Sunday, December 09, 2007

Update from the Land of Chaos

I don't have anything particularly interesting or important to share, I just wanted to let you all know what is going on in my hectic world.

Well, you may (correctly) guess that caring for a 2 1/2 month old kitten adds a certain element of chaos and stress to one's life. Yes, we've done this before taking in one adult cat and two kittens in the past five years. But Dixie has been a little different. At first I was completely stressed out that she wasn't ever going to be a "normal" kitten. I read several pages on the internet about socializing kittens and it seems that any kittens older that 6-8 weeks may or may not be socialized. I followed all the suggestions - unfortunately one suggestion is to keep them separated from siblings which we've done by being thus far unable to trap her sibling who is still somewhere out there. I kept her in the bathroom with a covered, warm bed and the radio on tuned to a talk station. I gradually let our kitties in to let her see how socialized cats behave and my kitties were embarrassingly misbehaved around her. For days she wouldn't come out of hiding unless dragged out. She'd enjoy being held but then run right back to her hiding spot once she was set down. I knew my mom would still take her and love her if she turned out to be socially dysfunctional (she kept me and loved me after all, haha!). But seeing her frightened and away from her mom and litter mate was distressing no matter how much in the long run she is better off. Then Friday night she did a complete 180 and just exploded, running all over the apartment, playing, pouncing, being a typical rambunctious kitten. And then this morning she found a hiding spot so tiny and so diabolical as to leave Dean and certain she was gone forever. I spent part of the morning in hysterics over the prospect of not finding her and having to explain to my mom how I lost her kitten. Then, over course she appeared innocent, curious and impossibly cute. I think in the past week this 1.5 pound critter has taken 10 years off of Dean's life and mine. Good luck, mom and Tom!

Speaking of cats, I'm getting a CT scan done tomorrow of my sinuses. Remember this whole episode? Well, I'm still not better. I've never been a sinus sufferer and my doctor is worried there is a blockage leading to reinfections after my last two rounds of antibiotics. Really, very fun stuff. I can't wait to hear if I have to have a "procedure" or just "stick it out." Neither prospect seems appealing.

This week will mark my very last final EVER. I'm so excited, you'd think I already took it! But I haven't. Fortunately it is to be taken online on my own time and can be repeated up to three times. It doesn't get much more reasonable, which is about all I can handle right now.

Oh yeah, and there's this thing called MY JOB which consists of a rapidly mounting pile of data that needs analyzing and my dissertation that isn't exactly writing itself right now. But fortunately I'll be able to devote more time to it this week, after my final is done and my nervous rest up a little bit.

11 comments:

dr sardonicus said...

Congrats on your last final! Hope the sinus thing isn't anything serious requiring surgery.

Hot4Teacha said...

Yay for last final! Boo for CT scans. I have weighed in... I echo Sardonicus...hope nothing too serious on the scan front.

fermicat said...

Hooray! Almost done with school!

I'm glad the kitten thing turned a corner. Silvio has finally started to calm down for us and will actually sleep through the night now. Still gets up absurdly early, but it is getting better. Except the fighting with my other cats. That part still sucks.

Good luck with the CT scan. I hope they don't find anything that isn't easily fixed.

Beth said...

Hurray for the last final. Dixie is too cute (just looked at the other photo). And yes, good luck with the CT. Maybe you find only good news and lotsa relief!

magnetbabe said...

Thanks, all. I'll be taking the final tomorrow and Thursday (up to 4x) and Thursday afternoon is my CT discussion appointment. I'll let you all know how it goes!

Scott said...

Don't ever have kids, 'cause something would have to give. My goodness.

Good luck on the final final.

MIL said...

Scott, We need to talk....

mom said...

ditto scott, we need to talk....

Scott said...

Uh oh. Did I get myself into trouble?

Minnesotablue said...

Good Luck Babe! Amd yes Scott you are in trouble

magnetbabe said...

Haha! Scott, it looks like you pissed off a bunch of wanna be grandmas and great-grandmas! That's okay, I know how much work kids are, but biology will always win out.