Hello - friends - I didn't realize just how long it had been since mom had been here - in her defense she is very busy. But today I'm forcing her to catch up - of course, I had to get sick to be able to get her to sit still for me. I've been kinda puny all week - and mom's been really paying attention and trying to help me feel better but nothing has been working - then this morning she got very concerned - mostly because I hadn't moved since yesterday afternoon and I refused even my specially boiled chicken so she took me to the fancy new vet she met while selling her insurance. They're real nice and everything but let's face it - they're VETS!!!! Anyway, before we left mom called the University of Tennessee to get my records sent on over and also to let them know that I might be headed that way - We got to the vet and she was really nice - I already know all the techs over there since I go with mommy when she goes over there so I was comfortable...They weighed me and mom got all stressed out because I had lost a whole pound - I had a little fever but there wasn't any blood in my poo - so that was good. I was however a little bit dehydrated - No surprise since I haven't been drinking any water lately - They decided to do some blood work and take a few X-rays.
It seems my ALT levels were a bit elevated - around 350 - BIG DEAL - I've managed to get them all the way up to 1000 before and I survived!!!!- Then the new vet thought she had made a big discovery when she looked at the x-ray and found out I have a teeny-tiny liver! I said 'read the chart chickie' - she soon discovered that was NOT big news. Bottom line is my itsy-bitsy liver looks just dandy - and I hadn't eaten anything abnormal or swallowed anything strange - I'm just SICK - Who knows, maybe I have the piggy flu - uh, I mean H1N1.
They wanted to keep me overnight on IV fluids but mom said no - she preferred not to - but if necessary we'd go to UT and she'd sit with me till the IV finished. But, instead they hydrated me subtaneously [sp?] and gave me an antibiotic shot. They sent me home with mom and a pack of antibiotics and some pills for the 'runs". I actually felt better by the time I got home and I ate my chicken.
I've been home for about 7 hours now and I haven't thrown up at all - I am still a little "runny" but mom doesn't mind. She is however still a little stressed about the $512 check she wrote to the vet. She's hoping that the insurance will pay it in full - and that they don't rule it "pre-existing" since this is sorta-kinda what happened last year - But we'll see.....either way - I'm on the mend.
Now - let me tell you about mom - Well, she's pretty busy with the "Revitalization Effort" - she's begging for something everyday from somebody. She's doing a pretty good job of it too. She's now working on getting the capital campaign started to raise the first $500,000 - This past week was stressful because she had to get liability insurance in place for the volunteers - she needed about $4,000 to get the insurance - Leave it to mom - she raised a little over $8000 in about 2 hours and had the insurance in place within the day. Next week is a busy week for her - She has to start work on a grant - it's for $700,000 and includes bricks and morter which is a big deal. She had been working on a $250,000 planning grant but the mean old people at the CVB told her it was their Preserve America Grant and she couldn't have any of it - They only wanted $50,000 of the money and mom still can't understand why they are leaving 200,000 on the table. CITY POLITICS - I don't understand them - but they sure do get mom a little ticked off -
Oh yeah - mom had to go to the doctor for a check up - She wasn't feeling sick or anything - she just went in - The doctor was not too happy with her tho - Her blood pressure was 195/95 - WHOA - they almost put her in the hospital. Mom told them to "chill out" she was fine - But the doctor wasn't convinced. They did and EKG or something and it was fine - so the doctor agreed to start her on some medicine and make her check her BP 4 times a day. If it goes back up above 180 on the top mom is supposed to call the doctor - I know mom and it's pretty unlikely that she will call....but she is taking her medicine.
Here is some video of me last night - for those of you who know me - you know that is not me being so quiet there.