Posted 11/23/2013 12:22 PM (GMT -6)
They also want me to have labs again Mon. AM, prior to Wound Care. If things have not improved, the hep doc will be the one to admit me. No action necessary by me. I do have to set someone up for the cat care prior to Mon., just in case. Here's the problem:
My cat cannot be left alone longer than overnight or a full day at most. He eats only wet food...a certain brand and flavor. And treats. I also give him dry, but he will only eat a nibble. No, this is not a cat who will "eat it if you leave it there." He goes on a hunger strike and yowls at the top of his lungs. I know. I spoiled him rotten, because I felt so sorry for his awful beginning in life, from which I had rescued him. He was basically feral when I got him. No one could get close to him. He would spend his time under the bed. He has come a long way, but food was the way to gain his trust. He eats 3 times a day. I'm trying to cut them into smaller portions.
The other problem is that he urinates excessively. I think he has a small bladder, as I've never had a cat pee so much. He doesn't drink excessive, so I don't think he has diabetes...and he didn't when I got him and he's always been this way. I don't use clumping litter...too expensive and I don't like it. He goes though a 20-lb. bag of Tidy Cats a week. I've started using baking soda on the damp spots to absorb odor, then cover with a little litter. The pan has to be COMPLETELY cleaned out and washed with Lysol cleaner and a brush, then dried and filled with fresh litter and baking soda.
When I was in the hospital about a month ago, my neighbor Larry agreed to take care of Mac. Well, the cat survived, but Larry would feed him a whole can of food once a day...on top of old food. He eats a can of food, but not all at once. What dried out, he wouldn't eat. Larry dumped the litter, but didn't clean out the pan before adding fresh litter. He completely filled a large bowl to overflowing with kibble. I was not happy when I saw this, but the cat did survive. And Larry will probably do it again. I really have no other person who can do it for me.
Deb, ambulance visits are covered for emergencies, going to the ER...which wouldn't be covered or practical in going to an appt. It makes far more sense to get a neighbor to take me, or even take a cab. Mayo is less than 10 miles from me...or 12 min., whatever the mileage is on that.
After yesterday's IV meds and 4 bottles of Kayexalate at home, along with 5 doses of Keflex, the redness has visibly reduced and is really faded out on my feet. The sores are still there, but healing. My feet/ankles are nearly normal in size, but calves remain enormous. I do elevate them a lot. I'm doing leg exercises on my own, as they do help and certainly make my feet and legs feel better. They stretch the muscles that are tight because of the fluid, and help push the fluid upward. My PT is on vacation next week, so a replacement will come, but probably only once--and not at all if I am in the hospital.