It has been an uncomfortable week for a couple of reasons, but unlike our usual Thanksgiving, we'll be staying home tomorrow. I'll probably take the day off and be generally useless, and I encourage everyone to do the same.
Uncomfortable reason #1. We have two "senior" cats (in human years they'd be pushing 80) and it has been a trying year with both of them. The first was our guy cat, Mojo or just plain Moe. He had a problem on his annual physical with blood counts being "wrong." Nothing that blood tests for lymphoma or other cancers could reveal but it culminated a few months ago with surgery for what I think would be called periodontal disease in humans; a large lump on his lower left jaw. Since that surgery, he has behaved more like himself than he has since the medications started last March.
Which leads us to the acute uncomfortable reason this week with our girl cat Aurora. She had some abnormal kidney results in her annual blood tests last March and we were told to retest her in six months. We've been going to doctors back and forth for the two cats for weeks. Last weekend, she started displaying labored breathing and we got her into the doctor Monday morning, spending most of the day there. They drained a lot of fluid from around her lungs. Two weeks before, she hadn't been eating and the current guess is the steroids that were helping her appetite caused the fluid around her lungs. Since Monday, her breathing has gotten much more normal looking. She's being a bit more active, still eating and generally acting more normally than she has in a while.
Uncomfortable reason #2 is me. I wrote about the bike accident Saturday, and yesterday (day +3) it threw me a curve. I was up at 5AM to react to Mojo yanking my chain (during some part of his long year with lots of drug experiments, he learned to get me up somewhere between 3 and 5 for breakfast). As usual, I went back to bed and slept a few hours. When I woke, I was so dizzy and nauseated, I could hardly get out of bed. From normal to that dizzy in a few hours. After sitting up for a while, no coffee, no nothing, I called my doctor's office. The tech said, get to the ER NOW and get a CT scan.
I spent Tuesday from around noon to 4PM in the emergency room of the nearest hospital. The good news is there is no brain bleed, no clots, no skull fractures, nothing serious. The ER doctor said something to effect that they diagnose "concussion" once all the bad stuff has been ruled out, so I have a concussion. They call the dizziness plain old vertigo (which I've never had in my life). I have an epic black eye, the worst I can remember in my life, but to me that's the only thing that makes it seem like I got hit on my head hard enough to concuss.
I'm on a common anti-dizziness pill for vertigo, meclizine, which is an old antihistamine similar to the Dramamine that's a common over-the-counter pill for sea-sickness and both are sold for travelers' motion sickness. The meclizine reduces the dizziness but doesn't eliminate it and I'll be having a followup with my GP. The dizziness is most noticeable with fast movements, like standing or sitting too fast, even rolling over in bed. I have a referral to an Ear Nose and Throat guy, since vertigo typically is an inner ear problem. I'll call my allergist and see if he thinks it's worth coming in.
But, hey, my shiner is starting to turn green around the edges, and since I haven't been exposed to Bruce Banner or his cousin Jennifer Walters, there's pretty much a zero chance turning green means I'm turning into a Hulk and that means the shiner is healing. Otherwise, that would be Hulk, She-Hulk and Goober-Hulk, and that's even too much for the Marvel MCU or even Disney+.
Well, enough about me and the cats. However you spend your Thanksgiving, I wish you the best. Take some time to be deliberately thankful - even for the troubles of life. Yeah, being grateful for troubles sounds odd, but it sure seems in retrospect that growth occurs in response to trouble, not in response to idyllic wonderfulness.
Thanks to the EMTs, Nurses, Doctors, LEOs, Firefighters and others who work Thanksgiving so we can have the day off. Thanks to the military men and women who keep the barbarians from the gates and give us the chance to relax. For now, eat, drink, and be merry. Who knows what next year brings?
My smoked turkey from last year. If the dizziness doesn't go away by Friday morning, it will be cooked in the oven for the first time in years.