Tuxie and his little shaved leg.

TUXIE

Tuxie is doing lots better. When he first came home after 3 nights at the emergency clinic 2 weeks ago, he was so full of love, he nuzzled me for hours--he's usually more of a rub against your legs or a short rub to your hand if he's liking being petted, but if he could have purred himself into my pores he would have, he wanted to be so close. He rubbed on Moo as if she was Saki, and got hisses to back off, then she came up and snuffled his face, so it was OK. He's since gotten back to his usual more self-contained sweet self.

The great thing is his neuropathy has reversed. He's walking totally on his toes and jumping into the bathroom window and on the sunroom cat tree like he hasn't in almost 2 years, which is wonderful to see. He's still looking interestedly at the kitty condo in the living room without jumping on it, so I don't know if his neuropathy is all the way better, but it's something. The vet lowered his insulin dose when I saw him the week before, and we'll see if it can be reduced further when we see the vet this week. I don't know if he's going into full remission, or just will be able to be on a small dose of insulin from now on--I'm sure hoping for remission. So the seizure may be due to having been able to get the carbs out of his diet a few weeks ago, but we can't know for sure without doing a brain MRI, which involves anesthesia, which I'm not willing to put him through, anytime soon at least. He's on an anti-seizure pill I give him twice a day for 3 months--he loves pill pockets, so it's easy.

I got a pet glucosemeter, lancets, and test strips, so if he ever has another seizure, I'll know if he is hypo- or hyperglycemic, and know whether he needs insulin or a sugar source, so I don't make the same mistake I made this time that made things worse. I got a lesson on using it at the vet, but I have some reading up to do on how to set it up still--bleh.

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And for today's life prank, I woke up with no running hot water. The water heater system for the entire building failed and they hope it will be fixed tomorrow. I'm not one who can brave a completely cold shower, so the month of a thousand paper cuts continues . . . I am so ready for June to end. Oy.

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And for today's life prank, I woke up with no running hot water. The water heater system for the entire building failed and they hope it will be fixed tomorrow. I'm not one who can brave a completely cold shower, so the month of a thousand paper cuts continues . . . I am so ready for June to end. Oy.
OK, now I'm just being existentially trolled. Yesterday, when I was putting the sun room back in order, I noticed my finger was feeling stiff, and saw it was swollen and purple and red. I don't recall hitting it or bending it wrong. The stiffness went away in short order, and it never hurt, but it's still purple and red now.

It is, of course, my middle finger. Very cute existential demons, very cute--laugh away.

I expect it is just a burst blood vessel--what I googled doesn't seem at all alarming. So I'm not going to worry about it unless it starts hurting, turns green, starts singing "Daisy", or doesn't resolve in a couple of days. Anyone else have this happen?

Weird. And just . . . enough already, OK? O_o

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OK, now I'm just being existentially trolled. Yesterday, when I was putting the sun room back in order, I noticed my finger was feeling stiff, and saw it was swollen and purple and red. I don't recall hitting it or bending it wrong. The stiffness went away in short order, and it never hurt, but it's still purple and red now.

It is, of course, my middle finger. Very cute existential demons, very cute--laugh away.

I expect it is just a burst blood vessel--what I googled doesn't seem at all alarming. So I'm not going to worry about it unless it starts hurting, turns green, starts singing "Daisy", or doesn't resolve in a couple of days. Anyone else have this happen?

Weird. And just . . . enough already, OK? O_o
KVETCHING

A lot of annoying times for me these past 3 weeks, in addition to the upsetting world angst. Nothing life shattering for me--I'm just bent out of shape like it was--shape up self! Car repairs that took 2 days and resulted in having to replace the radiator and fan assembly. At the same time, I had a maintenance person in for 2 days working on the drip that had become a stream from my bathtub faucet and had to keep calling on him when the first days work resulted in not all the water going up to the shower head when switched, until he came up with a makeshift solution, which I hope holds.

Then the next week my bedroom ac stopped working. That took a week and a lot of calling, waiting for contractors who did not show up, hot nights, then the maintenance man making my sunroom into a mess when he brought in a portable ac. It was finally fixed Tuesday.

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lavendertook: (meezer fishbait)
( Oct. 25th, 2014 10:25 pm)
I'm going to catch up with everything outside of work the last couple of months in this entry. I'll save work stuff for another entry. So, outside of work, besides adjusting to the new work schedule, with my new normal of body maintenance tasks, the last 2 months have brought more challenges, which is why I've been so scarce here. I've really missed sharing stuff with ya'll, but I'm working hard on trying to get enough sleep to keep me healthy and I just keep running out of time each evening.

CAT HEALTH

Tuxie was losing weight this summer and he needed to, but it was faster than his diet could probably account for, and I was worried about him. He was diagnosed with diabetes the end of August, so along with Saki's usual maintenance runs, I've been at the vets more weekends than not the last 2 months. He is doing well now on the insulin and diabetes diet food. It was very hard in the beginning because I was terrified of sticking him with the needle, and our practice session at the vets was rough on him, but it's easy on both of us now. He is doing really well, has gained back some weight, and looks filled out again. In fact, he seems to enjoy the whole needle ritual--he's just that kind of boy. I give him a sprig of catnip with it, so that helps. He is mostly liking the special diet food, and with any luck we might get him into remission in the coming months.

More whinging and stuff yonder . . . )
. . . until Spring gives us something worth reflecting upon . . .

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. . . until Spring gives us something worth reflecting upon . . .

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. . . until you decide to stop playing games with us. Here's some more pictures of our good friend, lovely Autumn. Isn't Autumn beautiful?

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More pics of a praiseworthy season below . . . )
I've been down with a cold the past week--sore spotty throat, congestion, and tiredness, though I think it was incubating for at least a week beforehand. Then my immune system decided to launch a lightning strike on the micro-aggressors and lifted my temperature almost 5 degrees F--from 97.8 to 102.2--in a little more than the space of a half hour early last evening--thanks guys for the fun ride!
Ride to ruin, and the world's ending, and a red, runny nose . . . )
lavendertook: (snowy birches)
( Jan. 27th, 2011 12:18 pm)
Those of you north of here have suffered through so many snow storms already this year. Unlike last year, we've lucked out through them in the DC area until now.

We got less than 5 inches last night, and my power went out for 11 damn hours! Hundreds of thousands of people in the area are still without power. I hear people north of us dealing with so many feet of snow, but I don't hear widespread complaints that their power went out. Pepco, why do you suck so much? When we were hit with repeated blizzards last year, I understood when we went for days without power. But now, I hear your officials complaining on the radio that we got a foot of snow last night and that is total bullshit! You were not taken by surprise by the few inches we got.

I was awake half the night worrying if once again I would lose all the food in the refrigerator and thus hundreds of dollars of groceries it is a hardship now to replace, as has happened at least once a year the past couple of years. Yes, I know global warming is making storms rougher--but this one was less than 5 damn inches!

I grew up north of here in NJ loving snow. I missed snow when I lived in North Carolina. But living in this area has succeeded in making me totally hate snow. The infrastructure in this area sucks so very much. I want to be living in the woods, so when this shit happens I know to expect it and know that's the price for my wonderful trees, and be content with the trade off. Oh yay-now the power is threatening to go out again . . . .

/End spoiled 1st world rant

Edit: Pepco OUTRAGE Map. (spelling intentional)

Edit 2: Outage map has been taken down since 7 pm this Thursday evening and, as of 12:55 am Friday morning, it is still down. No covering tracks going on here, no.

The consultants said obtaining information from Pepco was "extremely difficult." Pepco executives delayed, made minimal disclosures and, when they did respond, did so "never in a clear or transparent manner," the report said.

The consultants said they found numerous discrepancies in Pepco's data, indicating that something was "seriously awry" and that the company's dismal reliability record could actually be understating the extent of its problems . . . "Pepco appears to be only committed to performing the minimum required to meet regulations, directives and the law," the report said. "They exhibit no desire to excel."


From the WaPo here.

Also from the WaPo, an article on Pepco's response to this current outage.

Edit 3: Here's a thought. But can halting dividends be legislated by the state legislature? Would they have the guts to do it?
OK, 2010 is already On Notice. A little over two months and I was hoping I got off easy into menopause with just a week of constant hot flashes. NoooOooo! It decides to goddamned come back today to start off the new year just riiiight--gee thanks. Cramps and all.

But still there's the lovely kitties I get to snuggle with every day. So here's some snuggly spam of my furry brood to start off the new year right--first with Ms. Moo:

"Oops, I stepped in the rainbow!"
You want the cute!?! You can't handle the cute . . . !!! )
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