Sunday, April 29, 2007

I survived!

The feast was last weekend and despite early indications I survived and the whole thing was a great success. It was an interesting process. First we lost the site we had originally planned on using because of a scheduling mistake. Then at the last minute we ended up with one of the meats for the feast not being available and another being priced much higher than what was quoted. Thankfully, the autocrat and I had done this many times so we had a plan B for both and just had to back up a bit. Beyond those little glitches everything went very smoothly, there was plenty of food and everyone was happy. It took me a week to recover and get caught back up with everything else though which is why it took me until now to post.

Right before the event we got the final word on the mystery lump on Scooter. It's. . .well. . .it's still a mystery. The exterior is some sort of osteoma (bony growth) and the squishy part in the center is an abscess or infection of some sort. The options are to leave it or have it removed and we have decided to go with getting it removed. The trick will be getting that scheduled.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Scooter's big adventure

Yesterday was our big trip to the CSU Veterinary teaching hospital to see if they could figure out what the lump is. The appointment was at 9:30 and started out with two student vets getting the history and vitals. Scooter of course was not impressed with any of this and hissed several times which is odd for him. They left to go talk to the vet and we waited. Thankfully it was enough time to let Scooter settle down because he got handled again when the vet, Dr. D, came in. She was excellent with him because she'd check something and give him time to relax then check something else. She was just as puzzled as our vet here had been so she wanted to see about doing some more testing. Luckily thy were able to get it all done yesterday so we left Scooter and they took him to get blood tests, chest x-rays, a CT scan and another biopsy since the lump had regrown. They said they would call when it was all done.

We left to do some shopping, including looking at vehicles since E's car was getting close to being on it's last legs. He had been checking online and one dealership had a very good and responsive internet sales department so he wanted to stop there first. We found the salesman that E had been referred to and he got us set up to do some test drives. E decided he liked the first truck we drove, which was strangely enough the one he had emailed about, and so he filled out the initial paperwork and we went to get lunch. After lunch we stopped by a fabric store I had heard was going out of business. While we there the car dealership called back and said they had everything ready to go so we went back to get the final paperwork done on the new truck. At that point it was around 3 in the afternoon and still nothing from the vet's office, so we drove back up there and sat for a bit until I pointed out to E that just sitting and waiting was making the whole process worse for me so we went to walk around the mall and while we were walking E's cell phone started buzzing and said he had a message, even though neither of us had heard it ring. It was the vet student, D, calling with an update, Scooter was just going into get the CT scan at that point. We went and did a bit more shopping and then went bake to the teaching hospital. D came out and gave us a more detailed update, including the fact that there were some problems when they had sedated Scooter to get the x-rays. Shortly after that Dr. D met with us and we got the full run-down. The x-rays had been clear, but they had sedated Scooter to get them taken and he either had stopped breathing or was breathing so shallowly they couldn't see it, so he was rushed to critical care where they reversed the sedation and started to do kitty CPR. He came out of it swinging so Dr. D is thinking he just had a brief period of apnea from the drug that was used for the sedation. All the other tests had gone well . The lump still looked vaguely tumor-like but has the vets there puzzled too. When the radiologist, who has been there for a very long time, looked at the CT scan films his first comment was "Well, that's weird". They had called the oncologist in to do the biopsy and she thought it was odd too because the exterior of the lump is very hard but it had a squishy center. As Dr. D said, we really have more questions than answers after all of that but we do know a few things. The lump is up around Scooter's jaw bone but it does not seem to be attached and it is not eroding the bone like a cancerous tumor would and there are a couple of reasonable surgical options once they figure it out.

At that point we left again for a bit since they wanted to make sure he was out of the anesthesia so we got coffee and sat and talked then went back and waited some more because Scooter just didn't want to come out of the anesthesia. We finally left around 7 pm. In the end, Scooter has continued his streak of confusing veterinarians and we're waiting for test results again. They are supposed to call early next week. Scooter is snuffly and a bit out of it today so we're keeping a close eye on him, but as Dr. D said yesterday, he's a tough little man, so he'll be fine I think.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Forgot to mention

Please check out the new addition to the right. It's a nifty thing called Etsy Mini and on this blog it is featuring some of the cool things I've found on Etsy that I'd like to get someday. Please check out these wonderful artisan's stores (or the rest of the sotes on Etsy) and see if you can find something you can't live without.

Ode to a lumpy cat

We noticed last week that it looked like the lump on Scooter's jaw had come back. He went into the vet yesterday and yes, it was back and had spread around part of his jaw. Our vet was not entirely comfortable with surgery on it so he recommended going down to Colorado to see a specialist. So, E will be calling the veterinary teaching hospital at CSU today and see when we can get Scooter in. He is still doing well, being his usual ornery self, which is a good sign, but I'm worried to death about this. I'm really worried that I did something to cause it like by accidentally clunking him in the chin a few months ago or by him taking so many antibiotics for his upper respiratory infections.

On the upside Scooter has acquired a new nickname, we're calling him Mr. Lumpy now.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Rights vs. Expectations

This is something that has been gnawing at me for a while now, the way that expectations are usually presented as something someone has a right to. A right is large, important issue and it is often set in stone. The freedom of religion (or from religion) in the public sphere in the US is a good example of this. It adressed the larger issue of an official religion being established for the country and then other religions being marginalized or supressed. That is a serious and importat issue and it is appropriate that the freedom from that sort of situation is a right. Getting good service, having everyone follow the rules, or having rules applied uniformly are expectations. In a perfect world they will happen, in the world we live in they are not guaranteed. Due to that they are not, nor should they be presented as, something we have a right to.