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I had a fairly productive work day today and that felt good. Tomorrow, I’ll be in meetings for much of my work day.

I ran over to the bookstore today to see if they had the August issue of Locus in yet, but they didn’t. While there, I did a bit of browsing and added two more books to my list of books to read: (1) Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and The Reagan Diaries. This last deserves a brief explanation. Those who know me know that I am not a fan of Ronald Reagan’s politics. But I have a fascination with diaries that seems to get the best of me. I skimmed the book and it does look interesting. I think that when (some) diaries are kept, there is a questions as to who (if anyone) will ever read them. (I’m sure there’s no question when it comes to my own diaries–unless you consider this blog.) Even so, it is a place that reveals the non-public, non-persona thoughts of public figures. After they are dead, the information revealed, while perhaps not flattering, takes on a new light. So eventually, I’ll get a hold of that book and end up reading it. At any event, it’s on the list.

TiVo recorded the 2-hour Dustin Hoffman episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio from 2006. I’d never seen it before but it was a great episode. One of the better ones that I have seen.

I wrote about 1,000 words this evening, still feeling pretty good about it. At this point, I’m just trying to finish the story and decide whether or not to end it the way I originally intended, or to alter the ending somewhat. I’ll wait and see how the rest of the story goes.

I’m about 140 pages through Spook Country and I’m enjoying it.

Zeke appears to be doing well and that is a relief, although I still get anxious every time I see him go into the litter box. But he appears to be urinating without difficulty or discomfort.

As Doug pointed out in an earlier comment, Yankee great Phil Rizzuto has died. Growing up, I remember him best for the commercials he did for The Money Store.

I was watching the Yanks lose to Baltimore a little while ago. Their offense is hot enough that there is plenty of time for them to have a chance to come back, but I’m calling it an early night tonight. We have our last softball game of the year and it may mean the difference between first and second place. I want to get a good night’s rest.

Burgers, beers and soups

Dad is in town this weekend. He got here late yesterday afternoon, and then got to spend the evening with me at the animal hospital in Annapolis. We went back there this morning to collect Zeke, who, by the way, is supposed to be drinking more water, and is not only drinking more, but is now playing in it!

Once Zeke was home (and I was relieved), we decided to get out of the house for a while. First, we headed to Silver Spring for lunch at Five Guys. I’d never been there before, but wanted to go, since people have said that Five Guys is a lot like In-n-Out. I have to beg to differ. The burger was good, I’ll grant that, but it was no In-n-Out burger. For one thing, the buns were different. For another, there was no thousand island dressing or whatever it is they put in their Double-Doubles. And the meat wasn’t seasoned the same way. And forget the fries! Although Five Guys creatively posts the type of potatoes being used that day for their fries, they were no where near as good as In-n-Out. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good. It just doesn’t compare to In-n-Out in my opinion.

Later in the afternoon, we headed downtown to walk around for a bit. The weather cooled off today so it was only in the upper 80s, which was a pleasant change. We walked to the National Air and Space Museum and browsed around there for half an hour or so, and then continued walking around until we ended up at Austin Grill, where we had some beer and where I had chips and guacamole.

After that we headed home and relaxed for a while. Zeke got into a playful mood and I was overjoyed to see him happy and not uncomfortable. We played for a while and then both Zeke and I dozed off (with his chin on my arm) for a little while.

We went to Franklin’s for dinner. I wasn’t hungry, but Dad wanted the crab cakes. We also got some of their special microbrews, which were pretty good. I found an outstanding Cheddar Beer Soup on the menu. I think it was new because I don’t remember seeing it before. It was delicious! When we got home, we watched about half of Road to Bali and by then I was pretty tired so I decided to head off to bed, read for a while, and then head off to sleep.

I got a very nice thank you note from vickyandnorm in the mail today (thanking me for their wedding gifts). There’s a very cute picture of Vicky and Norm and two of their friends on the front of the thank you card–but, alas, it is not the picture that I suggested they use. I suspect they were too self-conscious to use that one.

Zeke is back home

…and he seems much better, although annoyed, I imagine, at how his schedule has been thrown into disarray. We think we know what the problem is and how to treat it. It means giving him a special diet, food that I get from the vet. I picked some up today. I was worried he wouldn’t take to it after eating the same wet and dry food for nearly 8 years. But at the rate he wolfed down the food when I put it in front of him, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about on that front.

Zeke’s back in the hospital

First, he should be okay and I’m bringing him home this morning at around 10 AM.

He has been fine since his surgery 2 weeks ago, back to his old self, playful, happy. But when I came home from work yesterday (with my Dad, who got into town yesterday evening) Zeke was lethargic. He went into his litter box and wouldn’t come out–kind of like he did when he was a kitten. When I got him out, he went into a corner and was straining (it looked like) to pee.

He was supposed to have his stitches remove this morning but I didn’t want to risk waiting, so I brought him to the hospital in Annapolis, which is probably the best animal hospital in the state, if not the entire Mid-Atlantic region. There, they ran blood tests, which all came back fine, as well as an x-ray, which also didn’t show anything unusual. They gave him a sedative and fluids to help him pee, but that didn’t seem to help, so the next step was forcing him to unblock. They do this by anesthetizing him and then running a catheter up into his bladder. I spoke to the doctor at 2:30 AM after the procedure was complete. It wasn’t hard to do the catheter, which was a good sign. There was no blood, which was also a good sign. Finally, once the catheter was in and out, Zeke urinated.

I spoke to his doctor (Dr. Taylor) again this morning at 7 AM. They said around 3 AM, they found a large quantity of urine in Zeke’s space which was a good sign–he was able to urinate again. This morning he was eating and drinking. They said it is safe for me to take him home, but that I need to keep an eye on him.

The most likely cause is something called Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). The “idiopathic” part means that they really don’t know what causes it. But some cats just get so stressed that it causes them to block.

I am meeting with his regular vet at 9 AM (the time Zeke was schedule to have his stitches removed) to let him know what happened and to have him call the emergency hospital with the results of the stone analysis. This will help determine what kind of diet Zeke needs to be on and may prevent these incidents from happening again. I will also reschedule the removal of his stitches.

It was a long night and I didn’t sleep to well, mostly anxious over how Zeke was doing. I feel a little better this morning, knowing a little more. I just want to get him home and make sure he’s okay.

Zeke is home!

I picked up Zeke from the vet right after work yesterday and he seemed happy to finally be home. His belly is shaved and you can see where the stitches are, but he doesn’t chew at them, or they are some special kind because he didn’t need one of those cones around his head. He has to take some antibiotics still (which are a pain in the neck to give him, because he hates taking them) and he is scheduled to have his stitches removed on August 11. But he really did seem happy to be home, purring and evening playing a little.

Zeke’s surgery update

I took Zeke to the vet this morning before leaving for New York. When I called to find out how things went, I was told that the surgery went well, and Zeke had woken up and was doing just fine. I was very relieved. He’ll be at the vet for a few more days, recovering, and I will pick him up after work on Monday.

Zeke’s upcoming surgery

While Zeke was boarded when I was in Europe, he developed what the vet thought was a urinary infection. They said it was probably caused by stress and they put him on antibiotics, which seemed to help. When I took him home Monday evening, I noticed that he kept going into his litter box, coming out, and then going right back in. He’d do this for a while, and then not for a few hours, and then repeat the cycle. I brought him back to the vet yesterday to be checked out again as it sounded like the antibiotics weren’t working.

Long story short, Zeke was x-rayed and found to have stones in his bladder. They are probably the type of stones that don’t react to treatment (diet, etc.) so the only real option to get them out is surgery. The doctor explained that the surgery is straight-forward and routine. They get the stones out of the bladder, and then do an analysis to see what type they are. Knowing the type helps to prevent them in the future.

Zeke is scheduled for his surgery (which should take about 45 minutes) tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM. I’m dropping him off at the vet on the way up to Albany tomorrow, and I can call in at around 1 PM to see how he did. He will stay at the vet recovering and I can pick him up on Monday. I’m relieved to know what has been bothering him and that it can be fixed. Of course, I’m a little nervous too since any surgery has it’s risks. But the doctor sounded confident and I am confident as well.

Saturday errands, part 1

I cleaned up the table in the kitchen, which was piled with junk mail and bills and other stuff that was preoccupying me and I figured getting it all cleaned up would be a good place to start. That didn’t take too long. In doing so, I also paid the rest of the bills that are coming up due while I am on vacation.

I ran two loads of laundry first thing this morning. I have another two or three loads to do before Monday, but I can spread that out now.

I headed up to Petco to get some more food for Zeke. When I got back, I got him into his carrier (much to his dismay) and took him over to the vet to be boarded. I gave them instructions for his feeding and also emergency contact information. He also took plenty of his food with him. He will be there until pick him up on the afternoon of July 23. I feel bad about leaving him there so long (the longest I’ve boarded him prior to this was for 15 days back in October/November 2005), but given his health problems a few years back, I thought it would be the safest thing to do.

Oh, and I managed to get the pictures from happy hour uploaded.

It’s a pleasant day temperature-wise, but it’s very muggy out, as it was yesterday so I’ve got the AC on to keep the air dry. I’ve got some yard work to do later today. And a whole bunch of other errands to take care of. More on this later…

Getting ready to fly

I was up just before 7 AM and logged into work, since I am working from home this morning. I took care of a few work-related tasks and then collected Zeke and his things and brought him over to the vet at about 8 AM to be boarded while I am in L.A.

I’ve still got a little packing to do but that should go quickly. My flight to L.A. got in a little early last night. It’s currently scheduled to get into L.A. “on time” tonight. If all goes well, that means I’ll be in L.A. at just after 8 PM Pacific time. I’m waitlisted for an upgrade to business class, but I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll get it. It can’t hurt to try, however. The flight is at 5:50 PM and I’ll probably head for the airport between 3 and 3:30 PM.

Boarding arrangements

I called the vet today and made boarding arrangements for Zeke while I am in L.A. next week. At the same time, I made boarding arrangements for him while I am in Europe this summer. He will be boarded from July 2 through July 23 (22 days) while I’m out of the country.

I also finally got around to phoning in my water meter-reading, which I’ve been putting off for a few days because I keep forgetting about it.

And I got a good chunk of work done this morning in preparation for some big meetings that I am running tomorrow and Thursday.

Zeke’s vet appointment

Zeke is back from his vet appointment his morning. He had a regular checkup and is doing fine. He also got three shots while he was there:

  • Updated rabies vaccination
  • Feline distemper vaccination
  • Feline leukemia virus vaccination

He also needs to have his teeth cleaned and I’m going to schedule him for a cleaning in the next couple of months. Apparently, PG County has been cracking down on unlicensed pets. I had no idea you even had to license your pet, but apparently you do. It costs $5 and I have to show proof of neutering as well as his recent rabies shots. I’ll do that in the not too distant future too, even though I think it’s silly.

In any case, I think Zeke is happy to be back home. He hates going out. I also confirmed that he can be boarded at the vet for the three weeks that I will be in Europe this summer. I only need to give them a few weeks notice, but I’ll likely give them more.

Off to run more errands. I’m feeling better now that I’ve taken some Advil.

Still feverish

It’s really strange. I have a fever (and accompanying chills) but no aches, no stuffed up nose or head, and only a slight cough. I just took some more Advil (no NyQuil) during the day and hopefully this thing will run it’s course before the day is over.

I was up close to 7 AM after getting nearly 12 hours of sleep last night. I headed over to IHOP for breakfast and now that I’m back, I’ve got a list of things to do before heading to the airport, starting with Zeke’s vet appointment in about 25 minutes. He’s sitting on my lap right now, purring away, completely innocent of the fact that I’m getting his carrier out in about five minutes and that we’re heading off to the vet. He hates that. I’ve got to gas up the car, do some laundry, clean up the kitchen, get a haircut, go to the gym (if I feel up to it), call the accountant, print out my boarding passes, etc. etc. It’s a busy day off.