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The Baby Bunny


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So far it's been an interesting week. On a Monday and Tuesday afternoon I take care of my best girlfriends little girl. I've been doing this since she was 1 month old - so of course it seems like she is one of my own. Well, Tuesday afternoon, Sarah and I where outside in her pool and all of a sudden I heard this screaming sound. First I thought that's a strange sounding bird - and then heard this ruffling in the grass. Oh course - what did I see was the neighborhood "killer cat" with something in his mouth. At first I thought it was a mouse because I have seen him with mice before and I hate mice and bats. So I grabbed Sarah and RAN into the house. I was afraid that the cat would leave go of the thing and it would run right at us. So Sarah and I stood at the kitchen window and watched this cat and then I had noticed that the animal's ears where standing straight and then I new it wasn't a mouse. Hear this "killer cat" had a baby bunny. It could have only been about a month old. So Sarah and I went back outside and by that time the neighbor was coming over to talk so she and I chased off the cat and the bunny was in the flower garden. We wanted to save it - so I went in, got a box and an old dish towel and we had gotten the bunny into the box. The poor thing was ripped to shreads from the "cat." My neighbors girlfriend is a vet so she took it to her. I just heard yesterday that the bunny died. And wouldn't you know it today I saw that "killer cat" with a mouse in his mouth. I love cats and have 2 but this one is really starting to get on my last nerve.

 

This has been a full week of therapy for Chris. He has been extremely tired. In past weeks he has been having about 4 hours of therapy but today alone the OT was here for 2 1/4 hours stretching him, trying to get him to sit centered on the bed and working and trying to get him to keep his hand opened on the affected side. A resting hand splint has been ordered for him. Since the therapists have been working harder with him and trying to get him to stand - he is having alot of pain in his legs and the left arm. He says that his legs are on fire!!!!!! Just recently the doctor had increased his Neurotin to 1800mg daily. I talked today to the therapist and she had said that the increased pain is due to him supporting his body weight on his legs and it has been just about 1 year since he has stood. Since the increase in therapy Chris has been taking Percocet after therapy to help with the pain. I know they say "No Pain - No Gain" but if this continues I'm gonna contact his doctor and see what she says. The doctor has also ordered a muscle relaxer for Chris to take one hour before therapy. His back is extremely stiff. This was suggested by the therapist - she thought that maybe he would not have as much pain if the muscles would relax before therapy. So we'll see what happens.

 

There has been so much improvement in Chris this week. I find it truly amazing what happens day by day with him. I hope that his case manager finds a nursing agency soon so that I can get some help - even if it would be 2 hours a day. I feel alittle "burn out" starting and I don't want it to get the best of me or get cranky and miserable with Chris. Right now my parents have said that they would come over and help - but I hate asking - I don't want to impose on anyone. I know one of my problems is that I'm not getting enough sleep so I need to start working on getting to bed earlier - going to bed when Chris does and stop doing things so late at night. My lack of sleep really makes me cranky and I have noticed that I don't have the strength I used to have.

 

So now I'm going to bed and hopefully he will sleep thru the night!!!!! outofhere.gif

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Hi Kim, I know it is hard to ask for help, but if your parents have offered, it would give you a little break, even to go to a store, or a short nap for yourself..

maybe even two or 3 days a week for an hour or so...

just a little you time...It is hard to do it all yourself....don't burn out....

take care of yourself for both of you

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I too, grieve the bunnies' passing. I have 2 fat male cats, both declawed and stay only inside. Cats are predators by nature, just watch Animal Planet. Earlier this summer, a friend had similar situation with a baby bunny that had been brought home as a trophy and 'love offering' by the family cat and the bunny died, too.

 

Hope your Killer Cat is neutered or spayed. To me that's the bigger crime...There are a lot of unplanned kittens and puppies that just end up run over by a car or taken to the Humane Shelter and euthanised.

 

We recently discovered we have 8 kittens living in our woodpile out behind our garage. Now, our task is to humanely capture these babies and take them to the local animal shelter to hopefuly be adopted.

 

Just yesterday, I picked up a dead cat that had been run over in the street in front of my house. (possbly the mother cat).

 

I think every cat or dog should have a loving home and be wanted. Preventing further litters is the right, responsible thing to do.

 

That's my rant, anyway.

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Hi Kim, Sounds like you have your hands full. Try to get a break as often as possible. Improvement continues all the rest of your life, just at a slower pace. So when you get a relative who offers to help, take them up on it. You never know when your husband will improve to a point where you don't have to do all the work.

 

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