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07:09 pm: My Cytogenic Intake
I had the NeBuPent mist coming into my mouth via nebulizer while sitting in a room with an air handler that takes all the air out through it and filters while two double-masked nurses observed. I have two more treatments -- June and July -- and that's it. They'd never done this before and were consulting a lot of paperwork and checking each other. Hmmm, I wonder if they thought I had HIV and nobody had told them. Surely Kaiser would note HIV/AIDs on a chart. Oh, and the nebulizer itself had special filters.

I'd earlier been to the ATM, dropped off a DVD at the post office, and picked up groceries at the Giant.

I'm having trouble catching Spirit to give her the pain meds and to get both her & Shiva to eat. Earlier, Spirit went down the hall to my bedroom and I was able to sneak down behind her and shut the door. I gave her the meds (just squeezed into her mouth) and then carried her back to the kitchen, opened a wet food can, and put little bits (about an ounce total) into her mouth. Now she's really mad at me. She really wants to eat snackies, which are quite hard.

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From:aitchellsee
Date:May 4th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Once her mouth heals up the snackies should be perfectly all right - My lost and lamented Zak the Icon Cat had most all his teeth extracted (except for the little upper incisors and a trio of teeth on one side - 2 on one jaw, 1 on the other -- and he went merrily crunching his way though dry bits for years, until the night he escaped from my new apartment and was never seen again.

Still, I suppose it's a question of "how raw is the jaw" at the moment, and perhaps also whether she's pulverizing the snackies or merely swallowing them.

Wishing all the mammals in your household continued improvements in health!
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 5th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
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She got her teeth out on Friday, so she should be close to being healed.
From:etumukutenyak
Date:May 4th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
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If you feel comfortable with subcutaneous injections, you can ask your veterinarian for injectable meds instead. Some cats dislike oral meds -- I had one who absolutely hated oral meds, and also had a habit of getting chin acne infections, so finally, one day, after he started hiding from me and the pills, I walked up to him with a syringe of penicillin. He just looked at me. From then on, everything was by injection.

Within about 24 hours, mucosa is healing. Most animals are back to eating what they like within 48 hours, which does depend on the veterinarian as well as the patient. ;-)

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From:mjlayman
Date:May 5th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
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She's had about half of them, and Shiva didn't want all of his when his teeth came out, either. She's drinking, so even if she doesn't eat much, it shouldn't hurt her.
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From:kate_schaefer
Date:May 5th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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Maybe the Kaiser nurses were following an overly-paranoid flu-transmission-avoidance protocol?
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 5th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
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Well, there were lots of other patients in the waiting room and through the center and no other nurses in masks. I don't have the flu.
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From:kate_schaefer
Date:May 5th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
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If there weren't other nurses in masks, then it seems a bit loony to me.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 5th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
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I was willing to breathe cytogenic mist in order to make my brain more stable, but you can't really expect the nurses to breathe mist that might give them cancer. I think it's probably a reasonable precaution.
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