Our cat Turbo has contracted a urinary tract infection for the third time in a year and a half, so in the morning my wife took her to the vet to see what’s going on.
Turbo in her prime
A long story and $258 later it seems highly likely that Turbo suffers from feline diabetes. We’ll know with certainty tomorrow after the blood work is finished, but the odds are not good that this is “just” a urinary tract infection.
To make things even better, after the vet explains her findings to me, I receive a bottle of Amoxil and the pet carrier with Turbo in it. I’m not all that upset, I think, and drive to Andrea’s day care to pick her up with Turbo screaming the entire way.
Once at the day care center, I realize that I’ve walked out on the bottle of Amoxil, so I pick up Andrea and call the vet’s office. Yes, they have it.
“How long are you open?”“Ten more minutes.”“OK. I’ll be there before you close.”
I will get that Amoxil.
But it’s rush hour in Phoenix. So I drive through the dusk with a cat screaming her lungs out and a three-year-old who is concerned about her cat’s incessant screaming. Arrive at the vet’s a couple of minutes late, and they give me the Amoxil that probably won’t make a damn bit of difference anyway.
Here’s what the vet told me about feline diabetes: It’s not curable; depending on the severity we will either have to give Turbo tablets or two injections a day for the rest of her life.
For the rest of her life.
Turbo is not a good receiver of medicine. Getting things into her is a two-person job. And injecting her twice a day is simply not an option at all.
Dammit. I love that cat. I don’t want her to take a dirt nap. This really sucks.
Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.