Tuesday, April 8, 2014

eats for the week

Meals today, tomorrow, etc, etc, Friday:
- 1 protein shake (water and one scoop of Fitmiss Delight Healthy Nutrition Shake)
- 2x per day: 2 eggs scrambled Chef Ramsey style
- roasted cruciferous veggies (cauliflower, broccoli or brussels sproats)

Loki has a follow-up appointment with his vet later today. I believe he is going to get an xray to make sure the broken femur is well on it's way to being healed. He may also get a steroid to help speed up the sciatic nerve damage he experienced due to the surgery. Cro would like me to ask about the wires that have been left in. I've asked before but I'll ask about possible future bone cancer due to hardware being left in. I know that isn't likely but very worth bringing up.

Loki is full of energy and actually gets a bit overstimulated at times so I put him back in the tent to chill out for a bit. I love that he is so exuberant with his freedom but don't want him to overdo something before he is truly fully healed. I may bring that up to the vet as well. :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

eats for the week

I'm making meals ahead and simplifying at least one bit of my life.

Meals today, tomorrow, etc, etc, Friday:
- 1 protein shake (water and one scoop of Fitmiss Delight Healthy Nutrition Shake)
- 3x per day: browned ground beef, ground sausage, red pepper flakes and a dash of cinnamon
- 3x per day: small serving of roasted cauliflower
- 3x per day: 1 tbsp baby lima beans (I roasted these in oven with the cauliflower and they came out rather crunchy and sort of good. ^_^)
- 1 5carb square of Dove dark chocolate with almond bits

I'm taking my tax info to a CPA this Friday. Although I'm breathing a sigh of relief that I'll have someone official to help, I still have to gather all of the paperwork. I ordered an inexpensive laser printer from Amazon to print stuffs.

I have half a dozen or so freelance projects in the works. Busy.

Loki is still healing very well and is more and more bored of his confinement every day. 14 more days and he gets his freedom back…sort of. We are still going to limit him when he gets carried away.

Matt and I are getting together Thursday to see a movie.

I'm thinking about going to the salon Thursday morning if they can get me in. I've gone without highlights and learned to cut my own hair (and do it very well! thanks to this youtube video). I'm not doing my own highlights though… I'm scared to mess up my hair!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Broki Loki

I haven't updated the blog in awhile but let me give you a quick rundown of what has been going on with Loki. Those of you who are also facebook friends haven't missed a thing so the stuff below will be redundant.

- February 18 - Loki broke his femur
- Feb 18 - surgery
- Feb 20 - picked him up after extended hospital stay due to bad reaction to Fentanyl pain patch
- Feb 24 - picked up more Buprenor pain med (he would meow to me when he was starting to hurt and open his mouth for the med like a baby bird)
- March 1 - staples removed
- March 3 - emergency night-visit to animal hospital. He was having horrible pain
- March 4 - picked up an additional type of pain med, Onsior (didn't help, the pain was too great)
- March 5 - picked up another additional med - a nerve pain med (it still didn't help)
- March 6 - follow-up surgery to remove pin that was pressing on sciatic nerve
- March 6 - Loki comes home again but it to be under strict confinement during healing
- March 20 - goes in for re-examination to see how he is healing
- April 3 - Loki should be healed enough to resume regular activities

So yeah, I've been very busy with Loki on top of my freelance work. It is good that I work from home and can keep an eye on him.

From the day he had the staples removed until his doc consulted with a specialist at another hospital we had no idea why he was hurting so much. Cro and I had our theories but not being vets we were primarily helpless other than bringing him back to the vet and keeping on the situation until a solution was found.

My lowest moment was on March 6th when his vet told me the xrays look perfect, that the healing looks good and he had no idea what was causing the pain and suggested that I take Loki to another animal hospital. I guess the worried look on my face caused him to say "Give me a few minutes to call the surgeon at another hospital and see if he can look at Loki's xray." After he can back in the room it was like the sun coming out from behind the clouds.

 Heartbreaking - Loki asks for help to make the pain STOP.

The other surgeon looked at the xray and told Loki's doc exactly what the problem was. With young cats, sometimes the pin will try to work its way out of the body. In doing so it was pushing against the sciatic nerve resulting in maddening pain. I have read sciatic nerve pain can be like a fire that is burning on the inside of the body and can shoot up and down the length of the body.

After the follow-up surgery Loki's horrible pain was gone. The vet let me know that due to infection he removed the pin completely. Since Loki had only been healing for 1 week, that left his bones extremely vulnerable for re-fracture. So, he is confined to his tent for 28 days.

The note the doc left with me says "28 days - "Playpen Only" - Absolutely no running around, climbing, jumping. Femure is prone to re-fracture if used and would require more surgery."

After staple AND pin removal - resting under careful watch.
Loki is doing well in his confinement. He calls to me when he would like to visit the litter pan and the the kitchen. I carry him there and set him down. He does his business and I carry him back to the tent. :)

He had lost all feeling in the foot of the broken leg by the time the vet performed the second surgery to remove the pin. As of today he has regained much of that feeling and is able to walk. Cro checked to see how much "push back" he will do with that foot as I hold him. We have high hopes that he will regain complete sensation.

And I will be a nervous, hovering caretaker until his 28 days are complete to be sure he does not re-fracture that leg!!! I'll actually be nervous and hovering as he is released to normal activites since we still don't know HOW he broke his leg. We think he got into things (as usual) and broke it when it caught on something he jumped down from. He isn't allowed out of my site for awhile and definitely is not allowed downstairs.

Long story and you can probably see why I've taken this long to write it all in the blog.

rawr - deleting frenzy

So… I was working on stuff this morning and happened to login to my youtube channel (which is a private channel). Somehow from there it took me to GooglePlus and wow, loads of photos that I had taken in the past are on my Google Plus account. In a frenzy of doubt and in wanting privacy I began to delete photos from Google Plus. But eek, they are the same photos displayed on my blog. I then went to this blog and yup, lots of photos that I had deleted from Google Plus are gone from the blog.

The whole digital world is connected! Ah well. I didn't delete EVERYTHING but my usual cautious self doesn't like that Google, Google Plus, Youtube and Blogger all seem to be connected somehow.

Anyway, forgive the blank areas where there used to be a photo and I'm trying to re-upload some of the things I deleted.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LC pumkin muffins

I had to open a big can of pumpkin puree today so I used a bit of it to make low carb pumpkin muffins. Mmm, so good.

Here is how my carb counts worked out:
splenda - 18 carbs
pumpkin puree (not pie filling) - 6 carbs
soy flour - 5 carbs
pecan flour - 3 carbs
eggs - 2 carbs

34 carbs for the batch divided by 12 muffins.

Approximately 3 carbs per muffin

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Loki updates

Loki now has a tent to surround his healing cave. I can zip him inside at night and when I need to focus on work and not the broken-leg kitty who thinks it's a good idea to jump onto high things when I'm not watching. I leave it unzipped most of the time and he goes inside to sleep without prompting.

His incision was looking a bit swollen and so I called the vet and email pics. The doctor got back to me today saying"

The incision looks a bit irritated, but nothing worrisome.  I wonder if it is starting to itch as it heals and Loki is licking it when he's bored.  If it stays the way it is, we don't really need to do anything until the weekend, when the staples are due to take out.  However, if it looks more irritated today, I'd consider stopping by to pick up an ointment to apply to the incision line and possibly an e-collar to keep Loki from licking.  If you have any further questions, I'll be in the office today until 4.

It looks much better today and he doesn't seem to be messing with it so all is good. Once the staples are out it should flatten down lots too.

His favorite spot is ON TOP of the tent. As long as he doesn't get too crazy and settles down to sleep I maybe won't have to zip him inside. Ha! And he just got too rowdy by trying to jump, play and scratch through the mesh top. He is now zipped inside, which he hates but hopefully he will sleep soon. *exasperated sigh* I have a lot of work to do on a very tight deadline. Take a nap Loki, simmer down now. :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The "Man" Cave

When we first adopted Loki, Cro laughed when I started to refer to him as "man" when I spoke to him. "Oh, sorry man." when I would have to get up and put him on the floor. "What'ya doing, man?" when he would enter a room. " "Are you hungry, man?" when I was about to get him some food. "Look out, man!" when he would shadow my every foot step. He still does that, like a baby duck.

Anyway, I put together a healing cave for him so I guess it's his "Man" cave. I know that when an animal is hurt it is natural for them to want a safe, quiet place to hole up and heal. By turning an empty storage bin on it's side, stuffing in a soft "doggy" bed covered in a clean towel (not that it needed more softness, but why not) and draping it with an old knitted afgan, he has the perfect place to peek out on what I'm doing while he resides in the darkness and heals.

Again, sorry if these pics are repeats to those of you who are facebook friends. Friend me if you aren't! ^_^

Meals today:
- 3 minute cinnamon-flax muffin (2 eggs, quarter cup of flax seed, 1/2 teaspoon coconut flour, dash of cinnamon and splenda and sea salt)
- ground beef and kidney beans (I haven't made this yet but I expect I'll use some cayan pepper or other hot spices
- roasted cauliflower
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