Hey guys! I hope you had a good week!
This week didn’t start off too good for us as we lost one of our furbabies, Red 🙁 When I woke up Monday morning, I noticed that Red seemed to be having a hard time breathing. He struggled with allergies since he came to us as a stray, but he never had breathing issues until this. I took him to the vet as soon as they opened that morning. They took x-rays of his lungs and they had fluid in them, which is never a good sign. A blood test confirmed the worst – Red had both FIV and feline leukemia. The FIV part didn’t surprise me since we got him as a stray and it is something that strays often have. The feline leukemia did surprise me because when we brought him to the vet after we first tamed him down, he tested negative for it and we’ve had him immunized against it ever since. My vet told me that strays are often born with feline leukemia in their bone marrow and it will not show up on a blood test. I also knew from prior experience with a cat I had a while back that the feline leukemia vaccine is not a 100% guarantee that they won’t contract it if they are exposed to it. We made the sad choice to put Red to sleep as by this time he could hardly breathe and the chances of him recovering were next to nil.
This is Red photobombing my recent Spring tablescape shoot. This photo is less than a month old, and as you can see he looks to be in perfect health. Feline leukemia is a sneaky disease and the symptoms can come on literally overnight like they did with Red. The best defense against it is to always keep your kitties indoors, but if this is not possible always make sure to keep up on their vaccinations.
I am really sad about Red’s passing and didn’t get much of anything done this week, blog related or otherwise. I’ve also been struggling with some weird perimenopause symptoms… headaches, increased tinnitus (I’ve had it since I started the perimenopause adventure but it has worsened this week) and just the general feeling of being hit by a truck. I’ve had the typical perimenopause symptoms (mood swings, erratic periods and hair loss just to name a few). But I’ve had some other interesting symptoms that I didn’t know could be symptoms of perimenopause, namely chest pains and breast cysts. Of course I thought the worst at first (Heart attack! Breast cancer!) only to go to my doctor who after a few test confirmed all of it was caused by my fluctuating hormones. This week, I get to add headaches, more tinnitus and feeling hit by a truck to the symptom list. Fun times 😋🤣
Despite Red’s passing and feeling crappy all week, I did manage to get out and get some planting done in my garden. I got most of my “garden staples” (tomatoes, hot peppers and bell peppers) planted as well as carrot and green onion seeds started. Today I plan on getting more seeds started and depending on how I feel maybe some weeds pulled.
Do you grow a vegetable garden? If so, what are some of your favorite vegetables that you like to grow?
This Week’s Features:
Since I’m in the gardening mood, this week’s features are all plant related 🌻🌿🍅
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