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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Remembering Millie Jo


Millie Jo Moore was our newest little kitty in the household

Forgive me if this post sounds sappy or overly sentimental, especially since this is a blog about weight loss, diet, and health. But I also talk about LIFE at this blog and a very sad LIFE moment happened today.

Today was already a little anxious in the Moore household because my wife Christine had a scheduled colonoscopy early this morning regarding a mysterious pain she has been having in her side (she reminds me that the pain in her side is not me because I'm her pain in the BUTT! LOL!). All went well with the procedure and her colon is fine, but she will need some more tests in the coming weeks to find out what is causing the pain. Please pray that her doctors can figure out what's wrong.

Meanwhile, back at home the youngest of our four little kitty cats named Millie Jo had not eaten or drank anything for over a day and she was just lying around the house quite lethargic. When she started vomiting a white frothy substance and hiding from us for hours on end, we knew something was very bad wrong. We just didn't know how bad it was.



When I returned back from playing volleyball at my church tonight, my wife gave me a look that told me we needed to do something about Millie Jo because she was getting worse not better. Our other cats had gone through spells that lasted a day or two and then they would be better. But it was quite obvious Millie Jo was sick and her lack of any nourishment had caused her to lose a lot of weight fast.

I called the local veteranarian hospital and they were closed. The answering service gave me a number to an emergency vet place about 40 miles away, so then I looked up a local ER for animals in Spartanburg and found one. They said to bring Millie in right away to have tests run.

When we arrived, Millie Jo weighed just a little over 5 pounds, which was about a 2 1/2 pound weight loss in two days. She was totally oblivious to her surroundings and had a dazed look on her face with whatever it is she had. We were bracing for the news from the animal doctor.

After the veteranarian explained what he was going to do to check on Millie Jo, he came back with the terrible news that we dreaded hearing -- Millie Jo had leukemia and a tumor had already developed on her abdomen. He explained that the mortality rate in cases like these with felines is extremely high and it was up to us whether we wanted to pursue chemotherapy treatments to prolong her life further or to put her out of her misery with euthanasia.

Since Millie Jo was only a little over one year old and because we have three other beautiful, healthy cats, we decided the best thing to do was to say goodbye to this special little kitty who brought lots of joy and laughter to our lives over this past year.



If you would have told me last week that Millie Jo was going to get sick from cancer, I would have thought you were crazy. This was arguably the most rambunctious, energetic kitten you have ever seen and she did some of the most quirky stuff, too. I always say that cats are pretty stupid (and they are!), but they sure are entertaining to watch.

About a month ago, we caught her using her mouth to open up a retractable drawer in the bathroom where my wife keeps her hair scrunchies and she picked one up with her mouth to play with it. We noticed there were a lot of scrunchies scattered throughout the house and wondered how in the world they got there. Then Christine caught Millie Jo in the act and videotaped her doing it one day. That video would easily win the best clip on "America's Funniest Home Videos!"

Although she was our youngest, Millie Jo was a precious member of our family that will sorely be missed. It's times like these in life that you learn to appreciate what you do have and stop taking for granted the things you hold dearest. As soon as we got home from the vet after stopping to get some ice cream (sugar-free for me!) at Bruester's, I picked up each of my other three cats (Smokey, Ginger, and Muffin) one at a time and gave them hugs and kisses.

Today, I love them even more and will continue to do so to cherish the memory of the one we called Millie Jo. THANK YOU for allowing me just a moment to write what some may call a silly, sappy, sentimental blog post remembering Millie Jo. I don't care what people think about this because it's what is on my heart right now. Plus, I'm sure others of you have been through this before yourself while some have yet to experience the emotions that come with losing a pet you love.

One thing is for certain -- while I am sad that Millie Jo is gone, I will NOT be turning to food for comfort. These kind of situations in life can put you in a vulnerable position to "loosen up" on your low-carb lifestyle. Don't fall for this trap! Stay strong and find comfort in other ways besides the carb-loaded foods we come to enjoy during these times.

So, I guess this is goodbye, Millie Jo! Somewhere in heaven there's a little kitty cat in Jesus' arms being comforted by the One who created her. She'll be safe now because God will take good care of her forever. And HE can clean her litter box from now on! Hee hee!

Again, THANK YOU for indulging me for just one post to talk about this because it is real life. That's what I try to deliver at my blog and make no apologies for it. I promise to get back to low-carb topics next, but I wanted you to know what happened in the Moore family today. Until next time...keep on livin' la vida low-carb.

11 Comments:

Blogger Newbirth said...

I haven't been through it yet, but I have two cats and I know they are not with me forever.

1 year old is so young - too young to die. :(

4/06/2006 11:16 PM  
Blogger TESS said...

LOSING A BELOVED PET IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING IN THE WORLD TO GET THROUGH. I HAVE RAISED 16 DOGS OVER THE LAST 30 OR SO YEARS AND I CAN FEEL THE PAIN YOU AND YOUR WIFE ARE GOING THROUGH. IT FEELS LIKE YOU WILL NEVER GET THROUGH IT, NEVER BE WHOLE AGAIN, BUT YOU WILL. SADDER AND WISER BUT YOU WILL FIND IT IN YOUR HEARTS TO TAKE ANOTHER INTO YOUR LIFE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE WHO NEED YOU. I HAVE LOST SOME TO OLD AGE, SOME, TO YOUNG, TO CANCER. AND ONE TO A FREAK ACCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN SURGERY AND DEATH FROM ANTESETHIC.(PLEASE EXCUSE MY SPELLING,) SHE WAS ONLY 6. FOR WHATEVER THE REASON IT ISN'T ANY EASIER AND A BIT OF YOUR HEART SEEMS TO GO WITH EACH ONE AND YOU WONDER WILL YOU EVER BE WHOLE AGAIN. IT IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, IF, LIKE ME, YOU HAVE NEVER HAD CHILDREN. THESE BELOVED ANIMALS CAT OR DOG,HOLD AN EVEN MORE SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR LIVES. THE PLEASURE THEY GIVE YOU, FOR HOWEVER LONG GOD DETERMINES THEY ARE ON THIS EARTH, IS WORTH ALL THE PAIN ALTHOUGH IT MAY BE DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW TO SEE THAT. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT AT THIS MOMENT SHE IS IN A BETTER PLACE, WITH GOD, KEEPING THE ANGELS SMILING, AS THEY NEED PETS AS WELL.GOD BLESS YOU AND CHRISTINE AS TOGETHER YOU PULL TOGETHER THROUGH THIS GRIEVING PROCESS THAT HAS NO TIME LIMIT, THERE ARE REALLY NO WORDS THAT WILL HELP TO SOFTEN THE BLOW. JUST KNOW THEIR ARE MANY WHO WILL GRIEVE WITH YOU,

4/07/2006 7:27 AM  
Blogger Shayne said...

I'm so sorry, Jimmy. Hugs to you and Christine.

4/07/2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly in Southern CA said...

I'm so sorry, Jimmy. I lost a beloved cat to kidney failure at a very young age. I know your heart aches. May god give comfort to you and Christine.

Kelly
Pasadena, CA

4/07/2006 12:27 PM  
Blogger Kelly in Southern CA said...

I mis-typed - of course I meant God.

4/07/2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger The Java Diva said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your kitty, but I was quite angry to read that you say "cats are stupid". I have 5 cats and do a great deal of animal rescue, trap-neuter-release and volunteering for animal organizations. I have met A LOT of cats and I NONE of them are stupid! Obviously Millie Jo proved that isn't so seeing as how she figured out where the hair scrunchies are and how to get to them. Anyhow, I digress. I will pray for you and your wife and your remaining cats, but I sincerely hope you will change your thoughts on them being stupid. We are so lucky to have the blessed little souls come into our lives, we should not under estimate their intelligence or the impact the will have on our lives.

4/07/2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for all of the kind notes everyone. And Java Diva, I didn't mean to offend you with my "cats are stupid" comment. It was just an innocent tongue-in-cheek joke that I used to lighten the mood a little. I apologize that you were offended, but obviously my little Millie Jo was not so stupid. I miss her so much today and appreciate what everyone has said. You all are the best!

4/07/2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Aww...poor Millie Jo. I have two precious kitties of my own and would be devastated if they became sick. I'm sorry for your loss.

4/07/2006 4:32 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hamlin said...

Java Diva take your self-righteous act and stick it. The man's been through enough to not have you rub his face in it.

4/08/2006 1:29 AM  
Blogger LowCarbCentralWI said...

Jimmy: We're glad that Christine's test went well and will keep her in our prayers. We are also sooooo sorry to hear about your kitty. Michael's Mom had to put her kitty down, but she had the courage to bring home another very lively kitty that is keeping her company. Give the others a scratch for me.

Marilyn

4/08/2006 2:16 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hamlin said...

After a day or so, I've calmed down. =)

Diva, while my words the other day were indeed harsh, I still have to say that you were taking Jimmy way out of context.

Jimmy, I lost one of my pet parakeets a couple of months ago so in a small way I understand how you feel.

4/09/2006 4:08 PM  

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