Sunday, September 14, 2014

Type 2 Diabetes In Our Cat Simba

When the boys and I lived at our lake home, when I first moved to Minnesota, we'd been there for a couple of years and we started seeing a cat hanging out across the street. There were fields across from us, so it was more than likely a stray. Against my ex's wishes, because I knew he was all talk, we let the cat into the house. We put up some signs and called around. I ended up taking the cat to the vet and it turned out he was probably a couple of years old and had been neutered. He was someone's cat, but no one ever claimed him.

We named him Simba, because at the time, The Lion King was a favorite in our house and he became my oldest son's cat. He was just the coolest cat. He acts more like a Labrador Retriever than a cat. He loves to be hugged and kissed. You know how lions bump their heads up against other lions in the wilderness (at least they do on tv), he does the same thing to us. He's just so laid back.

We moved from our lake house to a house out in the country and after we had been there for a year, the kids and I had driven down to Chicago for a week. Well, our house flooded. Not too long after that, Simba had a major bladder infection and we almost lost him. The vet tech said she'd never seen anything so bad and if he had been a human, he'd have been on dialysis. He rebounded, but he was never the same health wise.

My friend Becky kept him for over 6 months after we moved from Minnesota. Last December we flew both of our cats, Simba and Pearl out to live with us here. For future reference, something like that costs over $600! We were so happy to have them here with us. We've never been without a cat or a dog in the home.

Simba and Pearl had been without us for almost a year. They adjusted pretty well to their new surroundings. I think they were just happy to be back with me and the boys. On a side note, Pearl is 16 yrs old and we think Simba is probably 11? Maybe 12?

Well, not too long ago, Simba just started not doing so well. He was constipated all of the time. He also had some sores around his neck. He didn't seem like he was interested in taking care of himself. The boys and I had gone over to VA for my mom's birthday a couple of weeks ago, and when we got back, he had gunk all around his eyes. I knew he had to see a vet.

Honestly, I thought they'd give him an enema to loosen up his stool and off we'd go. Oh, how naive I am. The vet came in and took a look at him. She started telling me what she thought they should do and how we might be able to proceed. I had a feeling it was going to cost me about $350, and they'd end up telling me he had a virus or something that would be fixed with an antibiotic. When she took him to get some tests done, she had her vet tech come back and get the towel that had been in the cat carrier. Simba has an aversion to the car so he pees immediately when he's put into a kennel. He's always done this since we got him.

She came back and told me he had Type 2 Diabetes. Well, ok. I have no idea what that means. She went on to explain about the shots, the testing, the monitoring, food changes, etc. She also said she'd need to give him a shot of antibiotics for the sores on his neck and yucky eyes. They needed to do blood work and test his urine. Oh, and they had medication and the dispenser for the needles. That's when she asked me if I wanted her to continue with everything.

Sigh...what was I supposed to do? He has Diabetes. It's something that's manageable. How can I say no to that? The medication isn't cheap at about $100/mo if I'm lucky and his dosage doesn't need to be raised too much. Do I have my financial limit? Unfortunately, yes I do. As a single mom on a limited income and no child support, I can only spend so much. I told her to do what she needed to. I had no idea that mean a $550 bill to walk out with my cat and his medication. I couldn't even speak to the receptionist because I was in such shock.

I started out giving Simba his first shot that night. Buddy came in and held his head as I gave my very first shot. I had no clue how thick cat skin is! I couldn't get the needle to go in at first. I've never given shots before so I thought it would be like butter. It wasn't. Simba did awesome though. I've been giving it to him twice a day for a week. He gets soft food and as soon as he's done he gets a shot. He just lays there while I "pet" him. lol Sometimes he leaves the room before I give him his shot. I just sit on the floor, call him over and he lays down in front of me. Thankful I don't have some spazzy cat that I have to give the shots to.

One thing I'm so thankful for is having such mellow, lovey dovey cats.

Next week I have to take Simba back to the vet so he can be monitored throughout the day to see if his meds are where they need to be. Thankfully the vet understands my financial position. She just continues to say, "you do what you can." Turns out she's a single mom, too. Instead of going back in a week later (I was out of cashola) we're going back next week after pay day. I actually increased his dosage to 2 units. I also went out and bought him grain free hard food that's holistic. The lady at the pet store said he needed a low protein diet, as well as grain free. The bag I bought...twice as expensive as the Cat Chow they've always eaten and is 1/4 the size of the bag we've always had. They aren't fans of new or "fancy" food. They're not handling that change well. Hoping I find something they'll both like because the cats eat together. The vet said cats don't do well with carbs and that's one way they end up with diabetes.

Have you ever had a pet with diabetes? Do you have any advice for me?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Shop Your Way with WisconsinMommy & Giveaway

My friend Maureen over at recently signed on with the Shop Your Way Rewards Program as a personal shopper. While I know many of you are familiar with the Shop Your Way Rewards Program, I’m going to guess that most of you don’t know how easy it is to sign up and earn free rewards! Realizing this, I partnered with Maureen to offer a giveaway just to give you an incentive to sign up with her as your personal shopper!

The Shop Your Way program is Sears, Kmart, and Lands End’s customer loyalty program that tracks your purchases and thanks you with rewards and benefits.

It’s completely FREE and as a member you’ll be rewarded with custom offers based on your shopping habits. This means receiving sales notification and coupons for things that you are already shopping for. In addition to the points you earn (that are redeemed like cash toward your purchases) you will occasionally be gifted with extra points, just because. It’s like receiving free money!!

Get Your Own Personal Shopper

One of my favorite things is that you can spend points as you earn them – you don’t have to save up until you hit a specific amount.

Shop Your Way Rewards members earn 10 points for every $1 spent. These points can be redeemed just like cash at your next purchase. You can take advantage of free layaway at as well as receive discounts on qualifying gas purchases when you spend $50 or more at Kmart. You are also able to return items without a receipt as long as you used your SYW Rewards account when you checked out. (This is a plus for me as I’m always losing receipts!)

Why sign up for a personal shopper?

As your personal shopper, Maureen can send you additional customized coupons based on what you wants and needs are. She can even find what you are looking for – just let her know what you need and she will find it for you!! She can find the best available deal and even match it with current coupon offers.

Enter to win $100 giftcard to Kmart/Sears or Amazon – you pick!!

Enter below by clicking on the form and then signing up to designate Maureen as your personal shopper. It’s quick, easy, FREE, and will save you money – score!! Once you have signed up, you can complete a few other bonus entrees for additional chances to win. Already a Shop Your Way Rewards member?? Just click on the link in the entry and choose Maureen as your personal shopper by clicking “become a client”. Not yet a Shop Your Way Rewards member? Click the link and sign up for the program. Then either click it again to select Maureen as your personal shopper.


Maureen will be holding these giveaways each quarter and those who already have her as their personal shopper will not need to take any action to be entered. That means once you’ve signed on with Maureen as your Shop Your Way Personal Shopper, you will automatically be entered to win the $100 giveaway each quarter that you continue to have her as your shopper. Cool huh???

Tailgating Crab Dip With Wilton Armetale & Giveaway

Wilton Armetale Disclosure

I’ve never done an official tailgate. *hangs head in shame* I love sports. I love football. I just can’t afford to go to professional games so tailgating isn’t something we get to do often. I want to hang out with my brother more often because he and his buddies like to tailgate. In fact, they’ll be heading down to VA Tech to watch several games this season and they’ll be tailgating with people who take that activity very seriously.

I know it sounds silly, but I love the whole atmosphere of sports. I’m the person yelling in the stands, clapping loudly, and when my fingers cooperate I’m whistling. I really get into the game, no matter what I’m watching. Football or baseball, it doesn’t matter, let’s just play ball!

Classic Medium Bowl

When you think about tailgating, you have to have the right gear. I’ve slowly, but surely, started stocking up on essentials. I got some fun food trays, liners for the trays, place mats, and an awesome Wilton Armetale bowl.

Something I had NO clue about when I moved to Maryland was their obsession with crab in their food. Holy cow, I’ve been exposed to it on a regular basis since we got here. Fred, he would eat crab every day if he was able to. When I came to him looking for ideas on what to make he suggested crab dip. Go figure.

Crab Dip Ingredients

I haven’t any ideas or recipes that include crab. Fred came to the rescue by using a recipe on the site of his favorite seasoning…Old Bay. He should have industrial size containers the way he goes through that stuff. He’s learned to tamper it in foods I eat.

He’s also great in the kitchen and he taught me how to work with crab. Turns out I’m OCD about certain things. Who knew? When we were sifting through the crab meat to make sure all the tiny shell pieces were taken out, I found I could’ve gone through that stuff all day long finding just one more tiny piece. He finally had to just take the stuff away from me so he could put his recipe together.

Crab Meat

Mixing Dip

Mixing Bowl

He took all of the ingredients and mixed them in the bowl. After he got it ready, he stuck it in the fridge overnight. We had been invited out with friends and were ready for the next day. After church, we headed out to our friend’s and brought the remaining ingredients to cook at their house.

I got distracted after we’d got to our friend’s house, and Fred took it all in stride. He’s the cook in the family, and knows I’m easily distracted. He brought our dish into the kitchen and the next thing I know, our crab dip is ready.

Old Bay Crab Dip

The bowl stayed hot for the length of the party! He was able to cook the dip IN the bowl because it’s safe for the oven, stove, or grill. This is why you could take this bowl to tailgating at a sporting event. You could bring your Wilton Armetale bowl, use your portable grill, and have a dip ready as you hang with your friends rooting on your favorite team!

Tailgating Crab Dip

I’m not a fan of crab dip so I let Fred keep the bowl and the dip after the party. He ate the rest of the leftovers and then made the mistake of putting it in the dishwasher. NOTE: They are NOT dishwasher safe. I didn’t even think about that when he kept it to finish it off. So, when I got it back, it wasn’t a shiny bowl any more. Sad panda. Now I’ll have to use baking soda with water and get it back to it’s gleaming finish.

If you’re a crab dip fan, here’s the recipe:

Crab Dip

Crab Dip Recipe

If you’re up for tailgating be sure to enter this giveaway for a Medium Bowl, Pitcher, Cracker Tray, and Handle Tray.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Having a Healthy Essentials Transition Back to School

Healthy Essentials Disclosure
Wow, have your kids gone back to school yet? I would imagine with Labor Day past everyone is back to school. My boys have been back for a week and my sophomore is already sick with his first cold. I guess that’s what we get for being so shut in all summer. I teamed up with The Motherhood and Johnson & Johnson to help families get the school year started off on the right, healthy note!
Healthy Essentials
The week before school started I started cutting back the summer hours the boys were staying up til. Bedtimes and adhering to them during the school week is important to me. Secondarily it’s important to the boys and their success at school. A tired kid has a hard time learning.

I want my boys to learn to take care of themselves by getting enough rest, eating healthy (or at least thinking about eating healthy), and taking care of their bodies and minds.
Healthy Essentials at Home
At bedtime Buddy uses the Clean and Clear every night. He’s 15 and going through all those fun hormonal changes. Mornings before school he’s using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Even if he’s still breaking out because of hormones, at least his skin will be taken care of. Clean & Clear Advantage has been shown to reduce pimples in just four hours. The medication starts to clear pimples immediately with maximum strength 2% Salicylic acid. They are reduced in size, swelling and redness, and the formula won’t over-dry skin. I need to get Buddy using the Wash at bedtime before he using the acne cream. Revolutionary MicroClear® technology pushes medicine deep into pores to fight both the acne you see, and the acne that’s forming below the surface.
RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
Now, on the other end of the spectrum is occasionally taking care of myself. A couple of weeks ago I started using the RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. I’m always skeptical about these products, but yes, I have what I call sleep lines that are disappearing! The ones that are back along my jaw line have pretty much become unnoticeable. I have two others closer to my chin that are deeper, but I’m seeing improvement there as well. I’m hoping the biggest change will be the wrinkles on my forehead. They drive me insane. I see a difference, but they’re deep so will take longer to see a change. It contains an exclusive combination of pure Retinol and an essential mineral complex that is clinically shown to visibly reduce even deep wrinkles after 12 weeks’ use.
Aveeno facial cleanser
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How is your family starting the school year off on a healthy note?

Sweet September $500 Cash Giveaway

I’m so excited to be on a roll with some awesome giveaways! Now that school is in full swing, it’s time to fill the wallet back up after all of the back to school gear that was purchased! Now’s the time to enter!

Welcome to the $500 Sweet September Cash Giveaway!

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