Just some quick updates.
She’s being surprisingly good about the insulin shots. Thankfully, they don’t seem to hurt her. And when it gets close to shot-time, she tends to sit in front of her food bowl and meow. Once we start getting the shot ready, she starts eating.
Last night, we were late giving her her shot, so I put the food bowl right where she was sitting. She barely looked at it. So I took out the insulin bottle, called her name and, when she looked over, held up the bottle. By the time I had the syringe ready, she was munching.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the levels are high enough. She’s still drinking a lot more than she used to — and peeing a ton as a result.
I used to be able to just scoop about once a week, even when we had Sandy. Two litter boxes is wonderful like that. Now, I scoop every two to three days and still come away with bags that weigh at least five pounds. And I’ve been using five-pound dumbbells lately, so I know what I’m talking about.
She’s hanging out in front of her litter box more and more, which I think means that she’s having to use the bathroom too often and doesn’t want to be far away.
Twice in the past three weeks, we’ve found a sludge of pee/litter on the Booda’s ramp and pee on part of the mat. We think she didn’t quite make into the litter portion before her bladder gave out.
Also, she’s not gaining back any of the weight she lost, so her spine and hips are uncomfortably pronounced when you’re petting her.
We see the vet next Saturday, so hopefully they agree that it’s just a case of not enough insulin.
Thanks to all for their suggestions. Unfortunately, I’ve tried enough OTC stuff over the years that allergy meds, OTC sleep aids and pain relievers marked “PM” don’t really induce drowsiness much anymore.
The doctor agreed that I needed something to reset my circadian rhythms. Since Ambien was off the table, he actually gave me Tramazepam. It’s in the Valium family, so it doesn’t hit you all at once or leave you as groggy as prescriptions specifically for sleep.
I wish it knocked me out faster, but it’s helping me settle down. It’s kind of like a curtain starts to drop over my brain. My thoughts slow down and I’m better able to drift off.
I slept about nine hours a night on Tuesday and Wednesday. Last night was only eight hours, meaning I was up at 6:30 a.m., but I mostly blame my bladder for that one. And eight hours is still pretty close to what I need.
Also, I find I’m (surprise, surprise) a lot less anxious when I’m getting enough rest. So I may be able to stick with just talk therapy and skip anxiety meds for now.
The doctor gave me a month’s worth plus two refills, but both he and I doubt I’ll need it that long. It’s more of a “just in case.” I’m hoping to get off it if I can get a good 10 days of solid rest.
Still Pan-dorable and still growing apparently because she was 72-friggin-pounds at last week’s checkup. Tim thinks she’ll stop at 80. I think 75 max. But the point is, she’s a big girl. With the enthusiasm of a puppy. A puppy who likes to herd.
So I spent a lot of time bracing myself while going down our narrow hallway because a 72-lb puppy is about to rush past. And gently pushing her forward with my knee because she’s placed herself perpendicular to me (and only inches away). It’s either her herding instinct or desperate conviction that I will stop mid-stride and pet her.
Despite puppy ADD, she’s actually pretty decently trained. Unless someone’s at the door, she’s good about going to bed when we tell her. If we bring food into the living room, despite her puppy eyes brimming with hope, she trots back to her bed when we say, “I have food, where should you be?”
And Tim’s teaching her the most important commands — lie down, stay, etc. — with both words and pantomime, in case she ever loses her hearing. Then there’s also useful stuff like “sleepy time” which basically means “Stop trampling on my head/displacing my internal organs with your paws. We’re not playing. It’s time to lie down or get kicked off the bed.”
The only bad thing is that she’s gotten increasingly protective of her fiefdom. Delivery men, people who walk behind our alley, people in the park who get too close and sometimes people walking near the house on the way to the park — all must acknowledge that they are trespassing on her land, and the transgression shall not be tolerated.
I know it’s good to have a dog that can scare would-be intruders. But the barking frazzles my nerves. Plus it’s inconvenient when we have handymen or window guys or whatever come by. We order a lot of stuff from Amazon.
All in all, I’d prefer to have one of those dogs that would happily let a burglar in if he gave her a tummy rub. But you can’t have everything, so I’ll take a dog that’s lovably dopey like 95% of the time. And nice to all actual guests… As long at they don’t have facial hair. She does not trust beards for some reason.
It’s finally time to start getting ready for our mid-May trip to Seattle. I just booked our plane tickets with rewards points. The total was only $416, which is ridiculous for two plane tickets, so we still have about $1,100 worth of travel credit on the Sapphire card. Plus another $700ish on the new Barclay card.
Even better, Barclay has you apply the rewards once the item has been charged to the card. So I may be able to book through Mr. Rebates for cash back and avoid paying for the stay. We’ll see how that process works out.
We’re going to stay half the time in Seattle and the other half in the Tacoma/Puyallup area. I wanted to stay downtown for our anniversary because it’d let us go do something, then back to the hotel to rest, then go do more.
Unfortunately, downtown rates were too high — even the cheapest decent hotel was $200 plus $20 for parking — to stay all three nights. And I really didn’t want to stay in three hotels in seven days.
Instead, we found a Holiday Inn just outside the Seattle city limits — like, literally one block outside it — for $152 a night including free parking, WiFi and breakfast. Seattle’s pretty compact anyway (especially compared to Phoenix), so we won’t be far from most places. The hotel itself is about nine miles away from the city center. We’ll just have to readjust to Seattle traffic.
And if we stay in Puyallup, which is closer to our friend there anyway, the rates stay pretty affordable.
I’ll start reserving rooms in the next week or two. Then I just have to bargain hunt rental cars.
What’s up with you guys lately? Planning any trips?