Friday, August 14, 2009

Dr. Rocky, Back on Call

Dr. Rocky: Hello again, my long lost friends! It's been four months since I've been able to blog, four of the most cat-astrophic months of my life! My mom has been very, very sick and I've been taking care of her ...


She got sick in April and just kept getting worse and worse with terrible pain and spending all her time in the human litter box and couldn't eat or do anything and none of her human vets could figure out what was wrong. All that time, we couldn't even sit on her lap because it hurt her too much.

Finally the doofus human vets found out she has a serious infection called Clostridium Difficile, or "C-diff". They said it can be fatal and they put her in the hospital right away, in isolation because it can be contagious. While she was there, my other human artists had to disinfect everything at Artsy Catsy with a special kind of bleach and - horrors! - now my staff and I have to be washed every day for two weeks because we can carry the C-diff spores :-( I like water, but this is definitely too much! Fortunately, we're now down to just being washed with cat wipes rather than a full dunking.

Then I had to hiss and scratch mom's health insurance because they didn't want to pay for the only drug that will treat her, and it costs over $1200 for a two-week supply!

But thankfully now the worst of it is over and I can get back to blogging and visiting with all of you - and I'm even going to host Carnival of the Cats this weekend, so don't forget to submit your posts to me!

I've missed you all so much, and it's so good to be back!

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK - WE WERE WORRIED AND WE CAN SEE THERE WAS REASON TO BE CONCERNED.

PURRS AND HEADBUMPS TO YOUR MOM. ROCKY, YOU MAKE A CONVINCING HUMAN VET.

Simba and Pam

Furkidsmom said...

We're so glad to see you posting again. We're sorry your Mom has been so sick and we hope that things will be back to normal soon.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Eric and Flynn said...

Yayyyy!!! You're back!! We missed you. We are glad the Bean vet found what was wrong with your mum at last. We hope she has made a full recovery. You make a very impurressive doctor.

Ikaika said...

I am so happy that your mom is getting better and you are back. My mom has heard of the infection your mom had and she told me how serious it can be. We are all sending lots of healing purrs and energies to your mom so she will stay well!

las794 said...

Curses upon heartless insurance companies & overpriced drugs! I'm glad you're back and hope everybody's well now!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

So glad to hear things are looking better for you and your family now...we are used to baths here at Furrydance and I'm sure you will be used to them too after this is all cleared up!

Be good kitties for your mewmie and we are sure your furrs will be shiny and soft after all those baths!

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Rocky, we are so glad your Mom is finally over the worse part of what sounds like an awful infection, and we are so glad she had you to take care of her and try to keep the insurance company in line. And we are glad too that you only have cat wipes to deal with instead of awful baths. You all take care, okay?
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am glad things are going well enough for you all to be back! It is good to see you again!

Daisy said...

Rocky! I am so glad you are back! I missed you. I hope your mom is all better now.

Aloysius said...

Wow, what a bad time you and your mom have had. I'm glad she's better and I'm looking forward to the Carnival. I have a special post ready to go.

Purrs!

Niko and Cloud said...

Wow, what a rough 4 months! We are glad you are back and that your Mom is feeling better!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Welcome Back and thanks for visiting our blog! That sounds AWFUL... Our PURRson had food poisoning once from a food Festival and was sick for only 2 weeks and it was AWWWWWful!

I think we have you to thank for putting the giant sunflower cat tree on your site! Our PURRson bought us one!

Rocky you look just like our Sunshine-Kitty who is littermate broFUR to Moonlight-Kitty and they will be 11 on Tuesday! Oh PLEASE come to our birfdai PURRty!!!

Cory said...

Puurrrs to you and your mom. We are so sorry for her ordeal and we are so glad you are back. Good thing Dr. Rocky was available 24/7!

Angel and Kirby said...

We have been so worried about you. WE have missed you and are very glad you are back! That sounds like a real bad bug and we are happy they found it. Insurance companies should be hissed and scratched at more often.

Freya's Staff said...

SO glad to have you back! You've now got 4 months of your special pictures to catch up with!!!

Glad your mom's out of the woods now.

headbutts
xx

The Whiskeratti said...

Rocky!!!!! We have missed you very, very much. We didn't have our own blog when we first started visiting here - when Mr. Milky came along - but we came lots to see what everykitteh there was up to.

We're so sorry about your hoomin, and will purray really hard she will have a full and complete recovery.

As for the insurance company.. we wish all the curses of Basement Cat upon their heads!!!

The Island Cats said...

Welcome back! We missed all of you Artsy Catsy cats!!! We are so happy to hear that your mom is getting better...how scary that musta been for all of you!!! We know you are all taking real good care of her...sorry about the washings...but it sounds like it's necessary....

Brian said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit me, it's very nice to meet you. We are all so glad your Mommy is doing better, we'll visit you often.

Zoolatry said...

Welcome home... and welcome back to better health, happier days and more!

The Meezers said...

we are so furry glad you is back!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're glad to see you're able to post again. We are glad the human vets finally figured out what is wrong with your mom so she could be treated. We hope she just keeps feeling BETTER!

♥Da fambly cat-a-blog kitties♥ said...

We are so sad that your momma was so sick. Sometimes those dog-tors aren't as bright as they think they are and they make mistakes. Our momma was sick for a whole year with throwing up and tummy aches and they just kept telling her to take Pepto. Finally they took a camera and looked into her belly and found bacteria growing in there! Sometimes the 'beans just gots to whine and whine to get attention.

Welcome back! An' give your momma an extra purr from us☺

Reese =^..^= said...

Hello and welcome back! I look forward to getting to know you.

The Monkeys said...

Welcome back! We're very happy to meet you too!

That sounds like an awful sickness and we hope you're feeling better soon!

peggy and The Cats said...

HI! HI! HI! *waving paws* We are so happy you are back. We are very sorry your Mom has been so sick. Tell her to make sure she keeps us all up to date. Gee, but we're glad your back :)

Katie and Da Katz said...

oh my catty paws! we haz bin purrin fur you! and now we knohs why! What a pawrifik bads stuffoms!

and bathing kittiez?!?!
oh dear oh dear oh dear....

Us Katie Katz iz glad u iz getting well... dat waz furry bads!

we lufs u!

Katie Too
n da Katz Gang

Katie and Da Katz said...

ooohh mom wantsta knoh ifns dey figurred outs how u gotted dat??

Katie Too

ML said...

Welcome back, we's worried about yous.
Hope yours Mommy feels all better now.
Love & Purrs,
KC

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We missed yoo! We sure hope it's all done fur yoor mom. We knew someone who hadded dat C diff and it's a miserable, horrible, nasty, awful kinda sickness. So, how much weight did da artist lose? Our frend losted almost 40 pounds and looked a little skeletal!

Kitty said...

Hello Rocky, the girls and I are pleased to here that your Mummy is feeling better and is on the road to recovery. We also look forward to getting to know you! Kitty x

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh Rocky I have missed you so much much too! I thought about you and your mommy often and am so glad that she is finally on the mend again.
The wonderful thing about the CB is that you are always part of the family no matter what happens.
I feel very honored that you would visit me so soon after coming back. Please give your mommy the biggest hugs from us!
Love Miss Peach

Gandalf, Grayson and Whitey said...

Welcome back to the Blogosphere, Rocky! We're sorry your Mom has been so sick, and that daily dunking was necessary for a while. We hope things return to normal for you all now!

Flock O' Fuzzies said...

We're so glad your back and your mom is doing much better. Like everybody else, we were worried when we didn't see you blogging.

CCL Wendy said...

Hi, you left a comment on my 3-D Cats blog. It's nice to meet you and have you back in the blogosphere again. I'm very sorry to hear about all of your health troubles. It sounds like a nightmare. Thankfully, that's over now and you can regain the wonderful world of kitty blogging.

I thought I'd let you know that, as well as my 3-D Cats blog, I have another one called "All About Lacocoon Dante" which is about my Maine Coon, and a third one called "Wendy's LOLSpot" which has gained some fame in the CB since you left and returned. I feature cats from different blogs by doing LOL-Cats of them.

If you're interested, just let me know. I would need permission to copy photos from your blog.

I've only been blogging myself since April this year, and I started with one, and then branched out. I'm having a blast.

Welcome back! I'm glad you're well, and look forward to meeting your kitties.

wildcatwoodscats said...

We have missed you guys and are so sorry your mom was so sick. Hope everything will get better for her and you.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so glad you are back and even more glad that your Mommie is so much betters! Keeping our paws crossed it's all uphill now.

(((HUGS)))

Rahel said...

Welcome back! I'm sorry you were so sick -- I hope that you're feeling better now! I wish you a speedy and full recovery!

Renae & Count Chocula said...

WE ARE SO VERY GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK!!! We had no idea that your mom was so sick. Good job Dr. Rocky for making her better.
Purrs and Prayers to all.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Welcome back and we're glad to hear that your mom is doing better! What a scary time for all of you.

Sorry that you have to get washed - that doesn't sound like any fun. But, it's worth it to get to have your mom be well.

Charlemagne and Tamar

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