Friday, February 26, 2010
  Happy Ellie at the vet's office.

Happy Ellie at the vet's office.
Originally uploaded by estacey
He may get to come home tomorrow night! :) :)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
  Ellie's at the kitty hospital

Ellie's at the kitty hospital
Originally uploaded by estacey
My poor Ellie!

Okay, so here's what happened.

Saturday night - He was acting normal. I gave them their daily wet food. An hour or so later, he barfed it up. And then barfed up some clear stuff. Kitten pukes on a semi regular basis, but he never does so I thought that I definitely should keep an eye on him.

Sunday morning - puked up a tiny bit of liquid by my bed, then drank some water and puked that up. I brought him into bed with me, he laid his little head down and I could tell he was under the weather, then he crawled under the bed.

Sunday night - I checked for him under the bed but he was gone! I yelled outside and he didn't answer. He usually does.

Monday - he didn't come home all day. Monday night I yelled every hour so (Chris enjoyed that) and at about 3 a.m. started crying because I was very worried. Ellie does the disappearing act every once in a while, but I needed to make sure he was feeling OK but didn't even know where he was. I retreated to the office for some kitten therapy and when I came out, he was calmly sitting under a side table. Was he outside or hiding under the couch the whole time? I have no way of knowing.

I locked the house down at this point so no one could get out without me letting them.

I immediately gave him some wet food and he ignored it. Not like him. I figured maybe his tummy was still upset so decided to just keep a really close eye and if he wasn't eating Tuesday I'd take him in.

Tuesday, however, he spent under the bed. Would not come out. Not unusual for Ellie, but still. Grr.

Tuesday night I texted Chris before bed (our version of a note) to let him know if Ellie was out to please lock him in the room where he couldn't hide under the bed or get out. He was under the bed, however... When *I* got up, came out to say hi, so I put him in our bathroom with a litterbox, food, and water. He didn't touch the food so I called the vet, unsuccessfully as they were closed for lunch. I decided to just drive him there and if I had to wait, I had to wait.

I kinda felt like it was a just-to-be-safe visit (had one of those last month for Piper; $50 and 3 hrs for nothing! but better relieved than worried).

Then they moved his ear to look inside and it was YELLOW. His skin was all yellow, like someone had rubbed him down with iodine. I had been holding him that morning and hadn't noticed, but now. I wonder how I could have.

So the whites of his eyes and skin were yellow.. I'm not going to even go into all the stuff the vet said it COULD be, but the gist of it was that he has a 50/50 chance to live. There are a whole bunch of things it CAN be, but to find out exactly they'd have to open him up and do biopsies which obviously is not going to happen, for they treat for everything and just hope it works and that it's not something like cancer.

At age 4, he's young for cancer but it's POSSIBLE. Chris looked up jaundice in cats and it sounds as if it's usually 50/50 because if it's this ONE thing (which is what it is in half of cats), and they're caught in time and given lots of fluids and food, they'll usually be OK. If it's something else, they're usually not okay.. hence 50/50.

Apparently his IV line got kinked at some point during the night, so he wasn't as well hydrated as he could have been, but they've given him extra all day. He ate some overnight, then not today at all apparently until I came in and then he started scarfing his food down, both wet and dry. I would think that they had just put it in there, only he was just laying on his bed when I walked in, sooo... Him eating because I was there brought tears to my eyes. I was so happy for him.

I was feeling pretty awful last night but today and pretty optimistic. We don't know at all what's wrong, but he's getting the care he needs and he was eating today. He was a really healthy cat, too, until Saturday when he puked... Maybe that's what set off the not eating. Then he'll get better. But if he puked for some other reason than the food agreeing with him? Not sure.

We declined an ultrasound today for him because it didn't sound as if it would do any good; it could basically tell us if he had liver flukes, which we're already treating for, or tell us he had gallstones, which is highly unlikely, and it could tell us if he had something bad and basically untreatable. So we said let's plow ahead with this 3-5 days treatment and see how he is.

He didn't even squeak today.. he just opened his mouth and a whisper came out. Poor baby. I wish I could have him home and take care of him here SO BAD. He was doing happy paws when I was sitting with him, little cutie.

I haven't had a health crisis with any of my cats or dogs before (aside from Maggie's attacking Gretchen). It's NO FUN. Blah.

Wish Ellie luck!!
Sunday, February 21, 2010

The one keeper I got :), originally uploaded by estacey.

Lots of kittens going on.. Check Flickr and the site My office stinks to high heaven, but at least it's cute! :D

Sunday, February 14, 2010
  Um, do you think we have enough cats?


Thursday, February 11, 2010
  Uploaded some Fiji stuff to Flickr

At the dive site, originally uploaded by estacey.

Go take a look :)

Saturday, February 06, 2010
  My friend Bethy is so funny

She just had had her baby shower. This is the cream dispenser she used.

Yes, Bethy.. it *is* oddly appropriate! :D

  Could Maggie be a Basenji mix?
Here's Ike the basenji mix:

Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I bought this song on iTunes a couple of months ago and I swear I listened to it non-stop for days. Something about it makes me love it and bop around whenever it's on.

  They're quite obviously still in there.

They're quite obviously still in there.
Originally uploaded by estacey
My gosh... these really pregnant girls are still REALLY pregnant.

Check the video!
I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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