Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nursing Sick Cats

Journey, Jimi, and Jazzi
It seems as though our trips to the vet come all at once. We took Jazzi to see Dr. Sims maybe close to two weeks ago. Jazzi is just over 15 years old. She has arthritis pretty bad in her elbows and knees and receives pain meds twice a day for it. Luckily we have a local pharmacist willing to prepare her pain medication in a cream that we smear on her ears. A few years ago she had a bad bout of pancreatitis and she had to have a feeding tube for awhile and had been diabetic until we got things under control. Her pancreatitis still flairs up but we haven't had to give her insulin since she first had trouble. Well, recently she has been exceedingly interested in sitting at the water bowl drinking, drinking, drinking - a sign that the diabetes might be back. Michael and I spent some time this evening trying to test her blood (yes, we actually have an Accu-Chek diabetic blood tester for our cat). Poor baby. I pricked her ears probably four times on each ear and can't get enough blood for the test. She's not very happy with me right now. Michael is calling the vet tomorrow to take her in and have them draw some blood. We just need to know if we need to start the insulin shots again, and if so how much to give her.

And, as if that wasn't enough, Journey got to visit the vet last Friday. Seems like his intestinal lymphoma might be progressing. Funny thing is both Jimi and Journey have this cancer. Jimi was diagnosed in December 2005; Journey in 2008. Both boys have gone through chemotherapy and both are on prednisone. It amazing, though, how well they have done so far. Jimi is approximately 14 years old, and Journey is about 13 years old. News about the cats really doesn't have anything to do with Sunday dinner, it's just what we've had to deal with lately. I'm just grateful that they all are doing fairly well overall - they all will still play, eat, run around, and do their thing; they're just a bit slower these days (and maybe a bit crankier too).

When I was searching around last week, I came across this recipe that sounds absolutely fabulous to me. Mmm...I hope it's as good as it looks. Seared scallops with warm Tuscan Beans. According to the nutritional information on the recipe, this should be 6 weight watchers points per serving. One serving is 4 ounces scallops plus 3/4 cup bean mixture. I think my only change will be to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

A gal that I work with, Julia, sent me a recipe for Weight Watchers Cobbler:
2 (16 oz.) bags any frozen fruit
1 (18.25 oz.) box yellow cake mix
1 (12 oz.) can diet white soda

Place both bags of frozen fruit into a 13x9 inch baking dish (do not thaw). Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of frozen fruit. Pour entire can of diet soda over mixture. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake an additional 40 minutes.
12 servings
3 points each

I might try the cobbler for dessert. Come back after Sunday and I'll let you know how it all turns out. Keep your fingers crossed for our cats, if you can. They really are our babies and while we know they're really old and probably approaching the end of their lives, we are trying to make their remaining time comfortable.

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