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Drinking from the Fire Hose
and trying not to drown

Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-09 23:15
Subject: Drive-by Update
Security: Public
Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:coldcold
Music:Nightmare Next Door (on tv)
Tags:cats, knitting, rl
It's been a busy few weeks, and not all of it pleasant. Near the end of 2012 we discovered a small growth on the bottom of one of Hamish's feet. It didn't seem to bother him and the vet told us to keep an eye on it as it was likely to grow very slowly and there was no hurry in getting it removed. This remained the case until four days before Easter when I came home from getting my hair cut and found bloody paw prints all over the first floor of the house. We took Hamish to the after-hours emergency service and paid a boatload of money to have the vet examine the wound, bandage it, and tell us to go to our usual vet for further care. Being Easter weekend and the start of heartworm season, getting in to see our vet turned out to be difficult, but we got him in on Saturday for an evaluation and returned on Monday to have his toe amputated.
He came through surgery well and didn't succeed in pulling off his bandage until tonight while I was off at the knitting guild. [profile] jebra is now on his way back home from shopping for bandages. I'd like not to return to the vet until our appointment on Saturday, when he gets his sutures out.

On Sunday I finally managed to clear out the garden beds. Most years I try to get this done before leaf collection ends for the year but obviously this didn't happen. At a minimum I wanted to clean up the front garden and rake up the leaves in front of the garage door and on the path to the pond. I did those things, plus stirred up the compost and got enough finished compost from the bins to make room for the new debris. I also worked so hard that I wore myself out and took a tumble. I'm not sure how I did it, but I fell forehead first onto the concrete. My forehead is abraded and my nose is still tender, but that was the totality of my injuries.

In knitting news, I've now finished a half dozen Mother Bear Project bears and sent them off the to the Mother Bear Project today.




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Thistlethorn: home-lewis/hathaway
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2013-04-10 05:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:home-lewis/hathaway
Oh, poor kitty! And poor you, falling and hitting your head. OW. *pets you* You're making sure during these marathon work sessions that you're staying hydrated and that your blood sugar isn't crashing, right?
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-12 13:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think it was as I wasn't hungry at all and I'd made sure to eat a substantial breakfast before going outside. My boss is convinced I passed out before falling because falling on one's face is so rare, but I'm pretty sure that is not what happened. I was dragging a rake behind my body, trudging toward the front of the house when I either tripped over something or stumbled. As for staying hydrated, I went into the house two or three times and sucked down a quart of water each time I went inside.
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Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: SuperSimpsons - Homer and Team Free Will
User: rhymephile
Date: 2013-04-10 06:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:SuperSimpsons - Homer and Team Free Will
God, you fell head first onto the concrete? If you have any dizziness or weird symptoms you better get yourself looked at. Are you sure you didn't pass out from low blood sugar/low blood pressure or something? Jeez!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-12 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My boss is convinced I passed out before falling because falling on one's face is so rare, but I'm pretty sure that is not what happened. I was dragging a rake behind my body, trudging toward the front of the house when I either tripped over something or stumbled. I knew I was going down as it happened and I was definitely awake as my forehead scraped across the pavement (Ow!). Immediately afterwards I flipped over onto my back and checked in with my body. I was convinced I had blood dripping from the scrape and thought my nose might be bleeding too, but my nose wasn't and I didn't see any blood when I experimentally blotted my face with the sleeve of my sweatshirt, so I got up and finished up what needed to be done before I could put away my tools and retreat indoors. So yeah, I'm pretty sure I didn't pass out. I wasn't really worried about concussion because I didn't hit the top or back of my head. I didn't feel dizzy or sick or otherwise off at any time. The skin on my forehead feels like it's healing just fine. My bridge of my nose is still very tender, a situation not helped I'm sure by my eyeglasses during the day and CPAP mask at night.
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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2013-04-10 08:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, sweetie, so sorry about Hamish! Poor kitty!

And ouch! Be careful, you could've really injured yourself.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-12 14:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I planned to take Hamish to the vet for a new bandage after work on Wednesday, but the little brat knew something was up and ran from me. I chased him around the house for 45 minutes until he vanished. I checked each of his known hiding places two or three times but I never caught so much of a glimpse. He didn't come out of hiding until late that night and it was 11:30 pm before he'd let me come within six feet. Needless to say, he didn't see the vet that night. We didn't take him yesterday and I won't take him today as the practice closes early on Fridays. I'm not overly worried about him as he managed to pull off the bandage I put on (so much for having wrapped it too tightly) and as far as I can tell he's ignoring the stitches in his foot. Assuming I can catch him tomorrow morning, we'll see the vet the stitches will be removed.

As for hurting myself, yeah, I gave myself a bit of fright. As I was laying on the concrete recovering I wondered how long I'd have to lay there before jebra started worrying and came out to check on me. I figured it would be hours, so I was doubly thankful I wasn't seriously hurt. It's such dusty dirty work I didn't take my phone outside with me so I couldn't even call him for help.
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ruefull
User: ruefull
Date: 2013-04-10 15:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless your heart!
Hope you and Hamish feel better soon!

And I didn't get my weeding done before the leaves either, and where I live, they go crazy in the spring and are like piano wire to pull out, so I sympathize!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-12 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hamish and I are pretty much back to normal. He still has stitches and I have a tender nose, but other than that we're fine, thanks.

I noticed the weeds were the very first thing to green this Spring. I'm really going to have to work harder on the garden this summer as we have some invasive stuff that's coming up everywhere. Garlic mustard, mulberry, and nightshade are the biggest three offenders in my yard. Dandelion and bindweed are also very difficult to combat. Annoyingly I rather like dandelion flowers and the white trumpets of the bindweed are pretty too.
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lolabobs
User: lolabobs
Date: 2013-04-11 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ouch! Take care!

Hope you and Hamish both make swift, painless and problem free recoveries x
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-12 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks! Hamish and I pretty much back to normal although he still has stitches and I have a tender nose. Assuming I can catch him tomorrow morning, he'll see the vet and have the stitches removed. I'd hoped to do that on Wednesday but the little rascal hid from me so well that I couldn't find him, let alone stuff him into his crate.
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2013-04-12 06:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Awww. Poor kitty. And poor you, too, of course. Take care of yourself, eh?
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-04-12 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Okay! :-)
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Amy Ranger
User: isherempress
Date: 2013-04-13 22:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Holy crap! What a bummer for both of you! I will keep you in my thoughts and hope you heal quickly. And please, start wearing an apron when you work in the yard -- you can easily stuff a hankie and a cell phone in the pockets. xoxo
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