Friday, October 5, 2012

Update, Oliver and Me

We are doing fine.  Oliver had a setback this week, some infection flared up unexpectedly, and after another vet trip and more meds he is doing great.  What I think happened is he was very carefully waiting until he was released from his liquid meds dose on the kitchen counter, running off, and saving the medicine in his mouth to spit out in another room.  He hates, abhors, detests this liquid antibiotic. 

We are now wise to his ways, and he is MUCH better, almost completely recovered.  Soon I will post a photo of his new look sans fur on one leg and explain what has happened, plus some valuable tips for all cat moms out there to keep in mind when a crisis occurs. 

I too am doing much better finally.  Almost all the damage to my hands is healing well, my right hand is good but I do have one area on my left hand that needs some reconstructive surgery.  Because it is on the side of my thumb I use for quilting I won't be able to quilt for awhile but I am optimistic at the final outcome and will keep you posted about that too.  I will share my information with you.  Many of you gave me valuable advice on what to do with hand injuries, and I thank you for that.

I can't tell you how much all your caring messages here and in emails have meant to me, and truly how much they have helped.  I know you as quilters understand that my health and recovery are more important than teaching, and forgive me for cancelling classes. 

I do hope to try and have some classes next year to accommodate disappointed students.  Believe me, I would much much rather be teaching than dealing with injuries and feeling so wretched for the last ten days.

The autumn leaves are beautiful here, Oliver is chirping at me again, and better days are ahead.  Thank you all again; am sending you all a warm hug of thanks.
Diane

22 comments:

Joanne said...

So glad to hear! All the best!❤

Gramma Quilter said...

That is one benefit of being older. Life has taught us the wisdom of caring for yourselves the way we need to. Glad you are on the mend and that you will take it easy as long as you need to! Blessings!

Robin in WNC said...

So glad to know both you and Oliver are improving. I hope your surgery goes well. Don't push your recovery, because you do want full recovery so you can continue to do your beautiful work. Enjoy the autumn color.

Tanichiwa said...

Diane, thank you for sharing the good news yourself and Oliver is recovering well. All the Best Wishes to both of you!

Rosemary said...

So glad to hear you are both on the mend. My cat is on antibiotics too and I have the hardest time getting him to take them. I guess he only likes fish flavored medicine! Hope you both relax and heal well!

Jenny K. Lyon said...

Diane I am so glad to hear that you and Oliver are getting better. I hope you both do what you're supposed to (ahem!) and heal up faster than thought possible.

Paula said...

Diane,
I am so glad that you are on the mend and that you are so positive about your recovery. I am also glad to hear that Oliver is doing well as I know how much you love your little guy. Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing. Smiles and hugs to you.

Paula from Nevada

Ming said...

Dear Diane, It is good to know that you and Oliver are getting better. We recently had two Burmese kittens and they are incredibly lovable. Although they are my very first cats, I do understand what you meant when you said would do anything you could to help the little guy. Enjoy the nice season and take care. Ming

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thank you for the update. I hope that you and Oliver will soon be totally recovered.

Joan said...

So relieved you are on the improve as is Oliver. I can understand how you must feel, but I am sure you know we are all here for you and feeling your pain and discomfit too.
Many healing thoughts for you and look forward to you next posting. I was really devastated to hear your news last post.

Dawn said...

So happy to hear the positive update regarding you and Oliver. That is wonderful news!
The intelligence of animals never fails to amaze me! How he knew to hold the meds in his mouth and run off to where you could not see him so he could then proceed to spit them out. Toooo darned smart for his own good.......unfortunately, since that impeded his recovery. Glad you discovered his trick. :)

Kathie said...

good glad to read this post...I know everyone understands you need to recover completely.
The fall colors here are beautiful too we have just started, haven't peaked yet.
my favorite time of the year, my color palette for sure.
take care of yourself and oliver
thinking of you
Kathie

Sooli said...

Trust a cat to find a way to avoid medicine! Glad you are both on the mend. I can just imagine how twitchy you must be feeling with a ban on quilting but it will be for the best in the long run I'm sure. Take care!

Martha said...

Prayers and healing quilty hugs I'm sending to you. You are a person dear to my heart and it saddens me to know you are suffering. Take care, rest lots, enjoy your surroundings as they help heal the wounds. I'm glad Oliver is doing better too! :-)
I appreciate all that you have taught me through your books-I would not be where I am today with my quilting without your help. Thank-you so very much!!! Martha

Jacquelin said...

Te deseo una rápida y pronta recuperación para que puedas seguir enseñando todo lo que sabes hacer. Un abrazo.

Elaine said...

Dear Diane,
You won't believe how often you are mentioned in our quilt gatherings here in Arkansas. 'Diane Gaudynski says...' is how our sentences begin.

It has been quite some time since you taught that class at Quest Quilters, but I am still influenced by what I learned. Last month I suddenly realized that I was quilting a marked design and Really Enjoying It. A milestone!

All that is by way of telling you how much you are valued. We are certainly pulling for you and looking forward to your full recovery. Hang in there!

Quilting Babcia said...

Every day as I sit down at the machine, I think of you and know how much you are missing using your gift of glorious quilting. We're all sending prayers and good wishes for your complete recovery, and Oliver's too! In the meantime, try to enjoy the fall colors as you continue to heal.

Anonymous said...

Diane, Sending you healing thoughts for yourself and Oliver. Our animal family members are so important and deserve our love and care, which you obviously gave Oliver. Take care of yourself and give yourself permission to relax, enjoy the fall, and not fret.

Bouts Choisis said...

So sorry to hear of your injuries. Get well soon - both of you.

sherry reynolds said...

so glad to hear you and Oliver are both recovering from the injuries. keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. Take care Diane :)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are both recovering!

SewCalGal said...

Sending positive thoughts & prayers to you & Oliver. I hope you both feel 100% better very soon.

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