My First Halloween!

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Last year Queen Penelope built a Pumpkin Patch with the names of all her furrends!
I, Marvelous, do not yet have the skills to create such a stupendous pile!
But Me and Mommy did make one with my face on it!

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I am quite excited! As a matter of fact, I, Marvelous am pawticipating in the class costume parade at Teddy’s (Two Spoiled Cats) Tuesday Teaser!!!!

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You can click Suzy the Cheerleader to be transported there and see if YOU KNOW where in the world the photo was taken and see the parade!!

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I am going as the KING of Rock & Roll!!!!

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I am imagining me out Trick or Treating…
Do you think they give out cat treats?

PurrsMarv

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¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪  I’m a hunk-a, hunk-a burning love  ♥♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

 

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Nellie’s Spark #2

Oh Furrends, has it been a week since mes posted my last Spark?
It seems like yesterday. I has been having the most glorious week.
On Caturday, Katie Isabella posted my Gift 46 that mes did did of her and me.

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When she saw it, my dear furrend, Admiral Hestorb called mes and said, “Nellie Bellie, you and I shall have a Tea Party with Katie Isabella!” So, we waited for her to has a nap (because that is when us kitties OTB can visits) .
Mes tooked a picture of us having Tea!

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It is grand have Grrl Furrends!!!
Wes had the bestest time catching Katie up on all the antics of the man-cats who are now OTB and she told us all about all her beaus..Austin yous is a naughty boy…

Mes is pawticipating  in McGuffy Reader’s Sparks!
I LOVE them! They uplift me!!
Click the badge to goes to their site and see all the other pawticipants.

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Now here is mine!

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Mes can’t wait to sees yous next week!

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The Sunday before Halloween!

I got 2 good shots this week. This one…

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And this one…

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I can not decide which one I like the best…Which one do you think is the best?

Oh and there is this one too!

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I am participating in the Cat on My Head’s Selfie Sunday!

Click their button to see the other pawticipants!

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Concatulations to Cat Chat with Caren and Cody

Oh My! We are late!!!

Cat Chat with Caren and Cody are some of our oldest Furrends on the web. Queen Penelope started her first blog (she had 4) in August 2008.  She did not post very often and it was mostly about art. Then a year later she started to share her posts on the Cat Blogosphere and Cat Chat with Caren and Cody came on the scene. They quickly became Mommy and Nellie’s Queen Penelope’s furrends!

Cody was the FIRST cat Queen Penelope visited!

Now  this week (October 25th) they celebrated their 8th Blogoversary!!!

To celebrate, I, Marvelous created a crossword puzzle!

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And Queen Penelope is bringing them cake!!!

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HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MY FURRENDS!!

We are pawticipating in Caturday Art!

You can see all the other great pet art on Athena’s Blog!
Please click her badge to go and see the other pawticipants!

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Thankful Thursday

I want to thank you for all the purrayers for my health. I do believe they helped for a speedy (yes 10 weeks is speedy)  recovery.

About 2 weeks before Marv arrived I had the flu, and the week previous to his arrival, I got pneumonia. This came from a combination of the smoke from the wild fires and the congestion in my lungs.  When I got Marv home from the airport, I thought I had closed the bedroom door tightly before opening Marv’s carrier, but I hadn’t. Cinnamon came in to see. She tried to stick her face in the carrier, I put up my hand and…

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See the tooth mark between my fingers…

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At the time, I did not realize how deep the bite was or that it had hit the bone.  Cats don’t have more germs in their mouths than dogs (or people), but when cats bite, their sharp teeth make  deep puncture wounds and this can inject difficult to treat bacteria into the skin and joints. I did not know it, but I got a troublesome to treat bone infection.

As I was already taking an antibiotic, I made the assumption that it would take care of  any infection from a bite. (Yes, I’ve gotten infections from previous cat bites). It did…sort of.

I was still feeling quite ill when my course of antibiotics was done. I waited an couple of days and one and a half weeks after Marv arrived, I went to a walk-in clinic about the infection and the Dr prescribed a strong oral antibiotic. 3 days after that I realized that this went beyond a normal infection. My finger had turned purple and boy did it hurt! I ended up at the emergency ward. There they sent me for an x-ray and put me on an oral and IV antibiotics.

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This meant I had to to go to the hospital everyday, wait my turn in the emergency ward,  then get hooked up to the IV.

Intravenous antibiotics are administered by intermittent infusion for over 30 minutes to 1 hour per day during the course of treatment. Over the next 10 days I saw a couple of the emergency Doctors (as my finger was still very swollen), and I had an ultra sound a couple of times to see if the infection was spreading.

After the first course of antibiotics (10 days) they had me see the infectious disease specialist. He increased the strength of the antibiotics both the IV and  oral antibiotic for 2 weeks.

The side effects from antibiotics are not fun. Especially the digestive ones. And the exhaustion. Between taking care of the animals, working and spending up to 4 hours a day traveling to from and spending time at the hospital I was really really tired.

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What a bone scan looks like. Dark spots indicate something

At the end of the first week, and no significant change to my finger, the infectious disease doctor ordered a bone scan. This showed that the infection was in the bone. The Doctor set up an appointment to have a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter, or “PICC line,” it is a thin, soft plastic tube — like an intravenous (IV) —they put  into a large vein in your arm and that ends up in the main vein near my heart, where blood flows quickly. This was done the last day of the second course of IV antibiotics.

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Through the PICC line, the antibiotics I would be receiving were going to be even stronger! The upside was  I would be allowed to give myself the antibiotics at home. I learned how at the local health clinic and for the next 3 weeks, I dutifully mixed my antibiotics into a saline solution and sat there with the IV tube in my arm every day when I got home from work.

Finally, the last week, my finger started to look normal. It was still swollen (but not like it was) and was still sore, however my Doctor did not want to keep me on the antibiotics for another course because of the strength and other side effects.

We hope the infection is gone, but there could still be some there, it is something that I have to be aware of and keep an eye on.

This post is to let you know that cat bites are dangerous. Please, if the bite breaks your skin, see your doctor. Infections from their bacteria are hard to get rid of.

I am leaving with a graphic from the Purrington Post. Even though it only shows US statistics, I am sure you can extrapolate for your country.

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We have added this post to the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop because I am so thankful, both for the terrific care I received through our medical system, the love and prayers from people in the blogosphere and for Marv, who is a wonderful and loving cat!

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Click the link to go to Brian’s Home and see all the other Thankful Blogs!

Love Barb

 

 

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Mommy! Thank you for getting Lucky out from  his hiding place under the bed.

I think he need to be taught a lesson!

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Bite!! Take that you wretch!

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Chomp! Do not talk back to me you  scoundrel!

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Murrfle!  Do not do that again  you ingrate!

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Kick! Kick! You will not be doing that again soon you reprobate!

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Mommy, Lucky has told me he will not hide again!

Purrs

Marv

Sparks on Monday with Nellie

Good Morning my furrend!

It has been a while since mes has talked with yous. Me has been keeping in touch through my new mentee Marv, and my furrends here over the bridge. Mes and my Rainbow Bridge furrends gets together and shares all the time! Mes likes that mes no longer has pain from arthritis and mes LOVES that mes can tear around like the crazy wildcat mes was!
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Here is a picture of mes and Allred (the Devil Cat who lived with Burt at the Canine Country Club). Allred  and mes has been on walkabouts visiting all the exotic places here OTB!

Mes readed about McGuffy’s Reader’s SPARKS. McGuffy says, “I  believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!”

The last few months before mes leaved for the bridge, mes made gifts! Mes thinked that mes would LOVES to shares more of my Wit and Wisdom with yous!

Here is My SPARK for this week!

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It is so furry good to comes and visit with yous!

Mes is pawticipating  in McGuffy Reader’s Sparks .

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Mes can’t wait to sees yous next week!

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Kisses your Nellie Bellie

 

Bad Jokes on Selfie Sunday

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Mommy: Hey Marv, its time to take your selfie…are you ready?

Marv: Okay, but first, I have been watching TV and I heard a great joke…

What do you call cheese that is not yours?

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Mommy: I don’t know..What do you call cheese that is not your?

Marv: Nacho Cheese!!

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Mommy: Groan….

Marv: Bwa! Haa!! Haaa!! I make myself laugh!!!

OK I’m ready to take my selfie now!

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Mommy: Great selfie Marv! Your smile is purrfect!

Mommy and I are so very sad about Brian, Dolly, Simon, Kit, Gracie, Precious, Seal, Zoe’s sister Sascha and send strength to Her Mommy and Daddy. We LOVE you!

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I am participating in The Cat On My Head’s Selfie Sunday!

Please click their badge to go to their blog and see all the other participants!

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Purrs

Marv

 

 

Caturday Abstracted Art

I, Marvelous, LOVE pawticipating in Athena the Cat Goddess’ Caturday Art Blog Hop! Mommy and me have been really having loads of fun seeing what we can create!

This week we tried something Abstract but recognizable at the same time.

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What do you think?

You can see all the other great pet art on Athena’s Blog!
Please click her badge to go and see the other pawticipants!

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I, Marvelous had a horrible traumatic time last night and first thing this morning.

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See these 2 wind hounds (Sestra the black one and Wayward, the brindle)! They and their Daddy came to visit at my townhouse Thursday. Sestra has been to the townhouse many times. She knew Queen Penelope. Wayward (who is her brother) was furry nice to me, but Sestra chased me and barked at me and her Daddy could not get her to stop–both last night AND when she saw me at 6 this morning! Everybody (except maybe Sestra) hope that she will be nicer on their next visit.

Purrs

Marv