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[Aug. 10th, 2015|09:55 pm]
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Mr M is behaving in a way that makes me wonder how close to death he is. We've been giving him prednisone shots to ease his breathing for a week or so. He, in turn, has had some very peculiar locations he wants to be. Currently he's hiding in a corner bookshelf on a bottom shelf. He'd headed for a back dark corner of the closet, but i headed that off. When he's not in a dark nook he's clinging to one of us, purring a very loud purr (partly affected by his breathing difficulty).

He is so thin, and he's loosing hair in some patchy places.

He still seems to be engaged with life though, and other than the difficulty with breathing (and presumably some arthritic stiffness), he seems well.

He's determined and feisty and of his own mind, but he's not begging for whipped cream any more.

I so hope he fades away while in our arms and not that we find him in some corner stiff and cold. I don't know how you arrange that with a cat, though: it seems they want to be alone.

--==∞==--

In talking with Christine about pros and cons of moving to NC, i suddenly realized that the Big Holiday Productions would be harder to avoid. The Hayward fault looks much more stable, all of a sudden.

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[User Picture]From: westwardho
2015-08-11 05:44 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Mr. M. I'm sure you will give him as much love as you can up until the end.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-16 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's so hard to tell how close we are. The antibiotics seem to have helped ease his breathing, but he still wants to hang out in corners.
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[User Picture]From: westwardho
2015-08-11 05:47 am (UTC)
> The Hayward fault looks much more stable, all of a sudden.

That made me laugh. Good luck with everything!
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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2015-08-11 09:15 am (UTC)
Good old Mr. M. I like NC but CA does permit one a pleasing distance.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-16 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm realizing Ohio isn't as far away from NC as i thought -- and oh, my, the house we could get at half the budget accommodation price we are looking for here.

Still, if we could find a place here....
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2015-08-11 02:05 pm (UTC)
So sorry about Mr. M. He's been with you for so long. It's hard to make the decisions for them. I hope whatever time left he has with you is as pain-free as possible. I know you both love him so much.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-16 09:14 pm (UTC)
He seems to be doing better, but he's still hanging out in corners.
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[User Picture]From: lyrstzha
2015-08-11 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about Mr. M. I hope you manage to be with him when he goes.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-16 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2015-08-11 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you and Christine and Mr. M.

That's just hard.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-16 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: cymrullewes
2015-08-16 02:06 am (UTC)
We arranged it with Shadow (age 17) by putting his comfy bed in the middle of the floor surrounded by sleeping bags and cushions. His brother we found 18 months previous dead outside under the deck....

I grew up in northeastern NC, I've lived in California, and now we live in NH.... take it as you will. I would love to move home to NC but I'll wait a few years until my kids are out of high school.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-16 09:22 pm (UTC)
The surprising thing is that he seems to be avoiding comfy -- although i'm guessing the flat hard surfaces are cooler right now.

Thank you for sharing about Shadow.
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