Happy Caturday!!! I'll start with the happy news!
(1) Mom lost her bar tending job in March. (Yes, I know that isn't happy news.)
(2) Mom worked an eight day temporary job the paid $15/hour. Most of the days were typical eight hour days. However, near the end of the job she volunteered to work two 10 hour shifts and one 12 hour shift. She said that the long shifts weren't hard, but the eye strain was bad.
(3) Mom is now working for one of the rental car companies located at the airport. Her job title is transporter; people return a rental car at the airport, it gets checked in, then mom moves it to the cleaning area. After she drops off the car, she picks up a clean car and moves it back into the rental area. If there is no room for dirty cars in the airport lot, she takes them to the back lot, which is close to the airport. She has driven so many different makes, models, and sized cars. She doesn't care for the smaller cars like Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa, etc. The big trucks and Jeeps sit too high for her to climb into. She's good with most SUVs, vans, and regular cars. She has gotten to move several Dodge Challengers (she loved those). Her favorite SUV has been a Lincoln.
(4) The job is part time, 4 days a week/7 hour days. The pay is only $9/hour, but it will do for now as mom continues to look for full time employment. She likes having a set schedule. She works 12pm-7pm. That's the hottest part of the day. A van is provided for the transporters to sit in if business is slow.
Now for the scary news...
Daisy had quite the ordeal at the vet's office on Thursday. Mom had taken her in for her senior exam, blood work, and getting a urine sample. The procedure that was used to get the urine sample is called cystocentesis. Daisy has had this done in the past without complications. She did well with it, but when the technician tried to get the blood sample, Daisy started panting and went in to respiratory distress! The halted the blood draw, gave Daisy oxygen, and ended up putting her in an oxygen chamber until she was breathing normally. While she was resting on her side, the vet took a chest x-ray to see if Daisy had fluid in her lungs or chest cavity. She did not, thank cod! Once she settled down, I was able to bring her home. Mom looked up the procedure on line. This is what she found:
There have been reports of death occurring in cats, soon after cystocentesis (drawing urine from the bladder, with a needle). It is suspected that in some cats, this procedure can trigger a "vagal response" - causing a rapid drop in heart output, which can cause cardiac arrest and death.
That's exactly what the vet said. Also, she said it is a rare occurrence. Dr. C made a note in Daisy's chart to NOT have that procedure done again. Daisy might not be so lucky the next time.
Daisy is going back on June 6. Mom has to give her a half capsule of gabapentin 2 hours before her appointment. This appointment is to complete her blood work. Paws crossed that all goes well.