16352Re: [FH] Question - coping
- Apr 27, 2004Janice, I know others will have different ideas, but we haven't slept away
from our home since 1998. I have had several sick cats during that time.
Since Mittens has had CRF and HCM I haven't been away from him for more than
6 hours (this can be difficult since town is an hour away). I also get up
during the night to feed him. But it's worth it -- he's doing great.
But, we really don't have any family, my friends are on the internet, and
are very happy at home; that makes a big difference.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Janice" <autumncat@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 8:54 PM
Subject: [FH] Question - coping
I have been trying to keep up with the conversations going about friends and
partners being supportive.
Has been an interesting read.
What I would like some feedback on is how do you all cope with everyday life
and the commitment to your HCM cat and treatment.
I mean - Kirby was diagnosed last July. He gets pills every AM & PM - and
sometimes inbetween when needed.
Do any of you travel or take vacations? How do you do it?
My husband and I used to like to travel a couple of times a year for some
sort of vacation - and sometimes to friends for an overnight or weekend
visit (we have friends in VA and we live in PA now).
Since July we have felt tied to our home. I went to a cousin's MA wedding
in October without my husband - he stayed at home to pill Kirby - by
himself - which is difficult.
We took Kirby with us for my father's 70th birthday and New Years (same
day) - but that didn't go real well and we came home early.
Now, my hubby has a business trip to Orlando coming up and I can't go with
him as planned. I can't pill Kirby myself - so my parents are coming down
to stay with me - I also don't like being home alone.
I feel guilty leaving Kirby (like for that wedding) and worried something
will happen while I am gone. I really know how to read Kirby - and whether
he needs extra lasix or spiro. Others who don't live with him everyday
probably won't see the changes.
Anyway, this was a bit of venting, I guess - but also a request for some
coping ideas or mechanisms.
Kirby: Male, probable Maine Coon, born approx. 4/92, diagnosed 07-2003 at 11
yrs of age with restrictive HCM (and CHF)
Current condition & meds: 13.5 lbs. (down from high of 18lbs), enlarged left
atrial size (stable), atrial fibrillation w/periodic ventricular ectopathy:
grade 2 murmur, Diltiazem 30mg ½ tab 2x/day; Lanoxin .125mg ¼ tab every
other day; Lasix 12.5mg 1 tab 2x day (up to 3 per day if needed); Enalapril
2.5mg 1 tab 1x/day; B Vitamin ¼ tab every other day; low dose aspirin 81mg
2x week; Spironalactone 25mg ¼ tab as needed; adding Atenolol 25mg ¼ every
other day for 2 wks (to increase gradually) - administered via pilling.
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