Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Well he's home.

Here's what we know:

He has a cold.

but we knew that this morning. It's opportunistic, as expected. Though colds are generally viral in nature, he's been given antibiotics to make sure nothing else gets ahold of him.

The rest of it is a little unclear. According to the vet, his intestines are all bunched together, like an accordion and his intestinal walls are thickened. However, there's no mass in there. The swelling is all fluid. His lymph nodes are fine. One kidney is a little inflamed and his liver is cranky (but not unstable) but they still don't know what the problem is.

Scott asked me if I sewed. Anyone who knows me knows this is the one thing I *don't* do- so much so it's been a running gag for years. However there is thread in this house, I mean you know, to sew up buttons and such. He says that it's possible he ate some thread and it's wrapped itself around his intestines, but usually you see it still caught under the tongue, and there's no string there. I asked if it could be *yarn*, because that's something I have a lot more of around the house, and he said it could be, but he'd have probably thrown that back up. That the smaller the gauge, the more dangerous it is. I asked if it could be MY hair, because goodness knows it's 3x the length of the cat and I shed plenty. He said he didn't think so. But right now, the "string theory" is still a possibility.

It could also be some kind of undefined cancer; some things with names I can't remember and probably couldn't spell. Some of the fluid was drained from his tummy(I saw it.) and it is being sent to a laboratory for analysis. I will know in 3-5 days the results. In the meantime I am told to keep doing what Im doing, as Argent was only down .5 lbs from last week and he hadn't eaten in almost 24 hours which accounts for part of that for sure. He ate as soon as he got home of course (not on his own, just with the baster.)

According to both his doctor and his nurse (who may be reading this- everyone wave hi to Shelagh!), he was a *perfectly* behaved patient through his whole test today and did everything they asked of him and didn't move. He didn't cry, he didn't argue- he just laid there with his little paws in the air. Which is pretty much what he does anyway.

They are trying. I really do have the best vet I could ask for. As soon as we know more, so will you.

Thank you everyone, for your support. Somehow, through all these years he's become everyone at MBUK's cat and not just mine. As miserable as he looks in this photo, he was still purring.

15th May 2008, 21:07   | tags:,,,,

Lyzardly says:

Welcome home!

When do you get news?

15th May 2008, 21:17

bronxelf says:

See the edit. Sorry, I was typing. :)

15th May 2008, 21:20

OJ says:

Oh HouseWalrus......

It must be frustrating not knowing but it does sound as if you have a good vet.

15th May 2008, 21:25

beth says:

fingers crossed that the tests come back as cancer negative. i'm sorry you still don't know. x

15th May 2008, 21:28

Lyzardly says:

Not knowing is the worst. But I'm so glad to know he's getting the best care he could get.

Give him a scritch from me.

15th May 2008, 21:29

bronxelf says:

OJ- He gave up his lunch hour to talk to me. The office was closed when I went in. He just didn't want to be interrupted when we talked.

15th May 2008, 21:38

Euphro says:

Well, I'm really glad to see that he is still around, and, so far, so good. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed *sends scritches and hugs*

15th May 2008, 21:42

Rich says:

Well that sounds pretty hopeful, on the whole. At least it wasn't something immediately obvious. Tough little cat.

15th May 2008, 21:44

bronxelf says:

I'm not sure if immediately obvious is better or worse. If it were some kind of clearly defined mass, he'd be getting ready for surgery in the morning. But right now it's still just a mystery. I *DO* know that my vet staff is doing everything they possibly can to help him.

But he is very sick. Just looking at him is heartbreaking. In other good news though, he is perfectly happy to drink on his own- in fact he took a big drink about a half hour ago. So that's a good sign. Hopefully, he's taking a much needed nap now.

15th May 2008, 21:49

crickson says:

I wish HW the best of luck and a speedy recovery.

15th May 2008, 22:03

Joe says:

well that sounds fairly positive, sounds like he has a good medical team as well :)

15th May 2008, 23:17

bronxelf says:

Unfortunately, he's just thrown up his food. *sigh*

15th May 2008, 23:18

hildegard says:

Yep, bizarre symptoms, he's got em. poor chap. You do realise, there's so few directions left for the medical drama series, that Argent is set fair to provide the pilot episode of a veterinary version of Haus?
Hope he can keep something down soon.

16th May 2008, 00:26

silar31 says:

Poor guy. I hope you get the results ASAP so you can know what the next step is. Give him a scritch for me.

*waves to possible presense of veterinary people*

16th May 2008, 01:32

Jane Doe says:

Hang on in there., both of you. Your vet sounds fantastic

16th May 2008, 09:07

bronxelf says:

I have a great vet. After Mallomar died back in late 1990, partially due to the lack of give a shit from another vet in the area, I switched and never looked back.

Years ago, when one of my ferrets was sick, he drove in from home at about 10:3-0 on a Saturday night to come get him and brought him home. He fed him sub-q every four hours for three days in his own house and kept little Kender alive.

16th May 2008, 09:13

Dhamaka says:

that's a fantastic recommendation - I hope he pulls Argent through

16th May 2008, 10:44