Off to GaFilk - Phil's Rambling Rants
Off to GaFilk|
I'm about to shut the computer down before heading out the door to GaFilk; I've started to pack the car and the rest of the bags are piled up ready to go. Except for whatever I've forgotten, that I'll probably remember somewhere around Effingham, of course.
Lori went in for her week-after-chemotherapy checkup. She was walking on her own, but clearly tired. Dr. Lacoste called me back with the news that her hematocrit (sp?) reading, which is normally around 35-40 and has been around 17 throughout her illness, was 11. In simple terms, her anemia had gone from "watch with concern" to "she could drop dead". Dr. Lacoste suspected an autoimmune problem, that her immune system is destroying her red cells, and performed a test which confirmed this. So I took her back to the hospital last night, where she got a blood transfusion and got started on high-dose steroids which is supposed to suppress her immune response so that she won't destroy the transfused red cells right away. Her hematocrit reading was 22 this morning, and Dr. Lacoste says she looks better than she did yesterday.
Unfortunately, with her condition more serious than it had been, and with my neighbor who was going to be taking care of her more busy than I had thought, it doesn't seem safe for Lori or fair to the neighbor to try to leave her at home while I'm gone, so I will be leaving her in the competent, but expensive and not terribly personal, care of the U of I vet clinic, probably until Tuesday because I'm not likely to get back soon enough on Monday to be able to deal with getting her home.
And just to make life extra wonderful, Windy (the younger malamute, but he's still 10) seemed to be a little off. I actually took him with me on my walk, and he seemed much perkier when he was actually getting attention, so I think he's depressed that Lori is not here. He's always been much fonder of Lori than Lori has been of him. Before the walk I was worrying about whether I should be taking him to see the doctor too, but after the walk he seemed much better.
Much that I should have done and had good intentions of doing remains undone, but I think everything that *has* to be done is done.
Tags: cons, dogs, life, travel
|Date:||January 6th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)|| |
Three topic general catch-up
Hi there, Tiger -- or should I say, "Mr. Toy"? This has to do with a few of your other posts, and one thing I'm generally curious about. (1) You posted in defense of spanking, a couple of weeks ago -- mild spanking, spanking under control, but still spanking. I will grow old and die without ever being qualified to state a reasoned opinion about this, since I was seriously battered as a child with canes and belts. But my response to this is to state as firmly as I know how that one absolutely should feel free to use LiveJournal to state opinions that some might disagree with, or even opinions that might start a really big controversy. I am not comfortable with an LJ scene that is totally pure vanilla, where everybody agrees with everybody else by virtue of not saying anything "unsafe." If you mean something, say it. Even if you get jumped on a lot, LJ will be a better place with the freedom of discussion. During this past election, I was surprised and disappointed that I didn't read a single post among my friends from militant George W. Bush supporters. I was a Kerry supporter, as were most of my friends; and here on LJ, "billroper," whom I have always gotten along with, was and I believe remains a centrist. But am I such a lame person that I can't handle association with people I disagree with? Or is LJ so militantly conformist, and "liberal" conformist, that the Bush supporters don't dare show their faces? Either of these would be a really sad thing.
(2) I did not realize before getting to know you better on LJ that you were a fan of large cats. Something I've been curious about for years, and you might know the answer: are "ligers" and "tigions" fertile? It totally blew me away, to find out that tigers and lions can interbreed; and I'm wondering if those two species can have grandchildren, too!
(3) I believe you were the first person to suggest that my lyric book, if and when, should contain guitar chords. Thanks; this will become the plan. I am actually pretty confident of my songwriting abilities, and also of the fact that I've gotten a fair amount of respect for these in fandom. (I considered myself a career songwriter from about age 25 to 31, abandoning this career dream because I despise the city of Los Angeles so thoroughly that I could not abide remaining there and knocking on doors. Or would I have learned to despise any city that I lived in while acutely homesick for Minnesota?) But I also need to remember that this book of song lyrics will sell probably 50 to 75 copies -- selling 300 to 400 like each of my tapes would be a miracle -- and not to get too carried away with a project that may be worth doing, but will cost me money and time. So thanks for your support, and I hope you had a great time at GaFilk -- wish I could have been there!
|Date:||January 11th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Three topic general catch-up
"Phil" works fine -- this isn't an anonymous journal, so as far as I'm concerned it's not impolite to refer to me by name. Or whatever.
With regard to my opinions on spanking -- I was expecting to get flamed more than I did, since my views are not politically correct, but when I can't say what I feel in my own journal, it won't be worth having a journal of my own. Nor do I expect everyone to agree with me, or even to just shut up if they disagree -- all I ask is that people who disagree try to do so constructively and intelligently. I like intelligent discussions.
As to me and the big cats -- I haven't been passionately intersted in them for that long (it will be three years this spring), and we haven't had much chance to talk lately.
Ligers (male lion x female tiger) and tigons (male tiger x female lion) are sterile to the best of my knowledge. They're pretty rare to begin with, and I have no idea how many people have tried to create an F2 (second generation) hybrid, but my understanding is that it's believed to be impossible.
I think someone else mentioned chords for your lyric book before I did; I talked about sheet music. I do hope to see the lyric book, but I don't want to push you to put more effort than you think it's intrinsicly worth.
We'd have loved to have you at GaFilk. Hopefully you and Louie will soon be in a position to come to a few out of town cons soon.