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Friday, October 26, 2018

One of those weeks

It’s been one of those weeks, alright.  Our young Birman kitten Gemma had a visit to the vet clinic to get spayed.  She is now 6 months old so it had to happen, of course, but it doesn’t stop you feeling guilty when the nurse whisks your baby away out the back.

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The op went well and we collected her to take her home, complete with a yellow bandage on her leg where a line was inserted  She wasn’t too keen on that, and was happy when we  removed it.

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We were given all sorts of instructions - keep her quiet, no running and jumping, no licking stitches.  That didn’t happen as she paced around like a wild tiger,  still had drugs in her blood I expect, and couldn’t settle.  We caught her trying to lick her stitches, which is a no-no because of infection so I went and purchased one of those plastic collars to go over her head.  As you can imagine she had the collar off in no time at all!

It was her three day post-op check up today and the vet was a little concerned about her wound – it’s not too bad but they didn’t want it getting worse.  So she was prescribed extra antibiotics, and told to persevere with the collar.  Seems the trick to is to get an ordinary fabric cat collar, thread it through the loops of the plastic one, adjust to fit, and hopefully it won’t be slipped off so easily.

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Will it stay on this time, we wonder

Gemma is a very determined little girl and had been trying her best to remove the plastic collar, rolling on the floor, getting her feet under the edge, and any trick she think might work.  So far it hasn’t budged, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.  She given up at the moment and is having a snooze, so it’s good to see her a little more settled.  We now have an extra appointment on Monday to check how she is progressing.

Needless to say there hasn’t been a great deal happening in the sewing department, although when I’m not “rolling the dice” and working on a specific project, I try to adhere to the “15 minutes a day” theory. Whether it’s just doing a few stitches here and there, checking on what needs doing on various projects, or as I’ve been doing, thinking about starting a new one sometime soon.  I know I don’t really need any more new projects but I’m rather interested in the Temecula quilt Co Secret Santa Sew Along.  And, as luck would have it, I seem to have plenty of squares of Christmas fabric in a jar, waiting to be used.  This was a Sew Wot Christmas gift from Helen a year or two ago when we had to fill a jam jar with goodies and swap them.

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Christmas goodies from Helen

My birthday came and went during the week, and it was nice to receive cards and messages from friends.  But with the stressful few days with Gemma I couldn't really concentrate on feeling good birthday vibes.  The good news is that we are meeting up with my daughter and her family on Sunday for lunch.  The two grand-daughters and I all have our birthdays within a two week timeframe, so it will be lovely to have a combined birthday lunch with them all.

7 comments:

Julierose said...

Oh sorry that Gemma is having a tough time; it's so difficult to deal with pets under the weather.
i can see why you didn't feel like celebrating; but, this coming weekend dinner sounds great. Hugs, Julierose

Tired Teacher said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope Gemma settles down and accepts the cone so her wound will heal.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

have a lovely birthday celebration with your family - hope kitty is better soon

Karen S said...

I do hope Gemma get better quickly. The op is important but it will be good to see her well, too.
Happy Birthday to you! Yes, catch up and celebrate!

Jenny said...

Thank you all for your Get Well wishes for Gemma, plus my birthday wishes. I'm looking forward to the family gathering, haven't seen them for a while.

Raewyn said...

Birthday Wishes Jenny - I hope you enjoy your family celebration tomorrow! I hope also that Gemma settles down and heals quickly. She's a beautiful cat. Oh I am sorely tempted by the Temecula sewalong too - have so many other things happening but it does sound like fun - lucky you having some 'pre-cuts' that need using!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Yikes, poor Gemma and poor you keeping her quiet for her own good. Belated Happy Birthday and I'm sure you will enjoy your get together. Thanks for that link btw Jenny. Yes it's almost time for the festive stitching!