We’re Helping Mom

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Hemingway!!  Come here.  Quick.  You have to help me.  It’s very important.

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Steinbeck…………hold down the noise.  Can’t you see I’m helping Mom?  Remember she has to work from home now so I have to help her with her stuff so she doesn’t work too many hours.  If I didn’t help her, she’d be working for elebenty billion hours.  Now what is it you want?

I want you to come here!  Right now!!

Ok………fine………I’m coming.

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So why am I here?  What am I supposed to be looking for?  What are you so excited about?

Tell me if you see any corn or iris.

Why on earth are you asking me to do that?

“Cuz I keep hearing on that TV all about the corn and iris and how dangerous they are.  I wanted to check the freezer to see if Mom had any corn in there, but she wouldn’t let me.  I figured I better check our yard.  I don’t want any corn or iris around here.

Steinbeck, you’ve got it all wrong.   It’s not corn and iris.  It’s coronavirus.

Smarty pants……..how do you know?

Mom told me about it when I asked her why she was working at home now.  You must have been sleeping as usual.  She said it’s a serious sickness and humans have to be really careful so they don’t get it.  Mom is staying in the house as much as she can so she doesn’t run into any of those germs.

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I’m so glad you’re my big brother and can teach me things.

Steinbeck, there’s also this rule about social distancing.

What’s that?

It means…..don’t invade my space.

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I just hope I don’t dream about corn and iris.

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A Little Conversation Between Brothers

Steinbeck, can you believe all we’ve been through lately?

Well, not much has happened to you, but I’ve had a very adventurous month or so.

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What all happened to you?  All I know is that you disappeared for a few days and I missed you.

You did?  That’s so nice of you to say.  I’m not sure what all happened to me ‘cuz the doctor ladies and men told Mom but they didn’t tell me.  Mom did try to explain some things to me.  She told me I was blocked and couldn’t go potty.  The doctors did all sorts of things to help me but I got that ugly cateater thing out of me all by myself.  My doctor said she had never seen any kitty do that before.  I keep telling everyone that I’m special. 

Is that when you spent the night away from home?

Yes, and then I got to come home the next day but Mom thinks that was too soon ‘cuz I still couldn’t go potty.

That’s the day Mom had to go to the hospital herself, right?

Sure is.  Then I went to another doctor’s house and spent the night there.  I didn’t know anyone there, but they were all nice.  They did a really good job and I got to go home the next day and this time I was so much better.

Meanwhile, Mom was busy going to doctor appointments and having all sorts of tests.  Then she noticed that I wasn’t my normal self again so she took me back to see the doctor lady.  They did some tests and said I was too stressed out and had blood in my urine.

How did that get there and what were you stressed about?

I was stressed that you would hide all my favorite toys while I was gone.  I was stressed about getting new kitty food.  I was stressed about Mom having to get more Halloween Ghosts in her blood.  I was stressed about summer going away.  I was stressed about my furs that were being cut.  Will they grow back the same color?

Man, you really were stressed.  How do you feel now?

I feel great.

I’m so happy to hear that.  Mom is feeling good too and they didn’t find any bad things in all the tests she had.

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Isn’t it nice to have things calm down a little?

Yes.  Maybe now Mom will let us update our blog more often.

MOL!!!

Now What????

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Steinbeck, why did you put a picture of a clown on our blog?

‘Cuz Mom said she was scoping out clowns yesterday.  That’s why she was gone most of the day.

No, no, no………

Yes, yes, yes……..

Steinbeck, Mom wasn’t scoping out clowns, she had to have a colonoscopy.  Didn’t you notice that she didn’t eat all weekend?

Now that you mention it, I didn’t notice her in the kitchen very much.  So what is that cold as a pea thing?

It’s not a very fun test, but Mom says it’s really critical to determine if a human has cancer.

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MOM HAS CANCER????????????

No, no, no…….relax.  Her test was fine but she wouldn’t have known that if she hadn’t had the test.

Will we have to have one of those cold as a pea things?

No.  At least I certainly hope not.  Can you imagine spending all day and night in the litter box???

That’s why Mom was living in the bathroom?

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Did you notice she wasn’t smiling much……….or even talking???

Hemingway, if Mom ever puts peas in our food dish……..           

RUN!!!!

From the Mom:

Yes, I went through the torture of having a colonoscopy yesterday.  (I hope this isn’t TMI, but I do feel it’s important.)  The prep was really hard on me this time so next time, the doctor is going to change some of the things I have to take.  However, I’m glad it’s over and I’m glad they didn’t find anything serious.  Early detection is key and the fact I’ve had polyps in the past indicates I need to be alert.  Even though it’s no fun, I recommend everyone getting the test.  Oh, and I won’t be putting peas in the boys’ dishes.

A Better Day!

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Mom says my eyes are brighter tonight.  I want to thank all the fur people and their humans who sent me good wishes.  I was so surprised to hear from all of you!  Mom said I’m a lucky boy!  It’s scary to be sick.  Of course I wasn’t as scared as Mom.  She was an actual twit!!!!

Anyway, when she got up this morning I showed her I was feeling better by eating some of the new food.  Then I took a bath and I flip-flopped my tail so she knew I was on the mend.  (By the way, I didn’t know I was broken!)

I heard that Mom fretted and stewed all day at work and may have driven a tad fast to get home tonight.  I was at the door waiting for her so she had a big smile on her face.

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We went outside to enjoy some fresh air.  I don’t get up in the hammock unless Mom is already in it.  Of course, she’ll probably tell you that I use her as a launching pad and she has a big scratch on her arm.

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Here I’m checking out the yard to see if there’s something out there that made me sick.  I didn’t see anything.  I told one of my friends that I think a bird spit in my face!  MOL!!!

I’m still not quite as spunky as usual, but when the doctor man’s house called, they said it would take a couple of days.  They were glad to hear I was moving around and eating.  Oh that………..yes, Mom started us on diets today.

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The new food is actually pretty tasty.

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We’re on diets?????

OK……….who squealed?????

Kitty Konfusion

Why did Mom fall on a tree last Saturday?

I don't believe how much you mix things up!!!
I don’t believe how much you mix things up!!!

Shakespeare, what on earth are you talking about?

Remember when she told us she was going to be gone most of the day ‘cuz she was going to fall on a tree?

Shakespeare, get the catnip out of your ears!!

What????

Mom said she was going to volunteer.  She helped out at her clinic’s health fair and block party.

A healthy fair with party blocks?  That sounds very strange!

No.  Her clinic had games and things for the kids and they had other doctors and people come in to tell the adults about different health things.

So they wouldn’t have to go to the vet as often?

Remember how I told you that humans don’t go to vets?

Oh, right…..  Did Mom have fun?

She said she had all sorts of fun and met some really nice people.

Do you think our doctor man might have a healthy fair with blocks?

I wonder if they would have catnip and treats at our healthy fair party block....
I wonder if they would have catnip and treats at our healthy fair party block….

You can ask him.  I happen to know that you’re going to have to go see him soon.

Not fair!!!!  You aren’t supposed to tell me things like that.

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Mom Wants to Talk…….

Flowers from Patricia

I was calmly sleeping on Mom’s lap.  Don’t tell anyone but I think she was sleeping, too.  Shakespeare was off in the other room napping on his blankie.  Suddenly there was a knock at the door and it scared Mom and me.  Mom got up and found these beautiful flowers on the step.  Of course I had to check them out.

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Aren’t they pretty?  I asked Mom why she got flowers from her good friend and she asked if it would be ok for her to share in our blog.  She said there is a rather long story about why these flowers are so special and why they arrived at the perfect time.  Go ahead Mom……

I just wanted to stop in and say hi to all of Hemingway and Shakespeare’s readers.  They are incredible boys in my life. 

Those flowers that arrived today helped me so much.  Back last September I got tired of not feeling super good and I decided I would start walking every day to see if I could change my life a little.  It would have been easier if I still had my dog because then she would insist on a walk every day.  Hemingway and Shakespeare just don’t get the idea of going out for a walk.

Because of my stubbornness, I kept at the walking and now after a little over seven months, I can say that I have walked every day and not missed one.  Bear in mind that this was during winter in Minnesota so I often wondered if my head was on straight.  I could go to the mall to walk.  I could go to the gym.  I could skip the walk if it was snowing or too cold.  My answer to all those excuses was, NO WAY!!!

Since starting on my walking routine, I have lost about 70 pounds.  I have been able to get off my ulcer medication and my blood pressure medication.   My most recent lab results showed my total cholesterol at 139 so my doctor told me I could start taking only half a pill a day for cholesterol.  I’m hoping to eventually get off that medication as well.

Along with the walking I changed my eating habits.  I pretty much cut out sugar and since I have a mouth full of sweet teeth, that was a major challenge.  Now I may have some chocolate on a special occasion, but I’ve found that I really don’t need much.  I’ve increased the consumption of vegetables and fruits.  I’ve cut way down on meat, bread and cheese.  Who knew I would get excited about making a vegetable soup that is filled with every vegetable imaginable!

This whole journey has been done on my own, by myself.  I suppose I could have faster results if I joined a club or followed some routine or took pills.  I don’t want to do that.  I changed because it was time and because I wanted to do it for me.  I didn’t set goals because there’s no stopping with this.  It’s a new lifestyle and hopefully it’s one that I will live with the rest of my life.

I’ll confess that sometimes while watching “The Biggest Loser” I would get frustrated because I wasn’t losing 20 pounds a week.  Well, I don’t have time to work out ten hours a day.  I live in the real world and I have a job.  Besides, do all those contestants really keep the weight off once they get back to reality?

So, back to the flowers.  I was anxious to get my latest lab results and when my doctor sent them, she said that I was doing a fantastic job.  Then the other shoe fell.  There is a little bit of a medical hiccup that I have to deal with quickly.  It scared me and depressed me.  I called my girlfriend and talked it out with her last night.  Then she sent me the flowers today.  I had already calmed down and was thinking more logically (amazing what a night of sleep can do for the brain).

This morning I ran into another friend and he told me that because I was doing such a good job, he was inspired to start walking to get his health back.  That really touched me.

People are noticing a change in me now and it’s not just because of the baggy clothes.  I seem to have taken control of things in my life and I’m ready to be me for a change.  Even my doctor said that she would like to have me speak to some of her other patients about being determined and sticking to things.  Believe me, that hasn’t always been me!

There are even people in choir who are calling me skinny now and that just cracks me up.  I could never consider myself skinny but it’s so nice that they say that.  The numbers and the shape of the body mean nothing.  I’ve finally learned that.  It’s the inside part of you that wants to get out and show the world what can be done.

I started this journey by myself but along the way I seem to have picked up friends who like to encourage me.  How awesome is that? God knew I needed this and He stayed with me through all the adjustments.  He got me into conversations with others at the right time.

If you’re thinking about making some changes in your life, do it when it feels right to you.  Don’t let others tell you when you should.  Also, I hate the commercials that say, “If only I had done this ten years ago…”  Don’t fall into that trap.  Rejoice in whatever accomplishments you make and know that you are doing them at the right time for you.

Now, if I can get Hemingway away from the flowers I’m going to go enjoy them.  Thanks for reading.

Mom’s Turn

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Mom, we’re just going to take a nap while you work.

Why did Mom go to the vet yesterday?

She didn’t go to the vet, she went to her doctor.  Humans don’t call their doctors vets.

Fine, but you haven’t answered my question.

Get out of the way ‘cuz Mom wants to talk to our readers.   You’re always sitting in front of the computer monitor.

Well, I suppose I can let her have the computer for a little while.  Just don’t be too long ‘cuz I’m sure it’s treat time somewhere in the world.

From The Mom:

The boys told me that they’ve been writing about some of my health scares lately. I appreciate the kind words and encouragement from all the fur people friends and their humans.  I was beginning to think that Hemingway was right when he said getting healthy can be hazardous to one’s health.

Let me explain.  Back in September, after getting some pretty bad blood work results, I decided it was time to change my route and make a turn onto a healthier road.  I started out by walking every morning.  I still do that and I now do a little over a mile and a half every morning.  I have not missed one day.  Living in Minnesota, winter walking outside can be risky…..and sometimes impossible.  There was only one day so far when I had to turn around and go back home because it was too slippery.  However, when I came home from work that day, I went out and did my walk so my record stands.

In addition to the walking, I’ve changed my eating habits.  I’m not following anyone’s plan.  I’m doing what feels good to me.  I’ve noticed that instead of craving chocolate and other sweets, now I crave salads.  Who would have thought that could happen???  It would be like Shakespeare deciding he didn’t like treats.

So, all of this should be good for me, right?  Well, I sing in choir at my church and we do live streaming broadcasts of our services.  The past two Sundays I have gone from a normal color to gray and sweaty in front of my director’s eyes.  The first time it happened, it was so intense that I actually had to sit down in front of God and everyone!  I was told later that nobody saw me do it.  I figured it was better than falling over other members of the choir as I crashed to the ground.  We are fortunate to have several doctors and nurses in choir so I had excellent care after these episodes.  It’s no fun at all to get so disconnected with earth!

Since it happened two weeks in a row, my doctor wanted me to come in so we could figure out the problem.  No heart attacks showed on my EKG, but my pulse was only 46 and she didn’t like that.  She is weaning me off of the blood pressure medication I’ve been on and has started me on a new one.  She had already tried cutting my original dose in half, but since I had the same problem a week later, the medication was still not right.  So, for a couple of weeks my body will be adjusting to this new medication while going off the old one.

The reason this happened is that I’ve lost about 50 pounds since I started this new journey.  My body is going through all sorts of changes.  My doctor also told me that I need to add protein to my breakfast to keep me going during the day.  I was happily eating my oatmeal and blueberries, but now I’m also eating some protein.

Would I change anything?  Nope!  This is turning out to be an interesting journey.  Anyone else going on a new healthy road, needs to remember to stay in touch with their doctor.  I’ve been able to drop one medication entirely and that makes me very happy.  My latest blood work was stellar so both my doctor and I are pleased.

The boys don’t understand all that I’m doing, but they watch out for me.  They are great little caregivers.  However, I’ve noticed that when doing something nice, they think they deserve a treat.  They’re not that different from us humans!

Sorry to be so long-winded, but the boys don’t let me use the computer that much.  Thanks for listening.

Can we have our treats now Mom?

Losing Weight

I think losing weight is bad for your health.

Hemingway, you know that’s wrong.  Why would you say something like that?  Is it because you’re chunkier than I am?

Shakespeare, that’s not even nice.  Remember yesterday?

I remember most of it, why?

When Mom came home from church she didn’t drive her own car home and she was a really funny color.  Even Uncle Bob was concerned and he got out this machine that measures how fast her blood moves around in her body. Boys and BP

I was wondering what that thing did.  I kept talking while Uncle Bob was using it but he was ignoring me.

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I asked Mom what was happening.  She said that when she was in church that morning she got real dizzy and felt awful.  She said she had to sit down during the choir anthem because she felt like she was going to faint.  She told me her doctor and nurse friends who are in choir with her checked on her after the choir left the platform.  They wanted to make sure it wasn’t real serious but they also wouldn’t let her drive home by herself.

Is Mom ok now?

Yes.  She talked to her doctor and was told that because she’s losing weight and eating healthier, she has to have her medications changed.  She said that’s a good thing, but I still think that losing weight is bad for you.  Just look at what happened to Mom.  I don’t want that to happen to me.

That’s just an excuse.  Come over here and check how much you weigh.  Mom uses this every morning and I’ve watched her so I know how it works.  We should both be as healthy as we can be so Mom will be proud of us.  Besides, Mom has lots more energy now and she feels better, so losing weight isn’t hurting her.

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I guess you’re right but I sure hope Mom doesn’t make us go out on those long walks with her every morning.

She won’t do that ‘cuz she doesn’t want us out when it’s dark.  I think we’re safe…..unless we start eating too many treats.  What an awful thought!!!  If you get too chunky because you eat too many treats, then she’ll cut down on the treats for both of us.  Hemingway, don’t you get so chunky that Mom cuts down on our treats!  Get on that exercise bike right now.

Shakespeare, did anyone ever tell you that as a little brother you’re a real pain?