Maggie Toussaint, author of the newest Cleopatra Jones mystery, On the Nickel, will be here tomorrow. Her post is about Secrets…
That Interview with Chuck Sambuchino
What I’m Reading
Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline. I’m way behind on reading Scottoline’s excellent thrillers, so I’m enjoying this one a lot.
An Update on Katrina Katie Kitten
Katie is doing well these days, getting healthier and happier each day. She plays hard now without repercussions, she’s eating so much I call her Miss Piggy, and she’s reasonably accepting of the strange treatment protocol she’s subjected to.
Katie has a mega-esophagus which means food tends to collect there instead of passing quickly into her stomach. Since she also might have a hiatal hernia, she’s probably also suffering from acid reflux and food backing up into the esophagus, causing all kinds of pain, ulceration, etc.
The treatment involves three different medicines, two of them administered three times a day with varying requirements for distance from other meds and feeding. She must be standing upright while she’s eating, and we have to keep her vertical for 30 minutes after she eats (and right now that happens six times a day). In mid-April there will be more tests to check on her progress and to determine if the hernia is really there and if so, if it can be repaired.
I shudder to think of what would have happened to Katie if she had been adopted by a younger working couple who couldn’t give her this amount of time. And to be truthful, we would never willingly have adopted a special needs kitten if we had known about it ahead of time. Of course, after the first day, no one could have pried her out of her household, so we’re in it for the duration.
I’m not sure what the long-term prognosis is yet, but for now, we have our playful, fun, and happy kitten back. And that’s worth a lot. I’ll have some new Katie photos next week.