For those unfamiliar with the saga of my new cat, here is the story and pics.
Nice little cat. Persian red.
She was a cattery cat of 3 years and prob had 4 or so litters. We had her spayed and attempted to give her pain meds. I corralled her so that my wife could give her an oral injection of pain meds. She fought me and I fought back. The she issued the coup de grace and sunk her long eye teeth int my R index knuckle. I let go. (Gee Jack, that's brainy). That was at 8:30 at nite on Saturday about the 25th of Sept. By Sunday AM it was obvious that I was seriously infected and needed medical attention. I did that and the doc gave me the most likely antibiotic. By Monday the hand was pomegranate size and color. Tuesday AM I go to my regular doc and he takes a look at it and says "you need a hand surgeon and today". I had one of those for my left index repair of a couple of years ago and got in to see him at 1PM. At 5 PM I was in prep and the cleanup of the infection was done at about 7.
I awoke in a private hospital room. Strange room. When someone would come in they put on a fresh throw away gown and gloves. Couple wore masks. They slid food to a table and left. I was in isolation. By the 3rd day the doctor came in and said he had good news. It was a rare virulent bacteria, but they had a antibiotic and I could stop with the IVs and go home an take oral meds.
The meds worked as I could feel the pressure subside and see the red racing stripes go away.
Came back to see the doc about a week alter and he saw that the surgery to close the wound did not work. the sutures pulled thru the punky flesh. He sewed me up again and had me come back in 5 days. The sutures had again pulled thru. Now I had a open would with tendons exposed.
Tendons get their nourishment from live flesh surrounding them. If exposed they get elastic and useless. He wanted to do a skin graft And I looked at the inflamed open wound and told him let's wait a few days till the inflammation goes down. He was skeptical. I went home and used tape to close up the hole in my hand. A week later just a small hole was present and a small area of tendon exposed. I went for a second opinion to my regular doc and he said get the skin graft. The next morning I was in prep again and got the skin graft.
That was about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday they took the stitches out.
The hand has constant pain. Adn very sensitive. But it is what it is and will heal in its own time. I can type again (well if yo call it that)and can wield a knife in the kitchen. Adn my energy level has returned.
I can set and release a trigger, but the recoil will be too much to bear. I did shoot the weekend before the skin graft and got used to the pain. I shot with my good friends the Demullings at the MplsGC club jackpot shoot. Missed the pie shoot.
So there we are. Nearing the end of this saga. But the pain will be around for some time. Hands take a LONG time to heal. Be prepared for that if you ever have hand surgery. My left index rebuild took all of 18 months before I could forget that it was a pain. I have no idea how long this will take. But I will shoot come spring, creeks not a-risin...
If you have never noticed... I live on a creek And it is a-risin now. Up about 8' over normal
Shrek. My guess (have not seen a bill yet) is that it will be 20 grand. Two full operating room deals and one on site at the docs office.
Jim. I had a lab. Strangely it wanted to retrieve my neighbors one year old. I was lucky to have a big voice and call him off just 15' from the toddler. That would have been bad. That was a trial dog washout. He had the vision and the concepts of blind retrieves but once he found the bird, he sauntered back. Nice dog after that. Hips put him down.
Jack - you were obviously lacking proper instructions:
> How to Give a Cat a Pill
> 1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if
> holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of
> cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in
> right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close
> mouth and swallow.
> 2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in
> left arm and repeat process.
> 3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
> 4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear
> paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of
> mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
> 5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.Call
> spouse in from the garden.
> 6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and
> rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head
> firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill
> down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
> 7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail. Get another pill from foil wrap.
> Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep
> shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing
> 8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just
> visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force
> mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw
> 9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans and drink one
> beer to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove
> blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
> 10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another
> beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head
> showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat
> with elastic band.
> 11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges.
> Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold
> compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot.
> Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot.
> Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
> 12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the top of the
> tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence
> while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
> 13. Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^'S
> front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of
> dining table. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet
> steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of
> water down throat to wash pill down.
> 14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the
> emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm
> and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way
> home to order new table.
> 15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local
> pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.
> How To Give A Dog A Pill
> 1. Wrap it in bacon.
> 2. Toss it in the air.
> "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden
> when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved
> brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring". ~
> Oscar Wilde ~