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    My female cat is prone to UTI's, more cause of age, we have to be sooooo careful with her diet.


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    Our cats eat a really high quality grain-free dry cat food. He's generally healthy and only 6 1/2. We don't know what triggered it, but hopefully he'll get better. It's not a UTI, because the antibiotic didn't clear it up. Mostly likely, he has crystals forming in his urine. He could get over it on his own, or he could could form a urinary blockage, which is quickly fatal without (expensive) emergency surgery. I briefly worked as a tech at a veterinary hospital before having Raymond and I saw people pay way too much to save their cats, especially as it's something which has a pretty highly likelihood of recurrence. DH and I talked it over last night and if the cat gets blocked we'll put him down. He's had a much better 6 1/2 years than he would have on the street (he was a stray) and we've enjoyed him. We'd love another 6-10 years, but we'll see how it works out.
    We are getting a pet fountain and adding some wet food to his diet. And I'm trying to get a urine sample for the vet, but it's not an easy task! Hopefully he'll recover, and we won't have to deal with this again.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and restarted at 30mo!
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    What is too much is always subjective - what is to one definitely isn't to another, glad you and DH agree though that makes it easier. Hope he is ok. I can't believe you are at almost 18 weeks!! Time flies in other people's pregnancies
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    Oh, I meant too much because they clearly financially couldn't afford it. The place where I worked was a 24-hour care animal hospital in a low income area. There were a lot of people whose pets needed care they couldn't afford. I hated knowing that in an emotional, emergency situation they had agreed to pay and would be facing debt because of it. I just felt so sorry for them. Especially when the pets didn't make it in spite of the care.

    Even knowing that we made the decision for good reasons doesn't make it easier when the pregnancy hormones are raging. Poor kitty. Hopefully he'll pull through on his own. Based on a urine sample it looks like either bladder stones (expensive) or a tumor (untreatable), so it's not looking great for him. Thankfully, he's still eating, drinking, in no apparent pain, and happy.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and restarted at 30mo!
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    We have removed bladder stones in many rescue dogs, definitely pricey. It is so hard with cats because they are so good at hiding discomfort. The whole survival thing. Dogs are ok at it but cats are definitely better. My cat is 15 and I would probably be one of those crazy people haha at least I know it. We have had two dogs with bladder cancer. The first lived a pretty long time with some meds from the specialist the second we didn't find it until it likely had metastasized to his spine. The ultra sound of his abdomen found an inoperable tumor in his bladder and he had lost all feeling in his hind legs, the vet said bladder cancer does metastasize to the spine so we didn't do the mri. 8 dogs and 2 cats is pricey enough but all ten are getting older so I am sure we are in for it.

    Tgif tomorrow I am beat!
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    Double post
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    Just checking in. I read everything, but too drained to type much. My BP is out of control... I can get 115/70 and 170/115 within an hour. It is not helping my anxiety level at all. I talked to my doc for almost 20 minutes on the phone the night before last, and he said to go from 100mg twice daily to 200mg twice daily. In spite of that, I still ended up with 150/100 last night, so I talked to the on-call doc who recommended going up even further to 200mg three times daily. I have all these symptoms, and I don't know if they're related to the BP, anxiety, or something else. I wish I could just sleep through this post-partum period and not have to deal with it. In bed at night is the only time and place I feel reasonable safe. I hate it so much. I can't enjoy Nolan, I feel like I'm failing the other two. My DH is amazing and very supportive, thank goodness. He's really carrying the whole household. Thank goodness he is a SAHD, because I'm scared to be along. I get terrified when he goes to the bathroom. I've had my mom come and stay the last two nights and my dad will come stay tonight. I just feel better with them here. I realize that I sound all-out insane. I hate feeling like I'm losing my mind and unable to control it. I think the stress of having health issues in combo with PP hormones is just entirely too much for me. When I visualized my mat leave, I pictured family trips to the zoo, the park, etc. I didn't picture sitting at home every day, convinced I'm dying. Today is day 8 on the zoloft. I'm still hoping it will begin to calm me a bit sometime soon. I went up from 25mg to 50mg starting yesterday. I'm happy that I sought it out early, but at the same time, I'm a bit discouraged that it doesn't seem to be helping at all yet. I know it takes a few weeks and I'm trying to be patient. I've considered stopping BFing, thinking that if I got my hormones back to normal, maybe all this would be a bit better. And if not, at least I could take better anxiety and BP meds. Of course that's not really want I want, but I'm just at a loss right now. Ugh. I hate struggling like this.

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    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    I hope you get your BP under control soon, Mary.

    AFM: Had my u/s. Baby is still a surprise for a little longer. s/he actually had legs crossed until the very end of the u/s, but the tech saw enough to write something down for us.
    And I have complete placenta previa. Sh!t. I am so scared right now.
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    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and restarted at 30mo!
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    Virginia: sorry about the kitty. And yikes to placenta previa...what are the odds that it'll resolve itself?? That really sucks. Congrats on keeping the surprise for now!

    Mary: so sorry you feel that way. Crossing everything that the meds do their job and you are back to your normal self soon.

    Amanda: finally got [most] of my hospital bag packed. I need to put a few more random things in there but I'd be okay to go for the most part.

    to everyone else! I was supposed to be headed OOT today to watch DH's race tomorrow but we decided after talking with my doc that it would be better if I stay home (it's 4 hours away, only major hospitals are here and there w/nothing in between). I'm bummed that I didn't get to go but it's probably for the best. A long car ride doesn't sound super fun at this point anyway and I have a hard time rotating around to help the kids in the car so yeah... I have been having a lot of BH's the last few days, not that I'm banking on them doing anything whatsoever, but all I need is for this baby to not come in the next 24 hours and then DH will be home so it makes me nervous that he'll try to make a break for it at this inconvenient time. DH has also told me I'm not allowed to have him between May 30-June 3 because of stuff he has going on at work so we'll see how that goes. As of now, I'm not really progressing or anything so I should make my EDD (June 4th) no problem.
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    Virginia - Boooo for the placenta previa. That suuuucks. When do you plan to look at the gender?

    Ashley - I still can't believe how close you are. Yay!

    AFM - Trying to remain calm. Did a bit of yoga with Sean and Calvin today. That was interesting haha. It was somewhat relaxing, though, so I'll probably make it a daily thing.

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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