It turns out I was trying to hold her and dose her the hard way. We figured out a few angles, given my own issues, and I’m ready to give it a good try again first thing in the morning.
Because I got there so late in the day, that dose will be enough until tomorrow. This should be fun - I really do think I can handle it now. I was trying too hard, also, to do it quick and get it over with. Giving her three droppers full of meds, one after the other, needs to be done nice and easy because she needs time to swallow about half a dropper at a time.
Tonight I will sleep reasonably well because she has had her meds this evening, for one thing. And because I think I know what I am doing in the morning.
And Silkie should sleep well tonight because one of those is a great little pain med for cats.