isabel meets vet wrap
Tonight Isabel the Princess Kitty went in to the veterinary hospital for some follow-up labs. She's been doing very well for the past couple months, thank goodness, but was sick in late October with a quite severe kidney infection.
We were lucky enough to get one of the best vet techs today. When Izzy had some oozing from the blood draw site, rather than subject her to several minutes of having her leg held (a prospect of which Izzy was definitely not in favor), the tech quickly applied a pressure dressing using a gauze pad and this marvelous stretchy, self-sticking stuff called vet wrap. She instructed me to leave it on for about 30 minutes.
Once we got home, Izzy, who's never had occasion to wear such a dressing before, was understandably perplexed about the thing on her leg. First she hopped around for a bit on three legs, shaking her bandaged leg vigorously.
When that didn't work, she next applied herself diligently to the characteristically feline solution of trying to lick the offending item off.
Lick, lick. Pink bandage, pink tongue.
Lick, lick, lick.
Pink bandage, pink tongue, pink tummy. (Izzy, who if human might be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, overgrooms her abdomen.)
"Why so many pictures?"
"How 'bout doing something more useful? Like taking this thing off?"
"Fine. I'll just live like this forever."
In other interesting medically-related news, I received a call this evening from the Be the Match Marrow Registry. I've been part of the registry for about 15 years, since signing up during medical school, but for the first time, I came up as a possible match for someone. They asked me to fill out a health questionnaire, which I did tonight, and said I'd hear back in three to four weeks if I turn out to be the best match for the patient in question. We'll see what happens!