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Well, that was unexpected

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It's just before 2am and I'm back from my first emergency vet visit.

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Just a day

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Just stuff. Apologies for the Stephen Moffat style non-linear nature of the narrative.

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Repopulating Sector 7 - Welcome TribbleJ

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On Friday 13th of June on the day of the full moon I went to Cat Haven and chose a kitten to become part of our family here at Sector 7. We are now a complete cat home again with the maximum number of three kitties as allowed by law. I am a crazy cat lady once more.

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RIP Cally 1993-2014

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A few days after my last post about Cally, and as she came down after her latest dose of Tramal, it became clear that her time had come. The signs were many, but in essence she was going to be back in pain and discomfort for at least another couple of days before I could give her more pain relief. And the nature of that pain relief was making her treatment look more and more like the jerking of a puppet. Her eyes said no more. Her whiskers said no more. It was time.

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It's happening

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Cally's final appointment made with Dr Laura tomorrow at 10:15am. Second of its type in under a month. Third in under 18 months. Fuck. Thanks everyone for your kind words over on FB.

Cally herself has made the timing of the decision relatively easy - she's had enough. I'm a wreck, even more so than for the others. She's been a huge part of my life for 20 years, and I've always been her one and only human. 20 years! I've spent more time with her than with any person, Husband included. She's drawn significantly more of my blood than Husband has too. People started telling me to prepare for her loss seven years ago when she was a mere 14. Suddenly I find I'm not prepared at all.

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My old soldier Cally

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Although Princess dominated the cat medical news for a while, my attention was never off my eldest cat and old friend Cally. At 21 she is kept going by veterinary magic and a stubborn personality, but the nature of her end is starting to become clear. This is another "organise my thoughts" post. Blogging is handy for this sort of thing.

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Reflections

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Unless you are very unfortunate, the death of someone you know always comes as a shock. It's not always a surprise, but it's generally a shock. In the last week I've heard of two deaths by suicide, not by people close to me personally, but close enough to have stirred many thoughts. This post is in the service of those thoughts, which are unlikely to be organised but I need to get them out of my head.

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Dinosaurs ahoy

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Last Thursday Husband and I went to see the Dinosaur Discovery exhibit at the Museum of WA. We'd be attempting this for a couple of weeks and finally motive, means, and opportunity combined in a precious outing.

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RIP Princess Twinkle Toes 1997-2014

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Princess Twinkle Toes is no more.

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Let's talk about Princess

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I've been wanting to write this post for at least a couple of weeks, to help me put my thoughts in order and make a decision about Princess' future. A couple of days ago something changed to make that decision easier, but I'd still like to talk this through. (TW I suppose – talking about the pending death of a pet.)

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Sunday outings

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Had a good day today.

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Retail chemical warfare

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It is an unfortunate truth of spoon management that you often have no choice in the timing of most activities. If spoons become available you immediately perform the next item on the to-do list. Thus I found myself shopping for groceries at lunchtime on a Saturday, the busiest time of the week, albeit short of pre-holiday panic shopping for the apocalypse.

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Swancon 39 2014 Conjuration

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Over the Easter break I made my annual pilgrimage to Swancon, the annual WA speculative fiction convention. I stayed at the con hotel and was able able to attend the entire event (off and on) from opening to closing ceremony. I only had my phone with me so made short posts to Facebook rather than longer con reports here. "Proper" con reports are still a bit beyond me, but I'll reproduce the FB posts here and annotate as seems necessary. Dates and time for particular entries may be a bit fuzzy, but I'm hopeful that there are unlikely to be any legal implications from sloppy record-keeping. Lawyers, fussy things.

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More physio fun

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Today I went to physio Georgia to explore the significance of the knee-centred relief I experienced during my latest massage. i.e. if I could experience such relief would it be possible to replicate the effect without the subsequent crippling pain. The short answer appears to be "not really".

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Art, Pain, and Princess

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I appear to be awake at an unsociable hour and have a backlog of things I'd hoped to post about. This will no doubt be more than a little disorganised and rambly, so no change then.

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Princess and the Pee

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First the good news: for the last week I can definitely confirm that Princess' pee has not had any visible blood in it. And in other good news, today we caught the aforementioned substance on one of the puppy housetraining absorbent pads we put out near one of the litter tray stations.

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Cafepress woes

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Oh bugger. Looks like I must have given Cafepress permission to randomly stick my designs on any old product they want, regardless of how well they fit. (I'm assuming there's a clause buried in the T&Cs somewhere).

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And in other news...

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Have run out of blog spoons for now but on Sunday enjoyed a wonderful visit from ex-minion Dunja (she of the sadly missed picnic), and today (Monday) went to my favourite annual art event Sculpture by the Sea. Also had lunch for the first time at the Indiana Tea House (or whatever it's called these days.)

So. Much. To. Say... But at least the cat news is up to date.

On Thursday I'm getting my hair dyed purple and green :-)

Some time in the next two days I need to do hydrotherapy, and I've a sick sister to visit.

Have been running myself to the edge of exhaustion multiple times this last week, so yay? My candle is spherical and I'm burning it all over its surface area.

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Vet visits for young and old

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Last week Boris Giles went to the vet for his first annual checkup and vaccinations. A couple of weeks ago Princess went to the vet on a semi-emergency visit and was back again today, but we at least caught her pre-emergency.

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Missed opportunities

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The gods decided to play a very large joke on me today. Yes, Stephanie! they boomed, You *shall* go to the ball! (But the ball will be over by the time you get there.Psych!)

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I'm up with a sick cat and starting to hallucinate with fatigue. A perfect time to blog about watching vast amounts of sport.

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Emergency vet visit for Princess

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With all the trouble we've been having with Princess' poo, 'twas her pee that sent us to the vet in a hurry this afternoon.

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This is my life now

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Hydrotherapy (gentle exercise in warm water) is the current focus of my life, and yet I'm only in the pool for a bit under an hour once per week. How does that fill my days?

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Steps forward, steps backwards

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Last Friday I managed to get back in the pool for another session of hydrotherapy.

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Don't feed me after midnight

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Tomorrow I'm going into Glengarry day ward to have an endoscopy. Because I'll be under a sedative and (we trust) blissfully unaware of the process I have to fast, starting at midnight tonight. Food shouldn't be an issue, but I might get a bit thirsty. I've no concerns about the procedure itself. At worst I'm looking forward to a  temporarily and slightly sore throat. Most of this post is a summary of my relevant clinical history in prep for talking to the specialist tomorrow, so beware TMI and vomity badness.

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Medical supervision

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Saw Dr T my shrink today, for a regular 6-month review.

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A good day

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I had a good day on Tuesday, with some nice surprises.

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Back in the pool! (Nearly)

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So, the reason I put myself through the horror and torture of buying bathers recently is that my medical focus for the foreseeable future is hydrotherapy.

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Shopping for things that cling

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The next treatment goal on which I plan to spend all my medical spoons is hydrotherapy. I don't expect to be back in the pool doing kilometres of laps any time soon, but I'll see if I can do some stretches in warm water that aren't currently possible on dry land. More on that later, but before I can do that I need some bathers (aka swimmers, cossies, swimming costume, bathing costume), as it's many years since I've owned a pair that fit. Once I've got bathers I can cross the bridge of making appointments at the physio and somehow getting my carcass there on some kind of schedule.

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A rough guide to 2013

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I haven't blogged much this year, and indeed have failed to blog many non-trivial things at all (part 2 of our Dunsborough anniversary trip being but one case in point). This is actually informative, because it reflects a year of poor health, even by my standards. Actually my poor health is one of the few things I did document even remotely properly, because of the amount of information I needed to track. This does not please me.

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On December 4 1993 Husband and I became Husband and Wife. With a bit of effort all around we remained so for 20 years after that, so we celebrated by getting away for a couple of days down south in Dunsborough, Western Australia. The site was chosen for its proximity to the ocean (for Husband) and to decent granite geology for me. In a perfect intersection of the two, Husband was also keen to see a cave. I'll try and record as much of the trip here as possible; there will be some photos, but not many, because we have this weird tendency towards experiencing life as it happens.

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The House on B____ Ave

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Many weeks ago a "FOR LEASE" sign appeared on a house not far from mine here at Sector 7. That's unusual in the current economic climate, we thought. The rental market is bursting at the seams – demand is high, and properties get usually snapped up by desperate renters at the first hint of opportunity. Why go to the extra expense and trouble of putting up a sign?

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Rambles

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Typically there are two reasons why I don't post here, and given the lack of all but the most mundane of record-keeping these reasons are obviously pretty solid. Either I've done nothing worth talking about, or I'm too tired from doing something to talk about it. So here's a bit of a catch up on the things I would have liked to blog about at the time but didn't. Sans photos, sorry, but that's part of what holds me back.

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Me me me me meme

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Remember when LJ was all velociraptor memes? Of course you do. So, despite the fact that I've posted this "10 things people may not about you" meme in Facebook already, I thought I'd reproduce it here. Apologies for the foul deceit that may have led you to expect new content.

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Unscheduled post

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This is a frivolous post. I have not assigned spoons for this, nor is it anywhere in my various lists of priorities. My lists of priority tasks are long; my spoons are short. I can't really afford this. But sometimes you just have to kick over the traces and do whatever you damn want to. So I'm going to ramble for a bit.

tl;dr I ramble for quite a bit.

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It's Internet Christmas Time!

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Apologies for going all crass and commercial, but the truth is that now is the time to do your online shopping for Christmas. (That would be Christmas 2013 – delivery delays are not yet that bad.) Pretty Rock Designs has your Christmas and Holiday Season requirements in the bag: cards, decorations, gifts, wrapping paper, and more.

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We've come for your liver.

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I do so hate spending all my spoons on medical things, as opposed to wringing out every scrap of life I can, but them's the current breaks. I include the writing effort that goes into these medical report posts, but they're such darn useful things they have to take priority.  Today I saw Dr NF for what was supposed to be the next review of The Supplement Program From Hell but the appointment didn't quite go that way.

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The housewives' friend

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Valium. I don't like valium, but I have some in my drug collection as Diazepam and I've just taken 3/4 of a 5mg tablet, and I thought it best I record it here. May as well do something while I wait for it to kick in, and who knows, it might get interesting.

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I refuse to abandon all hope

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Went to the GP Dr D today as I needed a new script and wanted to discuss some investigation and treatment ideas. Got the script, got some validation for ideas, but no solutions. One keeps on fighting. One must.

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