"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Saturday, February 8, 2014

On Two Completely Different Subjects...

If Squijum looks a bit dazed, it's because he's still slightly high from the drugs the vet gave him yesterday. His behavior is mostly normal; he's just a little more assertive than usual with his cuddles. He always gets like that after certain types of medication. The vet said he was very well-behaved and only needed a little bit of sedation for the procedure. Such a sweetheart. It does get a little harder to put him in his carrier every time, though.

The red spot is where the vet took a skin scraping to see if she could see anything with a simple microscopic examination. She didn't expect to, but still they have to try. Since that didn't show anything, she took additional samples for biopsy-- that's where the staples are, and another site on his belly. It looks unpleasant, but if we can figure out what's causing his itching, it will all be worth it. There could be various types of mites causing it-- they burrow so deep into the follicles that it usually takes a full biopsy to find them-- or it could really be allergies and we just haven't found the right treatment yet. The results will be back in a few days.

To tell the truth, I'm hoping for mites, although I have no idea how he could have picked them up, being an indoor cat with no contact with other animals. At least mites are curable. It just kills me to watch him bite at himself all the time.

On the upside, Squijum is very happy to hear that his buddy Gian is feeling better.

On a completely different subject: Sandra, aka Crazy Mom. I've been thinking a lot about her since the fire. It's such a helpless feeling when something so devastating happens, and you're too far away to do anything useful. Luckily, she seems to have really good insurance. But I know a lot of tatters would like to help her rebuild her stash. To that end, I've been talking with Barb from Handy Hands, and apparently so has Georgia. Barb will be accepting donations from anybody who wishes to give. Just go to PayPal and click on "Send Money". Enter barb@hhtatting.com as the recipient, and enter whatever amount is comfortable. Then send Barb an e-mail to let her know. On February 14, she will send Sandra an e-gift certificate for the amount raised, with the names of all who contributed. Thanks in advance to all who help out!

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Squijum,
    I hope your vet can clear your itch fast! My vet was great and I am all better after a lousy week. Hope you are better soon. Itchiness sucks.

    In the meantime, while your human feels bad for you, take advantage! Play with all her threads that you can get your claws into! She'll go easy on you and you can gave a lot of fun!
    Your pal,