Monday, June 25, 2018

Sometimes life gives you lemons....

No I'm not talking about summer fabric with lovely yellow lemons on it...

My little cat-friend who has been with me for 13 years has been diagnosed with severe arthritis. (The exact words of the vet: "We don't see this very often"). I noticed that his movement was slower and jumping up and down didn't go as smoothly as it once did but it's an elder cat and I thought that was just normal and age-appropriate. Lately though he seemed to be in pain at times. So I took him to the vet last friday, which actually turned into a very stressful visit for him (the cat, not the vet...) but also for me. They had to give him anesthetics to examin him. Then they decided to take x-rays and there it was, the verdict of arthritis. I wasn't completely surprised, but still....
Now he has to be on continuous pain-medication for 30 days and then try to reduce that to every other day (at least, that's the plan for now) and I can give him special food that will help to improve his movement and reduce (or eliminate, yes please!) the pain. Sometimes the effect of that food is such that they don't need painmedication anymore. We'll see.
He is still not his old self. Anyway, I keep a close eye on him and pamper him whenever I can.
I know these problems can come with age, but I am still in the proces of accepting that.
Or to refer to the title of this post: I find it still hard to make lemonade of all this.....
I know some people will say "pull yourself together, it's just a cat not a human" but that's just not how it works for me. Sorry, but not sorry.

Well, you probably didn't come here to read my sad stories right? So I'll end on a positive note.
This is a shirt I made from the old, adjusted t-shirt  pattern. This time with 3/4 length sleeves. I love it! It's perfect for cooler summer weather or warmer fall weather. So I hope to get a lot of wear out of it.
I also finished the blue-white striped cardigan and am about to start on a blue summerblouse, but that will be for another post.

Because this kind of fine stripe is a complete nightmare to photograph, here's a close-up:

Well, I guess that's it for now guys, talk to you next time.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a sewing lurker. I only buy patterns and fabric but do not sew for myself...yet. I think I will have many fitting problems but I lurk for inspiration. Sorry to hear about your cat, at least there are some remedies that you can try. Some people don't understand that pets are not just animals that live with you. You know there is a relationship with a living, sentient being. Thanks for your blog & good luck with your kitty.

Janine said...

Sorry to hear about your cat. I do understand , I go to pieces when my dog is not well. I do hope he will feel better with the treatment and your pampering and that sewing will soothe your soul.