Picabou can get her new soft e-collar off in a jiffy, so it's not going to work at all. Last night I bandaged up her sores and coned her, and she had the cone off and the bandages ripped away within an hour. So frustrating. I had to resort to the hard cone again. She just seems so despondent. It's making me crazy.
Beautiful weather here. I love to just sit on the back porch and soak it in. Did all my chores today, so tomorrow I can relax!
See him? (her?)
Thursday was supposed to have been the day we took Schmacky in to have his teeth pulled. But we just couldn't do it. If it happens again (the unexplained swelling) I'll go right in and schedule it. But I just didn't want to act that fast without being sure.
It's not that I don't trust the Vet, and it's not that I didn't have the money. I just didn't want to rush into surgery. I hope that doesn't make me a bad person. Schmacky just had none of the other symptoms associated with FORL. He doesn't seem to be in pain, not even if you rub his gums and teeth, he doesn't drool, he doesn't have trouble eating and he eats his usual amount.
When I called to cancel the surgery, I felt the stink-eye through the phone.
I am trying a new tack with Picabou and her lick granulomas. I met a couple at the park that said their dog had the same thing, and they bought some salve and new food at a place in town called Launderdog. So I went in and talked to the owner and she recommended a few things. At this point I'll try anything. This whole week I've had her on an elimination diet of brown rice, cottage cheese, yogurt and flax-seed. Then I'm switching her to a premium brand (can't remember the name just now and too lazy to get up off the couch to go look). I'm hoping maybe she's licking because of allergies.
(<--fuzzy cat butt alert)
I also can't bear to put her in the plastic cone anymore. She hates it and I can't stand it when she hit's it on things. So I made her a new cone, out of cotton, fusable interfacing, and corset boning. I still need to put the finishing touches on it (like a tie to keep it on - she's figured out how to remove it herself), but it works and she seems more comfortable in it. I know it's better for me. When you have a dog that likes to walk between your legs, the plastic cone just doesn't work.
On the knitting front, I'm making some progress on the Knitting Pure and Simple sweater, and avoiding the Lace and Cables sweater, even though I really want to wear the Lace and Cables. I just need to rip out the neck, loosen it up a little from my "modification" and then crochet the edging. Not too hard, just, not what I want to do.
We have no plans for this long weekend, and that's just the way I like it!
It's always nice to start with a picture. One of my favorite parts of the backyard:
What always gets me is how fast cacti grow! Here's the same cactus from 2004:
Neat, huh? That tiny little blade of cactus, barely visible behind the aloe vera is the 6-foot tall monster in the top picture.
Last night I started right in and figured out how to crochet the edging on my sweater. It was quite an accomplishment, and I kept going and going until I was finished. I finally looked up at the clock and it was 11:00 p.m. and I still hadn't eaten dinner. So I just didn't.
Then I realized that I was not finished with the sweater afterall. I'd stopped and cut the yarn before I went around the bottom edge. Rasser Frasser!
Actually it's ok, because I think I need to rip it all out, and further, rip out the bind off edge of the neckline because it's just a little bit too tight.
I'm in a weird place, where I feel like I have too much to do and no time to do it. It's silly, because I took a g-d three day weekend and should have all the time in the world. It just doesn't feel that way for some reason. Sean's on a fishing trip, so that might have something to do with it. Alone, tend to let dishes pile up and not eat. Not because "oh I don't like to be alone." I just get busy and don't stop to eat.
Another pic from yesterday.
This morning I noticed a swelling on Schmacky's face. I didn't notice it last night when I took the picture for yesterday's post. At first I thought it was going to be a cancer just like Gretsky's, and I freaked out a little. Then, I talked myself down and realized the cancer doesn't spring up overnight like that, he probably got in a fight or got bitten by a spider or something.
I took him to the Vet and they really couldn't find anything wrong, except for the swelling. That is, there was no obvious wound and the cells they extracted from the swelling were pus, and not from any type of bite. The doctor suspects Schmacky has a feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion(FORL). Two of them actually. Great. In addition to today's $120 exam, it will require oral surgery in a couple of weeks to the tune of about $700. Two weeks was the soonest we could get in. We will have to keep him on antibiotics from now, through the surgery, and then after.
Picabou finished her 30-day round of antibiotics this morning. Yay! When I left for the Vet hospital, I forgot to cone her and she chewed off her bandages and licked to her heart's content. Rasser Frasser!
So in between caring for sick animals today, I went to an Estate Sale, (complete bust) and the Library Book Sale (got a couple of things: Knitting in Vogue, patterns from the 30's to the 80's to knit NOW, Glorious Knits byt Kaffe Fasset, a Reader's Digest book all about Sewing, two books on Cacti for Sean, and the best find of all Cat Watching by Desmond Morris. We got Dog Watching last year and it was an excellent book, and last year I said "next book sale, we need to look for the cat book." And I found it!
So wow! Two posts in two days. That must be some kind of record. Now I think I'm going to rip out that edging and then go to bed.
The floor was perfectly clean before he came in. He brought all of this with him in one fell swoop. Needless to say I brought the vacuum out for the second time today.
It's Friday! And, I took the day off again! Woo Hoo! The day was marred only by the fact that I spent two hours this morning and trying to solve an unsolvable problem at work over the phone.
I had scheduled this day off way back in February when I thought the yearly Library book sale was going to occur as per usual. But it's not. I decided to take the day anyway. I spent part of the day cleaning, part of the day working, part of the day napping, and part of the day thrifting. It was perfect.
Tonight I plan to knit a little, after i finish this post. I'm going to take a stab at the crochet edging on the Lace and Cables sweater again. If that doesn't go well, I think my Mom might be coming over on Sunday and she can probably help. Maybe.
So, what else?
I've spent the last month trying to get Picabou's lick granulomas under control. We've tried everything and have had to resort to a month of antibiotics (not cheap!) and the dreaded cone head. She spends most of the day with the cone on, and the nights and mornings before work like this:
That crazy look in her eye is her thinking to herself "must lick, must lick, he heh heh, get them off me please I want to liiiiiiiiiick!" Her wraps that day happend to coordinate with Sean's Mother's Day present for his Mom. Except, he didn't end up giving her pink ones. Anyway.
So now it's time I thought about dinner. I think a bowl of cereal is in order. Then I need to make a list of all the things I need to accomplish tomorrow. There's a lot and they're all ricocheting around in my brain and I need to get them down on paper so I can stop thinking about them.