Friday, April 30, 2010

Dueling Phonecalls

I went to yoga class again this morning, which let out at 10:30. During class, I heard my phone beeping, meaning that someone had called me. I should have turned it off, since I didn't intend to jump up and go answer it during class. But I forgot, so there it was. Luckily, it didn't seem to bother anyone but me.
After class, I listened to the message and found that the call was the vet, saying that my cat, Whistler, who was boarding at the vet prior to his dental appointment, had a cavity, and the doctors wanted my permission to fill it. I would have given permission, but by that time, he was already up from the anesthetic.
The vet called again later to say that his kidney numbers were up, and would I give permission for a blood test. Blood tests for cats are very very expensive, but I gave permission. Whistler is obese, and despite the fact that I watch him carefully to make sure he eats only his own food and not Shadow's, he has lost only 2 ounces. There is probably a hormone problem or something going on there. This is complicated by the fact that he is very allergic to most foods, so I cannot give him a weight loss food. He would get sick. I have tried to switch him to wet food, thinking it would be less fattening, but he can't tolerate it, even when it contains no chicken or eggs. Maybe he'd get used to it, but I am afraid to persevere, since his diarrhea is so severe.
Meanwhile, at the same time, I went to the hospital and learned the operation was going to be performed at 1:30 PM instead of 9 AM. It is going on right now, as I am writing. I found mom completely unresponsive to me today, though she is now eating and drinking finely chopped food and liquids. Her medications must be chopped up too.
She was yelling when I came in, though she didn't open her eyes, as the orderlies turned her to avoid bed sores. They told me she generally didn't want to be touched at all. It didn't seem to calm her when I stroked her brow and talked to her.
I talked to both the orthopedic surgeon and the plastic surgeon who is doing the surgery today. More permissions, more explanations. My head is going around.
As I pulled into my complex, I saw with alarm that a building was on fire somewhee close by. Black smoke filled the air.
I think I'll just stay home for a while.

6 comments:

Lou said...

Good grief! As my mom used to say, "It never rains but it pours."

Robbi said...

Yep.

marly said...

Ooph. Keep your head down and hunker in the burrow till morning.

Robbi said...

I did that, but longed to escape.

Lou said...

Turns out that fire was on the other side of Walnut in some stored motorhomes in the mobile home neighborhood.

Robbi said...

I guess it burned out fairly fast. Glad it didn't spread!