Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kitty On the Mend

Last Thursday I had to take my cat, Ellie, to the vet for a checkup and for them to check one of her canine teeth. We had noticed a few months ago that the very tip of the tooth was stick out from under her lip a little, but we assumed it was just the way her lip was at the time. Two weekends ago, I noticed the tooth was sticking out even more and when I touch it (because it looked weird) it actually moved! Off to the vet!

Within 15 minutes of seeing her, the vet decided that the tooth had to come out right away. They put her into surgery right away to remove the tooth. Since they had her under anyway, we had the vet clean her teeth. The vet was actually really surprised that we had noticed the loose tooth because cats hide that sort of thing very well. Most cats have lots of cavities and they just chew around them and put up with the pain. When they cleaned her teeth, surprisingly only one other tooth really needed cleaning. All the rest were really clean. So now we have a liquid antibiotic to squeeze down her throat twice a day (it started as pills that we couldn't get down her, so we switched to liquid). Thankfully she's starting to feel better, although she is still "velcro kitty".

The oddest thing was looking at the bill...$350! The amount wasn't really weird, but the weird thing is that its cheaper to have a tooth yanked out than to actually clean them. Doesn't that send the wrong message? For someone who cares about the money more than the pet, they'd sooner leave the teeth along and then just yank them out instead of cleaning them!

Monday, March 24, 2008


I finally finished my needlepoint (cross-stitch) that I've been working on for 3 years! I can't believe that I had the patience to keep at it for 3 long years. Part of me is still incredulous that I actually finished it. It does look absolutely amazing though. I don't have any pictures yet (shame on me) as the camera STILL isnt' hooked up to the computer. Things have been just way too crazy lately and neither myself nor my husband have been able to take the time to get the camera hooked up.

I've already picked out the next pattern that I'm going to be working on: Van Gogh's Starry Night. Its not quite as big as the last one, but it will still take quite a bit of time to finish it. However, I've already told myself that I can't even think about starting it until I have a few other projects finished. I have two baby quilts that are totally complete with the exception of sewing the binding onto the back by hand. One of them I start on Saturday and have one side almost finished, but the other one I haven't started yet. Thankfully, both those mothers aren't due until June and July, so I still have some time to finish them. I found out over the weekend that I have another baby quilt to make by September, too. So my order of business is going to be finishing the bindings on the current quilts, then making the September baby quilt. Eventually friends will stop having babies so that I can make a quilt for our home. ;-)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Not That I'm Counting...

I officially only have 9 days left in the cast at this point. It will definitely be good to get rid of the cast. I'm really hoping that the doctor will take the cast off and give me a walking boot to get around in for a while. It seems somewhat odd because earlier this summer I would have done anything to get rid of the walking boot. However, after being on crutches for the past 5 weeks, I'm tired of it and I want to walk again. I'm trying very hard to stay positive about all of it at this point, but its starting to wear on me. I've been doing well by looking forward to things that I want to be able to do, but after this past weekend its been difficult.

We went to look at a dog on Sunday. She's a 7-year old german shepherd named Sasha. She was the sweetest thing. She was very well behaved and behaved exactly like a shepherd should. When we first met her, she was slightly aloof, but as soon as her foster shook our hands and told her it was alright she came right over to us to smell our hands. She was even willing to play with us and come to us without any problems. After being with her foster for 2 weeks, she clearly saw him as her buddy and wanted to be with him. My husband took her for a short walk and she didn't pull except to try and get to her foster, but she didn't pull a huge amount. She also knows all her basic commands, which was really unexpected. My husband asked her to sit without expecting her to actually do it, and she just did it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

On the mend...

So I'm finally starting to feel like I'm on the mend. My foot is done swelling in the cast and I can usually keep my foot down near the floor for quite a while before it even starts to feel uncomfortable. Thankfully I'm sleeping a little better at night, too. I only have two weeks left before the cast comes off! I can't wait for it to be gone so that I can take a normal shower and do normal things again.

Yesterday, in fact, I was so preoccupied at work that I stood up to get something off my bookshelf and actually partially stood on my foot with the cast. I didn't even realize it until after I was sitting back down again. It didn't hurt at all to stand on it! Two weeks ago, even something brushing against my toes was painful. Now I just have to concentrate on getting better.