Sunday, July 01, 2007

My Boy is Home

I brought my big orange guy home yesterday. (You'll remember he's been in the vet hospital since Sunday last week.) Although we have the World's Best Vet, she has not been able to figure out why his glucose levels are bouncing all over the chart. But it seemed clear that she couldn't do much more at the clinic than I could do for him at home. So I brought him home yesterday.

We're back to the same regimen as last fall: I have to stick a needle in his ear frequently to make it bleed so that I can test his glucose level, then give him insulin based on the findings. When we were doing this back in the fall, I was hampered by paralysis in one hand. It's a little easier now, physically. I have better motor control. Still . . . it's hard to lure him onto my lap and then stick him.

And then there's this: My own motor control is not what it should be. Over the last couple of months, I've had a series of visits with my doc, then an EMG, then an MRI last week. Tomorrow, I'll have an "epidural steroid injection" … whatever that means.

So my boy and I are both kinda the walking wounded.


Blogger Ann said...

Glad to hear big orange guy is home - prayers for healing for both of you.

7/01/2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger Suzer said...

Prayers for you both, my friend. :)

7/01/2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger KJ said...

Good thing the two of you have each other!

7/02/2007 4:42 PM  
Blogger Muthah+ said...

Glad you have your big orange guy. Had one who was my constant companion for a long while. It is hard when they are not well.

Fear not the injection. The one I had allowed me to jettison my cane by the time I walked out of the dr.s office.

Hang in there, Lisa. Many prayers and love.

7/02/2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger Mike in Texas said...

Lisa, an epidural steroid is an injection of a steroid (and often some pain medication as well) just outside of the dural sac (the outer covering around you spinal cord), in the vicinity of exiting nerve roots. The steroid is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and may reduce any inflammatory swelling that may be irritating the nerve root in that location.

Sending all sorts of prayers and assorted good thoughts your way.

7/02/2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Here I am, an unknown Episcopalian in south Texas, wishing you and the big orange guy healing, patience, and peace. Prayers surround you.

7/02/2007 5:18 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

May God bring healing to you and your big orange guy.

7/02/2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Hugs and prayers. May both your doctors be insightful and skillful.

7/02/2007 6:00 PM  
Anonymous eileen said...

Prayers for you and the big orange guy. May God bringing healing to you both!

7/02/2007 6:11 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Prayers ascend, my dear, for you and your beloved big orange guy.

7/02/2007 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steroids are the magic elixir for many people - best of luck - you may be chasing Big Orange successfully soon.


7/02/2007 6:29 PM  
Anonymous susankay said...

and we are dealing with a large fuzzy black thing who loves us and trusts us to see her thru whatever is causing recurrent bloats. perhaps loving furry people is a clue to how to love human (mostly less furry) people

7/02/2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger johnieb said...

May God bring swift healing for you and your orange guy.

7/02/2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

You folks convince me that MadPriest's "virtual parish" is about the best, healthiest one in the whole Anglican Communion.

Many thanks for your prayers and good wishes. The procedure today went ok -- though it was miserable. I've spent most of the rest of the day wiped-out sleeping (or was it unconsciousness?). But Scotty was happy to have hours of lazy companionship on the sofa.

I'll try to write something more about this experience and why it was needed. Tonight, I'm just grateful to all of you friends.

Deep and heartfelt thanks to you for taking the time to do (as MP calls it) some "God-bothering" on my behalf and Scotty's

It's an awesome place, this blogosphere. Eh?

7/02/2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger Magdalene6127 said...

Blessings upon you and B. O. G. Prayers for your well-being.



7/03/2007 12:06 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

By the way, I've written a laboriously long follow-up here about my medical stuff, in case you're curious and insomniac.

Thank you, thank you, one and all, for your prayers and good wishes.

7/03/2007 12:42 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Love and prayers for both of you, Lisa.

7/03/2007 1:27 AM  
Blogger David said...

Prayers from Texas, too, Lisa :)cum

7/03/2007 8:35 AM  

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