Friday, August 16, 2013

TGIF and other things

Ho-hum....
40 minutes is too long san. How about 30? No? Okay then, let me rest my head as well...its TGIF anyway...

We have had this routine eversince he was diagnosed with lymphoma the first time in 2009. He had undergone about 6 months of chemotherapy, with a very rigorous protocol, which was later changed to a milder one as he was 13 then. He has had shark cartilage suppositories (which I had struggled with but my cat won in the end) and also lingzhi suppositories.  

The suppository protocol is simple. Make sure you use the right lubricant (water-based) or if not just use olive oil and insert it quickly in an upwards motion. Megat would be very displeased and he had sometimes made sure that this will not happen by tightening his muscles! Once, even the vet had remarked on how determined he was :) Then I have to make sure that he does not go to the toilet and poo it out. So that is why I have to restrain him for about 30 minutes (Dr Ly's recommendation) to 40 mins (the vet tech's recommendation). I usually make sure that we have at least 40 minutes. So usually he gets medicine at 5 pm. I will make sure he gets the suppository immediately, then its time for other things like lingzhi extract and collidal silver in a  mixture of pumpkin and papaya, his Kidney activator pill, his Vit B and (now) his C-Cap. All this takes about 15 minutes. So he would have 20 minutes already and so for the rest of the time, he would just be bundled loosely on my chest. 

So here, he would attempt to escape but when I play him some music, sing a short ditty or brush his coat, he would just stay put. Nowadays he stays put without much persuasion. 

These days I make sure he has the suppository 6 times a week as opposed to the maintenance protocol of at least 4 times a week. And I cannot give him both the suppository and the Sub Q during the same session as he would always pee right after the Sub Q and if done together, this would mean he would do both in his litter :)

Dr Ly said that 100% of the lingzhi would be absorbed into his system directly with the suppository as well and only 40% if I give him the extract. So essentially he gets 140% of the lingzhi everyday but Sunday.

6 comments:

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We are amazed, San, that you can even do this at all! #1 says she once tried a suppository with Sen-Chan and it was the most awful fight of her life (SEn-Chan won...).

Purrs,
The Chans

Katnip Lounge said...

Mommy can pill a kitty like nobody's business but a suppository? She thinks NO WAY!

Eileen said...

Megat, please do as San says. I do not take any pills in my mouth and must have all my medications rubbed in my ears. I do hope all goes well, Jessica

Anonymous said...

san u r a saint u do so much and for so long i do admire your dedication determination and patience. cat aunty

Anonymous said...

I was told to hold the Lab's tail down after suppository (that was the easy part). As soon as i let go of the tail, the suppository would land right next to my feet - not one single successful attempt. I like compounding meds rubbed in ears too.

san said...

I think if Bujang is the one I have to pill I will have to compound meds and rub them on his ears. There is no way he would allow me any where close to his mouth. I would also have to be able to side-step his saber claws and his teeth.