Radioactive Kitty

So this blog post is a couple of days late, but it’s for good reason (see title).

What is “radioactive kitty,” you might ask? Is it a band name? No (but it would be a good one). Some crazy new kids’ game? Nope (but, oh the possibilities!).

Here is a radioactive kitty:

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Yes, that’s Moose, our big, lovable tomcat (an old pic but my favorite one). And, yes, he really is radioactive. Here’s why:

In the past year and a half or so, Moose has started becoming less and less Moose-like in terms of size. He was never overweight, but he’s a big guy. A few weeks ago, we noticed that he was looking pretty thin. We took him to the vet, and he’d lost almost 4 lbs. 😕 They ran some tests, and it turns out Moose has hyperthyroidism (i.e. overactive thyroid). This is actually a fairly common occurrence in cats his age.

There are a few options for treatment:
1. Special food, and he could eat nothing but that.
2. Pills twice a day (no, thank you)
3. Radioactive iodine treatment

1 & 2 don’t actually fix the issue. They just keep him from losing weight. 3 actually takes care of the overactive tissue without harming the parathyroid tissue, which controls his metabolism. Basically, a one and done treatment. He can eat normally and shouldn’t have any more issues. The best part is that the treatment itself is non-invasive – it’s either a shot or a pill that they administer once, and that’s it. That being said, it’s not for every cat, but because Moose is so healthy otherwise, it’s the best option for him.

Sigh….here’s the not-so-awesome part. After the treatment, they kept him a couple days, but when he came home, there’s an isolation period for 2 weeks from the treatment date. We can only pet him at arm’s length and only 20 min/day 😢 All of this is actually precautionary for us because he’s still a bit radioactive. It is torture, though, for both us and him, since he’s little Mr. Socialpants.

We currently have him in our upstairs bathroom with all of the conveniences he’s used to, including toys. But, it’s obvious he just wants to be with us. A friend recommended putting clothes in there that smell like us, and that has helped tremendously.

Despite all of our best efforts, poor Moose-man had a small setback on Sunday (which is why I haven’t posted). He had some gastrointestinal issues and then stopped eating. So we took him to the emergency vet. They were WONDERFUL, by the way…so caring, calm, and gentle. They gave him some subcutaneous fluids, an antibiotic, and something to calm his tummy, and then sent him home to see how he responded. (P.S. if you’ve never had an animal that needed subcutaneous fluids, it’s weird…he looked like he had a lopsided camel hump on his back, which they warned us about). Anyway, the emergency vet thought that it was probably a combination of the treatment and just the stress of it all. Well, let me tell you…the things they did worked almost instantly. When we got home, I couldn’t get his food open fast enough. And, he’s been back to normal ever since. He’s still hating being locked up, but at least he’s all better otherwise.

And, now we are at T minus 5 days until he’s out of isolation, and I can hold him again.

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He will still be a bit of a radioactive kitty, but he will be safe for us to be around. William and I just look at it as Moose is finally getting the superpowers he was always meant to have 😉

A Bit of Culture

One thing that many people don’t know (at least anyone who hasn’t known me forever) is that there is a strong musical background in my family.  My grandfather was a professional pianist/organist; my mom can play piano; my uncle plays guitar, banjo, and piano; my brother plays tuba, trombone, guitar, and a little piano; I play piano; and we all sing.  Because of that, a natural part of life is just having music in it.

I’ve always loved seeing music live – the symphony, a musical, or even just my family having a jam session together 🙂  Luckily for me, William enjoys this as well (also having played drums and piano).  Here in Fort Wayne, we have a wonderful philharmonic.  Ever since we got married, we have had the tradition of going to see the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops concert, but in more recent years, we have started going to even more of their concerts.  This year (as well as last year), we have had season tickets to the Pops series.  The Pops series is a bit more non-traditional, and they usually have a guest musician or two participate.

Last night, the concert was “Behind the Mask,” and they played several selections from popular musicals and had two guest vocalists (male and female).

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The focus was naturally on the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has four Broadway musicals running simultaneously – the most of any Broadway composer ever.  I grew up listening to music from his musicals, so this concert was especially appealing to me.  True confessions – I’ve never actually seen Phantom of the Opera, but I know all of the music from it.  And, let me tell you hearing the music from Phantom played live by a full symphony was truly AMAZING.  I don’t think I realized how much I truly liked the music until hearing it live last night.

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At any rate, it was a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Saturday with my Valentine.  Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t post a picture of the beautiful flowers William got me for Valentine’s Day – roses & calla lilies, my favorite!

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How We Spent Our Saturday

A couple of weekends ago was our 4-year old niece’s birthday party.  Unfortunately, due to the snow/ice, we couldn’t make it.  So, we decided to do a make-up birthday celebration this past Saturday.  My brother and sister-in-law live just a couple of hours away from us, and we had an absolute blast hanging out with them and spoiling Celia with presents 🙂

DSC_0275-Edit-2Uncle Billy (as Celia calls William) being a great sport playing chef with her and wearing her pink chef hat while she wore her apron.  I was served some delicious plastic bacon, pizza, green pepper, and a waffle 🙂

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The next American Idol! Grandma got Celia this microphone.  We were entertained most of the afternoon with renditions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, ABCs, and Row Row Row Your Boat.

photo-1And, I got plenty of snuggles while we played games and read books

We had such a great time!  Celia is hilarious and such a good-natured personality.  The part that warmed my heart the most and was sad all at the same time was that she cried when we told her we weren’t spending the night.  However, we promised that next time, we would.  We need to be sure to make good on that within the next month!

Eat Your Veggies

Last week, we went grocery shopping and bought tons of veggies.  I love having fresh veggies in the house, but we sometimes struggle with using all of them up before they go bad.  One great way to take care of this is to roast them.  They are tasty as a side item, or I also use them cold in salads.  Since we had so many veggies, I spent a couple hours this morning prepping and roasting them…which made the house smell awesome I might add!

DSC_0254Starting at 12:00 in this image and going clockwise, there’s Kimchi Brussels Sprouts (recipe from Real Simple), Lemony Carrots (recipe from Real Simple), Roasted Chick Peas, Roasted Sweet Potatoes (both from Oh She Glows), Roasted Zucchini, and Roasted Radishes (both simply done with olive oil, salt, and pepper).  Not pictured but also roasted today were some beets (they were just out of the oven when I took this pic).

These were all awesome, and it was fun to try some new-to-me recipes.  Though, I have to give a big shout-out to the Kimchi Brussels Sprouts and the Roasted Chick Peas in particular – wow, so much flavor!  For lunch, I had a big salad with all of these.  I just put them on a bed of romaine, kale, and purple cabbage and dressed it with a walnut oil, balsamic, and dijon homemade salad dressing.  And, yes, those are anchovies on top, which probably grosses some of you out, but I’m here to tell you that the white anchovies pictured here are extremely mild, as opposed to the regular anchovies you’re thinking of…these are delicious! 🙂

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Looking forward to some healthy and flavorful lunches and dinners this week!