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Friday, August 5, 2011

Friends on Friday

Kitties!

Grayce here.
Today, I'm thinking about how great it is to have friends.

You can cuddle with a friend 


Friends look out for each other. 

Friends can be different species. 

You can play with friends! 

Kitties, a friend of mine is really, really sick.  My friend is a Human named Steve and I LOVE him.  I especially love his shoes; he always wears my favorite loafers just for me.  I don't hardly even bite him...much.
Mommy can explain a little more:

Steve is my co-worker and I've known him for ten years...he lives alone and his only family is his Mom, who is 90 years old and lives a six hour car ride away.  Last week he was hospitalized for a mass that burst in his abdomen...the surgeon had to remove two sections of intestine/bowel.  The histology for the mass came back non-cancerous, which amazed us all--he's complained about "stomach" issues for YEARS--so I'm assuming the growth has been there for quite some time.
 Steve's in intensive care in an induced coma, although the ICU nurse said for a patient in his condition he's doing rather well.  Today they were planning on lightening up his narcotics and start weaning him from the respirator.  His Mom is here for the week, and yesterday I drove his truck from the hospital to his condo.  Yes, he drove HIMSELF to the hospital, even while this thing was exploding and bleeding inside him!
I am furious with Steve.  This is not the first time he's neglected himself; picture a typical middle-aged man just hoping whatever that mysterious nagging pain is will just go away.  When I saw him yesterday I told him if he pulls through this I am going to strangle him.  
And I told him that if he knows what's good for him, he'll get better.
I told him I loved him.
Steve has a long journey ahead of him, probably three more weeks in intensive care, then onto a regular room, then rehab.  

Grayce and I would like to ask you to please say a prayer and send some purrs Steve's way.
Or she'll bite you.

Thank you all very much, we'll keep you updated on how Steve is doing.  And if any of you out there have any experience with peritonitis and/or ostomy patients or resources please leave me a comment or email me at katniplounge@gmail.com.

Happy Friday!
Enjoy today like it's your last day on Earth.

XX  Grayce & Mommy  XX

62 comments:

  1. Our purrs and purrayers for Steve. Hope he'll get through this. purrrr *giggles*

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  2. Prayers going out for Steve. Why are all men like that? Hugs, Deb

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  3. My human is a vintage film fanatic and she says you should tell Steve that he is lucky he didn't live in the 1920s - peritonitis is what Rudolph Valentino died of! And yeah, he was complaining about stomach pains too for quite a while before he wound up in the hospital. So I will be purring lots for him.

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  4. I'll pray for Steve and have the kitties purr for him. Be sure to give him a smack from me for waiting so long to get looked over. A little self-care goes a long way!

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  5. We are purring for Steve over here at TheKittenPile. Much love!

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  6. Healing thoughts and purrs going out to Steve from me and my girls.

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  7. We are sending lots of goat hugs for your friend Steve.

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  8. Grayce, we're sending lots of purrayers and positive thoughts to your friend Steve!

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  9. We'll purr and purray real hard for him. Why are most men like that, even our daddy. Oh, mom says if you go to see him after they take him out of the coma to be prepared, his brain will be messed up a little bit. The nurses prepared mom for it when they finally took the ventilator off daddy and stopped the "heavy" drugs...

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  10. Sweet Graycie we will be praying for Steve your and your mommy's dear friend. We hope he recovers well and sooner than anyone expects. Hugs and nose kisses

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  11. We will be keeping paws crossed for Steve the Stomach Exploder to get better so he can be strangled. And so his loafers can make Graycie happy again. What a story. Get well soon!!

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  12. We are sending purrs and prayers for Steve! Poor guy. I hope his recovery is as quick and painless as possible.

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  13. The Human says: My co-worker's son's appendix burst & he developed peritonitis (younger--16 yrs. and less dramatically ill than your friend); he was VERY sick but made a complete and total recovery with no permanent damage. Also, years ago, my mom had a temporary colostomy after abdominal surgery; she learned to handle it quite well, and it was removed after about three months. I don't know if Steve's will be temp or permanent, but he will learn to manage it, too.
    I will put good thoughts out into the universe for him!

    Spitty: Grayce! Of course I will purr very hard for loafer-man. I think the Power of the Purr is mighty indeed, 'specially when there are 13 of you ;-)

    P.S. It looks a little bit like you yakked up a rainbow there, Grayce.

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  14. Um, this is tricky. TBT is like Steve, only healthy, so we unnerstand the "not Dr" part. Hope he does well.

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  15. Love the photos and will say a prayer for your friend Steve!

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  16. Praying for Steve that he recovers fully and that he doesn't need to be strangled!!!

    Grayce, friends are the best >^..^<

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  17. Me and Charlie are purring and praying for Steve!!! We are lighting a candle in our hearts for him!! We send him lots of healing hugs!!!! Please get better Steve!!!!!

    Grayce, Rupert and Mr Johnny - you are all just beautiful and gorgeous!! Take care x

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  18. Miss Grayce, Tell Mr Steve have my purrs as much as he need. I do paw crossed for him to be safe and healing best .
    And Hugs to him, his family and your mommy
    xoxoxo

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  19. I'll be purring for Steve, and M will say some purrayers for him. M says don't be too mad at Steve. (He's a typical man). D was like that - then finlaly one day he started having chest pians, needed open heart surgery with 5 by passes. He now goes to the doctor at the first sign of something wrong. Hopefully Steve has learned the same lesson - the hard way, but hopefully learned it. A friend of M's had hlf her stomach and colon removed about 20 years ago. She's lived with a bag for years and you'd never know it was there. You do get used to it.

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  20. OMC! We're sending our purrs and purrayers and universal Light to Steve, for his recovery. (Reading this, the mom's glad now that she's being checked out six ways from Sunday, even if some of the tests are yucky.)

    Kim: My ex-mother-in-law had colon cancer twice, had a colostomy and ileostomy decades ago.

    My boss's elder son almost died last year (21 or 22 years old)--turns out he has Crohne's Disease and he has resectioning of both his small and large intestine last summer, developed peritonitis and yes, almost died then. But he pulled through and is doing well now.

    So fingers crossed for Steve...Wishing him Blessings and Light.

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  21. WE are sending tons of purrs for Steve. That sounds so scary. We sure hope he comes out of this just fine. And it can happen. Miracles do happen. I am a firm believer. Glad he got to the hospital. We will cross our paws too. Keep us posted. There is not anything fun about cancer.

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  22. I am sorry about your friend..
    His mother is staying with you?
    that is worrisome also..
    <3

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  23. we were going to say a prayer for steve anyway but the threat of a grayce bite ensured we will...

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  24. Oh gosh, we know kind of what that is, and how ostomies work, but that's about it. But, we already got the purrs for Steve started! Please, yes, keep letting us know how he's doing. He sounds like a heck of a super cool, super good human!

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  25. Oh my! We are definitely sending purrs Steves way! We cant believe he drove himself to the hospital! Keep us updated and we hope he is awake and well soon!! Purrs from Sage and Fizz!

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  26. We will be purrin hard for Steve.

    And when he is better, we will have Ivy send him a long distance smack (her toenails are nice and sharp).

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  27. We are sending love out to Steve and hope his recovery goes well and that he is not in too much pain!


    the critters in The Cottage

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  28. We will all be purring and praying for Steve. We sure do hope that things go well for him and he has a safe and speedy recovery.

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  29. Wow!! My prayers are definitely with Steve and so are all my good thoughts. Thank God that the mass wasn't cancerous too!!!

    xxx

    Mommy M and The Garrison

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  30. Friends are VERY important, not matter what species they are. We'll be sending purrs and prayers out to your friend Steve. Please keep us updated on how he is doing.

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  31. My boys are sending their best healing purrs for Steve.

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  32. Poor Steve. Although I do agree that he deserves to strangled once he gets well (in a good way, of course). Friends are very important and you are being a good friend to Steve.

    Gracie, we are saying prayers and sending purrs Steve's way, so please DON'T bite us! :p

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  33. Maximum purrs to Steve from SS&S and squeeks from Toby.
    Our friend Jeff, age 52, was having a heart attack and drove himself to the hospital. Same kind of guy.

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  34. Andy, Kiefer, Gus and MomAugust 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Sending purrs and purrayers to Steve and his mom. She must be so worried for her son and that's got to be hard on her.

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  35. Oh dear. Yes, I'll pray for Steve. You both sound like such good friends to him. I'm so sorry.

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  36. Nonstop purrs and prayers for Steve, xoxo!

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  37. We are purring and purring for Steve!!!!

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  38. Phoebe and I have our paws crossed, and all the cat kids are purring for Steve. We hope he'll be feeling better soon, and that he learns to take better care of himself from now on!

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  39. What a cat paradise you show on your blog header...wow,,,they must love living there:)...then I browsed a few posts...great shots of your gorgeous "zoo"...aren´t cats just such wonderful animals. I enjoy your blog.

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  40. Oh Dear,,, Dis iz not good! We send owt Loud Purrayerz fur your furiend Steve~
    We hope he getz better Really soon ^..^
    Purrz & Purrayerz ~

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  41. We will be sending purrayers fur Steve. Fur total healing and that you won't hurt him after. xoxo

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  42. Oh Steve, you are such a man! I hope you will get all better soon. I know your mom is worried about you! Harley and I are sending healing purrs your way.

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  43. Yes we have had experience with peritonitis and when Steve gets well we will share it with you. We sending lots and lots of purrs to Steve and for his complete recovery.
    purrs
    >^,,^<
    ♥Abby♥

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  44. We will definitely say a little purrayer for your mommy's friend Steve.

    Our mama's friend is sick too and we have been purraying for her too.

    Enjoy the weekend kitties, stay cool.

    Emma and Buster

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  45. We are sending purrs and prayers for Steve to make a good recovery.
    Grayce, is that nip we see all around your mouth in that first photo!!!

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  46. We are purring very hard for your friend Steve.

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  47. We will definitely pray for Steve!

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  48. Sending lots of purrs to Steve. Mum knows that men of all ages have to be watched, mum kept her eye on Grampie for years, even from far away!

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  49. We are purring for your friend, Steve, and hope he will be okay.

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  50. Best purrs to your friend!

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  51. We have been purring and praying for your friend Steve since Mom saw the Facebook post.
    We hope he is much better, and will keep improving!!
    Sending him gentle ((hugs))
    ~ The Bunch

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  52. Hugs to you and Steve!! This could easily have been my husband last year. If I had not kept nagging him to go in for a second opinion, they may NEVER have found the tumor. Too much longer and it could have burst, too.

    Our hearts go out to him. We're glad to hear (from today's post) that he's doing better!

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  53. [ppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppwewsx....Woosh(TyGr bring taken off the keyboard) Don't know what he was trying to say but we all wish Steve a speedy recovery!!!!!Purrrrrrrrrrz from the Cat Street Boyz

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  54. I am truly deeply sorry for all that Steve is going through. What a loving friend you are and thank God for you. He needs friends like that in his life. Tell Grayce I am praying for him and please indeed keep us updated.

    Love to him and you and the kitties. I am so sorry I missed this yesterday. xxoo

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  55. We are amazed that your friend, Steve, drove himself to the hospital. He sure doesn't go easy on himself, does he?

    Well, our neighbor went thru a similar experience before Christmas, he had a colostomy for 6 mos. so things could heal. He just had the reversal surgery a month and a half ago and and is just fine. His experience was due to a blockage not a benign tumor, but the process sounds about the same. Tell Steve to get well and take better care of himself.....we kitties said so!!

    purrs for Steve

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  56. OH MY!! I came over after reading the update on your most recent post.

    OMG poor Steve! In all of this time he was having stomach pains so consistently he never had it checked? That is so typical of men!

    Cody and I are sending him many, many healing prayers and purrs...the poor thing, we feel awful for him!

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  57. Oh my, poor STeve!! I can't believe he drove himself to hospital. My kitty trio is sending purrs and kisses from Canada, and the dogs send tail wags. I hope he gets through this as quickly as possible. The poor guy!! ANd you must be so worried about him. Have a hug!

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  58. We are purring for Steve. Paws crossed he makes a full recovery and takes better care of himself.

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Oh Boy...this is gonna be GREAT!