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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More on Oreo

Unfortunately I don't have much good news. There is some... his kidney levels are within normal range! YEAH!

However, when they removed the catheter, he was not able to move urine (other than a few drops) on his own. It may be due to spasms and swelling from having had a catheter for so long.

They have reinserted the smallest catheter that they could. It will remain in place for 24 hours. Then he will be observed. Hopefully he will begin to flow on his own.

I miss my buddy.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Oreo Update

His kidney function is improving! But not enough to come home yet. Hopefully tomorrow.


Oreo is one of our cats. He was abandoned outside my office at just 2 weeks old. I rescued him from the landscapers approaching lawn mowers. Brought he and his sister home. She is named Java. This was 3 years ago.

This past Friday, Oreo did not seem his usual self. Very lethargic. He was still not looking well Saturday morning. So my husband and I met the vet when she opened at 9am. Turns out Oreo has a life-threatening condition. He has crystals, or small stones that obstructed his bladder and caused his systems to back up. His kidneys were shutting down. The vet was able to do a procedure to unblock him, but his kidneys were so bad that he needed to be at a hospital with 24 hour care. So we transported him Saturday afternoon. They have been monitoring him. Last night there was a positive sign, his kidneys are starting to improve. We are hoping that will continue and he will be back home soon.

Oreo will now have to be on a prescription diet to hopefully prevent this from happening again. Poor guy! We are really missing him. Especially my one son, Kevin. Kevin has autism and forming relationships is difficult. But he and Oreo have connected. Oreo even comes to say "goodnight" and prayers with Kevin every night. Oreo will jump on Kevin's bed and snuggle with him as we say prayers and chat. Last night while going through the nighttime routine, Kevin was saying how he was missing Oreo, and much to our surprise, Java (the shy sister cat), jumped up on the bed and snuggled with Kevin! Wow. The power of the animal spirit.

Keeping our fingers crossed that Oreo will be back home soon!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My Kind of Homework!

Patrick needs to have a "Writers Notebook" available at school. It should be a stury notebook, that is easy to write in. The pages must be light colored and lined. The student's will be using them to record their feelings and reactions. A journal of sorts. For emerging writers. It can be designed to match their personality and inspire them.

I just loved this assignment! I bought a sturdy notebook on sale for cheap and then I got to dig through my scrappy stash and find all sorts of items to help create a cover that is Patrick. I found some papers that are textured and colored like a football and basketball. And the background paper had the number 39 on it, so I made sure to lay it out so I could bring attention to that (it's his football number this year). Here is what I made:

Monday, September 8, 2008

FUMBLE!! ... recovery!

After changing the time to move it up, then canceling the game on Saturday due to the rain..... we (Patrick's team) got to play Sunday morning........

The Northampton Indians had a very tough, very exciting game away against the Marsh Creek Eagles yesterday. Every play had the fans tense. The players gave it their all! Marsh Creek was first to score with a 65 yard run for a touch down, but they chose to run in the extra point making it 0-7 (in pop-warner/pee wee running in = 1 point, kicking it = 2 points). But our Indians came back and scored a touch down AND kicked in the extra point to take us up 8-7.

Marsh Creek went on in the 3rd quarter to score another touch down, and our Indians held them back from running in the extra point. The Indians were trying as hard as they could to convert, but they turned over the ball on downs without scoring.

Then in the 4th quarter came an amazing fumble By Marsh Creek recovered for a turnover by our Indians. You can see the 2 Indians (dark blue) on the ball here.

And here you can see which Indian came up with that fumble recovery......

Our own #39!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

And so it begins....

... School is back in session. 3.5 hours of paperwork for ME to do is proof! And so are these photos.

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