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Best part? IT’S CHOCOLATE.
Pamela McCaffrey at Flickr

three more pics and a GIF, all child/work-safe )
rose_cat: (cats adorable trio)
The Adorable Trio has landed!

We got back about seven hours ago. The cats have settled down, more or less. Jackson and Jillian are sacked out in cozy places, but Rudy is about ten inches away from me, on the desk. He's still purring and nuzzling; he's been an insatiable love sponge since he walked out of the carrier, about five minutes after we got home. The cats are of course exhausted from six hours in the car. So are the humans. (Although we only had to do three hours of it, thanks to my late cousin's awesome friend, who brought them from Coarsegold to Santa Clarita.)

More details tomorrow.
rose_cat: (missy cat)
I'm taking Missy to the vet for the last time this afternoon. Time to let her go.
rose_cat: (missy cat)
We took Missy -- who, as several of you know, has had chronic kidney disease for over three years now -- for her regular (as in every few months) checkup. veterinary details and general sadness )
rose_cat: (pout)
...of keeping on track with rehab.

It's been a little rocky. If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. Only NOT )
rose_cat: (cat rose)
...since the surgery. Sometimes it seems like two years.

update )

Update

Jul. 19th, 2014 09:08 pm
rose_cat: (cat rose)
Wednesday's surgery went perfectly. The doctor said the tear was a little deeper than he'd expected, at about 90% thickness, but he got everything reattached. Four little holes, each with a cross of steri-strips. We took off the surgical dressing last night and it looks to be healing normally. Some nice bruising, though.

details, details )
rose_cat: (blergh)
...but this cold therapy machine -- which I got on Wednesday -- is helping a lot. The downsides: it's a pain to set up, drain, etc. (although B is able to do that for me right now, and it's a little too effective, which means that I have to check the skin hourly to make sure i don't actually get frostbite. (So no sleeping with it on.) And it's not worth the trouble to try using it in front of the computer. Yet. (B thinks there are some fixes I can use so I can use the keyboard completely one-handed; I may look into that after surgery, when things are on the mend.)

Now, back into the Polar North I go. Wednesday can't come fast enough.
rose_cat: (pout)
Still waiting for the damn packet from the orthopaedist. If it doesn't come in tomorrow's mail, I'll be calling them.

Grumpiness ahoy! )

Latest.

Jul. 1st, 2014 06:50 pm
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My shoulder surgery is scheduled for the 16th. The doctor's office is setting up my pre-op appointment with the orthopaedist (also the surgeon), which will not be on the same day as the surgery. (They asked me for my preferred days and times.)

It's not a large tear and doesn't go all the way through the muscle (I'll talk about that more when I manage to post the X-ray, which is more complicated than I thought it would be), so it should be possible to repair arthroscopically. THANK GOD for that. The surgeon will go in with an arthroscopic camera and teeny tiny surgical instruments, and sew the muscle back together. He'll also shave off a bone spur, which is not a good thing to have in there. More details about rotator cuff surgery, if you're interested, are here: OrthoInfo, Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options.

It's an outpatient operation; the surgery takes about two hours, and I should be able to go home in another two hours. B will, of course, be driving me.

I should get a packet in the mail in the next few days. Among other things, it'll include a prescription for super duper pain meds. Oh boy.
rose_cat: (blergh)
...on the "fun" I've been having, that's partly the reason I haven't updated for quite a while. (At least that's my excuse.)

After eight years of increasing pain in my left shoulder from what seemed to be tendonitis from an injury when I was still working, I finally got an MRI last week. It turns out there's a tear in one of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff. (Surprise!) At least it doesn't go all the way through, or I might not be using that arm at all, instead of mostly just having a lot of pain after the fact. ("Why the hell did I do that...two days ago?")

I'll be seeing an orthopaedist this afternoon. I might need surgery (eeek!), but it would sure be nice not to have to live with this anymore.
rose_cat: (omg aaaah)
I dropped my SLR camera onto the concrete driveway. SHIT.

It may not be that bad. The lens cap was a total loss, but so what. Apparently its lower edge was where the camera hit; it's misshapen enough to be unusuable, but fortunately not so much that I couldn't get it off the lens.

I looked through the viewfinder and -- WRONG. Not focusing, and a line at the top like a crack (OH GOD NO). Maybe just the lens, I thought (not that I'd be happy to lose my precious macro lens either), so I took it off to try another. The focusing screen fell out in my hand. After doing some online research, however, I was able to put it back in. I replaced the lens and now the image looks normal, through the viewfinder, at least. The focusing screen holder still looks like it could be damaged, but the screen is staying put.

I had a scare when it looked like I couldn't open the camera back to change film, but no, it was just my clumsy old fingers. Whew.

I still don't know for sure that the camera body is OK, or, for that matter, the lens. I should take a test roll, with that lens and with another, to see if it still functions properly.

Notes to self: (1) pay attention to where the camera is and make sure I'm actually holding on to it, (2) put the camera strap around my neck where it belongs, thus making (1) a lot less important, and (3) regardless, in the future, drop the goddamn groceries instead.

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