs fall cleanup badly.  I 
>> have managed to kill off nearly all of the grass in the back yard 
>> though- and with only one application of round-up.  I want back an 
>> resprayed the few remaining greenish spots at the beginning of this 
>> week, so hopefully that will finish it off.  After the house is all 
>> done, then resodding the back yard in next on the big to-do list.
>> Theresa
>> Judy Browning wrote:
>>> Has been windy rain & warm here too. 65F, thanks to the "pineapple 
>>> express". Don't you love the names they give these weather systems?
>>> Most of my porch pots froze in the cold snap 2 weeks ago. Looks like 
>>> a couple of the geraniums might live.
>>> We voted about 10 am, but the calls keep coming.
>>> Will look forward to pics of the orchid when things calm down.
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer"
>>> <islandjim1@verizon.net>
>>> To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>> Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 8:44 AM
>>> Subject: [CHAT] Windy, rainy
>>>> It's a windy, rainy day--gloomy, but not cold [74 degrees]. Began 
>>>> picking "kirmizi aci" peppers yesterday, so I'm drying them today.
>>>> Picked 11 yesterday, mostly from the inside of the plant, where 
>>>> they don't show. I want to let those on the outside stay put until 
>>>> most are ripe and I can take a picture of it to send to the young 
>>>> lady who sent the seeds. Looks like this plant will produce two to 
>>>> three dozen peppers this season. That's a lot of hot!
>>>> Got another orchid blooming, but it's bobbing around in the wind 
>>>> too much to photograph.
>>>> Island Jim
>>>> Southwest Florida
>>>> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
>>>> Hardiness Zone 10
>>>> Heat Zone 10
>>>> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
>>>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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