We should probably mail some algae and tardigrades to Mars and the water moons while we can.
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He's doing well. He likes the new food, he's acting totally normal.
We got the imaging I wanted to get done. The vet found some bladder stones, which is worrisome, so we'll be keeping an eye on that. He also found some sort of soft mass north of his kidneys, which the radiologist said not to worry about. I'll still be discussing that with him when we go back in but for now "not a tumor, harmless" is good enough for me. Plus it lets me make Arnold Schwarzenegger jokes.
Mostly what we found in imaging was poop and farts.
He's digesting pretty slowly, which is not yet concerning, but is worthy of note.
His kidneys look good. (See the :) above!) His heart is beautiful. Look at it in there, so pretty. Cat hearts are so small on X-rays but as cat lovers know, they are actually quite large. Just . . . like . . . Smooch's isn't, really. He's kind of a tool.
I'm worried about the bladder stones, but the vet said they may be cystic, meaning they're maybe enclosed and not loose. So that's . . . less bad. Although it could get bad very quickly. I don't know, I'm really worried about it but he said surgery wasn't something he'd recommend right away. I'll address it with him again later, get a price quote for removal surgery, and maybe have more imaging done to see if they are embedded in the bladder wall or are loose. And the food he is on can also help dissolve stones, so there's that.
I really love Smooch's vet. He's a sweet guy, and good with cats. Actually, everyone at that Banfield is great. They've made this so easy to handle.
The fundraiser is only $25 from its second goal, and I expect it to tip over at any moment. I'll probably leave it up in case anyone wants to keep donating, because frankly Raleigh needs to see an eye specialist for a recurring infection and between this new kidney thing and his perpetual eye issues Smooch is moderately high-maintenance at this point. All the proceeds are going from Paypal to my bank and then straight into an envelope in the form of cash, where I won't touch it for any reason besides vet care. (I always pay with plastic.)
You can see more updates at the fundraiser homepage.
Thank you, everyone, for boosting, for donating, for offering advice and kind words. I have a lot of hope he will be with us for a good long time to come. My stinky yeti boy. My garbage boy stink man. My stinky pinky. My one and only Smooch.
Tried to do dental things but kid was having too much stress and the dentist was not taking the right tone to help the kid get through it, so... we rescheduled. For January. *sigh* Unless they have a cancellation. Well, we'll see.
I am direly tired of having to park outside. I want my garage back! *sob* But this requires our contractor guy to not have thrown his back/leg out on other stuff. (Like, for instance, getting almost all the siding back on the garage exterior.) I WANT TO NOT HAVE STICKY PINE CONES LANDING ON MY CAR! *sob* I want to be able to get in and out of the car outside of the weather and most of the climate!
I want my garage space back. *cry*
At least my headache went away when I was able to sleep on MY pillow in MY bed.
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⌈ Secret Post #3939 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
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Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 34 secrets from Secret Submission Post #564.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
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I absolutely believe everybody else's experiences, people I know and strangers writing brave, brave columns and blog posts. I am just a total outlier, and I really shouldn't be. So I'm signal boosting others' accounts, because I know that I needed to be made aware of the scale of the problem, and perhaps some other people reading this could also use the information.
Read "Real Friends Help You Hide the Bodies" by Bairnsidhe
Poem: "Digging In"
Poem: "The Green Monkey"
Read "Rule 34" by Siliconshaman
Reward for Impeachment
Poem: "Come Closer in Kinship"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Toward Activity Scouts
Poem: "Transcend Apparent Limits"
Moment of Silence: David Patterson
A Word for America Today
There is a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week. Shop for poetry, or watch for new goodies to appear.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 7 new verses. Stylet comes out of the shower. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.
We got a little rain, and the weather turned much cooler. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, goldenrod. Most of the fields around us have been harvested.
I saw a couple of sparrows around the birdfeeders this week. Right now there is a male cardinal around my office window. :D
It isn't up yet on the publisher's website, for some reason, but I expect that this (and perhaps other online retailers) will happen soon.
I had a great book launch party on Friday night with some great loyal readers who were very understanding about the physical books not quite being here yet, and very entertained by the readings. I had a great time at Can*Con this weekend in general, for that matter. More updates soon!
But home. I like home. Home is good.
Very little sleep. (Had to get up early enough to go get hotel breakfast -- they stop serving at 9:30 ON THE DOT. They had cheese omelets which were decent but ugly-looking. I had some of those, orange juice, a couple slices of toast with apple jelly, and TEA. I did "room service" for kid, with bacon, a sausage patty, pancakes, one omelet, and orange juice.)
Have done nothing of use all day, except not fall asleep on anyone.
Spouse has not been sleeping well -- possibly a cold, possibly allergies -- and slept pretty much from when kid and I got back (around 10) till 2.
Lo, and that is all of interest today. And not much interest...
Oh, got some editing done for friend. Yay? I will get him to grok commas someday...
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Accordion to a recent study, replacing words with the names of musical instruments in a sentence often goes undetected.
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A true friend is someone who,
when you tell them to bring a shovel,
they don't ask if you're planting roses
or burying your ex,
they just come dressed to dig.
It's tulips, this time,
fringed and French,
parrots and peonies,
Darwins, Greigii, Fosteriana.
It's tulips, this time,
their brown bulbs
against autumn winds,
but it isn't always.
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Tulips are planted in fall to bloom in spring. They come in many different styles.