by Janet Blue on November 18, 2016

Today is the Friday Fill-Ins blog hop, but before Mom shows you her completions, I am here to report on my Tuesday appointment with Dr. Neel.

First was the weigh-in. Bad news on that front. I lost more than one pound this past month and am now well under six pounds. MOUSES!




A girl’s got to keep a sense of humor. Right?

Anyhoo, after the weigh-in, Dr. Neel came in and she, Mom and Dad talked. They decided to do minimum blood work. Mom said that the “bad” numbers just make her upset, and no matter what my numbers were, my treatment and meds would not change. So I just got my BUN and PCV (packed cell volume) done. My BUN is down to 110. That is down 48 points from last month when I had my highest number. Happy dance for me; though, that number is not a true representation of how my CKD is progressing.




My PCV had dropped four points to 17. That means my anemia is worse. But thanks to Mom Ellen (15 And Meowing), I have started on a new medication to help lessen my anemia. Ellen had this medicine for Spooky, but he was never able to use it, so she gifted it to me. Dr. Neel didn’t want to use it before now as some side effects are possible, and she didn’t want to compromise my tenuous grasp on stability. I had my first injection yesterday. So far all is well. I will get an injection each week for three more weeks.

Unless I experience any significant change in my condition between now and mid-December, I’ll wait until then to give you another update. That doesn’t mean you won’t see me on the blog. It just means I won’t be boring you with talk of my health.

Thank you everyone for your purrs and prayers. Mom, Dad and I know how powerful these are, and I believe that all I’ve received have definitely extended my life. If you have a few more to spare, I will gladly accept them and be super appreciative.

Purrs and paw-pats, Fiona with a huge thank you to Mom Ellen

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 28

FriendlyFillInsFiona was kind enough to allow me to share this post with her so I could complete Ellen’s and Annie’s (McGuffy’s Reader) fill-ins for this week’s blog hop. You can join and/or find other participants on Annie’s blog.

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is making pumpkin pie from my Grandma Shirley’s recipe. Every year I pull out the recipe card she wrote for me more than 40 years ago.

2. Black Friday: Just say, “NO!”  I have posted about this previously. If you’d like to read those posts, you can do so here and here.

3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is remembering Thanksgiving as a child when we always had 20 plus people at our house for dinner. Also stuffing and pumpkin pie.

4. One Thanksgiving Dad Tom and I spent the day on a Greyhound bus returning home after our car broke down on the way out of state for dinner with relatives.

The best part of this Thanksgiving will be that Fiona is still here to share it with us 11 months after being diagnosed with CKD.

McGuffy's Reader November 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm

I love, love, love you guys. Truly, my dear friends. I read this days ago, but have not been online. Bill’s new job is killing us both. He is working 6 days a week and there is just too much for me to do alone right now! I feel bad; the anemia is worse, even with the oral iron increased.

Fiona, please feel better. I am hoping the new medications help. Eat, young lady! It helps Chloe Jo that she does love to eat. She eats when she is happy, mad, sick, well, stressed, joyful. She is an eater. It is probably her salvation, really. When her numbers get out of whack, I feed her different healthy treats and she seems to react to it.

Maggie is the one who goes off her feed and goes down, quickly. Her heart is just not good. She will be nine in a couple of weeks. I worry. She sleeps a lot.

I love your answers. I agree with Black Friday. I do not like it and do not participate, except with Chloe Jo & Grizelda.

I remember the old days of having lots of family and friends over for the holidays, all of the holidays. There is no one but us, now. Bill will be home this year, at least!

Happy Thanksgiving! Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles November 21, 2016 at 2:52 am

Awww, Fiona. We are thankful that you are being brave and keeping on to be with your beloved furmily, but we know you need lot of purrs and pawyers, so we are sending tons of them your way. Express delivery so they;ll get there faster:)
We love how you are trying to hide under your mom’s arm…

meowmeowmans November 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Sweet Fiona, please know you could never, ever bore us. We love you lots, and are going to keep on purring and praying for you, Mom and Dr. Neel.
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Athena November 19, 2016 at 4:24 am

You can never bore us, sweetie. We just wish you well.

We are sending you healing purrs and lots of love!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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The Dash Kitten Crew November 19, 2016 at 1:03 am

We ar glad you will be hom for Thanksgiving Fiona.

This is GOOD to see.

We send all our love and will be catching up on the Selfies later tonight (yeah it’s been a busy week!)
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William's Kith & Kin November 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Fiona, we are ALL purring for you! It was nice seeing you.
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Canadian Cats November 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Fiona, this weight loss is not good. It’s time your mom was out and hunting down a mouse for you. Just to gaze upon a mouse and poke him occasionally will lift your spirits. If mom is busy, get after Mau. It’s time he exercised some of his special talents.

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Jean Dion November 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Mouses is right! I’m so sorry to hear about that weight loss. I can see it in your face. And I can see how much your momma loves you. I hope you feel well and stay well, sweet girl. You have so many people rooting for you.

Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

David E. McClendon Sr. November 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Here’s praying that your numbers are purffect next time. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Suzanne Gunter McClendon November 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

You’re in my prayers for healing and restoration, Fiona. I hope that you and your family have the best Thanksgiving every!
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Flynn November 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

I am sorry your anaemia is worse, Fiona and hope the medication helps. I am a bit of a bobble head too but my very thick fur helps hide how thin I am to a certain extent. I was 16 pounds and am now just over 9 pounds. I am purring for you.
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Mary McNeil November 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Purrayers & POTP for you, pretty Fiona ! Some good to go with the sad. Have a joyous Thanksgiving and enjoy all the love surrounding you.

The Island Cats November 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Fiona, we’re sorry to hear the news about your check up wasn’t better. We know your mom and Dr. Neel are taking the best possible care of you. We hope the anemia medicine helps you feel better. We send you a ton of purrs.
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The Swiss Cats November 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

We keep purring for you and your family, Fiona. Purrs
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Ellen Pilch November 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

I had hoped you would not need the anemia medicine, I am sorry your numbers dropped enough to need it. I pray the medicine will help you and that you can gain some of the weight back. You are a gorgeous girl even as a bobble head and I love your sense of humor.
Thanks to your Mom for participating in the fill-ins, nice answers. That pumpkin pie must be excellent and how special that you have the original recipe card. I need to read your posts on Black Friday, my Mom and I do it more for just spending time together and we never fight for items By the time we shop at 7 am, the crazies are back n=home in bed. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am happy that Fiona will be there to enjoy it with you- maybe even get some turkey. XO
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Basil November 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Fiona we are all purraying that mew get and feel better very soon!!!

Happy Friday


Basil & Co xox
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Hairballs and Hissyfits November 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Fiona Frodo, Zulu and Amarula send you lots of love and snuggles! Maybe extra turkey at Thanksgiving will help you gain weight!
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Annabelle November 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Fiona we all have you in our purrs.
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emma and buster November 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Oh sweet Fiona hope you can gain a bit of weight and keep it. Take care.
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mommakatandherbearcat November 18, 2016 at 10:57 am

Oh, Fiona … you never bore us … or speaking for myself, I’ve been thinking of you a lot and wondering how you’re doing so I love the updates. You are a tough one and I’m still hoping for healing. Sending all of you love and prayers!
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Brian Frum November 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

We all send you purrs and prayers dear Fiona, you just keep fighting sweetie.
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The Menagerie Mom November 18, 2016 at 7:59 am

Fiona, you are one tough cookie. And we are of course still sending you lots and lots of purrs and prayers!

Your fill-ins are perfect! I just adopted the role of making the Thanksgiving pies last year, and I use my grandma’s recipes for both pumpkin and pecan pie. I have never been Black Friday shopping. I don’t like shopping to begin with, and going out to do it in a crowd of stampeding folk just sort of turns me off. Your childhood Thanksgiving memories sound so fun and festive! When I was younger we would go to my grandparents’ and visit with them and my many aunts and uncles and cousins. The house was always full to the brim. As for your #4, at least you had a memorable Thanksgiving, right?

Purrs, and good thoughts to all of you. Especially you, Fiona!
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Sammy November 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

Oh Dear Fiona……Guess what? I’m suffering from bobble-head syndrome too as I’ve lost so much weight. Oh well…..the GOOD thing is I limp less from my arthritis being a “skinny-minny” now! I’m glad you are getting a new med to help with the anemia. I hope it helps you. I am only slightly anemic (so far) so no meds…..but I know that like you, I’m lucky to have a great vet who will help me when I need help. You hang in there pretty girl – – – bobble-head or not, you’re still a beautiful kitty……I’m sending you tons of hugs and lots of POTP. Please tell your Mom I love her fill-ins. My Mom forgot to mention how much she ADORES pumpkin pie AND stuffing!

Love, Sammy
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Stephanie B November 18, 2016 at 6:34 am

Sending lots of healing purrs to you Fiona and family.

ATCAD November 18, 2016 at 5:14 am

Fiona, we are sending lots and lots of healing purrs to you and we have our paws crossed for you too.

MOL & BOL our Mom agrees about the Black Friday deal. She says she would much rather stay home and play with us.
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Lone Star Cats November 18, 2016 at 3:01 am

Sending you purrs!
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Summer November 18, 2016 at 2:30 am

I’m glad your numbers weren’t as bad as before, but I hope your human can help you keep some weight on, Fiona! I’m sending lots and lots of purrs your way.
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Maureen November 18, 2016 at 1:18 am

Love to you Fiona – you are beautiful…
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