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Posts Tagged ‘sick cat’

Oops! I’m Doing It Again!

Posted by terrepruitt on January 2, 2014

Oh man, kind of a crazy end and a crazy beginning.  I said that Friday was my last Goodie Jar post, then I post another one.  Well, I actually said it was my last Goodie Jar check-in.  I said I am not going to do it again, but I am.  I really enjoyed going through the little notes and reading about the Good Things.  It was pretty much what I thought it would be.  It helped me remember some good things that happened during the year that I might have forgotten about.  It was really funny when I had to stop and think a bit to remember or understand the note.  Not many were like that, but a couple.  So I am going to do another year of jotting down the good things.  I am trying to think of something to put them in.  I am wanting to use a different vessel.  Oh, I just had an idea!  Maybe I will change the vessel throughout the year.  Right now I just started putting the papers in a small Christmas dish.  I plan on putting that dish away when the Christmas stuff goes up so I will have to find something else.  Perhaps a seasonal change?  Hmmmm.  Whatever I decide to put them in, I am doing the Goodie Jar again.

I will not be posting a reminder every week.  Maybe once a month or not even really on a schedule.  You get the idea and if you are participating you can put your container in a place where you will see it and that can remind you.  Remember this is just something to help us remember good things.  Also to maybe take note of some of the good things that are little that we might not remember by the end of the year.

In my last check in I talked about my friend who is so organize she has a place to put her “good things” after she read them.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with mine.  After reading them I decided.  You might know that our cat is sick.  A lot of my “good things” related to her “comings and goings”, let’s say . . . I did not feel the need to keep those.  Those were good things to be reminded of, but then not stuff that has longevity.  Also a few were about the weather and meals so that kind of stuff I enjoyed being reminded of, but I don’t need to keep that for future reference.  Not all the things were about Nia, of course.  So I made two piles; one was to be thrown away and the other I am keeping.  It fits in a small sandwich baggie and that is good for me.  The keep pile had things like visits with friends, stuff that happened WITH people and ALL of my husband’s contributions to the jar.

My hubby said he will participate again even though it isn’t HIS thing it is MY thing.  He participates in a lot of things that are “his thing”.  He is definitely a good thing for me to note for my Good Things Jar.

Are you going to join me this year?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #37

Posted by terrepruitt on November 8, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaOnly seven weeks left until we get to read all the good things in our Goodie Jar!  Yay!  Oh my!  Only SEVEN WEEKS LEFT until 2014.  Time flies! WOW!!!!!!!!!!

So how is your goodie jar going?  Our cat almost made it seven days, but she didn’t so we started our “vomit-free” count down again.  Such is the life of a kitty with IBD.  At the time of this posting we are on 3 days and 21 hours.  Maybe we can make it past seven days this time.  It is really important for her not to throw up because she needs to gain some weight.  What happens is she start to look less skinny, then when she throws up it is like she is back at skinny cat again.  Ok, sorry, my goodie jar posts have turned into vomit reports, but hey, just proving that any good thing can go in that jar.

My jar is almost full.  I could press the papers down and it will probably make it until December 31, 2013, but I don’t want to crush them.  I will probably take some out.  As you can see they are all different shapes and sizes.

I hope you are still adding to your Goodie Jar.  It see some people are posting on Facebook everyday for the month of November about something they are grateful for.  Our Good Things jar kinda has a jump on that . . . .

Well, report in . . . how is your jar coming along?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #32

Posted by terrepruitt on October 4, 2013

First check in of October.  Goodie Jar – Check In #32.  Happy Friday!

Yesterday my plan for the day got a little shifted because my cat wanted to go outside.  You may know from my previous posts that she is ill.  When she wants to go outside it is usually because she wants to eat grass because her tummy is bothering her.  I have learned that it is easier to take her outside and let her eat the grass and expel it on the concrete then it is to deal with it inside.  So I took her outside.  We were outside for a couple of hours.

I did have time to draft a post for my blog, but once home from teaching I forgot to post it.  It was chilly last night and so my husband and I had some tea.  Between the hot tea and my nice hot shower, I got very sleepy.  At one point all I was thinking was – BED!  I totally forgot about posting.

I received a “good thing” in the Gentle Yoga class to put in my Goodie Jar.  A student had excitedly shared with me a progressive step she had taken.  Always so fulfilling to hear about an individual’s successes!  Yay.

Here is to YOU!  I am hoping that you had a lot of good things to put into your good jar this week.

Well?  How is it going?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #29

Posted by terrepruitt on August 30, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYoYou might have read that our cat is sick.  She has been diagnosed with a chronic disease.  Unfortunately to get to the point of knowing there is an issue and having it diagnosed the cat has to be really sick.  The disease involves the digestive system and most of you know or can imagine what that means.  So in order to keep any “messes” that might occur contained we had been confining the cat to the bathroom when we leave the house and while we are sleeping.  This allowed for peace of mind on our parts and much easier clean up.  As things started to improve and certain “messes” became less frequent, we would confine her to my office.  I put cardboard over most of the carpet so that clean up would be easier.  While the litter box visits were normalizing and become less frequent there was still some vomit issue.  But in my office if the weather is not too hot, I would leave the windows open and there is just more room for her.  Even though it was somewhat risky, in that any mess would have been more difficult to clean I thought it was nicer for her to be in a larger room and have windows.  At first I left her in her only while I was teaching, but then we started allowing her to stay in my office overnight.

I just looked at my notes and it has not been as long as I thought.  I thought we started confining her at the beginning of July, but it was the beginning of August.  So it progressed faster than I thought.  Either way, I think she was tired of having to stay in one room.  Although she does it anyway on her own, not having a choice is always frustrating — even to a cat.

Anyway . . . . this long story just to say that last night was the first night since the beginning of August that we let the cat stay out.  She was free to roam the house.  I doubt she did much roaming, but at least she had the opportunity.  So far she has not thrown up and I think we are on our way to controlling her symptoms.  She has been eating a very healthy amount and I do believe gaining some weight.

So I have a few things to put in my good jar.  In addition to our cat improving, the Nia class the Nia students asked for which started two weeks ago on Thursday mornings is doing well.  Our weather this summer has been awesome.  Although it is going to be hot over the Labor Day Weekend least it has not been hot all summer long.

So how is your Good Things Jar doing?  Is it getting full?  

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Hummus With Sweet Potato

Posted by terrepruitt on August 24, 2013

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I have mentioned before that I have fantastic Nia students.  Well, I also have fabulous students in my gentle yoga class.  When I posted about green beans being the only beans I like, except garbanzo beans in a couple of recipes, one of my students commented asking if I liked hummus.  Turns out she just made some with sweet potato.  I asked if she wanted to guest post or give me the recipe so that I could post it.  Just as I say about recipes she used the original recipe as a guide and made it her own.  She gave me kinda what she did (pictured). In addition to bringing me the recipe she actually brought me some hummus.  In a little baggie!  So cute.  So sweet of her.  It was a perfect addition to our dinner that night because I hadn’t really planned a well-rounded meal since I spent a good portion of the day at the vet’s office with my cat.  You know that all medications have side effects and one of hers had a big one so we are now on a different plan on how to handle her issue in order to deal with the issue that came up as a side effect.  I had my very first Thursday morning Nia class that will be Thursdays at 8:30 am the same day.  So being at the vet for hours then coming home and having to get some stuff done before having to leave for Gentle Yoga didn’t leave me time to think about dinner in detail.  So having the sweet potato hummus to serve with a raw bell pepper helped a lot.  And it was delicious.  I modified it only by roasting the sweet potatoes and adding more water.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaHummus With Sweet Potato:

Ingredients (pictured)

1 cup peeled and chopped up roasted sweet potato* (I measured it AFTER I roasted it)
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup Tahini
7 garlic cloves, roasted (or raw)**
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup water (not pictured)

Peel and chop a sweet potato.  Roast it in the oven (at about 450° F with garlic salt and olive oil).  Until it is cooked to your liking.***

Put all ingredients in the blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.****  You can start with less water than 1/4 cup and add as you see fit.*****


Recipe notes

*I measured the sweet potato AFTER I roasted it

**I used roasted garlic

***I roasted the sweet potato less than I would have if I were eating it

****I don’t have a food processor, I used my blender and I had to scrape and pulse quite a lot.  I did not drizzle with oil or sprinkle with paprika.

*****I will use the “bean water” next time.  (I forgot that I needed water at all otherwise I would have saved the bean water to use.)


As you can see there are two different colored spreads in the picture.  I think we might have used different colored sweet potatoes because I can’t imagine a sprinkle of paprika or her + of cumin would change the color that much.  Can you?

Either way they both were delicious.  Hers was more sweet.  Again not sure if it is because of different potatoes or not.  Could be the roasting.

Either way . . . this recipe is just a guide.  A place to start.  Something to look at to say, “Ok, someone has put sweet potato in a hummus and they thought it was good, now what can I do to make it my own?”

Right?  So . . . . go make it and report back!  🙂

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Goodie Jar – Check In #28

Posted by terrepruitt on August 23, 2013

I did it again.  I forgot to post a check in last week.  Ya see our cat has been sick.  Last week she was so sick I thought we were facing putting her to sleep.  I was so sad I wrote a post about it.  I felt as if I was going to have to Kill My Best Friend.  The first thing I wanted to do Friday morning was call the vet to get an appointment.  I had been communicating via e-mail with one of the vets and she mentioned a “re-check”.  So first thing I did before I even got out of bed on Friday was call the vet.  They had an 8:30 am appointment.  Which to me translated to coffee and go.  I didn’t get to finish my coffee before I had to go.

Anyway . . . the trip to the vet was very much worth it because they gave the cat a vitamin B12 shot.  Apparently this is like the miracle vitamin (not really, but) it really helped the cat a lot.  PLUS the vet said that even though she looked really skinny and IS really skinny she is not yet at death’s door, as her father and I thought.  So . . . I came home and was busy doing other things and I forgot to post my check in.

So here I am calling this #28 because I am only counting them as I do ’em.  And now the cat has other issues.  Anytime you administer drugs there is a chance of other issues arising.  That is why I like to try other avenues and other things before resorting to medication.  While it might help mask some symptoms it usually bring up other ones.  Crazy.  But there are still many things that are good.  And that is one reason to have a good things jar.  It is to help remind us that even where there are things going on that are sad there are still GOOD THINGS!

One of the things I put in my jar is Walking the Labyrinth.  And, of course that our kitty is better than she was earlier in the week.

How about you?  Did you add to your jar?  

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Killing My Best Friend

Posted by terrepruitt on August 15, 2013

When I was young I thought you could only have one best friend.  Made sense to me that you have a friend that is the BEST.  Only ONE can be the BEST.  You can only have one.  One.  Best.  Friend.  As I got older I realized you could have more than one best friend.  Each friend could be best at something or you could have a best friend who is best at everything but the title of best friend is not regulated to one.  So now as an adult I am very blessed to have more than one friend that is best.  I have a few best friends. And now sadly, heartbreakingly, I might have to kill one of my best friends.

How how can I do that?  How do you kill your best friend?  Some say it’s humane, it’s the right thing to do. But if it is the right thing to do why does it feel so wrong?  When I hear the turmoil in her tummy, I think, “Poor girl.”   When she has very bad litter box trips, I think that’s really no way to live.  But when I look in her eyes and ask her if she’s ready to go I don’t think they are saying she is ready.  When she lies by the open door and she is so still I think she is near death or already dead, then there is the tiniest noise outside and she jumps up to sitting position to see what it is, I don’t think it is right.

How do you kill your best friend?  It might be different if there were words and they were asking.  But to make the decision to decide my best friend would be better off dead – gone forever – how?  How can I kill my best friend?

My heart has always broken for those who were faced with that decision and did it.  I have always believed them to be so strong . . . . because I always knew I wouldn’t be.  She is a cat and I have different beliefs regarding animals, than I do people.  I believe many people I will see again, but I was taught I would not see my pets again.  I somewhat feel their death is permanent, whereas people are passing onto another place.  (And by somewhat, I have come up with an idea, but that is for another post.)  While I miss the people who have died I have steady faith that I will be with them again . . . but a cat?  A dog?  A rabbit?  A bird?  And to be the one RESPONSIBLE for having ended that life.  Being the one to make my best friend go away FOREVER.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYoI just realized today that I have the most simplistic goal for life:  I want to wear a hole in my cat’s head from kisses.  I want to at least make a bald spot.  If she is gone, I won’t be able to complete that goal.  This post is taking a long time to write because I keep going downstairs to work on that goal.  Or at least check on her.  I put a mirror behind the TV where she has been lying lately.  That way I can see if she is there before I get all the way down the stairs.  Then I stare unblinkingly the entire time I am walking down the stairs towards her — I want to see if she is breathing.  If I don’t see her reflection in the mirror then I know to start my search elsewhere.  The picture in this post is from the stairs, the ceiling is in the frame up at the top along with the dining room light fixture in the upper right.  I only have to go down a few stairs to check on her.

I know this post and all my post about our cat aren’t fitness related.  But they are health and wellness related; this is me releasing some of my heartache in hopes that it will help get me through.  Don’t know what tomorrow will bring . . . . but I know that I am not ready to kill my best friend.  I hope it does not come to that.  But (sigh), I hope that if, or more probable — when the time comes I will be as strong and able as many, many of you have been.  For now, this is the stage I am in.  This is how I feel.  I am not ready to throw in the towel and give up on her.

We are going to begin a new treatment shortly (as soon as it arrives – which will hopefully be VERY soon) and maybe that will allow us to see some progress.  We will see.  This is me sharing.  Thanks for listening.

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Goodie Jar – Check In #26

Posted by terrepruitt on August 2, 2013

Wow!  This week when really fast for me.  Could be because I was spending a lot of time caring for a sick cat.  There is a lot of time involved in litter box duty!  But . . . . even though that is going on there are still good things I can write down and put in my goodie jar.  That is what is so great about having a good things jar.  Even if only for the moment you are writing it down you are thinking of the good thing you still have thought of it.

I think about the good things a lot more than when I am writing it down, but the goodie jar sometimes helps me think of additional good things.

As I do every week, I hope you have good things to put in your Goodie Jar!

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I Had One of THOSE Days

Posted by terrepruitt on July 12, 2012

So, you know what kind of day I had?  I awoke to a kiss from my hubby.  Then before I could get out of bed I had a sweet little cat rolling around on the floor meowing for attention.  She was very affectionate and spent a lot of time visiting with me.  My hubby said she spent a lot of time with him too, about twenty minutes.  That is a long time, usually she wants to get her morning hugs in then rush off to a bed for her morning nap.  Then my day proceeded with me teaching a Nia class.  We had a great time.  Afterwards my students and I chatted a bit.  The conversation ended on a high – a compliment to me and Nia.

The weather was nice in the morning.

I stopped by the grocery store.  I came home and made a really yummy sandwich using the panini press.  I received a few e-mails from friends and family.  I talked to a good friend.  We had a nice phone visit.  I even took a little nap.

So it was a very wonderful day. I am very blessed.  See?  I had one of THOSE kinds of days, the ones that I am grateful for, the ones that sometimes get lost in the mix.  When I judge my day or talk about it, I don’t condemn the entire day just because there might be a few bad moments.  If you ask me about my day, I will tell you it was good.  I appreciated it.  If you want to hear I will share about the other moments, but I won’t proclaim my whole day BAD or one of “THOSE DAYS”.

I won’t let the fact that when I got downstairs after visiting my cat I noticed that she threw up in four different places, dictate the whole day’s label.  For those of you that have cats, I know you understand (Why do they do it in several places??).  For those of you that don’t have cats, cats throw up.  Sometimes a lot and sometimes not.  Sometimes is it just a hairball and sometimes it is just them not feeling well.  It seems that no matter WHY they are throwing up they have to do it in three (at least) different places.

I won’t claim it “one of those days” even after I went into the bathroom to get my vacuum cleaner hose out of the tub (yeah that is where I keep it) and noticed that the other stuff I had in there was damp.  It wasn’t gonna get that label even after I came back from the garage with a basket to put the stuff in and the entire tub was full of water, then the toilet started to over flow as I was standing there.  Yeah, it still wasn’t a bad DAY.  I still can’t negate all the good of my day by calling the entire day bad when I realized we don’t have a mop.  I use those disposable type of floor cleaners and our mop died a long time ago.  So I had nothing to soak up the water with.  I had to go to the store.

Even when my hubby didn’t get a call back from the plumber before 5:00 pm and we ended up getting one late at night.  I still couldn’t and can’t condemn the entire day.  And I hadn’t had a chance to take a shower all day and it was hot and I got really hot and sweaty bailing out the tub. We did eventually get water.  It was 10:30 pm.  So the laundry had piled up because there was the initial cat blankets and bedding, then the towels to ensure the leak did go past the bathroom, and all the stuff in the tub (I had clothes in the bottom of the tub, ya know the ones I am going to get around to donating?  Geez.).

So even though all of that happened it could have been worse.  I could have not discovered what the cat did behind the TV in her window seat until there was a stench and a trail of ants leading to it.  It was really hot yesterday so it would have baked in the sun.  (Gross I know, but think of how thankful I am!)  I could have not been standing there when the water started coming in and it could have kept coming.  We could have not had water all night.  I would not have been able to make it through the night.

It could have been worse AND I had a lot of great points to the day so I don’t like to say I am having a bad day, or a day from hell, or any of those things.  I had a day for which I am grateful, it had some moments that were kind of icky, but still those were just moments.  The bad moments are not what make up our lives.  We all have bad moments.  We all have things to deal with and “crosses to bear”.  But me, I don’t condemn a whole day for those moments.  I fell asleep thinking about the beautiful moments of my day.

How about you?  Do you have bad DAYS?  Do you let the trying moments dictate the day?

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