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08:40 AM - 06/15/2007

The topic: Lonee



She’s still with us.  I was able to get some flagyl into her earlier this week.  I put it in gel caps and it went right down.  And I also was able to get her into the bathroom and get a good amount of Hill’s A/D into her.  It was slow, it brought back memories of Lola, when she went anorexic after her cancer treatment.

Last week, I saw her eat a lizard that had been recently killed by the other cats.  So, I figured maybe she’d like a little fresh meat.  I found a tiny roast like piece of beef in the freezer and I thawed it out and have been giving her pieces of that.  I can cut a larger piece and give that to the Little Shit and it takes him some time to chew it down, which gives her a chance to actually eat something without him snatching it away from her.

I know this is just delaying the inevitable, but I can’t not do something.  And if she likes raw beef, then raw beef she shall get.

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08:38 AM - 06/15/2007

The topic: Cats: 1 - Gophers: 0


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After months of the cats sitting and waiting, they finally get one.  There are more, the holes haven’t stopped.  But the cats, now that they’ve tasted blood (metaphorically, they only killed the rodent, they didn’t eat it), they wait for more.

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08:12 AM - 06/15/2007

The topic: Rory


Back in May, I mentioned a problem with Rory’s breathing.  I took her in on May 30th and told the vet about what I’d seen and he checked her out.  He wanted to take X-rays.  I said okay.

When he came back in with her, he said how squirmy she’d been.  He hoped the film turned out readable.  It did.

Rory has asthma.  We don’t know at this time if it’s chronic or acute.  He put her on a course of prednisone to reduce the inflammation of her bronchii and Brethine, which is a broncodilator.  She was on both for two weeks.  She had her followup X-rays taken Wednesday and I’m happy to say, she’s much better.

Now, the thing is, we don’t know at this time if she’ll have another flare up.  He said some cats who have asthma have flare ups in the spring and in the fall, when the air gets so dry and we start having the Santa Ana winds.  If she does have problems, I’m to give her the Brethine and if that doesn’t help, do the prednisone again.  And if it worsens done the road, she’ll be on an inhaler, but I’m not thinking about that right now.

One day at a time.

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07:20 AM - 06/15/2007

The topic: Really sporadic entries


Brian’s brother is on vacation for three weeks.  Last week, this week and next week.

So, Brian is here or Brian is not here.  There’s no schedule of his comings and goings, so there’s no routine.

Last week, we went up to Disneyland on Monday.  When we got home, Brian checked his email, which isn’t something he does on a regular basis.  Lo and behold, there was a response to something I’d entered him in last month.  Chances to go see the new “Finding Nemo” ride, the big refurb of the submarines.  We could embark on Wednesday, between one and two in the afternoon.  Well, since we’d just been, we couldn’t really see any reason to go back up so soon.  After all, we’re going up again on Sunday (taking his mom to see her best friend and sister in law, who lives nearby). 

We never win anything and I was happy that one of us got chosen.  Tuesday, Brian gets home from working (although his brother is on vacation, Brian is not necessarily going to stop work, have to keep the customer happy) and said “I really want to go to that thing tomorrow”. 

So, we did.  The ride was awesome.  I was never a big fan of the subs, but this ride is really sweet.  When you “dive” and go into the dark, the magic begins.  Animation in real backgrounds.  I did bring the video camera along and took a movie of the ride.  The video is huge, though.  I originally compressed it to the point I do most of my videos and it was about 95mb, which is no small amount of space, but the pixelization and compression artifacts made the video, in my opinion, almost unviewable.  So, I redid it with very little compression and it’s now a whopping 245Mb of space, but it looks good!  If you’re interested, check out this link.

I had the dentist appointment Tuesday, took Rory back to the vet Wednesday (more on that later) and yesterday, we finally went to see “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”.

I don’t know what we have in store after Monday. 

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