Some News

So, a little news for those who might care. I had a blood test done recently because I suspected I had anaemia again, and my suspicions were correct. That explains why I feel so exhausted, tired, worn-out, fall ill, and can’t seem to really get back on my feet. As this seems to be a recurring problem, we’re trying to figure out the cause, which is probably digestive.

I’ll spare you the gory details about how they try to figure out if your stomach is too acid and hindering good iron absorption, but I’m not dealing very well with this kind of exam.

Aside from that, things are a bit… complicate/difficult in my person life [insert comments about dealing with inner demons, etc.].

I’m trying to reposition myself on the job market a little, because I have the feeling the market isn’t really ready for some of the stuff I’d really like to be doing. It’s more “refocus” rather than reposition, actually. No drastic change, but trying to see (and state) a bit clearer what I’m offering to my clients. There’s also the company and related projects, but I’m having trouble putting as much energy as I’d like into it right now because of what I just explained above.

So, in short, nothing really serious, but rather rough times. Should be better in a couple of weeks, though.

What Am I Doing Now?

Not much posting or online activity these days, you might have noticed. I’m nursing the nasty cold which has taken over my lungs, throat, nose and brain, and I have about 3 proposals to finish writing up and sending to clients. Then, of course, a whole lot of other things in the GTD pipeline, but I’d rather not think about it, to be honest. “Cross that bridge when you come to it”, that kind of stuff.

Today I feel that my cold has freed enough of my brain for me to get to work. Luckily I don’t have to speak or dictate (my hands are doing good these days, thanks to my magician osteopath) because my throat is still really sore and my ears are ringing. Oh well, a cold, you know.

For those of you who asked about Bagha: he’s doing great! He finished his last series of interferon shots, and the last two times the vet saw him he said he was in really great shape. We just tested him for hyperthyroidism as it’s quite common in older cats and he’s lost a little weight. I need to remember to call back next week to get the results. Bagha will get back at writing in his diary — unfortunately I’ve been a bit busy (being stressed, or travelling) to help him out with the typing (don’t tell him you know, but he can’t really manage the key with those paws of his).

Bagha Update: Better Than I Feared

It’s been a few days since my rather alarmed update about Bagha’s health. Things have calmed down a bit now. First, I suggested that Bagha blog things from his point of view at Catster, so you should head there for regular kitty updates. Second, I had a long chat with my vet on Thursday, did some more web research and signed up on three mailinglists.

Here’s a summary of results (again, for details, see Bagha’s diary):

Bagha will be allowed to go outside, just less than before. It slightly increases the risk that he’ll catch illnesses if he has contacts with other cats, but I’d rather he have a better quality life and be able to go and pee on the neighbourhood bushes, even if it means it might be a bit shorter. The risk for other cats is negligible: Bagha’s certainly been FIV+ for years, so other cats around probably are too — hell, he might even have caught if from one of them.

– I’m not going to raise a useless panic in the neighbourhood by alerting every cat owner around to his FIV status — for the same reason systematic FIV testing is not done anymore (if it ever was). Systematic testing creates more problems than letting things be and testing cats when there is a serious reason to suspect they might be FIV+ (as was the case with Bagha).

– Bagha is in no immediate danger. His immune system is weakened, which means he’ll catch illnesses very easily, or develop reactions to illnesses cats are normally immune to — like toxoplasmosis. His toxoplasmosis is being treated, he doesn’t seem to be suffering from it much, and there is no reason to think the treatment won’t be successful.

– My main worry right now is that his right eye has some cloudy protein stuff in it (because of the toxoplasmosis) and that it’s attached in some point to the iris, pulling it into the pupil (hard to explain, but looks weird). I’m putting atropine in that eye in the hope that dilating the pupil will detach the protein filament from the iris, but so far, no success. I’m not sure what happens if it doesn’t work by Sunday (when I have to stop the atropine). His eye condition isn’t painful and he can see (well, as well as one can see with a pupil completely dilated by atropine).

– Monday, I’m starting him on a treatment with interferon (I’ll be giving the injections) to help stabilize his immune system. Not 100% sure it will work, but we’ll see. Worth the try, even if it’s expensive.

Thanks for all the kind words, to everybody who commented or sent messages or checked in for news. It’s been a rough week for me but things are almost back to normal right now. 🙂