by Janet Blue on June 2, 2014

As most of you know, Mom’s trip to the BlogPaws conference ended on a painful note when she was stung by a scorpion. And though we have been taking extra good care of her since her return home, she developed an abscess on her ankle that became infected. She ended up going to Urgent Care, and then her PCP sent her to a vascular surgeon. She had her third appointment with him today, and he decided she has improved enough to avoid hospitalization. That’s a huge relief for all of us.

Home Health will continue to come each day to repack and redress her wound. She will return to the surgeon next Monday. So she continues to sit on her butt with her leg up; though, the addition of a compression bandage today will allow her to be up and around a little more. We aren’t complaining about all this lounging around as it means her lap is always available for one of us.

We all think she should share some photos of her ankle with you. She has declined, however, stating that our blog is rated PG and the photos are much too graphic. She did tell us that her ankle looks much better today as all the dead skin has been removed.

arizona_bark_scorpionSince she won’t share one of her gory photos, we requested one of a scorpion. Supposedly there are from 15 to 23 different species of scorpions in Nevada. Mom has no idea which of these stung her. The photo at right is that of a Bark Scorpion.

She is very grateful for all the purrs, prayers and well wishes our furiends and friends have sent her. She especially would like to thank Savannah’s and Sage’s (Savannah’s Paw Tracks) mom, Linda, for soliciting purrs and prayers for her from the Cats With Blogs Facebook group. We all know the incredible healing power of both those things.

Though this incident cast a bit of a pall on Mom’s BlogPaws attendance, she still feels as if it was one of the best experiences of her life, and she has already registered for next year.

framedastridMom asked us to end this post with something upbeat and “catty,” as this is a cat blog. So, it is with pleasure that we report on how Astrid continues to shed her “scaredy cat” persona, which Mom attributes to the love of a good cat…Sampson from Kitty Cat Chronicles. Astrid spent about two hours on the catio this morning and is now chasing Calista Jo and Fiona, instead of the other way around. Thanks Sampson and way to go Astrid.

Until next time…purrs and paw-pats from Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

p.s. Please forgive us for not visiting and commenting as often as usual. We are doing our best under the circumstances.


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Sherri-Ellen T-D June 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Yow me Fursibz me Mum aksed yer Mum fer a piccie or 2 cause she waz a nurse assistant a bazillion yeerz ago butt yer Mum sayz too graffic fer me Mum…
So Mum iz usin her eemaginashun….
Scorpeeonz look weerd n creepy n we iz so glad we nott hab dem here…spidurz are enuff….
Anywho we iz purrin n prrayin fer yer sweet Mum to gett all bettur soon…reel soon!!!!
Much lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum too xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
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Melissa & Truffles June 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

My goodness this sounds horrible! I sure hope you’re feeling much better very soon!
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Austin Towers June 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

It has been a bit of an ordeal for your mom, but we are doing the happy dance that things seem to be on the mend at last. My mum says she saw a scorpion once. It moved pretty darned quick and so did she!! Please don’t worry about commenting. We can’t get round every day either xoxox
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Oui Oui June 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

OMC! Please don’t worry about commenting! We are glad to hear you are finally doing better! We had no idea there were so many different kinds of scorpions, but any are bad news in our book. We are purring hard for you!
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BeadedTail June 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

We still feel so bad that your mom got bit by that evil scorpion! We’re glad she’s feeling better though and doesn’t have to go to the hospital. We’re sending lots of purrs her way!
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speedyrabbit June 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Oh wear glad your mum is gradually on the mend,but we shall keep up with the prayers and I am sending lots of supersized Snuggles from me!xx Speedy
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Connie June 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Continued purrs for your healing, and I’ll see you in Atlanta 🙂
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Whisppy June 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

Gosh. We had been away for a couple of weeks and didn’t know about this until today. It sounds like a really unpleasant and painful experience for your Mom but we are glad she is on the mend and won’t be needing surgery.
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meowmeowmans June 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

What a horrible ordeal. We’re so glad Mom Janet is getting better, and we will keep right on purring and praying for a full recovery.

By the way … pawsome job, Astrid! We’re very proud of you! 🙂
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Molly The Wally June 3, 2014 at 4:08 am

No worries mum we see you when we see you and we send healing vibes and we so hope you are better soon. Nasty thing to have happened and we hope you get to make up for it next year.
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly
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Raven June 3, 2014 at 12:07 am

What an ordeal your mom is going through. Keep up the good work in helping her recuperate.
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Katnip Lounge June 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Our Mommy feels so badly for you and she’s ashamed that the naughty Nevada wildlife has caused your Mom so much misery. You have our continued purrs and prayers to Get Well SOON!

And Astrid–way to GO, grrrlfriend!

prancer pie June 2, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Yay for good news! Continued purrs for your Mommy. (not the scorpion!)

Have a great Tuesday!
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LP June 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Gosh! Our Mama is a dud! Why didn’t this fully register in her too soft brain?!! We feel awful that your Mommy was stung by a scorpion! How did this ever happen?! And worse, it has been healing reluctantly…talk about dragging a bad thing out! We are glad your Mommy won’t need hospitalization but what an ordeal (and yes…it would make her first Blog Paws memorable! ). Tell your Mommy our Mama sends her lots of hugs and love and well wishes. We hope that scorpion died and shriveled up shortly after he bit her!!:p

the critters in the cottage xo

Lone Star Cats June 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Those scorpions are nasty! Hope your momma is feelin all better soon.
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Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris June 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Healing purrs for your Mom, we are glad to hear she is on the road to recovery.
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Caren Gittleman June 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

That is just awful. Praying that you are back to good health soon!
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Penelope June 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Thanks yous for telling us about your sting. Wes was worried. They can be dangerous.
And wes is sending many more purrayers and strength for you.
We is so furry happy to hear about Astrid.
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Charles Huss June 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I’m glad things seem to be improving, even if just slowly. Maybe next year you should wear boots. 😉
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Sometimes, Cats Herd You June 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

We are so upset to hear that this happened to you at BlogPaws. We never thought about this happening out there. The head peep used to go to summer camp where there were a lot of wood scorpions and was taught about watching for those, but never imagined being wary of them in a nice resort! The head peep loved meeting you at BlogPaws and is so glad you’re planning to go again next year so she can see you again then. You’re one tough lady! We’re so glad that you’ don’t have to be hospitalized so that you can be home with your kitties instead. Lots of purrs from all of us.
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Winter June 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Oh that must have been so painful and. Uncomfortable for her. Sending her lots of purrs and well wishes. Hope she gets better soon. Mom’s guy roommate got a spider bite on his foot and it was bad. So we kind of know what a horrible ordeal it is. Go Astrid!
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McGuffy Ann Morris June 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I have been concerned about the sting and your recovery. Did you see the scorpion? I have arachnophobia, but Grizelda eats them. Chloe Jo loves bugs, too. Hugs.
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The Island Cats June 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Wow, the mom says that the thought of being stung by a scorpion when she was at BlogPaws never ever entered her mind. That could have happened to anyone there. But we’re sorry it happened to your mom and we purr and purr that she is on the road to recovery.
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Deztinee High June 2, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Mommy and us gwew up wiff da scorpions and wees can tell yous they awe not nice. Wees hate dat yous mommy got stung but wees os glad she’s duin’ bettew. And wees so happy fur Astrid. Hoo by da way is lookin’ kwite bootyful. Enjoy da lap and mommys twyin’ tu take huggy fotos but hers not weal good wiff selfies. MOL so faw wees hav hers chin and ow ears and ow paws and hers elbow. MOL Wees still twyin’ tho’. 🙂

Luv and Hugs and Kitty kisses

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Timmy Tomcat June 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Oh Meow we will keep the purrs flowing.
That Sampson is really a great fellow and is a great influence on all who meet him.
Timmy and Dad
Hey Mau see you at Scouts!
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Savannah's Paw Tracks June 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

thank you for saying such nice things about Mom L…she really does care. And as for that available lap, I hope one day to take advantage of a lap…paw pats, Savvy
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Leia & Toby June 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Oh wow, we totally missed this! How terrible. We hope it all continues to recover quickly.
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Angel Abby Grace June 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

That is a very scary thing you had happen to you. We are glad to hear that you are doing better and that the DR is pleased with the progress you’ve made. WE will purr and pray that continues and that you will be back on to your healthy self in the very near future. And Astrid we are so glad to hear you are doing so much better.

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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal June 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Glad to hear that your mom doesn´t need to be i the hospital away from you !
Keep sending (((purrs))) that she will heal fast !

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The Creative Cat June 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm

We’re purring for you! Get well soon, and don’t rush it! Your feline household needs a good lap for a little longer.
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Jan K June 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Gosh, I’m sure glad your Mom is on the mend. All of that sounds so scary, and thank goodness hospitalization wasn’t needed!
That is good news about Astrid too! We’ve had some scaredy cats here as well, and it’s always so great to see them come out of their shells.
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vera ersilia June 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

My best wishes to you for getting steadily better. Scorpions carry a toxins and toxins are some of the worst offenders. Take as much care as you can. Best wishes again.

Flynn June 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

It sounds awful! I am glad you are healing and don’t have to go to hospital. Lots of healing purrs on their way to you.
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Ms. Stella O'Houligan June 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

OHMYEVERLOVINCOD!!! How did we miss THIS??? You poor, poor thing! That Woman would have fainted dead away; she lives in mortal dred of those damn things! Even now she’s pulling her feet up off the floor as if surrounded by them! But NO, right now it’s just baby foster kitties. We are SO pleased you won the auction for the Baby and we had to look up your blog to get all the names that need to be added to your CatNip quilt!

Hugs and purrs and gentle pats over the dreaded arachnid stingy. ICCCHHHKKIKKK….

Ms. Stella O’Houligan
(And That Woman, now balled up in her office chair squirming)

Random Felines June 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

we will continue to send healing purrs. what a terrible thing to have happened and we are very sorry that evil bug go you. but we are glad you are planning on going to Blog Paws next year – mom has her ticket…and we hear that are no scorpions in TN
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Ann Staub June 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

OMC that is horrible! I really hope I never get stung by a scorpion… yikes! Tell your mom I think a photo would be pretty cool, but I totally understand not wanting to gross peoples out. I hope that she continues to heal well!
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Clooney June 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Oh Janet, what an awful ordeal you have been through, all of our love, healing purrs, prayers and good thoughts to you for your complete recovery as soon as can be. (We are happy to hear of Astrid coming out of her shell more, that’s wonderful.) Thinking of you.
Clooney, Neytiri, Karyn
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Sammy June 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Gosh Kitties, with all of you taking such good care of your Mom, I’m sure she’ll be up running around the house before you know it! Meanwhile, keeping her resting that leg by sitting on her is an EXCELLENT idea! We are just so sorry that disgusting scorpion THING took advantage of her like that – who did he think he was anyway? I bet it hurt when it happened and I’m sure it’s still painful…..we do hope that soon all will be well. We’ve been sending healing purrs and you know me – I’m always sending HUGS to everyone but here’s a special one for your Mom!!!

(((((((((((SAMMY HUG))))))))))))
Love from me and Mom
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Kitty Cat Chronicles June 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Thank you for the update! We had no idea that your scorpion sting was so serious. Glad that she didn’t have to be hospitalized and that she is doing better. We are still sending lots of purrs and prayers to your mommy! (We will say that we are with you kitties – we think your mom should share a picture of her ankle!!! 😉

And Astrid, Sampson is so incredibly proud of you. He feels so special knowing that he has helped you to come out of your shell more. He also says that you are the most beautiful kitty ever. He sends you lots of kitty-kisses and cuddles and snuggles and hugs.

We all send you all lots of hugs!

Sparkle June 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

My human was sad about your human getting the scorpion sting because she had so much fun meeting her at BlogPaws – and giving her the Metal Cats book that you kitties won! I’m sending more purrs to help her continued healing!
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Katie isabella June 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Oh I am just devastated for you, Janet. Thank God that it is getting better. That was so horrible for you then and now.

We all just want you well. We don’t care when we see you as log as we do and know you are happy and well again.

I didn’t know about the support on Cats with blogs. I go there but not every day or even every week. But you have Katie’s purrs and my prayers right now. xxoo

Brian Frum June 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

We just hate it that this had to happen to you, but we are glad there is some improvement. We are all sending our very best purrs and prayers your way. Oh, and way to go Astrid, we are proud of you!
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da tabbies o trout towne June 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

guys…glad ta heer yur mom iz doin way better….N veree happee her doez knot knead to go two de
hos pit tal…..

jack azz scorpion……


The Florida Furkids June 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

We’re purring for a quick and complete recovery for your Mom! We’re okay with the lack of photos 😉

The Florida Furkids with special purrs and smoochies to Mau from Allie
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Moggiepurrs June 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Glad to hear you are getting better, Janet. It sounds like an awful ordeal! It’s good you have all of those kitties around to love you!
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