FIBRODOG INTERVIEW #3- GHOST KITTIE

FIBRODOG INTERVIEW #3- GHOST THE FIBRO SUPPORT CAT

Whisker greetings, Ghost! I usually do snout greetings but I’m not sure if kitties have snouts… But I know they definitely have whiskers because I got to lick some once… So Whisker greetings it is! Please tell us what type of kittie you are, your approximate age, and where you live. 

Hi there FibroDog whisker greetings right back at you! My name is Ghost Kittie although I am actually named after a direwolf from some book my mum reads called ‘Game of Thrones’. <editor’s note: FibroDog likes Direwolves very much, and wishes he had one for a brother or sister!!!!!!!>
I’m a chocolate point siamese and am the most beautiful kittie on my block. I live with my human parents and my human brother and sister. My mum Clare adopted me when I was only 15 weeks old but now I’m real big and have lived here for just over a year. I like it here in Eastbourne thats in England you know.
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Prettiest kittie in all of England!

Tell us about your human friend, does she have a name?  What do you call her? Do you know how old she is approximately? (I had to learn “approximately”, which is kind of hard to say, because Mom and Dad say I shouldn’t ask a girl’s age, it’s not polite whether it’s a human girl or a girl kittie! I had no idea, I’m just not a very puriticurry currect dog I guess!)
My mum Clare is much older than me. She says it’s her 40th birthday this year. Wow that is old!
That’s not very old, my Mom’s much older than that! Does your Mom have “fibro- mryalgeeya” or one those other things that makes them hurt or feel tired a lot? Is she able to work or go to school, or does she need to stay home so you can take care of her?
 
My mum has that thing called fibromyalgia and something called osteoarthritis which I know both hurt her a lot. She used to work as a RN but had to stop. I guess her pain got too bad. She gets very sad sometimes, I think they call it depression. Now I take care of her especially when the rest of my family are out.
My Mom’s a nurse too, yay for nurse humans! My Mom only works part time because of her “fibro- mryalgeeya”, but I wish she could stay home with me all the time like yours does… On second thought that would mean that she felt too bad to work at all, so I guess I wouldn’t want that. I’m sorry your Mum can’t work as a nurse anymore Ghost 😦 But I’ll bet you help her a lot… what kinds of things do you do to help her when she’s feeling sore or tired or sad?
I always snuggle up real close to my mum because it seems to make her feel happy. I’m also very clever at knowing where her pain is. If her left hip hurts l will lay down on it and go to sleep. Or if her knees are bad I’ll snuggle in from behind. She seems to like my warmth. When she’s sad I will lay on her pillow right next to her head and purr and lick her face. I let her rub my belly and I make sure I purr extra loud.
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Good soft belly for petting!

Oh that’s so sweet, I’m starting to like kitties more and more! Are there things you have to be careful with so you don’t accidentally make your human feel worse when she’s  having a bad day?
 
I have to be extra careful when I play and run around. My mum moves really slow and sometimes she just falls over. She brought me the smartest collar ever with my name on it in diamonds and a special bell. The bell is special because it alerts her when I’m coming so she doesn’t trip over me. My paws don’t make a noise when I walk but my bell does. I also have to be careful how I jump up onto my mum by keeping my claws in. My dad sometimes cuts them for me so they keep nice and trim. That way I can’t accidentally hurt my mum.
Look at that pretty diamond collar!

Look at that pretty diamond collar!

Is there anything else you or your human would like to say to our FibroFans out there about what they can do to be more supportive?
My mum wishes more people understood that just because a person is smiling doesn’t mean they are not in pain. She thinks us animals understand this better than some people.
I agree Ghost, that’s why I’m doing all these interviews, to try to teach humans to be as sweet and understanding about chronic pain as we animals are. I know they can learn eventually, they seem pretty smart. Well thank you so much for being my first FibroKittie, Ghost!
It’s been great talking to you FibroDog!
Meow for now,
….Ghost
FibroDog + Ghost Kittie = Whiskered it!

FibroDog + Ghost Kittie = Whiskered it!

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FibroDog Interview #1: Lily the Support Corgi

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FibroDog: Please tell us what type of animal you are, your age, and where you live.

My name is Lily. I am a 4 year old tri-color Welsh corgi living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lily from alifewellred.com in her FibroDog interview for fibromyalgia and chronic pain support medeakarrfnp.com

Lily the Fibro Support Dog!

FD: Tell us about the human you support: are they male or female? Do you know how old they are? Do they call themselves a name? Like Mom or Dad or Sally or Fred?

My Mom’s name is Kristine. She is 48yrs old, I’d like to tell you how old that is in dog years, but I can’t count that high. My Mom is famous because she blogs at  A Life Well Red on WordPress.

FD: Humans are always talking about something called a “Diagonal-orosis”. I think that means “what’s wrong with them”, but I’m not sure. Does your Mom have a “Diagonal-orosis?” Like “Fibro- mryalgeeya” or one those other things that makes her hurt or feel tired a lot? (Note from editor – FibroDog has trouble with big words sometimes – he means “diagnosis” and “fibromyalgia”, in case you couldn’t quite understand him.)

Mom has Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). Mostly she spends a lot of time at home with me, and walking around the house very slowly sometimes. We do go out in the backyard a lot though, where Mom watches me run back and forth chasing the birds off my lawn.

Lily from alifewellred.com guarding her yard in her FibroDog interview for fibromyalgia and chronic pain support medeakarrfnp.com

Guarding my lawn

FD: Wow, I’m not even going to try to pronounce that M.E. thing but it sounds pretty rough. What kinds of things do you do to help your Mom when she’s feeling sore or tired or sad from her fibro or M.E.?

When Mom feels especially bad, I give her a hug by nosing underneath her chin and pressing my furry body against her. She also seems to just enjoy watching me play around the yard, and nibble the ears off my stuffed dragon. She says it’s calming, but I think she’d feel better with a chew bone of her own to gnaw on.

FD: Your furry hugs sound awesome, I’ll bet they help your Mom a lot! What kinds of things do you try to avoid doing so your Mom doesn’t feel worse? (I know I accidentally broke my human Mom’s nose once when I was trying to give her a kiss, and that seemed to make her feel even worse for some reason, so I’m extra careful with kisses now). Are there things you have to be careful with so you don’t accidentally make her feel worse? Like not pawing at her too hard or not going potty in the living room when she’s having a bad day?

I’m only about 16 lbs, so I don’t hurt her too much when I perch on her leg to get a better view out the front window. My legs are pretty stubby too, so I can only get so high when I stand up to jump on her and say hi. I also try to be extra obedient on her ‘bad’ days and come inside the first three times I’m called instead of the usual seven.

FD: Wow, I’m impressed Lily, coming inside the first three times you’re called takes some serious commitment! I think I’ve got a ways to go in that department, but what I’m lacking in obedience I make up for in Snout. (At least that’s what Mom and Dad say all the time!) Is there anything else you or Kristine would like to say to our FibroFans out there about what they can do to be a more supportive friend?

The best thing I do for my human is be myself and give her all the furry love that’s in me! Yeah, I’m pretty awesome like that!

Lily & Kristine from alifewellred.com in her FibroDog interview for fibromyalgia and chronic pain support medeakarrfnp.com

Lily and Kristine

FD: Yeah you are pretty awesome Lily! Thank you so much for being my first furry interview, and you’re now officially part of my FibroDog Posse! (why don’t the humans spell it Pawsee?) I hope you don’t mind but I’ll be inviting some kitties and small humans to join the Posse, and possibly even a hedgehog, because FibroDog does not discriminate based on species or prickliness. (Although I have to admit I am rather curious about how that hedgehog manages to give soft fibro-snuzzles, I can’t wait to relay more details on that one!)

FibroDog p.s. – Special thanks to our human Moms Medea and Kristine for typing out our interview, because in case folks haven’t noticed, paws aren’t great for typing. I hope everyone enjoys reading my first interview, and if any other fibro support critters out there would like to be interviewed and join Lily and I in our Fibro Posse please leave your info below, or email my human Mom and Dad at fnpmedeakarr@gmail.com. And please check out Lily’s Mom’s blog A Life Well Red  – once you read it it you’ll probably want to follow it. That’s what my Mom did.

xoxoxo Snout Out!

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The Snout

 

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Ok everyone, we already know our boy is awfully cute, but look at how photogenic that snout is! We’re still busy working on our plan to get FibroDog integrated with our site, and onto the airwaves/internet waves, so here’s the next thing we need your help with:
What do you think would be the best platforms for FibroDog to make his appearances on and give brief educational presentations about fibromyalgia and chronic pain? So far our Technical Advice Master and the rest of the team have discussed a YouTube channel for videofeeds, plus a facebook fanpage for both kids and grownups to follow. Most of his presentations will be geared toward youngsters who might have a hard time understanding why Mom or Dad or Grandma sometimes can’t play as much because they’re tired, or ways they can help them feel better when they’re hurting, but we realize that grownups will love FibroDog too! (And already do in fact, he’s getting quite a following already and he hasn’t even said anything yet!) We’re thinking one or two main platforms would be ideal, with a few guest visits here on the office blog. But we want your input too – what would be the places that YOU, his listening/reading/viewing public would be most likely to follow him regularly… YouTube? FB? This Blog? Twitter? Vine? Anyplace else you can think of? (Pinterest is a given!) Think of platforms for both kids and adults. Please post your ideas!

FibroDog!!!!

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Some of you may have been hearing the whispers on the wind (or me blabbing to everyone I know because I can’t control myself) about KoiBoy’s upcoming project to get super famous while helping to educate kids about fibromyalgia. Well, the whispers are true, and we are officially ready to introduce… FibroDog!!!!!! We’ll be rolling the project out slowly, and we may start with a kickstarter project to get funding for startup costs (go-pro camera, lighting equipment, swag/merch, small stipends for guests and tech crew, lots of meat to fatten up our still slightly underweight star, etc.) 
In the meantime we need some help from you, our dear friends and supporters:
I just learned what a hashtag is. I’m a dork, I know. But I suspect we’ll need some hashtags for this project. Something like “#FibroDog_GotSnout?” So can you guys please reply with some ideas of other hashtags we might want to use while we’re in the planning stages of the project? If we use your hashtag at any point along the way you’ll get a prize: a free bumper sticker (or window sticker) with your hashtag on it! If you’re really skilled at this and we end up using 5 of your hashtags, guess what, you’ll get all 5 stickers! Woohoo! So start sending those hashtags our way!