Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cat Scratch Fever

I forgot to mention that on Friday of last week, the day before our family trip, my mother was bitten by her cat, Katie’s mom, Penny.  Penny got spooked by Mikey, another rescue of mine that Mom adopted, and my mother’s ankle happened to be in the right place at the right time!  Now, years ago, my mother was bit by her other cat that had gotten out by mistake, and when my mother went to grab her, she turned around and bit her in the hand.  My mother wound up in the hospital for four days because of that.  [Cellulitis in the lower leg is characterized by signs and symptoms similar to those of a deep vein thrombosis, such as warmth, pain and swelling (inflammation). This reddened skin or rash may signal a deeper, more serious infection of the inner layers of skin. Once below the skin, the bacteria can spread rapidly, entering the lymph nodes and the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body.]  So, being in Massachusetts over the weekend, my mother visited the Emergency Room three times, once on Saturday, once on Sunday, and again at 1 am. on Monday morning.  We all still had a good time, but sitting in the ED in the wee hours of the morning, the night before an early trip home, it was not fun.  Mom spent the evening and the next day, after a long drive home, in our local hospital in Rochester getting more intravenous antibiotic fluid pumped into her, and she is doing much better than when it all started. 

On my route yesterday, I ran into this man John, who has allowed me to shelter and feed behind his property for a few years now, ever since I got kicked off Grand Avenue after Wally moved.  He was running late, and I gave him a ride to a food shelter down the street.  Apparently he hasn’t been doing too good lately, and is not working.  He also mentioned that he is moving in October.  He told me he had to get rid of his dog Silver, a beautiful German Shepard, and was trying to find someone to take him before he had to take him to RAS (Rochester Animal Control).  Very sad.  He did say, however, that he would tell the new tenants about me, and the shelter behind there, and would hope they would respect that.  I hope so.  This is the location where I rescued Sylvester, Stanley, and Sadie.  This is where my Earl came from!  This is just houses down from where Neck Wound Kitty hangs, and a few others that I’ve TNR’d there, that I feed at a boarded house that will be occupied at some point soon.  A man has purchased the house, along with the house next door, and is fixing it up.  In the meantime, he has allowed me to shelter and feed kitties on the porch.  What a nice man.

I have not seen the Baldwin kittens, those being Cricket’s siblings.  It saddens me to not know what has happened to them, so I can only pray they are safe – that someone has caught them and is keeping them safe.  I have also not seen one of the two nursing moms there in two days.  I did, however, see a nursing mom that looks pregnant again.  I also saw an orange cat that looked pretty pregnant yesterday at this location.

On Central, at my new spot, where I placed two tote shelters and boards down for rain cover, these were moved – I found them this morning down a ways from where I had it set up yesterday morning.  I thought perhaps it is the city workers, and they came and mowed the lawn there in the vacant lots – I hope and pray it was.  I placed the shelter back up again and am hoping that they will stay today.  Rain is expected later today, and there are a lot of kitties here that need this food.

"You don't have to defend or explain your decisions to anyone.  Its your life.  Live it without apologies."

1 comment:

  1. I feel so bad for John having to give up his dog! And now you have to deal with new people who might not want the kitties. Bummer. I'm hoping and praying for the best!