I spoke with Tucker’s doctor yesterday about my roly poly’s latest ‘curve’, the measurement of his diabetes management. The veterinary was very pleased with the shape of the curve and its range; the lowest reading for Tucker’s blood-sugar was just where it should be (7.8). The only caution that the doctor made was that she wouldn’t want it to go much lower, with his newly diagnosed kidney issues ready to cause trouble. But, so far so good.
Now that the Mirtazapine is finished, Tucker’s appetite is already lessening, but with a combination of cat-food (for the ingredients he needs) and some human-level pork and chicken (for the ingredients he likes), I think he will do all right. The doctor also approves of the continued salmon-oil dosing that I am giving Tucker. My sausage-shaped cat doesn’t care for receiving the oil, as it is probably in too great an amount at once for his liking; it would make me sick, frankly. I probably am putting too much in the syringe (between two and three millilitres a day) but it is having an advantageous effect on his coat, which is very soft compared to its previous condition, and signs of dandruff have diminished. As well, his bald spot has disappeared, though there is still a patch of less dense fur on his back. The doctor told me that the oil is also providing calories for Tucker.
As 2019 ends, it is ending positively. I don’t mind seeing it depart, but its last weeks seem to be making up a little for its earlier failings. I would like to wish everyone a happy new year, and a safe New Year’s Eve. I will be staying in with the cats, as always; my town doesn’t have many night-spots to hit and, anyway, I’m at the age when the best I can do is hit the late afternoon spots…
This is good Tucker news!ReplyDelete
We used to walk a few blocks to the fireworks display in our city's downtown, then we'd drive. Nowadays, we watch from the house windows (no leaves on the trees to impede the view), and dive into bed the moment the noise is over. I will be working with others to convince our municipality to use silent fireworks in the future. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Happy new year to you, too, Vicky, and to the Hubby and all your family, human and otherwise. However 2019 treated you, may 2020 surpass it in kindness and prosperity.Delete
HaHa! Bless! The only spots l seem to hitReplyDelete
is the ones that seem to pop up here~there! :).
Found your lovely Blog only a little while ago,
John..Love it..Except the sad bits..but then,
poorly things appear in pussy~cats as well as us
So yes..A Very Happy New Year to one and all, family,
friends and followers..AND! Not forgetting the most
important ones..the furry ones, the pussy~cat ones..
Bless them..! 😼 🐾🐾
Thanks, Willie. This has been a challenging year, certainly - and as I age, I like challenges less and less! May your year be filled, if with challenges, then also with triumphs. Happy new year!Delete
It sounds like you've received good news about Tucker. That's terrific! Let's hope that this is the start of a new year that's full of good things! From my house to yours, and from my "fur-kids" to yours - Happy and Healthy New Year, John!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Roberta. I hope the coming year is a bright and happy one for you and your family, too.Delete
I've found that the older I get, the more reclusive I want to be. Nowadays, I prefer spending NYE drinking cheap champagne, eating homemade tamales (for good luck!) and watching New Year's shows on YouTube.ReplyDelete
2019 has not been a happy year for me, but, like you, I see positive signs on the horizon. May the new decade be a bright one for us all!
When Parker was failing, you had mentioned that you might be facing a loss; I didn’t pursue that, as I dislike intruding, but I hope that your expectations were, in this instance, confounded. In any case, I hope 2020 will treat you exceedingly well. (And, substitute tea for champagne and toast for tamales, and my New Year’s Eve is similar to yours. (Boy, do I sound like a middle-aged secondary character from an Ealing comedy…))Delete
That could be worse: I'm the stereotypical character who popped up in all the Victorian comedies: Eccentric Middle-Aged Spinster Surrounded By Cats.Delete
Holidays are best spent with our furry friends. I too, will be home and in bed before Precious is! So glad Tucker is holding his own and his fur has grown back a bit. Winter, even with the furnace running is just down right cold! Wishing you and the cats a Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lynn. I hope you and Precious have the best of new years. Though my attempts to comment on your blog is still only intermittently successful, I do read it, so keep writing!Delete
We send our support for Tucker and the whole family. Our Buddy is having his Gotcha Day today and will be 20 this Jan 31st. He also has renal issues and does not like his food but... with some small treats he does get enough to keep healthy.ReplyDelete
I am spending New Years with the furs also as I prefer having given up on the wildness of my previous life. That is kind of a misnomer as I have been pretty sedate since the debacles of my early 20's. Now if only Rumpy and Einstein could follow the same tack in 20
I will be stopping by to say 'hello' to Buddy on his special day. He is a lucky fellow to have such a family. But I wouldn't count on Rumpy and Einie to settle down just yet.Delete
A very happy new year from our home to yours!ReplyDelete
I'm glad to read positive news re: Tucker, and hope that 2020 will be a good year, as healthy as possible, for you and your fur crew. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
And as for staying up to drink champagne or tea...I will be tucked up in bed before 9 PM. LOL. I haven't stayed up to ring in the new year in a long time, and likely couldn't now, even if I wanted to.
All the very best.
Kim and Derry
Having to get up at 5.30 even on days off puts a crimp in the exciting and wild life I used to live. Well, used to want to live. At last my ambitions have reached my abilities. I'm going to bed early, too...Delete
Glad to hear that Tucker is doing better, despite his dislike for some of the treatment.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you John, and all you care for. Wishing you all the best in 2020!
Thank you. I hope the new year brings you and your family all the joy of 2019 - without its crappy bits.Delete
It is good news that Tucker's latest curve showed his blood sugar to be where it should be. You have had a lot of heartache through 2019 and I hope 2020 will be a much better year.ReplyDelete
My next scan is due the end of January, so I hope it will be a good year for me too.
Please let us know how things go for your scan. I know this must be worrisome for you, but I feel that 2020 will be a good year for all of us. God keep you safe.Delete
Tucker...keep getting better and better and better dear boy.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to each of you in the cozy apartment. Katie and I are going to bed a little earlier than usual/ We are sleepy.
Thank you. Since I worked today and didn't get to nap, as I like to do when I have the day off, I'm rather tired myself. I probably won't bother with midnight, either. A happy new year to the two of you.Delete
May we all, furs and human, experience kindness and caring in 2020. Happy New Year again, my friends.ReplyDelete
I'll give that my vote(since none of the politicians deserve it.)Delete
Wishing you and all your kitties a happy and healthy 2020!ReplyDelete
Thank you. I hope your new year is one of the better ones in your future.Delete
Yes, that is good news for Tucker and I'll know you'll take all the good you can. Happy New Year from all of us!ReplyDelete
Yes, I'm not about to complain. Happy new year to you, too.Delete
Happy New years to you John and all of your flatmates. I was happy to be on the couch with a plate of dumplings, a drink and a little grey pussycat. I am more than happy to avoid the crazy goings on in town and stay home too.ReplyDelete
Julie and poppy Q
I'm with you - or I would be, if I weren't going to be asleep before midnight.Delete
Happy New Year to you and your fur kids! Glad to hear about Tucker's latest curve. Yay! Let's hope 2020 is an uneventful year regarding your fur family! I'm certainly ready to put 2019 behind me.ReplyDelete
It seems like most people have no regrets over 2019's departure. I hope 2020 brings you delight and joy, and a little prosperity wouldn't hurt.Delete
Happy things are turning round for this little one.ReplyDelete
Happy things are turning round for this little one.ReplyDelete