> Thanks for the info, Cathy. I was hoping you would write. Yes, I do have
> husband and I'm sure he will help me...somewhat...but I would like to be
> to do it alone, if necessary, since he goes out of town once in awhile and
> would like him to be able to do it alone, too, since I'll be going out of
> in April for a week.
Yes, good idea then for each of you to be able to do it on your own. Also,
I don't know if you hire a cat sitter for when you're both out of town, but
I discovered that my pet sitter does sub-Qs & whatever other meds are
necessary - that's also a helpful thing to have in the wings, if needed.
Years ago, I used to be a pharmacy tech in a hospital so
> I don't mind handling the bag or the needles or the tubing; it's just the
> sticking part I'm going to mind.
Well, then, keep my vet in mind, the first time she had to do it, hovering
w/ the needle for 45 minutes... <g>
One time, about 20 years ago, I attempted to
> give a poor stray kitty a vaccine, one of those OTC things, and the poor
> shrieked. I've never attempted to jab anyone since.
Ahhhh... but that was 20 years ago. And may've been a pure fluke, right?
> I remember you writing that you took the bag to the cat instead of vice
Yes, although this didn't dawn on me for a few months. (Jeez!)
> What did you hang it on? I've been looking around and there aren't many
> any, really) places I can see to hang anything other than the shower rod
> don't really want to do it in the bathroom. I'd like to do it somewhere
> for him. I wish I had an actual IV pole; I'm sure I could buy one if need
> but that seems drastic.
At first I had the whole set-up in the bathroom. Which was convenient for
me, but after a while I could sense Debbie tensing up whenever I picked her
up & carried her upstairs. So... one night I decided to bring the goods to
her - where she was napping, & ta-da! Much easier on her, & wasn't
difficult for me, either. If she was on the sofa, I hung the bag from a
nearby curtain rod. If she was in the kitchen, from the top of an open
cabinet door. If she was out on the porch, I hung the bag from a large
staple sort of deal that used to be for*** rattan porch shades, or from
a cleat where the shades' cords were wrapped.
> On Helen's website, it said sub-qs generally don't need to be started
> creatinine hits 3.5-4. Last time he had ***work, it was only about 2.8
> like I said, he's lost 2 pounds. I'm pretty shocked about that because,
> although he did feel lighter to me, I really couldn't see that. It's odd,
> though, because he was his old chatty, happy self until Saturday. I guess
> just have to wait and see what is reavealed.
I hope the bw will give you pointers, & that he feels better soon.
> I just gave him 1/4 cyproheptadine to get him eating. He seems perkier
> still not hungry. That usually works so hope it does.
Debbie usually responded to the cyproheptadine w/in 20 minutes - half an
hour. I can't remember the dosage, though - a quarter tab, a half tab??
Good luck w/ that.
> I sure didn't get the lessons you got, though. The vet tech just briely
> me, I didn't try it myself, and that was that. They said they'd show me
> if I couldn't do it.
Whoa - in that case, I'd feel pretty nervous, to tell you the truth. I
think I got more lessons than most people get, but I felt I needed them, in
order to feel confident enough to do the job. Otoh, after learning to do
sub-Qs, I found that giving Debbie Procrit injections later on, when she
became anemic, was *really* a piece of cake.
> Thanks again for the info and the encouragment.
You're welcome; hope it helped, at least to a degree.
> And, no, I never read the last
> Norton book. I read the first 2 but I just couldn't bring myself to read
> last even though you said it wasn't totally depressing.
Right; it really wasn't. Of course parts were sad, but overall, it was
written in the same light-hearted, fun vein that the previous two were, I
thought. And IIRC, he stated that at the beginning - that he wasn't out to
depress people w/ the book. ;-)
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