January 27th, 2005


Pumpkin Update

He's improving, but not as fast as I thought he would. He spent most of last night curled up against my side. I got up three or four times in the early morning to check my blood sugars, and after about three times he decided it was better to curl up on the cat shelf by the window. Never mind that the drapes are closed.

This morning he was still somewhat slow, but not wobbly anymore. He went to the food dish and just sat there with his face an inch above the iams, but he didn't eat. I took a few pieces out of the bowl and put them on the floor in front of him, and he made a half-hearted effort to pick one up and then decided against it. But he stayed in front of the bowl for about 10 minutes.

They gave me a liquid antibiotic to feed him, it's fluorescent pink. He didn't put up much of a fight when I squirted it into his mouth, and only a couple of drops ended up on the floor. But I can tell I'm not making myself loved that way.

The vets called to check how he was doing, and I told them. They forgot to tell me the wrap which had held on his IV could be removed soon after getting him home, so I'll take that off him when I get back from work tonight. He made a motion to pull it off, but like pretty much everything this morning his heart wasn't in it.

The good news is he's not vomiting or coughing. Nothing is bleeding. His eyes look clear.

But he's not a happy camper.

White Rabbit Day

Today is Dr. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's birthday. Lewis Carrol to most of you. In honor of his Alice books, this is traditionally White Rabbit day. Find a hole, dive in, and come out the other end with a surreal experience.

Shoulda been named Mad Hatter day.

Also born this day:

Judge Learned Hand
Admiral Hyman Rickover
Donna Reed
Bridget Fonda

Born yesterday [lol]:

Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Philip Jose Farmer
Paul Newman
Jules Feiffer
Bob Ueker
Angela Davis
Gene Siskel
Wayne Gretzky
Ellen DeGeneris

And get set to celebrate tomorrow:
Arthur Rubenstein
Alan Alda
Jackson Pollock
Susan Sontag
Mikhail Baryshnikov

(may we have a drum roll, please from our LOTR fans)...

Elijah Wood

Large Orange Furball Back to Normal

Got home, Pumpkin and Domino were waiting at the door as usual. Sat the orange furball on my lap and took off the bandage wrap. That made him very happy. Put a Ritz cracker on the carpet and he did his usual thing - picked it up, ate about half of it, then headed for the water bowl and had a drink.

He's funny when he drinks - he paws the floor to the left of the water bowl, as if he's bringing the stuff up out of the ground. Must be a habit he picked up as a baby on the streets, pawing at stuff in the gutter to get to water underneath. He doesn't do this at the food bowl. He even kept doing it after I replaced the stationary water bowl with one of those water pump thingies.

He raced me up the stairs, no wobble, no hesitation. Jumped up on the bed easily. Looks like his old self is back.

I called the vet's and gave them the good news. They're open late on Thursdays, and I talked to a live human.
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