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5/23/16
Bob had been getting weaker and more arthritic, I think. He seemed like he was in pain when he jumped off the bed and he was having trouble getting into the litterbox. I took him to the vet to say goodbye. It was a hard choice, but he was sixteen and I didn't want him to suffer. I am so glad I was able to get him out of the shelter and into my home for the past five weeks. He really hit the cat lottery. I'll miss you, Bob.

5/16/16
Walking walking walking. Gotta get back in shape.

5/10/16
To the east coast and back - that was my week. I flew home for an incredibly jam-packed trip to see Mom, Aunt Linda and Uncle Peter, assorted cats, Hamilton, Tesse, Jen, Dona and Missy, and uh, that's probably enough! It was a terrific trip, even tho it rained the entire time I was there. Apparently the sun came out as soon as I left the area.

The cats are well. Grace (the kitten) is still on the bottle, but taking little bites of mushy kitten food mixed with "weaning formula" every day. She'll be six weeks old in two days, so we're right on track.

Did I mention that when we were at the shelter, I slipped on the wet concrete and faceplanted onto the ground? Well, I did. I was fine until later that night, when my arm and chest starting hurting like a mofo. I felt like I broke some ribs. I made it through my first night at work, barely, and called off on Sunday (and I never call out). I went to Urgent Care to get a rib sereies (xrays) done, but they could only do chest xrays for pulmonary reasons (stupidest thing I ever heard), not to rule out fractures. Once they said that, I signed right back out and made an appt with my PCP, but that was ten days later. Long story short - she ordered the needed xrays and I had them done that day.

No rib fracture, but they noted a 12mm "opacity" in the area my left lung. Since the xray was focussed on the bones, they recommended followup imaging. So I'll be going back in about six weeks to get anothr chest xray done and see if anything is there. Could be an artifact, could be a pocket of bacteria, could be a massive tumor that will kill me. If I die, the AZ Humane Society gets everything.

Anyway - despite not having any broken ribs, I was in crazy pain for about two weeks, and I'm just this week feeling back to normal. Ow. Lesson learned: don't wear sandals on wet concrete floors.

5/1/16
Wait, it's May? When did that happen?

Scariest thing this week (month/year/ever)? Trump. I can't even put into words how frightening the whole Trump thing is.

-catherine

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