Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Smelling Salts

I am up and about very quickly after this chemo. Probably the easiest one so far. Still a little nausea and the usual fatigue but it feels so good to think that I don’t have to go through this again. I have been lurking and stalking a few sites but mostly hanging out in bed with a good book. I always try to get to the library before each chemo and I did so this time. Lots of juicy and cheesy murder mysteries.

Something out of the ordinary did happen last night. I fainted. It could have been very embarrassing as I did it in the common hallway. Fortunately nobody saw me and got freaked out. I don’t have any memory of anything but I came-to laying on the floor in the hallway wondering what the FUCK happened. My usual nurse came this morning and took pulses and blood pressures and everything was fine. But freaky. I have never done that before. I remember feeling flushed but didn’t feel the faint coming at all. I was so confused when I woke up. I have no idea how long I was out. Really bizarre.

And Yoshi has got me worried a little bit. All of a sudden, out of the blue, her appetite has increased. A LOT! She is now eating double the food she normally does. I have tried to ride out the whining for food but she is persistent and I cave. Unfortunately an increase in appetite can mean thyroid issues or diabetes. Or maybe it is just winter fat she is putting on since the weather has become a little colder. I don’t know but I am worried. Anybody else had this happen to their cat before? She had better not be getting sick as she has been a very healthy cat so far.


Susie said...

Not much cat experience here, but winter fat storage sounds reasonable.

I hope the fainting was just a final chemo relief faint.

If and when you're inclined, would you give us an update on the treatment plan from this point on? Just want to know what I'm praying for. I mean, of course I know the BIG picture, but wanted to know the steps along the way, too.

Sharkey said...

Hey, I'm glad that a) the chemo is finished, and b) you're up and around quickly. The fainting thing's a little scary, though.

I don't know much about cats, but I have a dog here who's begging and begging me to give her something to eat. It really is hard to ignore, even though I know it's for her own good.

pablo said...

Hope you are feeling better. I miss you terribly...missing BC a lot but am reading a lot of self-help goal setting books. I fainted onto the floor in January because I got up too fast from my bed. I would wear a football helmet! Big hug!

Von Krankipantzen said...

Susie-I am hoping it is just winter fattening up too with Yoshi. I don't know what is next for treatment. I have doc appointments all next week so I will let you all know as soon as I know myself. You are so sweet to pray for me. I really appreciate it.

Sharkey-thanks! I don't know what was up with the fainting either. Poor Penny so HUNGRY and all barfy. Poor monkey.

pablo-missing you terribly too. Wish you were here. So you fainted too? Were you right out? Freaky, huh?

whfropera said...

how old is Miss Elegant? It may be hyperthyroidism, which is easily dealt with - I mean, you'll have to give her a pill every day, but otherwise, pretty easy to deal with.
and OMG - I am totally freaked that you fainted and no one to help you!

Closet Metro said...

A damsel in distress with no White Knight on a trusty steed to come and rescue her? What is this world coming to?

kalki said...

Yay!! Last chemo!!! KICK ASS!!! Congrats, girl.

(And I wouldn't worry about Yoshi just yet - but call the vet if it will make you feel better. I'm a chronic caller - if I ever have kids, the pediatrician will hate me.)

mrtl said...

I'm glad the last one was easiest for you. Don't want to go out with a bang on that.

The fainting? Mortifying! I'm glad you're all right. Pablo had a great idea for you to wear a helmet around. You can never be too prepared.

eclectic said...

Um, maybe it's just me, but the idea of you being completely defenseless for some unknown period of time in a common area is sooooooooo scary! Nobody stayed with you or called for help or anything? What if you hadn't come to? Yipes!! Glad the nurse gave you the all's clear the next morning, but still... it's worrisome. And so is Yoshi. I'm with Kalki, I'd totally call the vet.

Von Krankipantzen said...

whfropera-Yoshi is 7 1/2 years old now. I guess these things can creep up on a kitty. I will monitor her eating and drinking and see what is what. Yeah, the fainting thing was a little weird. I was more embarrassed than anything. Der!

closet m-indeed! No white knight. Just the scratchy carpet on the floor. I'll say it again, it was the strangest sensation to wake up on the floor. Mega weird.

kalki-Yoshi has been so healthy that she doens't even have a regular vet. I will have to watch her and see if I have to find one for her. I would be a chronic caller too if I had kids. Pain in the ass me.

mrtl-I think I need a helmet too. What a freak I am. I hope I don't nosedive tonight again.

eclectic-it was late at night and only my next door neighbour would have stumbled upon me had she let the dog out or something. Fortunately nobody did as I think I would have scared the SHIT out of them. I am surprised nobody heard me THUNK! I will have to call and ask my neighbour. It is a small house I live in so no weirdos to find me. Overall a very surreal experience. I am glad I woke up on my own. I think I might have beeen out for a few minutes anyway.

fueltank said...

You fainted?
You fainted?

As always good to talk with you tonight. And good to know that you are through this part and are that much closer to your trip to New York.

30 Seconds To Mars Hunter

JessicaRabbit said...

Well I am glad you didnt hurt yourself when you fainted and I am glad your up and around so quickly.

For Yoshi, shes now in cat middle age, switch her to a mature formula food that is lower calorie and less active so you can feed her more and she wont get fat.

Cats do sometimes go in cycles with the eating thing and if she senses this winter is going to be a bastard she might be stocking up.

If she isn't going crazy on the water or vomiting alot, and her activity level, or lack of, hasn't changed I wouldn't worry too much, but a vet visit never hurts.

Personality change in cats is the first and biggest sign of illness, they hide sickness so as not to appear weak. Grump or bizarre love, purring when not normal, because cats also purr when in pain or confused or stressed, agression, those are huge signs that she doesnt feel well.

If you take her in make sure to let the vet know when her appetite changed and if any mood swings or other not normal behavior has come along with the switch.

But I am willing to bet its a getting older thing. Siamese can live well into their 20's though, sometimes even 30's. Rare but, can happen.

LadyBug said...

That fainting episode sounds scary. I'm glad you're alright.

And I hope Yoshi's just putting on winter fat. You guys need to be healthy together.

Love and hugs to you both.

Wait. Love to you both, but hugs to YOU, not Yoshi, 'cause you've warned us about that sort of thing. I'll just let YOU give Yoshi the hugs.

Candace said...

Agreeing with Jess (and everyone else) in regards to Yoshi, laughing my ass off at LadyBug!

My cats go through gorging phases. Keep an eye on her and if she starts acting weird or it goes on for a while, call the vet.

And I'm laughing at the image in my head of you wearing a helmet everywhere you go. Talk about having trouble dating!! That would surely kill your love life!

*hugs* (but not to Yoshi)

Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Hey! You guys got a problem with us helmet-wearin' types?

My mom said I have to wear it.

Really, have had a number of fainting incidents, and it IS scary. I can't even imagine it after a chemo.
First time I ever passed out cold like that was at a church festival where my parents were working, and the first thing I saw when I came to was a priest hovering over me. Talk about freaked the fuck out!

Glad to have you back so soon!

(my verification word is "reeewmi" - does that rhyme with "sue me"?)

ScottyGee said...

I only pass out when Salma Hayek is involved. That means never.

Hope you are feeling better and congrats on your last treatment! Woot!

Squirl said...

I'm so glad you weren't hurt when you passed out. I know what you mean about it feeling weird to wake up on the floor. I had the measles when I was 16 and I was heading down for my first of the morning bathroom trip. The next thing I remember was the kitchen linoleum stuck to my face. Ugh! No one found me either, but at least I was in my own home.

Sounds like everyone's already given you good advice about Yoshi. She'll probably be just fine.

Von Krankipantzen said...

fuel-I will make it to the east coast! Dammit! Thanks for calling last night.

jess-thanks for all the good advice. Yoshi is acting normally and I think the appetite is tapering off. It is hard to think of her as middle aged. She is still my baby.

ladybug-we are both just fine. A little ragged aroudn the edges but just fine.

misfit-hell, a helmet might improve my dating chances. I cna't see it hurting them any.

bucky-now THAT would have freaked me out. A priest? Woo! God's will or what?

scottyg-thanks! No Selema here. Or Henry for that matter.

squirl-well, you totally know. That foreign feeling when you wake up is priceless. I am still chuckling about it.

xiola said...

Hey Stacey,

Yoshi is probably just getting ready for the winter - Winston and Minuit are doing the same thing. Turning into a couple of piggies - always screaming for more and suddenly - sleeping all day in the warmenst places (minuit thinks the heat is on already and has taken up her spot in front of the vent - I moved her bed there to reassure her. Also they are plastered to me at night - as my soul purpose to them is feeder and personal generator.