rose_cat: (missy cat)
I'm taking Missy to the vet for the last time this afternoon. Time to let her go.
rose_cat: (cat rose)
Stop this ride, I want to get off. And take my kitty girl to solid ground.

progress, such as it is )
rose_cat: (missy cat)
Me, not so much.

First off, I want to thank all of you who've commented and PM'd and offered me support. I love you all so much, and I'm not sure how I'd get through all of this without you.

holding it together )
rose_cat: (missy cat)
...which, under the circumstances, is the best place for her to be. Which I know, but I'm not really feeling it right now.

details )
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.

Latest.

Jul. 1st, 2014 06:50 pm
rose_cat: (OMG!)
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: (ci dance in hell)
...Yeah, that's about it. A more coherent post to follow. Any suggestions for a decent photohosting site? (I'm using Scrapbook for the time being.)
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To Friends, communities, all you awesome fanfic authors, and anyone else who gives a flying fig (hope that's not considered obscene ;)  )  :

Yes, I've been reading your posts! No, I haven't been responding that much, darn it :(   I keep planning to go back and comment properly, and then I don't ... no good excuses, really. No natural (or unnatural) disasters, exploding toasters, cats taking over the world ...

Just feeling a little depressed, and a lot overwhelmed. I just watched the third season Doctor Who "42," though, which kind of helped put things in perspective. There's nothing quite like seeing somebody having a worse day than yours, is there? Let's hear it for schadenfreude! :)

In fact, I feel so much better, I'm going to write out some New LJ's Resolutions. I hereby resolve to:

1. Continue organizing Friends Page filters to make it easier to keep up with reading it. (There goes one excuse.)

2. Continue organizing "bookmark posts" for Friends Page to make it easier to keep track of what I've read, commented on, etc. (And another one.)

3. Comment immediately, if not sooner, on fics and the like, even if it's something like, "this is way cool, I'll come back to comment intelligently later when my brain is working."  (Bonus points for actually going back and doing that.)

4.  Post more often, and with less content, to keep in the habit and connected.  (And to fill up everyone elses' Friends Pages with annoying drivel, mwaah hah hah! ;)  )

5.  Finish crackish Torchwood fanfic and post, already.

6. Duck flying tomatoes ;)  (see #5)

Off to start on #1.

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