I fiori è il gatto

I’ve promised several friends an update from my last post and here it is. These photos were taken on my patio on a very rainy, record breaking rainfall day just last week. It was day long great big drops. Diavolo is in summer mode and spending most of his time outdoors but it was a patio day for him. If you’ll remember he was the community cat for many years before I adopted him so he is parking lot savvy and knows to stay away from the raccoons.


Since we last spoke I met with a pain specialist and had a nerve block injection. I chose to do it with only a local anesthetic because the heavier one would have kept me from driving for 24 hours which I could not do. It was a very uncomfortable procedure and the effects although immediate lasted less than 24 hours. I will not be repeating that. I did meet with the Palliative care doctor and she put me on a new medication for my neuropathy. It’s a cocktail and helps with a lot of things. The effect on the neuropathy can take a month or more to happen so nothing to report on that front.

Would you get this string out of my face?

Would you get this string out of my face? I did take scissors to the string.

She did refer me to another doctor who specializes in Cancer Rehabilitation. I see him for an assessment on July 11. He’s booked out that far because he is the only one in the area who does this kind of treatment. We will see if he feels that physical therapy can help with my walking.


I had my Cyberknife on the active tumor from June 1st thru the 7th. It did help with the hip and leg pain I have been having so I only need two to three pain pills per day instead of two every four hours. This is a good thing. One of the Cyberknife techs told me I look fabulous. I thanked him and said it was too bad I didn’t feel as good as I looked. After all, my hair has grown back curly (no more perms needed), I dyed it red and have lost 60 pounds so I do look different than when he had last seen me. Next post I’ll have a picture of me with my current hair.


No, they haven’t told me I don’t have cancer. They can’t do that yet. They have treated the cancer but the effects are not instant. I will have a new PET scan in October unless I have a reason to have one sooner. They won’t tell me it’s gone until there is “no evidence of disease” for five years. It’s a very long process.

At this time I’ve decided not to make plans for any travels until I’m well….as in I can walk properly without pain and have my stamina built back up. But I have lots of travel pics I haven’t shared and some old favorites too. So plenty for future posts.

Here’s Diavolo in his favorite chair on the “catio”. Note the new cushions. They all match now.



About mvaden1948

I love to travel to Venice (and probably other parts of Italy and beyond) and my camera leads me where she wants without any consideration as to whatever plans I may have. I enjoy photographing nature, my cat and anything that strikes my fancy. I have a "thing" for interesting doors and architectural details.
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12 Responses to I fiori è il gatto

  1. Glad to see Diavolo again. That string does look annoying. Sounds like you have a big treatment plan figured out, which is good, and hope it works well for you. That was quite a rain about a week ago. Now we are going to cook! Happy Summer! Think I remember you saying your place is on the shady side.

    • mvaden1948 says:

      Yes, my patio faces north but I still get enough sun in the afternoon to move my fuchsia onto the back corner and put it on a chair. I don’t want to have to water it three times a day. I am not looking forward to 90 degrees on Sunday.
      That string belongs to a wind chime that Diavolo would brush against every time he jumped up on the railing. I gave it a trim and raised the wooden butterfly that had fallen off and now he is a happy cat again.
      Hopefully the treatment plan will work.

  2. Susie L says:

    Diavolo looks very happy and dapper. Your fuschia is gorgeous, and I always love seeing your beautiful patio. It looks like such a wonderful spot. I’m hoping that this new cocktail helps your neuropathy and that you’ll be planning another trip soon. That nerve block injection sounds horrible, and to have it last less than 24 hours must have been quite a disappointment. In the meantime, I always look forward to your posts and photos!

    • mvaden1948 says:

      Well, at least I can say I tried the nerve block. But won’t do it again. If it had lasted at least a month I still may not have done another one.
      Diavolo is indeed very, very happy. He tries to eat me out of house and home….at least four cans of Fancy Feast (they are small cans) a day plus some dry food. Older boy cats should get wet food according to my vet.
      I’m hoping to get some more plants for my patio….a few at a time as getting them there from the car with a cane should be interesting. I have a shopping cart just like they use in Venice that I take for my excursions to the pharmacy (they sell tons of other stuff…even got a shower curtain liner there) and Trader Joe’s but you just can’t pile plants one on top of each other. Guess I could call my neighbor when I pull into the parking lot and have her come down and help. She’d be happy to.
      I still go through the sites for apartments in Venice every now and then and hope to go in December 2018 (wouldn’t be able to do it financially before then) which would be for my 70th birthday. We shall see.

  3. What a handsome devil, that Diavolo! Che bello! Wishing you all the best in your continued recovery. And a girl can always plan ahead even without travel dates, can’t she? If my husband only knew all the future trips in my head (and a few on paper)!

    • mvaden1948 says:

      Yes, Diavolo is a very handsome devil and very affectionate too. I’m so glad I didn’t pay for the outrageously expensive and invasive test to determine if he actually had lymphosarcoma last year. He wouldn’t be with us if the diagnosis had been correct. Even his regular vet is impressed because he had been so sick a year ago. He may have just eaten something he shouldn’t have.
      As I said above….Venice, December 2018 is being planned in my heart….just not putting any money on it until I’m sure I will be able to do it comfortably.
      I did see one apartment listed where there is a requirement to take care of her cat. There is even a picture of the cat. Now that would be a good one for me but everything would have strange cat hair on it when I got home and Diavolo would not like that. But he knows I pet other cats (and dogs) when I’m away from him. He understands, eventually. After all, he has lots of friends here in the apartment complex that he likes to visit.

  4. Marc-André says:

    There is nothing better than seeing a happy cat and Diavolo clear looks happy. 🙂

    As for your treatment plan Iain, the kids (cats) and I are keeping our fingers and paws crossed that you’ll feel much better soon! After all we are planning to spend time with you in a certain city in Italy again! 😉

    Much love, kisses and head bumps from our little fluff balls. 😀

  5. Herman says:

    What a beautiful and lovely cat! Great photographs of your garden.
    Mr. Bowie sends his regards to Diavolo! Wishing you all the best, Misha!

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