The last of this year’s bumper tomato crop (grown by the wonderful farmers at our CSA).
* Thank you for such encouraging responses vis-a-vis baby-led weaning. We plan to start soon, and we’ll let you know how it goes.
* Yesterday, I learned how to give subcutaneous fluids to our boy cat, Hades. He has lost a lot of weight since B was born, and some of his kidney enzyme numbers are off just enough to suggest very.very.very early kidney disease. This, apparently, is super treatable using regular, administered-at-home IV fluids. Our beloved vet said we could wait to start this, maybe even a whole year. But we’d just be waiting for him to get sick, which I don’t want to do, so we’re starting now. Thus, every third night, we’ll try to calmly insert an IV into a fold of his skin, then pet and love him for five to ten minutes as 50ccs of fluid enters his body through a 20-gauge needle. We’re also starting him on a medication to stimulate his appetite, which also works as a mild antidepressant. I’m daunted by all of this. I’m nervous about having to give him fluids for the rest of his life, and I’m sad that he has to go through this, but I’m hopeful that we’ll still have manymanymanymanymany years with our sweet puppy-cat. He is without question my soul-animal. He and his sister have been by my side since I was twenty (I’m thirty-four now); I can’t imagine how I’ll ever do without them. Our vet assures us that this treatment is extremely effective, and that feline and cat-parent alike adjust to it quickly. Our first at-home administration is Thursday night. Wish us peace and ease.