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ProfessorTomoe last won the day on February 18

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About ProfessorTomoe

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    A Pocket Universe Near Garland, TX
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    Music, Open-Wheel and Endurance Racing, good cheese
  1. Things that make you worried.

    Baker is having some trouble adapting to life without a feeding tube. He's thrown up his kibble four straight days now. His evening activity level is rather low, but he's still somewhat active in the morning. He is meowing a lot more than normal throughout the day, though not so much today. Mrs. Prof finally called the vet around noon, who said Baker's pancreatitis may be acting up again. The vet clinic has standing orders to give Baker IV fluids and anti-nausea medicine on arrival if we ever bring him back in. Fortunately, Baker has had three small meals since throwing up breakfast and has kept all of them down. Fingers crossed.
  2. Things That Make You Happy

    Baker the cat's ordeal is over! The vet removed his feeding tube today and pronounced him healthy. We don't have to give him any more medicines or anything like that. All we have to do is keep his neck collar on while his feeding tube hole heals up. We were afraid Baker was going to die on us when all of this began. If it wasn't for a group of great vets and Baker's will to live, we would have lost him. We nurtured that will to live - Mrs. Prof, especially - and now, Baker is back to his sassy self. Thank goodness.
  3. Things that make you worried.

    It's been a week since my last post, and Baker continues to astound us with his progress. He has returned to his pre-thread-eating weight of 13.6 pounds and has, to a limited degree, resumed running through the house again. Last night was the first night that he broke out into a sprint, albeit a somewhat hampered one. He also showed interest in his laser pointer for the first time since all this began last night. He's eating more kibble, however he got into his housemate's kibble and wound up throwing up yesterday. Fortunately, there was no damage to his feeding tube. He's still being fed through the tube several times a day, and he's getting wily about feeding time - he runs off and tries to hide, even though he is docile during the actual feeding. His stitches are out, so now he just has a shaved tummy and some minor scabbing. He's also got a new feeding tube collar which Mrs. Prof mail-ordered. He's not too keen on it: he keeps scratching at it. The old one is in the wash, so he's stuck with this one until the old one dries. I'm watching him closely - right-side scratching is okay, but left-side ist verboten. His body has finally filled back out again, thanks to the weight gain. He was looking very gaunt when his weight was in the mid-12-pound region. You could feel the bones along his back and see that his face was very angular. Now, his face is round and full, and his back and shoulders/hips have some muscle on them again. His next trip to the vet will be Thursday of this week to determine when his feeding tube comes out. He may have to be weaned off of it, because even though he's eating kibble, he's not eating enough to sustain himself. All will be told at the vet's office.
  4. Things that make you sad.

  5. Things That Make You Happy

    After a long (too long) hiatus, I have finally returned to working on my novel, Tapper. My music has been put on the back burner for the time being—I've been working on it for an unusually long time anyway. I picked up Tapper and did some long-overdue rewrites and polishing on it, starting about a week ago. I put the finishing touches on it today and uploaded it to Scribophile. If you want to read it, all you have to do is join Scribophile (no fee required for a basic membership - they don't spam you) and start reading from this link. If you want to help me write, you can critique the novel, but you'll have to go to my profile page and make me a "favorite" of yours first (look for the link below my picture on the left-hand side of the page). That way you'll get full credit (a.k.a. "karma") for your critique. I'm seriously looking to get this novel published this time around, so I would appreciate every bit of input that I can get. Thank you in advance!
  6. The Weather.

    I am a walking barometer. I have so much metal implanted in my feet and ankles that any kind of weather change sets off my pain receptors. I'm glad they don't set off any kind of adverse reactions in the Greenfield Filter I have implanted in my Inferior Vena Cava.
  7. Things that make you worried.

    Baker asleep with his feeding tube visible:
  8. Things that make you worried.

    Mrs. Prof and I were finally able to leave the house together yesterday to do some grocery shopping, without fear for Baker's life. This Sunday, we'll be going to a Super Bowl watch party. That's how significant his progress has been. He has come back literally from the brink of death to being a normal cat with the run of the house. He still hasn't returned to his full, boisterous self who bounced off the walls twice a day - I doubt if he'll ever return to that level of activity - but he's acting more like himself now than he has at any point since ingesting the sewing thread. We still have him at the front of our thoughts (or, at least I do (Mrs. Prof most likely does as well)). I worry about him not having anything blocking access to his surgical scar during the day (Mrs. Prof's idea). However, the vet said she was more concerned about him doing "excess grooming" of the scar, and he certainly hasn't done that. Maybe I worry too much. I don't know. Maybe I've just missed one dose too many of my antidepressant. Still, Baker continues to improve without back-tracking, and that's what counts, despite my worries.
  9. Things that make you worried.

    Overdue update on Baker the cat: Baker has been through a lot since my last update. He's home, being fed through a tube by Mrs. Prof several times a day. He's also finally eating on his own to supplement the tube feeding. Mrs. Prof thought we were going to lose him at least once, but I reminded her of what the vet told us (especially when he found out we have pet insurance): Don't Give Up. Sure enough, Baker pulled through on the night in question and has improved steadily. He's now off his pain medication and back to climbing his cat exercise tree. The vet did blood work at yesterday's follow-up appointment and was very happy with what she saw. Baker's white blood cell count is getting back to normal, as are his BUN numbers. Other numbers are still slightly out of whack, forcing him to remain on some medications (ursodiol, for one). He's also going to get a booster dose of appetite stimulant. He'll be back in the vet in a week to have his abdominal stitches removed, then again a few weeks after that to have his feeding tube removed. All in all, we're not out of the woods yet, but we can at least see the highway from where we're standing. Attached picture is of Baker (feeding tube not visible) with Mrs. Prof in the background.
  10. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    The tightness in my back is almost gone, which is nice. Another nice thing is the fact that I can once again lift my left leg more than about 4 inches off the ground. Before, I couldn't lift it onto a chair or other raised surface to help with putting on shoes, getting into a car, or drying off after a shower. This was due to pain linked to one of my spinal nerves. Now that those nerves have been ablated, I no longer feel the pain and can once again lift my leg. It's like someone hit a light switch and turned off the pain - a wonderful sensation.
  11. Things that make you worried.

    Latest update: We've figured out how to stop Baker from yowling and scratching. All he wanted was a place to hide. So, Mrs. Prof made up a cardboard box with a fabric curtain cover. Baker immediately dove into the box, behind the curtain. He's happy now. Baker is not so happy with being fed via his tube. Mrs. Prof hasn't been able to give him an entire syringe of food at a single sitting, and Baker struggles through the entire procedure. (Baker is not a lap cat.) She manages to get most of the food in, but not without Baker burping at the end. In other news, she's got to make another trip to the vet to pick up more medicine. The nurses gave her too little of one of the prescriptions, so she needs to get more before tomorrow morning's dosing.
  12. Things that make you worried.

    Baker is home. His first act was to try and run under the sofa. Twice. He's since been isolated in a prepared bedroom, where he's spotted all of the areas that we didn't prepare properly and tried to get out through them or hide in them. The cat is well and truly freaked. The only solution was for Mrs. Prof to go back and sleep with him on the guest bed. Baker is, after all, her cat, based upon how much time he spends with her and how much she spoils him. (Loudmouth would be considered my cat by those same benchmarks.) When I last checked, Baker was curled up against the wall on the mattress, and Mrs. Prof was curled around him, with her nightly accoutrements close at hand. Baker was no longer trying to get away. This is going to be a very long, very tedious, and very trying time for all of us. Please wish us (including Baker) luck so that we can make it through the ordeal.
  13. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Update: the burning sensation has gone, leaving only the tightness, which is fading. Problem areas remain just above my hip, with continued sensations of tightness there. The hospital called to check up on me - they said this was more or less a common reaction that I should be done with in no more than a week or two, if that long. I've been sleeping with my head on a pair of stacked pillows to keep my spine straight. Seems to be helping, since I wake up from each oxycodone-induced nap with a little bit less tightness.
  14. Things that make you worried.

    Note: overall, we're both glad we have very good pet insurance. Mrs. Prof took the prudent step to call and confirm Baker's coverage this morning. The agent on the phone said we are covered, thankfully. There's a $250 deductible, then everything is covered at 90%. We're already approaching (if not exceeding) $5,000 in real world charges for Baker, so this takes the sting out of that and makes decisions about his care much easier. We haven't had to say no to a procedure yet.
  15. Things that make you worried.

    The feeding tube is in, however it hasn't been tested yet and won't be for another 30 minutes to an hour. Mrs. Prof. got to see Baker briefly in an exam room - he didn't want to be held (nothing new), just wanted to bounce around clumsily as he was still coming out from under anesthesia. She ended the reunion quickly, then spoke to the doctor about his continuing fever. She was told not to treat it, but to treat the underlying condition instead. All in all, Baker will be coming home either this evening or tomorrow morning, depending on the success of using the feeding tube. We're braced either way. Now to find an E-collar that fits. Baker is mostly fluff. It's going to be difficult sizing something to his actual neck.