Post 1404: >yawn<

“When are you going to amuse me?” Dougy asks.

I thought I had a good one when I brought home the bloody jacket after my dialysis buttonhole leaked, but Dougy ran away and Andy was not amused – see lower left hand corner photo.

I try. Yes, I try! But many times all I get is a yawn – see most of the rest of the photos.  

24 thoughts on “Post 1404: >yawn<

    • I realized I had lots of yawning cats photos and decided to use them in a themed post where I got the effect of all the yawns in one spot. (I sometimes use archived photos when I run out of better ideas for a blog or the kitty boys fail to cooperate!)

    • It’s a matter of the top of buttonhole (which is as big as the circumference of the needles use) stopping up with coagulated blood and the formation of a “scabling”. Usually, applying pressure for 15 or so minutes, putting a special bandage that has a dessicant of some sort in the gauze that helps that process over the buttonholes, topping that with another gauze that’s folded over twice, and topping it all with a special inch and a half wide (3.8cm) tape with a strong adhesive keeps enough pressure on the buttonholes to prevent a bleed out. Sometimes the pressure is inadequate or not directly over the buttonhole. In those instances, doing something as simple as holding something heavy in the arm with the buttonholes or using that arm (forgetting why you don’t!) to get out of a chair can start the bleed out. You get used to what you have to do to avoid it, but it is an unfortunate reality that there still are times it happens. The longer after dialysis you go without a bleed out, the more likely you won’t have one. I’ve begun sitting outside dialysis unit for a few minutes till I’m comfortable I won’t have a bleed out. My worst fear is having one inside my car, bleeding in the car, getting blood on the interior. I have a black car with a black interior, but I’m sure blood would still be problematic, and I’m not sure how I’d clean it up!

    • I answered this yesterday but it didn’t “take” for some reason….

      Anyway, Jean, you may be right about Andy’s “ewww!” response to blood. He’s never killed anything with red blood before, just insects and spiders.

      As for getting blood out of clothes, I use a soak in cold water, with no chemicals or soaps. I rinse out as much blood as I can till the rinse water barely show signs of blood, then let the article soak over night in cold water. When I wash it, I use HD Tide for soap and wash the item in cold or warm water (if I forget to change the setting….!), and the settings include a presoak and three rinses. I’ve never had problems getting the blood out! It is a simple and I spend the most time rinsing the blood out in several changes of cold water. The whole process takes less than five minutes of light work, and the washing machine and dryer do the rest. Others in dialysis use Resolve, hydrogen peroxide, or soda water (I think it is), but I came on my approach the first time I had a bleed out and didn’t have any of the things people typically use on hand.

      • I use to use cold water but never drained the water…it worked. This was back before we had chemicals for blood. No, I’m not that old but we didn’t buy stuff like that. It was considered an extra we didn’t really need. Now, with my hands so bad, I use little helpers that make my life easier. Just as well I saved my money when I could handle things.

        • I tend to be that way, too. If I can do the job without special stuff, I do. Of course, I can appreciate what you say because I have some physical limitations now that make it necessary to adjust to realities. I put off getting a handicap parking permit till last year when I got tired of coming home from dialysis and finding someone parked in my place. I put up a handicap parking sign on my spot as soon as my permit came, and the problem at home was solved. I soon learned it was a blessing to have the permit that I put off getting for years, literally, that I actually was I was eligible, for a matter of pride I suspect.

    • There are two kitties in my home: Andy (full name – Andrew James Thomas) and dougy (fully name – Douglas James Thomas. For more about their history, check out this link:

      Andy has yellow eyes and is of slender build; Dougy has orangey-brown eyes, and has a more typical Persian kitty body – broad through the shoulders and a broad face with wide set eyes. They are from the same litter, hence are brothers!

        • All of my pets have full names, though all my cats have had “James Thomas” as their middle and last names. I like James, which is a family name that many people have had as first names, and Thomas is my last name as well. I had a childhood dog who we named “Peanuts Lee Thomas”. I had him before I started naming them with James! Actually, Andy and Dougy are pedigree cats with other names for purpose of registering them, but I don’t recall what those name are since I saw no reason to name them since I agreed not to show them in cat shows and they won’t have kittens as they were neutered. Those were the two conditions the lady who gave them to me asked of me for accepting them for free. (I would have had them neutered anyway, and never planned on showing them!) As for adorable, Dan, they are so soft and cuddly, too!

          • I have one German shepherd named Sally. She got her name because I had another german shepherd named Soldier in 2014. Their names start with an S because it’s easy to call them both. But after 3 weeks they hate each other (I don’t know why). So we sold Soldier and kept Sally until today. I also have one cat named Smoky. He’s only one years old. And he’s an american shorthair. He got his name from Sally because (as same as above) it’s easy to call them.

          • That’s a smart way to name them! Too bad about Soldier. Andy and Dougy have a sister and another brother. They both went to a family in another state. They hate each other! I have Dougy because he plays well with Andy.

    • The buttonhole sometimes leaks if pressure hasn’t been applied long enough or I hold too much weight on it before the scab hardens on it. It is a medical emergency, to be sure, but I always am at the hospital when it happens. Were it to happen at home, the instruction wew dialysis patients were given is to call the ambulance. I mean, how can one drive and put pressure on the buttonhole at the same time? Yes, I am fine! It happens from time to time, but one doesn’t panic, one just deals with it as fast as possible!

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