by Janet Blue on September 15, 2016

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Poem for Dr. Neel by Fiona


Today I have asked to write the poem for Sammy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. Our prompt letter for the week is “N,” which is why I volunteered. I wanted to write a poem about our vet, Dr. Kathryn Neel from Vinton Veterinary Hospital. She is compassionate and empathetic and a really great doctor. If I have to go to the veterinarian every month, I am HAPPY she’s the one taking care of me.

Ode to Dr. Neel

Today was another trip to see Dr. Neel,
But nobody asked how that made me feel.
Though I always poop on the way in the PTU;
Today, as payback, I peed on Mom too!

I wet her pants & butterfly, rainbow, unicorn cat,
And she was totally not happy about that.
But she loves me so much, she didn’t get mad,
As she knows I didn’t do it to be bad.

First came the weigh-in with my paws crossed
That I’d gained some weight instead of lost.
I feared that I might end up singing the blues,
But I’ve gained five ounces…super great news!

Dr. Neel was as gentle as she always is
When she took me back for my bloodwork quiz.
Some numbers moved in the right direction;
Though, I am far from reaching purrfection.

My BUN came down from 135 to 129.
Even a small improvement is a very good sign.
My phosphorous level was also some better:
Four points down brought us all great pleasure.

I’m not quite as anemic as I was before…
More good news that made my spirits soar.
All my numbers continue to be way too high,
But I feel pretty good and so won’t cry.

It’s important to have a vet who truly cares,
And with your human information shares.
Our vet is AAHA accredited, cat friendly as well.
In fact Vinton Vet & Dr. Neel are totally swell!

If I have to be dragged to these monthly checks,
I’m glad that I have Dr. Kathy Neel as my vet.
I know she’ll always take the best care of me
As she monitors and treats my CKD.


Poem for Dr. Neel by Fiona


I don’t want to sugar coat how I am doing. My numbers suck, and I still refuse to eat the kidney diet. A normal BUN is 10 to 30 mg/dl. So 129 is really lousy. But this is the second month in a row that I have gained weight, and I really do feel good. I’m spoiled rotten, and I take advantage of Mom and Dad as much as possible. If I want something, I whine, and I always get it. Trust me, all of us would rather I wasn’t sick, but I don’t mind having my every whim and wish granted.

My next appointment is in a month. I’ll report back then. Thanks for all your continued purrs and prayers. Mom, Dad and I really appreciate your support.

Purrs, paw-pats and thanks, Fiona

PepiSmartDog September 22, 2016 at 2:51 am

PepiSmartDog: how fabulous to have a Poetic Thursday blog hop! I didn’t know it existed.
Love your tribute to your vet and I’m sure she was tickled pink by it. Hee Hee!
Thank you for being part of our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.
So happy to see you in our blog hop! Hope to see you there again, and I’ll see you on Sunday, in your hop. Thank you for introducing us to the Poetic hop too. Awesome. *waves paw* :=o)
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Melissa & Mudpie September 18, 2016 at 1:10 am

We’re all pulling for you so hopefully that’s making a difference. As long as you’re happy and being loved to pieces, life is good.
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Sherri-Ellen TD. September 16, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Deerest Fiona yur so beeuteefull wee can see how you could get yur own way, mew mew mw…
Butt you must bee carefull as CKD iss a pawfull disease an if you not eat propurr food you could get turriblee sick. LadyMum told mee what shee went thru Aunty Mingflower with her CKD.
This BUN testin must bee wurryin all so….
Numburrss make mee nervuss 😉
At leest yur doin yur best an wee send LUV an POTP to you…..
***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry an {{{hugs}}} LadyMum

mommakatandherbearcat September 15, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Glad things are at least going in the right direction. Fiona looks very unhappy in that first picture.
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meowmeowmans September 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Fiona, your poem was lovely. Even though your numbers were just a bit better, they are better. And for that we are thankful. We will keep right on purring and praying for health, improvements and miracles, okay? Love you guys!
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McGuffy's Reader September 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

My heart is right there with you and Mom. We are so glad you are feeling good, because if you feel good, then we do! That is really what it comes down to. We totally understand that. thankfully, Chloe Jo loves her food, but she just loves to eat. Food=Love to Chloe Jo. Being a Bottle Baby, she equates it that way. Please stay happy. Eat. And tell Mom I will talk to her soon. XOXO
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Emma and Buster September 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Great poem. Fiona dearest we are happing that you are getting small victories – they matter you know. Keep on working to get that BUN smaller (which is also my mom’s goal to keep her bun(butt) from getting out of hand)
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Ellen Pilch September 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm

I am so impressed with this poem, your Dr. will love it. I am glad there have been improvements, even if they are only small it is better than getting worst. I will be praying for you. XO
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The Florida Furkids September 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Wonderful poem and super news! We know that the numbers are high BUT they are improving and that’s great!
The Florida Furkids with 87 bazillion kisses and tons of love to Mau from his WIFE Allie .
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Jan K September 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm

We are glad to hear that your numbers are at least headed in the right direction. The important thing is that you are enjoying life and all of your special treatment! ♥
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Flynn September 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

That is a good poem for your vet, Fiona. I am glad you have put on a little weight. I know how hard it is to do that. even though your numbers are high, at least they took a slight move in the right direction.
My vet is very good and caring too, and he says that even though my T4 is high it is the way I feel, and not how the numbers say I should feel that counts.
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Brian September 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm

That is good news sweet Fiona and a most wonderful poem!
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BeadedTail September 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

It’s good that your numbers are all moving in the right directions! We enjoyed your poem although it was apparent you didn’t enjoy the experience!
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The Swiss Cats September 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

What a wonderful poem for your vet ! We’re glad to see small progresses with your numbers. Purrs
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Three Chatty Cats September 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

Fiona, what a lovely poem for a lovely-sounding vet. I’m glad that you have a good one! I hope your numbers continue to improve!
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da tabbies o trout towne September 15, 2016 at 10:30 am


yur poem two yur vet total lee rocks;
N mom can bee happee ya dinna peez on her sox ~~~~~~~

continmewed blessings frum R pal Frank… a weight gain izza good thing, N next month ya can consentratz on thoz other numbers huh ♥♥♥☺☺☺

The Island Cats September 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

We’re glad your vet appointment went well, Fiona. It sounds like Dr. Neel is a really good vet. We’re glad your numbers went down some. The mom remembers hearing this “treat the cat, not the numbers,” so as long as you’re happy and feeling okay, that’s what counts. We continue to send you lots of purrs.
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Linda Arthur Tejera September 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

Steps in the right direction. Still praying for you, you beautiful little fluff.
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Mary in Ohio September 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

Purrayers for you, beautiful Fiona ! Even a small step in the right direction is a blessing ! Please “keep on keeping on!”

The Menagerie Mom September 15, 2016 at 7:51 am

I know your numbers are far from perfect, Fiona, but this poem makes us so happy nonetheless. Any improvement in your CKD makes us smile. What makes us smile even more is knowing that you are so happy and loved and in the best care ever! Our purrs and prayers for you continue every day, Fiona!
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Margret Abbott September 15, 2016 at 6:28 am

Hi Fiona, I’m glad your numbers are up, even a bit is a good thing. We’ll keep the prayers going. ~ Margret

Sammy September 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

Oh dear Fiona…..you are sweet to try and look on the positive side of things – the weight gain, the numbers slightly improving – that’s the way to be when things are “out of our control” we roll with the punches. You have such a wonderful vet and Mom and Dad taking care of you and I know ALL about whining and getting our way – I do the same thing…..all day long…..(!). I’m sure you’re glad this visit is over with and let’s just hope next month, there’s improvement; sometimes we have to take baby steps instead of leaps and bounds – you just keep taking those baby steps dear girl……

Love, Sammy
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Toby September 15, 2016 at 3:37 am

We’re glad your numbers are down and your weight is up, Miss Fiona.
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles September 15, 2016 at 2:42 am

What a moving bit of poetry, Fiona! Such talent!

Glad there was some improvement,if only a little, its still going in the right direction. We will keep up with the purrs and pawyers on your behalf.

Lone Star Cats September 15, 2016 at 2:10 am

Pawsome poem! And I’m glad your numbers improved, even if it wuz only a lil.
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Summer September 15, 2016 at 1:54 am

I’m so glad that your numbers went down instead of up, even if they are too high. The important thing is that you are happy and enjoying life, Fiona.
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