Jul. 18th, 2013 07:39 pm
splodgenoodles: (Penelope intro)
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I may have spoken too soon.

The appetite stimulant worked quickly. But I now have a stressed out, quite demanding kitty who wants to be hugged - quite tightly - and wants to stick her face in the crook of my arm, quite firmly Her ears and paws are hot.

I rang the vet again, and have now been down there to both pick up the food and more of the appetite stimulants, as well as the antidote to the stimulants if she needs it.

I'm to wait and see, and only give her the antidote if I think she's distressed. This is going to be a tough call.

The appetite stimulant is an SSRI, so the reaction to it is serotonin syndrome. The antidote is Periactin.


I'll be up half the night watching telly, so I'll just hug her hard and see how that goes.


Today I hugged one of my carers too. She's just had some really awful news(fuck cancer). She started to break down when I asked how she was, so I asked if she wanted a hug and after a moment's professional hesitation, said yes. She is so frightened. I would not say she is an overly emotional person. She's a fully professional carer, but today it got too much.


The only upside to today was getting a lovely taxi driver for the ride to and from the vet's. He talked about liking cricket because he's from India and it's compulsory ("you say you don't like cricket, they say you are not Indian") but then quietly confessed he might not really be as interested as he makes out. We had a great conversation about matters both serious and silly, he was a genuine, lovely and thoughtful man.

(Oh and [livejournal.com profile] 17catherines, he also noted a comparison between le Tour de France and test cricket).

Date: 2013-07-18 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonsally.livejournal.com
Oh buggar. I hope you can get her stabilised, sounds rather horrid.

Date: 2013-07-18 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splodgenoodles.livejournal.com
Thanks Sal.

She seems to be settling again. Back in her regular spot in the bedroom. I hope so, because the SSRI is, it seems, her best bet at the moment. So she needs it to survive. :/

Date: 2013-07-18 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightengalesknd.livejournal.com
So in people medicine, we use Periactin itself as an appetite stimulant. Especially for kids who's appetite is decreased due to Ritalin or similar. I have a friend whose cat was prescribed Periactin for appetite once as well.

Date: 2013-07-18 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splodgenoodles.livejournal.com
Oh that's odd. The SSRI is the appetite stimulant, the Periactin is what I've been given to have on hand as the antidote for serotonin syndrome.


Date: 2013-07-18 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hometime.livejournal.com
What a day of stresses for you....

Date: 2013-07-19 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
That's difficult. I hope you find the right balance for her.


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