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December 21st, 2013

Peace On Earth, Good Will to Kittens

So yesterday we took InkyGirl in for her rabies shot, the last of her various inoculationey visits before her big fix (so to speak) in February. Then I went off and got a haircut, after which time the assisted living place called me and said my mom had fallen and hit her head and was now in the Reston ER.

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As one might expect, we rushed over to the Reston ER to find my mom awake, conscious, and mostly-okay except for a nasty gash and the beginnings of a black eye. She informed us that she'd been lying on the floor a while calling for help because, being my mother, she had left her emergency button on her walker instead of wearing it around her neck like it was intended. She'd also bled quite a bit, due to being on cumadin. So we hung around with her long enough for them to do a CT scan and check for muscular damage, but she was released with a tentatively clean bill of health and the gash glued shut with a sort of "liquid stitches" stuff. We took her back to her place, and left instructions with the floor nurse that she had to be awakened periodically in the night to make sure she was responsive.

When we got home and went to feed the kitties, InkyGirl was a bit lethargic, which is not unusual for a kitten who's just had a rabies shot, but still fairly active and chatty. She then curled up on her favorite chair and napped all evening, which again is not unusual.

However, when the time came for us to go to bed, when we took Inky upstairs with us, she was not herself. She seemed like she was just really out of it, looking around at activity, but unwilling to move or take any action unless prompted, and very, very quiet. No meowing, no purring. Most worrying of all, she didn't respond to treats, which normally make her vibrate with happiness and try to climb people. Even holding one right under her nose just sort of made her look at you like "Uh, what?"

Lethargy and loss of appetite were both listed as fairly common, non-serious reactions to the rabies shot, but after the day we'd had, laurie_robey and I were still pretty anxious about it. We managed to eventually get to sleep, but that was mostly from pure exhaustion more than anything else.

The good news is, the assisted living place completely didn't call us last night with any shocking developments, and this morning, Inky's up and active and back to her chatty purring-up-a-storm self, if still a little more prone than usual to napping. We are very pleased and grateful about this. ^.^

It may seem hard to believe, but I did manage to get some actual work done yesterday, too-- I sent the production files for No Predation Allowed to the books' new publisher! I haven't mentioned this up until now because we've been mostly in preliminary talks, and we're still ironing out a lot of the details. But as the original Kickstarted run has sold out, a well-regarded publisher in the furry realm has kindly offered to keep the SJ books in print! I'll pass along more details on that as they get hammered out, but as you can imagine I'm quite happy about this.

So it looks like today will be a good day. :)

-The Gneech

My tweets

  • Fri, 13:09: Off to get a haircut!
  • Fri, 15:04: Time to reset the "days without parental health scare" counter back to zero. :P
  • Fri, 19:57: Sound the family health scare all clear. Mom fell and banged her head, has a gash but is alert & okay. On-site nurse will observe overnight.
  • Fri, 20:47: I had other stuff I was gonna do today but... *thud* zzzzz...
  • Sat, 07:34: Hey @huskyteer and my other UK pals: finished "The 101 Dalmatians" last night. It was slow to get going, but <3 by the end.
  • Sat, 07:35: When Perdy's subplot got resolved my eyes were leaking liquid pride. (@huskyteer)
  • Sat, 08:15: Peace On Earth, Good Will to Kittens http://t.co/MvO6RepzX4
  • Sat, 10:36: Going to mine the TVTropes website for ideas. Someone hold this end of the rope and haul me back if I go in too far!
  • Sat, 10:39: But there is peace in the light! // RT @bearsyr: “Katherine! Don’t go into the light!”
  • Sat, 10:57: Man, I haven't seen my feed go so nuts for a MLPFIM episode all year.
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