Friday, December 12, 2008

Sympathy Pains?

So it totally snowed last night.  See the above pictures for proof.  We got like 2 inches!  This doesn't happen very often around here, especially in December.  Most of the time it only snows in February or March, and even then we're talking only every 5-6 years.  Maybe 2009 will be our year for another snow that's decent enough to go sledding in.  (Yet another reason to heal quickly!)

Because of the snow, I got one of the guys at work to come pick me up.  I haven't really had many opportunities to get much practice at driving on icy roads.  This afternoon my dad came to pick me up, and we headed off to deposit my paycheck and then pick out a purse at Kohl's that has a long strap that I can wear over my chest so it won't get in the way of the crutches.

When he took me back home, I was surprised Tucker wasn't at the door.  I was a little worried, but then again we weren't in my car so he didn't hear that it was me.  I started calling for him and yelling out "treat" because that always gets him to come running.  When he didn't, I started to worry.  My dad found him under my bed, which is not a common place for him to hang out.

He finally came out, and as he came down the hallway I could tell something was wrong.

When he got closer, I could see that his left paw was swollen at least 3 times its normal size.  I of course felt concerned and started checking it to see if I could see if anything was noticeably wrong.  I thought it was kind of ironic that it was his left paw since my trouble is in my left hip.

I called the vet, and they suggested I bring him in right quick before they closed.  Dad and I hopped back in the car and headed out there.

They had to shave off part of his fur on his paw to look for any sort of puncture.  They were afraid something had cut him and then bacteria got into the wound and became infected.  They couldn't find anything, but they gave him some antibiotics just in case.  When they brought him back in, she mentioned that it could still be an infection because he had a slight fever, but he also may have just landed on it funny or could have had an insect bite.  As soon as she said it, I knew what had happened.

I have trouble this time of year with wasps getting into my house.  When he sees something moving, he goes after it.  I always toss him in the other room while I kill them and flush them.  It seemed to me that he may have gone after one and got stung.  She decided to go on and give him some Benadryl just in case.  (Sidenote:  Who knew that you could give cats Benadryl?!)

Within a couple of hours, the swelling was down.  I also found a dead wasp on the floor, and later when Tucker walked past that same spot he came to a dead stop and crouched down looking all around.  I think he remembered that this was the spot that he got hurt.

I wish now that I had thought to take a picture of his paws so that I could show the comparison.  I felt so bad for the little guy.  He'd probably felt really scared when he got stung, and there's no telling how long it had been since it happened.

He seems to be ok now.  He's been walking and running around, and he curled up in my lap for a while and purred.

I'm definitely glad that I took him to the vet and that he's already much better.  I am a little jealous though that it was easier to heal my cat than to heal me. :)


The Laminator said...

Hang in there, Melanie. Just remember, day by day, the hip is getting slightly better. If only there was magic medication to make that process a bit quicker.

Glad your cat is okay too!

Rachel Ann said...

Tucker sounds like a sweet kitty.

You know, it's better to complain a little about the process of healing but actually follow the doctor's orders, rather than be pig-headed and do what you want like a lot of people with stress fractures.

It's good that by being a runner you are in tune with and respect your body, so that you'll let it heal. Also, just think of hour your body was at its best prior to this, so it is doing the best healing a body possibly can. Even though you can't feel it yet, you are definitely reaping the rewards of taking care of yourself for all the years prior to this.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I want snow! I hope Tucker gets to feeling better soon!!

J said...

I am glad that Tucker is feeling better! Enjoy the snow!

Sarah said...

Poor little guy! It's so hard when our animals get sick. Glad he's feeling better.

Let's see the decorated crutches :)

Mrs. Stilettos said...

Poor little buddy! Never a dull moment is it?!

*aron* said...

poor little guy!! glad he is feeling better.

there are actually A LOT of human drugs you can give to animals... i took a class on pet first aid and have a book with a list of all of them and how much to give your pet :)

Rachel H. said...

Awh! Poor cat! Sounds like a crazy day! Glad she is okay!

M*J*C said...

Thank you SO much for stopping by, I'm so sorry that I have completely missed what has been going on with you, and so sorry that you are going through this. I will definitley email you, we can keep each other "company". Thanks for your sympathy!
I'm glad that your cat is ok!!! I'm sure you were freaked out when you first saw him!! Poor guy!