Monday, December 03, 2007

Life

Life ticks on. Here's what we've been doing lately:
1. Running a kitty hospice: Phoebe's blood work was not much improved last week. We stopped the pills and are only doing treatments that do not bother her. A steroid compound that is rubbed on her ear twice a day we hope will increase her appetite and may help the liver failure a little. Also subcutaneous fluids to keep her hydrated - she doesn't seem to mind them much at all. She's been staying the night over at my mom's house so she gets a break from Joey and has constant access to any food that she might eat. We bring her back home during the day. It's a real up and down thing emotionally. She's a bit more like herself, but still skinny. Some days she eats pretty well and then others doesn't eat much.
2. I've been home sick from work: I started getting sick with a cold Thursday at work and by evening was really coughing and called in sick for Friday. By Friday PM, it had turned into bronchitis, so I called Denis at work and had him bring me home a prescription for antibiotics. Today is day three and I'm starting to breathe better now.
3. Watching Ace of Cakes with my mom while I go visit Phoebe. It made me crave cake, so I baked a banana cake from scratch and made real buttercream frosting (the kind with egg whites, cooked sugar and real butter).
4. Denis worked two extra days for a coworker - Friday and Sunday. Now he has just today off. It's a really strange week for him.
5. Playing an Amazing Race geography game - you get more points the closer on the map to an exact town in the world that you click. At the end of the game they calculate a "traveler IQ". My first try was an IQ of 73. I finally made it all the way through the game and got an IQ of 116!

That's about it. It's cloudy and dark around here today.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

"It's been a real up and down thing emotionally"...been there, not fun. I'm so sorry.

Sorry you haven't been well, but glad you're starting to feel better now. Antibiotics and cake with buttercream frosting help!;)

kristina said...

I hope you feel better soon. Now I feel kind of bad for bugging you. Sorry. Poor Phoebe. I am glad you have your mom and Denis around to help. It is not easy taking care of a sick pet. That cake sounds wonderful. That's funny, I was just playing that geography game too. It's fun.

joeks said...

I'm thinking that your TLC is what Phoebe appreciates most right now. Kind of like what you're getting from Denis and your mom. Feel better soon! And have a piece of cake for me. :)
The game sounds like one I'd enjoy. Do you have an address or link to it?

gmj said...

Oh, ouchy, sorry about Phoebs, glad you have Denis and drugs. Hope Denis is getting enough rest too. I have never, I repeat,never made"from scratch real buttercream frosting!!" How does it taste? Sounds great!!

gmj said...

Tracy, how did you get the *new Post* thing ?

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joeks said...

Thanks for making the geography game into a link. There sure are a lot of countries that I don't know where they are. And those flags... ouch! :-)

Kim said...

I agree, the flags are very hard. I hope that you are feeling better by now. The frosting sounds awesome!

Priscilla said...

I treid the game. I don't know flags either. I guess it could help to watch that show regularly.

Tracy said...

It really doesn't help with the flags to watch the show. I have been playing the full version on Facebook now and there are lots of different variations. I recently tried the flags of the world version, hoping that the practice will, in turn, improve my Amazing Race score...