Monthly Archives: April 2018

Happy 11th birthday to my boy!

Kind of bittersweet as it’s his first birthday not shared with his sister Trinity. Tyler said he’d eat her treats.

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What I’m reading for April 2018

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6 weeks postop and I’m making a change

Today I made the decision that feels like pure common sense to me to stop PT with the bands. This is what I sent the surgeon this morning. “I started back with the bands daily as instructed. The pain got worse again. I tried every other day instead of daily, and my recovery is still going the wrong way. IF, and only if a PT would give me guidance for now and tell me what to do later I’d like to go once. If they insist on multiple visits I’m going to just continue movements like this https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/recovery/shoulder-surgery-exercise-guide/ and see if I can start hurting less than before the surgery. I am going in the wrong direction in pain and movement with the band pt.”

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We saw 2 waterfalls on our 2nd hike for 2018

Between my shoulder, our cats and hubbies schedule we sure haven’t done much hiking this year. I fetched the bear spray from my pristine camera backpack and we took off for our make up anniversary outing we postponed.

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We changed the place to see and decided on Raven Cliff Falls in SC. Raven Cluff Falls is on Matthews Creek in Ceasars Head Park. It is the tallest waterfall in South Carolina, somewhere between 320 and 400 feet, depending on what you read and where they measured as it looks like the start of it could be hard to determine. Regardless of the exact size, it was a site to see. Continue reading

Pet food recall

04/17/2018 TRUDOG Pet food-freezed dried raw beef topper potential to be contaminated with Salmonella TruPet, LLC
04/16/2018 Vital Essentials® Dog/pet food Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers and Frozen Beef Chub potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carnivore Meat Company
04/14/2018 Sunseed Vita Prima Sugar Glider Formula It has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc

Tylers recent clean bill of health isn’t accurate.

The end of February I took Tyler & Trinity in just for their yearly appointment before my shoulder surgery. Both came away with a clean bill of health including senior blood work requested for 10 year old cats.  Trinity died completely unexpected 5 days later.

This weekend my awesome cousin who is a veterinarian was in town. I asked if she’d please take a quick look at Tyler. She spent time listening to his heart in 5 places. I thought the quiet of home when he wasn’t stressed would be a better time to listen than when he’s freaked from being at the vet. When he was calm she didn’t hear anything, but when his heart sped up some, she did. I learned something I’ve never even thought about. At her practice in Raleigh, they put in soundproof doors at her clinic for reasons just like this so the doctors can hear better without surrounding noise.

She said at 10 years old she would’ve run a urinalysis and the IDEXX package with SDMA. She said when bloodwork is sent it out to IDEXX  it cost less for the owner than doing it in-house. She said the SDMA is a more reliable indicator of kidney function than creatinine and it is always part of the blood panel package she orders in seniors and that Tyler is overweight. She mentioned that with the BNP test my local vet recommended running on Tyler after Trinity passed, that the studies were not primarily on Ragdolls and that with most BNP test results they are followed by an echo anyway.

The most shocking thing is SHE HEARD A STRONG LEVEL TWO HEART MURMUR.

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