Good evening and welcome new mailing list members. Enjoy your free download of "Here I Am" the official theme song of the Transplant Games of America written and performed by yours truly.
Many of you have written to ask how Adam is doing. Adam is moving in the right direction, climbing the mountain back to health. It's weird but my only focus for 8 weeks was finding Adam. Somehow I imagined that he would be in pretty much normal shape. I knew he would probably be thinner and emotionally rattled. I did not anticipate SUCH a weight loss. Adam chose to hide most of his time outside lost in Kentucky. He obviously did not venture out to eat much, just enough to stay alive until he was willing to walk onto a back porch and cry for help.
As I said in my last email, Adam weighed just 4.6 lbs. the day we got him back. He was covered with ticks (we removed at least 70 from his tiny frame) and extremely anemic with a hematocrit percentage of 12%. Normal percentage is in the 30s. His vet said that at his percentage most cats would not be able to stand....I don't know how he did it!
Today was his second check up at the vet this week, after a rough Monday. He was lethargic on Monday, threw up and I did not like this so got him in a day early. My vet, Parker's Paws, is AWESOME!. They're not an assembly line. They know when they need to squeeze an appointment in in the BEST INTEREST OF THE PATIENT! I'm grateful for this. At this appointment, the doctor found that he was dehydrated and his potassium levels were way low. So potassium was added to the fluids we give Adam subcutaneously. An anti nausea medication was added as well as the antibiotics he is taking can upset his stomach and cause him not to eat. Monday was the day I realized that he is literally out of the woods but figuratively not so. It was very upsetting but we just stuck with the new program. They doctor said we were going to try this and if it didn't work she would hospitalize Adam.
Now, today, Thursday here's how Adam is doing:
He is up to 6lbs. (from 5.26 just Monday).
His hematocrit percentage is at 21! (Up from 17 on Monday)
He is purring...ALOT
He has played with his catnip toy a bit (a first).
He bit me!!!!!!! This is something he does when playing with you or tired of your attention. First time since he's been home....I've never been so happy to be bitten...except maybe for that one time at the Playboy Mansion....
So, Adam is doing great!!!!! I'm so happy and way more relaxed than I was a few days ago. He is still sequestered from the dogs and anything too busy or noisy during the day. Guffman gets to be in the room when we go to bed. He's so sweet. I sleep on an air mattress at night so I can be close to his box in case he needs anything. Erin does this too when not on the road. Also, I can listen if he is eating....I'm like a duck. I sleep with one eye open. Ducks really do this in the wild. They sleep in a row and the two end ducks keep one eye open in order to protect the raft. Isn't that something?
Here's a photo:
Bottom line he is on the mend. But the end duck will still keep her eye open for a while. God Bless Adam! God Bless Eve and Guffman too. They've had to take a bit of a back seat for a couple weeks.
June is fast approaching and I'll be headed to Ohio for several shows. We begin with the full band at Music Box Supper Club on Sat., June 17 at 8pm. This will be a great homecoming and I hope you'll come out. Here is a link so you can get discount tickets to the show. Remember you can make reservations for dinner at Music Box then enjoy the show. All the while you'll have a beautiful view of the Cuyahoga River and the east bank of the flats. Here's the link:
Discount Tickets Music Box (If you're not a mailing list member, become one! and get discounts like this. Visit www.anneedechant.com and sign up)
Thurs., June 22 @ 6:30pm - Downtown at Dusk at the Akron Art Museum - Free, full band show.
Fri., June 23 @ 7:30pm - "With Music and Justice for All" @ Avon Lake United Church of Christ. $10.00 suggested donation.
Southern author Frye Gaillard and award-winning Nashville recording artist Anne E. DeChant team up for an evening of stories and song entitled “With Music and Justice for All.” In his writings on the subject of music, Gaillard maintains that great songwriters like DeChant explore the depths of the human condition with all the subtlety and feeling of our finest novelists and poets, raising issues of empathy, compassion and justice. In these unique programs, Gaillard presents brief readings from his works, setting the context for an acoustic performance of original songs by DeChant. See sample video
Sun., June 25 @ 11:30am - 2:30pm - Mustard Seed Cafe (Fairlawn/Akon OH), Solo/acoustic show. No Cover, Great Brunch!
Thurs., June 29 @ 9pm - Natalie's Coal Fire Pizza (Columbus Ohio) - Songwriter Showcase with Anne E., Brad Cole and Gary Puckett. Presented by Eric Gnezda
Fri., June 30 @ 7:30pm - Jilly's Music Room (Akron OH-right next to Luigi's Italian Restaurant) - Acoustic trio with Pete, Kelly and Anne E. No Cover. Great Food! Great Music!
That's just June. For more shows, check my schedule atwww.anneedechant.com
That's it from here for now.
I hope to see you soon. Now go get your tickets!!!!! New songs for this show. Come hear them.
A note...when you go to purchase your tickets for my Music Box Show, check into tickets for my friend Alexis Antes CD Release on July 13th. Alexis is releasing her latest recording "13".
Chillin' on the back porch, May 25, 2017