Miracle cat: Essential Oils and energy healing kick in – December 2012

It is said that cats have 9 lives.  Mr. Bing came to us in 2001 and in 11 years I believe he fully used his 9 lives hunting, being the meeter and greeter in our house and running the household with 2 female cats.  In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  This is the story of how we gave him a 10th life.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

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December 3 hunting in the grass

About a week after I returned from Thanksgiving the weather turned much warmer.  We were able to go outside again.  I had hydrated him 3 times since my return and had continued regular Raindrop therapy, energy healing and Arnica. He was stable but still quite frail. For the first time in a month, went out into the large open space behind my house and he wandered round sniffing the air but staying close to me.  When I got distracted talking to my neighbor he went into a grassy area and began to hunt! (see the photo above).  It was a big shift for him and it was a turning point for his health.  Suddenly, he was reengaged with life and began to beg for food, eat and drink heartily again.  His stools were solid and he was staying hydrated.  He began to gain weight.  Over the next three weeks he gained nearly 1.5 pounds (from 6.5 pounds at Thanksgiving to 8 pounds at Christmas.  He looked much better, no longer seemed in pain and his meows for food and demand for water dripping in the bathroom sink brought encouragement.  It was a Christmas miracle!

Starting Essential Oils to ease Mr. Bing’s pain – November 2012

It is said that cats have 9 lives.  Mr. Bing came to us in 2001 and in 11 years fully used his 9 lives hunting, being the meeter and greeter in our house and running the household with 2 female cats.  In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  This is the story of how we gave him a 10th life.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

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Snuggling with Ann’s friend Michele (also his cat sitter when Ann is away).

As the days grew shorter and colder here in Minnesota, it was harder to get outside.  And by November, it was too cold and snowy to go out.  He began to lose weight again and seemed to be in pain, crouched and staring into space.  He was eating less too.  I talked to the vet and she suggested I add Raindrop essential oil therapy to his regime.  This consisted of 8 or 9 essential oils combined together which reduce inflammation and heal the body.  We started this therapy on Nov. 12.  She also gave me Arnica crystals to give him to help with pain.  A week later, he was still eating and drinking much less, down to 6.5 pounds and looked like skin and bones.  His eyes were getting sunken and he was lethargic.  I was very concerned that he wouldn’t make it through the Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) weekend and since I needed to be gone, I didn’t want my cat sitter to have to deal with a crisis.  I took him to the vet and she rehydrated him.  This really helped him feel better and he made it through the 4 days I was gone.  Upon my return he started going backwards again, so back to the vet for more fluids.  She gave me a fluid bag so I could hydrate him every few days.  She also suggested a different food so I picked up this new pricy food to feed him. I stopped giving him the probiotic and the liquid clay since it wasn’t doing much good anyway.  I continued Raindrop therapy, energy healing and Arnica.  My intention was to keep him comfortable to the end.  And even though I thought he was ready to pass, he clearly was not.

Read the next blog to see what happened next.

What diet and energy work helped Mr. Bing – October 2012

It is said that cats have 9 lives.  Mr. Bing came to us in 2001 and in 11 years fully used his 9 lives hunting, being the meeter and greeter in our house and running the household with 2 female cats.  In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  This is the story of how we gave him a 10th life.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

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Mr.Bing, October 12, 2012

The first changes we made were to his diet and a couple of supplements.  We switched him to a top quality grain-free wet cat food.  He had been eating a grain based dry food, high quality, but he seemed to want something more.  To the wet food I added Probiotic powder to help with digestion and a liquid clay to help with diarrhea. My vet also gave me a healing herb called Nux Vomika to give him when he vomited.   Being trained in animal Acupressure and Reiki, I began to give him treatments twice a week or whenever he came onto my lap and asked for them.  I frequently held Acupressure points for stomach and its sister meridian, spleen.  He seemed to love the energy work and new food.

Over the next several months, he maintained his weight (around 8-9 pounds).  Bing loves to go outside and I would make sure I took him out every day if I could.  As the days got cooler and wetter, things started to change.

Read the next blog to see what happened.

How energy healing helped Mr. Bing have a better quality of life and less pain – Introduction

Bing KittenMr. Bing as an 8 week old kitten.

It is said that cats have 9 lives. Mr. Bing is a handsome farm kitty that my daughter, Erin, found at a horse show. He came into our lives in 2001 as a gift to her sister Sarah.  He is the closest thing to a dog that we ever had.  He is the meeter and  greeter at the front door, showers attention on visitors and loves to have company.  He hunts and explores for hours (when we let him) and he sits on laps for hours on end. This is the story of how we gave him a 10th life.

This series of short blogs describe the progress of his illness and how energy healing helped him have a better quality of life and less pain through it all.  If you have ideas and options for additional complimentary healing for Mr. Bing, please reply to this post.

Early in 2012, Mr. Bing started losing weight. At his annual check up in July 2012 he was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood).  The disease was affecting his digestion primarily, thus he was losing weight rather fast going from a 12 pound cat to 8.5 pounds in less than a year.  Hypercalcemia is most often caused by a tumor on the Parathyroid gland and is operable in both humans and animals.  A secondary cause is cancer somewhere in the body.  Both are costly to treat (surgery, chemo and/or ongoing calcium and thyroid supplements).  I was not in a financial position to take this on.  Nor did I want to put him through the extreme stress of these invasive procedures.  So I chose to offer whatever complimentary care I could to Mr. Bing to keep him comfortable while he lived the rest of his life with me.

I am blessed to have a veterinarian who is trained in allopathic medicine as well as in Chinese and other complimentary approaches.  In my next blog, read about Mr. Bing as his disease progresses.

Healing Navicular in Horses

When Amy and I finished our intermediate Acupressure class last April, we started looking for horses to practice on.  I knew of a 28 year old mare named Sis.  Sis was still the lead mare in a small herd despite having navicular and being in severe pain.  Her owner had a new farrier which was helping some. She agreed to let us practice on Sis.

What an immediate and deep learning experience for us!  And what a difference for Sis!

Amy and I gave Sis 6 acupressure treatments over about a 10 week period.  Sis improved dramatically.  She began to canter in from the pasture (something she hadn’t done in years) and walk up and down difficult terrain.  She hardly limped and she looked 10 years younger.

During each acupressure treatment she would be very clear about what she wanted.  She would nod or point to places with nose or come over an put her nose on the place in the book (we were still learning) she wanted us to pay attention to.  When she had enough of a given point, she would walk forward, then drop her head and let the energy work through her body.  When she was ready for the next point, she would turn and look at us.  At the end of a session, she would yawn (up to 10 times!) or poop or stretch.  Then go back to eating hay.

Sis continues to improve as I give her a tune-up once a month.