vilakins: (fireworks)

Well done, GB! I was very impressed with the Olympics opening ceremony with its green idyllic land replaced by dark satanic mills (and matching dark satanic capitalists), Mr Bond and the Queen, Mr Bean and his Chariots of Fire dream, and that wonderful run down the Thames complete with Ratty, Mole, and Toad and a flying pig over Battersea Power Station, EastEnders (and probably lots of other references I missed).

The copper bowls for each team making up the Olympic cauldron was genius.

I have to say though, [livejournal.com profile] sallymn is right: far too many teams dress like flight attendants in boring blazers and ties or scarves, and what were the US team thinking with their little 50s air hostess hats? I do love seeing the smaller nations in their bright national dress but there wasn't much sartorial interest otherwise.

Anyway, well done, London!

Oh, and it's Jasmin's 4th birthday today which makes it much better than the opening day of the last summer Olympics on which our Tessa died. There was tuna for all three to their great pleasure.

vilakins: (tessa sleeping)

It's a year ago today that Tessa died, and here are some cute and funny pictures in her memory. They're all old photos from before I got a digital camera, scanned in today, and include the Bush Baby, the Two-Headed Cat, and a Cat in a Bag.

Pictures to make you smile and laugh )



I really need to find and scan the ones of Claudia the Kitten from Outer Space.

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

Today's entry for the [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo National Art Making Month challenge is Tessa. I've done Claudia and Vic this month so it's only fair.

Tessa )

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

Today's entry for the [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo National Art Making Month challenge is Tessa. I've done Claudia and Vic this month so it's only fair.

Tessa )

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

As I said, Tessa ate last night and even followed me eagerly when I gave them their night-time treat. She seemed to be getting better, and I'm sure I heard her eating this morning. But she was very lethargic and sleepy, and around midday I found her in her bed, gasping for air. I rushed her off to the vet straight away, but they said that her glucose was through the roof (it was borderline yesterday), her kidneys had failed, and that she had had a "neurological event", which I assume is a stroke. They put her on oxygen and a drip, but it was pretty obvious there wasn't any hope. So I called Greg and waited with Tessa, talking to her and stroking her, though she only seemed to recognise me intermittently, till he arrived, and we both said goodbye.

RIP, little soul.

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

As I said, Tessa ate last night and even followed me eagerly when I gave them their night-time treat. She seemed to be getting better, and I'm sure I heard her eating this morning. But she was very lethargic and sleepy, and around midday I found her in her bed, gasping for air. I rushed her off to the vet straight away, but they said that her glucose was through the roof (it was borderline yesterday), her kidneys had failed, and that she had had a "neurological event", which I assume is a stroke. They put her on oxygen and a drip, but it was pretty obvious there wasn't any hope. So I called Greg and waited with Tessa, talking to her and stroking her, though she only seemed to recognise me intermittently, till he arrived, and we both said goodbye.

RIP, little soul.

vilakins: (plush)

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about Tessa. [hugs]

I'm back from the vet now, and she has a high temperature and is a bit dehydrated, but they don't know why. The vet did say that they've had a lot of cats with fevers lately. She suggested blood tests so I said yes, and will get the results back tomorrow afternoon. Tessa's also had a quick dehydration drip and an antibiotic injection, and some liquid antibiotic for us to give her twice a day.

The vet also said that her glucose levels were up, but that it could be due to stress and dehydration. Burmese however are prone to diabetes, and if she has that (which would be unconnected with her current problem) we'd have to give her insulin injections. !!!

I told Tessa she was a very high-maintenance-cost cat, but she's worth it. She's gone back to her heat-pad and is curled up there looking miserable. Claudia is beside her, looking concerned. :-)

vilakins: (plush)

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about Tessa. [hugs]

I'm back from the vet now, and she has a high temperature and is a bit dehydrated, but they don't know why. The vet did say that they've had a lot of cats with fevers lately. She suggested blood tests so I said yes, and will get the results back tomorrow afternoon. Tessa's also had a quick dehydration drip and an antibiotic injection, and some liquid antibiotic for us to give her twice a day.

The vet also said that her glucose levels were up, but that it could be due to stress and dehydration. Burmese however are prone to diabetes, and if she has that (which would be unconnected with her current problem) we'd have to give her insulin injections. !!!

I told Tessa she was a very high-maintenance-cost cat, but she's worth it. She's gone back to her heat-pad and is curled up there looking miserable. Claudia is beside her, looking concerned. :-)

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

Tessa didn't get out of her bed this morning and is very lethargic and uninterested in food or attention. I picked her up gently and all her paws seemed fine--last time she was like this, she had a bitten, swollen one. She's booked to see the vet in three hours (they're operating right now) and I'm hoping it's something simple like a bite. I think it will be because she was fine last night and eager for her evening treat. There's a strange cat who sneaks in to eat food and perhaps they had a scrap.

Poor little girl.

[Edit] She's just got up and eaten a few biscuits (she hadn't eaten till now) and gone outside. I'm still taking her in though; I want her checked out.

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

Tessa didn't get out of her bed this morning and is very lethargic and uninterested in food or attention. I picked her up gently and all her paws seemed fine--last time she was like this, she had a bitten, swollen one. She's booked to see the vet in three hours (they're operating right now) and I'm hoping it's something simple like a bite. I think it will be because she was fine last night and eager for her evening treat. There's a strange cat who sneaks in to eat food and perhaps they had a scrap.

Poor little girl.

[Edit] She's just got up and eaten a few biscuits (she hadn't eaten till now) and gone outside. I'm still taking her in though; I want her checked out.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (me)

I just saw Greg and his sister and father off at the airport, so I'm now home alone (well, except for cats) for the next five weeks.

They arrive in Singapore about midnight my time, spend two days there, then fly to Athens, then Sofia the next day, then take a train to Varna where they'll spend about four weeks with family and seeing some of the area and the famous rose festival. Then they get a few days in Greece and fly back here via Singapore.

Yeah, I sort of wish I'd gone too, but it really is mostly family stuff and also trying to sort out Atanas's citizenship so Greg can get a Bulgarian passport which would mean we could one day live in Europe.

As for the cats, one of them, probably Tessa, vomited on the kitchen floor while I was out. Oh joy.

Tessa and Claudia just before we left for the airport )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (me)

I just saw Greg and his sister and father off at the airport, so I'm now home alone (well, except for cats) for the next five weeks.

They arrive in Singapore about midnight my time, spend two days there, then fly to Athens, then Sofia the next day, then take a train to Varna where they'll spend about four weeks with family and seeing some of the area and the famous rose festival. Then they get a few days in Greece and fly back here via Singapore.

Yeah, I sort of wish I'd gone too, but it really is mostly family stuff and also trying to sort out Atanas's citizenship so Greg can get a Bulgarian passport which would mean we could one day live in Europe.

As for the cats, one of them, probably Tessa, vomited on the kitchen floor while I was out. Oh joy.

Tessa and Claudia just before we left for the airport )

vilakins: (own goal)

When we went down to Vilagrad last weekend, the train passed Avon's Butchery in Glen Innes. I was too lazy to get the camera out to snap it on the way back so I went down this week and took a picture from the railway station car park. So while Vila has a winery, Avon has a butchery; seems appropriate. BTW the guy who runs it really is called Avon; it's his first name.

There is also a picture of the girls being copycats again in the exact same position, taken on the same day.

Avon's Butchery and copycats )

vilakins: (own goal)

When we went down to Vilagrad last weekend, the train passed Avon's Butchery in Glen Innes. I was too lazy to get the camera out to snap it on the way back so I went down this week and took a picture from the railway station car park. So while Vila has a winery, Avon has a butchery; seems appropriate. BTW the guy who runs it really is called Avon; it's his first name.

There is also a picture of the girls being copycats again in the exact same position, taken on the same day.

Avon's Butchery and copycats )

vilakins: (plush)

And here's some picspam before I go away of the cats and some fluffballs at the pet supply store, all taken last weekend.

Cats and fluffy puppies )

vilakins: (plush)

And here's some picspam before I go away of the cats and some fluffballs at the pet supply store, all taken last weekend.

Cats and fluffy puppies )

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

I took Tessa back to the animal eye surgeon for her final check-up today and he said she's healed up really well. I was a bit worried about the dark bits on the graft, but apparently the conjunctival matter (the bit of her eye) he used to make it never usually sees the sun--and it has freckles! This, he said, is a good thing as it makes the graft less obvious. I have to say, I hardly notice it now unless she's up close (and she does that: looks soulfully into my eyes from short range).

Not so good is the crash followed by rattling I heard when I was upstairs after I brought her back home. I suspect something's come loose in the current gale, though I couldn't see it in a walk stagger around the house. [rolls eyes] Heh. One of the guys at work stepped outside with his cup of tea to get some fresh air (the painters are in) and the wind blew half the contents out of it. Not, luckily, in his direction. :-P

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

I took Tessa back to the animal eye surgeon for her final check-up today and he said she's healed up really well. I was a bit worried about the dark bits on the graft, but apparently the conjunctival matter (the bit of her eye) he used to make it never usually sees the sun--and it has freckles! This, he said, is a good thing as it makes the graft less obvious. I have to say, I hardly notice it now unless she's up close (and she does that: looks soulfully into my eyes from short range).

Not so good is the crash followed by rattling I heard when I was upstairs after I brought her back home. I suspect something's come loose in the current gale, though I couldn't see it in a walk stagger around the house. [rolls eyes] Heh. One of the guys at work stepped outside with his cup of tea to get some fresh air (the painters are in) and the wind blew half the contents out of it. Not, luckily, in his direction. :-P

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

I took Tessa back to the eye surgeon today for a check up. I couldn't look while he did Farscape-y things to her eye, but he said it looks good, and gave me some more ointment for it. He'll see her in a month by which time the stitches will have dissolved. The graft has taken well, though it's more raised than he thought it would be. He might prescribe something to reduce it if it's still not flush in a month.

So anyway, that's a relief. Though Tessa apparently wasn't in any discomfort, she cried in protest that she was back there again, and was delighted when I took her home with me. They're bright cats, all of them; they cheer up as soon as I put them back in the cage because they know it means Home.

And now I have to cast an eye--well, two actually--over my Russian verbs for class tonight. My friend has deserted me so I'm going alone from now on while she goes diving, and the whole thing was her idea. :-( Actually, I'm considering signing on for the intermediate course next term.

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

I took Tessa back to the eye surgeon today for a check up. I couldn't look while he did Farscape-y things to her eye, but he said it looks good, and gave me some more ointment for it. He'll see her in a month by which time the stitches will have dissolved. The graft has taken well, though it's more raised than he thought it would be. He might prescribe something to reduce it if it's still not flush in a month.

So anyway, that's a relief. Though Tessa apparently wasn't in any discomfort, she cried in protest that she was back there again, and was delighted when I took her home with me. They're bright cats, all of them; they cheer up as soon as I put them back in the cage because they know it means Home.

And now I have to cast an eye--well, two actually--over my Russian verbs for class tonight. My friend has deserted me so I'm going alone from now on while she goes diving, and the whole thing was her idea. :-( Actually, I'm considering signing on for the intermediate course next term.

vilakins: (joy)

Woot, new shower! The one I use, in the guest bathroom (because Greg has the one in ours set to hot, hotter, and hottest), had got so temperamental it took me up to five unites of turning and wiggling the mixer to get the temperature right, and I finally got so fed up, I called the local plumber. He came today, and I now have:

  • a new mixer that will adjust the temperature and the flow;
  • a slider bar so I can have the shower rose at any height;
  • a detachable Satinjet shower rose (the Futura model) that will do a soft wide shower or a concentrated massage one -- and it uses 40% less water.
OK, I know many if not most of you have had this technology for years. Little luxuries like this are greatly pleasing to a Delta though.

And for those wondering how Tessa is, she's happy, warm, and pampered (except when we're trying to pill her) and her eye seems to be doing fine. It has a reddish bit in the outer corner which is the corneal graft, but I believe that will turn white. She doesn't mind the eye treatments I'm giving her, and as for the usual battle to get pills down her, I have only just learned that if you pull a cat's head back far enough, their mouths open. Something new each day!

vilakins: (joy)

Woot, new shower! The one I use, in the guest bathroom (because Greg has the one in ours set to hot, hotter, and hottest), had got so temperamental it took me up to five unites of turning and wiggling the mixer to get the temperature right, and I finally got so fed up, I called the local plumber. He came today, and I now have:

  • a new mixer that will adjust the temperature and the flow;
  • a slider bar so I can have the shower rose at any height;
  • a detachable Satinjet shower rose (the Futura model) that will do a soft wide shower or a concentrated massage one -- and it uses 40% less water.
OK, I know many if not most of you have had this technology for years. Little luxuries like this are greatly pleasing to a Delta though.

And for those wondering how Tessa is, she's happy, warm, and pampered (except when we're trying to pill her) and her eye seems to be doing fine. It has a reddish bit in the outer corner which is the corneal graft, but I believe that will turn white. She doesn't mind the eye treatments I'm giving her, and as for the usual battle to get pills down her, I have only just learned that if you pull a cat's head back far enough, their mouths open. Something new each day!

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

She's groggy and drunk and falls over every time she tries to turn a corner , and almost fell in her food bowl, poor little thing, but it's encouraging that she's hungry and eating. The surgeon gave her an 80% chance of the graft taking and her keeping the eye, and it really doesn't look as bad as I'd thought it would. He'd warned me it would look "gross" but it's nowhere near as bad as it was before he operated.

Greg said he did in fact see her on Tuesday morning in her bed. He scritched her between the ears and saw her face: she didn't open her eyes but they weren't weeping at all. We wipe all the cats' eyes if they're 'gungy' as we call it, so he'd have noticed because Tessa's the worst. This makes me feel a lot better. She must have already been infected but nothing was showing.

She's on my lap, fast asleep, and has been there for the last hour or so, purring softly while I drew a picture of her around her from an old photo. The motion of the graphics pen is much slower and smoother than me typing and I only used the one hand, but she's so settled now, I thought I'd post about her--and around her.

She has four different aggressive antibiotics to take to kill the infection--two pills, eye drops, and an eye cream five minutes after the drops--and she goes back for a check-up in 8 or 9 days. The eye treatments have to be 4 times a day but Greg's working from home tomorrow to be with her, and then it's the weekend, so she'll be well cared for. [kisses her between the ears]

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

She's groggy and drunk and falls over every time she tries to turn a corner , and almost fell in her food bowl, poor little thing, but it's encouraging that she's hungry and eating. The surgeon gave her an 80% chance of the graft taking and her keeping the eye, and it really doesn't look as bad as I'd thought it would. He'd warned me it would look "gross" but it's nowhere near as bad as it was before he operated.

Greg said he did in fact see her on Tuesday morning in her bed. He scritched her between the ears and saw her face: she didn't open her eyes but they weren't weeping at all. We wipe all the cats' eyes if they're 'gungy' as we call it, so he'd have noticed because Tessa's the worst. This makes me feel a lot better. She must have already been infected but nothing was showing.

She's on my lap, fast asleep, and has been there for the last hour or so, purring softly while I drew a picture of her around her from an old photo. The motion of the graphics pen is much slower and smoother than me typing and I only used the one hand, but she's so settled now, I thought I'd post about her--and around her.

She has four different aggressive antibiotics to take to kill the infection--two pills, eye drops, and an eye cream five minutes after the drops--and she goes back for a check-up in 8 or 9 days. The eye treatments have to be 4 times a day but Greg's working from home tomorrow to be with her, and then it's the weekend, so she'll be well cared for. [kisses her between the ears]

vilakins: (delta)

Tessa is now at the eye surgeon's. I was wrong before BTW; she had a partially detached cornea last time, not a retina, and that was apparently a fairly minor op. This one isn't.

Cut for squicky eye stuff )



I pick her up tomorrow. This guy is good so I should have hope that the eye will be saved. It's not easy though.

vilakins: (delta)

Tessa is now at the eye surgeon's. I was wrong before BTW; she had a partially detached cornea last time, not a retina, and that was apparently a fairly minor op. This one isn't.

Cut for squicky eye stuff )



I pick her up tomorrow. This guy is good so I should have hope that the eye will be saved. It's not easy though.

vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

The vet rang about an hour ago and said she has a very bad lesion across half her cornea and has to go to the animal ophthalmologist today to be operated on by him, probably tomorrow. She's been to him before for a partially detached retina cornea and recovered fully, so I'm hoping she'll do just as well this time.

Thank you for the virtual hugs and kind thoughts; they're very much appreciated.

vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

The vet rang about an hour ago and said she has a very bad lesion across half her cornea and has to go to the animal ophthalmologist today to be operated on by him, probably tomorrow. She's been to him before for a partially detached retina cornea and recovered fully, so I'm hoping she'll do just as well this time.

Thank you for the virtual hugs and kind thoughts; they're very much appreciated.

Tessa

7 Aug 2007 05:26 pm
vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

This month doesn't get any better. I got home today to find Tessa with an eye full of pus, so I had to ring up, get an emergency appointment with the vet, and take her in. The poor little girl was crying which is rare for her; she usually just goes "Mmmm" instead of actually opening her mouth and meowing. She must have been in pain. They've kept her in and will give her painkillers and something to help, then tomorrow morning they'll anaesthetise her and have a proper look at the ulcer. If it's really bad, we might have to take her to the eye specialist who treated her detached retina some years ago; I hope it won't come to that. Whatever, they'll probably so her eye shut which she's had done twice before. :-(

I feel guilty because she didn't get out of her bed this morning and I didn't think to check if she was all right because she loves that bed and it was cold. She was fine yesterday though.

She cried when I left her there. I almost did too.

Tessa

7 Aug 2007 05:26 pm
vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

This month doesn't get any better. I got home today to find Tessa with an eye full of pus, so I had to ring up, get an emergency appointment with the vet, and take her in. The poor little girl was crying which is rare for her; she usually just goes "Mmmm" instead of actually opening her mouth and meowing. She must have been in pain. They've kept her in and will give her painkillers and something to help, then tomorrow morning they'll anaesthetise her and have a proper look at the ulcer. If it's really bad, we might have to take her to the eye specialist who treated her detached retina some years ago; I hope it won't come to that. Whatever, they'll probably so her eye shut which she's had done twice before. :-(

I feel guilty because she didn't get out of her bed this morning and I didn't think to check if she was all right because she loves that bed and it was cold. She was fine yesterday though.

She cried when I left her there. I almost did too.

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