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Sep. 23rd, 2008

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The Great Pumpkin Returns!

Some of you will remember that I posted last year about a very large pumpkin that was growing on the corner "tree lawn" of a house in the "old west end" of Ann Arbor. I often walk in the old west end during my lunch time, and I noticed the pumpkin is back...well, a new one has taken it's place this season, well, actually two.

Last year, when harvested, the owners put up a sign that indicated the final size and weight of the 'great pumpkin". I hope they will do that again.

Currently, the largest of the two is about 20" long and 16" wide at the widest point. Not a bad size for growing in a corner tree lawn! The smaller is only slightly smaller. I am looking forward to seeing how large they actually get as the season continues.

Jan. 22nd, 2008

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In honor of nfdaughter, and to show that I do really enjoy her top five-
Here are my top five candy bars

Toblerone (Dark)
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Twix
Snickers (Dark)
Special Dark

In childhood I learned that all of these are great frozen. Especially frozen Zero bars...those were just fabulous!
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Dec. 16th, 2007

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Kitty Update

Gracie is doing well.

She is just tough, tough as nails. For a little, fluffy, timid pussy cat, it's just amazing.

If I had an incision from my hip to my knee, and someone had messed with all the stuff there, I probably wouldn't be up and walking.
She is a different story.

We've been told to keep her as quiet and calm as possible. So, we separated her from the other cats, and from the stairs in the house. She is still jumping up onto the window sill (and back down again). She seems happy enough. There does appear to be a bit of weakness in her back leg. It's still a little wobbly as she moves. We're not sure if it's just the result of the surgery (short term), or is there is a little damage to her leg. It's not a huge problem for her, as she can still get to the window sill, and will be able to get around the house just fine. She's got plenty of healing time, and is not favoring the leg too much, so we have high hopes for a complete recovery.

Weather notes-
I think we're up to about 6' of snow on the ground here. We had a lull this morning, but it's picking up again. I expect we should go out and begin the shoveling (I shovel well.). We are told that there will be about 4" more as we go through the day today. They have plowed once, so the pile at the end of the drive is pretty impressive. But, in general, it's not to bad. I hope everyone else is doing well.
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Dec. 14th, 2007

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Kitty update

The vet called a few minutes ago.

Gracie is out of surgery and retains all four legs!

The vet is a bit concerned that they likely did leave some cells in place, but a portion of the tumor was right next to a main nerve, so cutting at that too aggressively seemed like a bad idea. The surgery was pretty invasive, they moved and worked with tissue, muscle, tendons, nerves, bone and well, anything else in the general area from her hip to her "knee".

She (the Vet) thinks if the cells start to regrow, they will grow slowly. At least we will have given her some time and freedom of movement. Not that she seemed to be in pain or unable to move previously. The vet was just amazed when I told her that Gracie was still running up and down stairs, and jumping up on the bed. They were very concerned that the tumor was going to cause serious damage.

There is likely going to be some small issue with her gait in the short term. The muscle and tendon were stretched a great deal (the tendon especially, it was split) that will take time to heal.

I pick her up tonight. She will come home with antibiotics (Which I can't touch) antiinflamitory meds and, of course strong pain meds. She gets to stay all by herself for a couple of days, just to make sure she doen't get harrassed by her kitty pals.

Thanks everyone for your good thoughts!
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Gracie (Kitty update)

I dropped Gracie off this morning.
She is second in the surgery line, and so they will likely start on her about...now.

I spoke with the vet about different possibilities, including having to remove her leg. It's certainly not the outcome we would want, but it is better than the tumor ruining her leg anyway. It is possible for this to expand past her leg if it's now removed. So the potential outcomes are-

Tumor out and leg in good shape. It is likely that there will be little bit of an issue with the tendon as it'll take time for it to get back into shape. Part of it extends over the tumor.

Tumor our and some problem with her gait. They have to go through a good bit of tissue, muscle and tendon to get to the tumor. It is possible that after the trauma of surgery and the issues with the distension of the tendon, that there will be an issue with her walking.

Tumor out, with some cells potentially left in. We will see how things go and determine if the leg has to be amputated at a later time.

Tumor and leg gone.

I took a good look at the tumor this morning, and I think it is larger than it was when it was first found. I'd put it at the size of almost three golf balls. That's a lot of tumor for a little cat.

I think they are just doing their job and preparing us for the worst, but it's far more likely that one of the first three options will occur.

She was even good in the car this morning. Only poops, and sad meows.
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Dec. 2nd, 2007

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Oct. 29th, 2007

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best laid plans

So last Friday I was invited to go along with one of the partners to tour a lab we're completing in Houston.

I, of course, said yes.
The trip was to be Thursday, Nov 1.

I've discussed my feelings about flying before. Not much for it, but I figured..."buck up little buckaroo, this'll be good for you". "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"...this phrase, I'll point out, never offered me much comfort.

This morning I went to the dentist. Just for the usual 6 month tire rotation. I told him about one tooth that was giving me a little discomfort. So he took a look. He prodded a bit (very gently) and I agreed that he had found the spot. Okay, he says, and looked a little more closely. Next a hear, "Oh", and, "I see". He prods a again. (no pain). Reaches for another instrument. He pulls out a quarter of my back molar. I had been cracked for a while, but sort of came a part when he touched it.

Thursday was the first day they could get me in for a Crown.

So much for the trip.

Oct. 28th, 2007

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careful, you might learn something...

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Oct. 25th, 2007

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this explains a lot.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7062415.stm

Oct. 19th, 2007

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Phoenix is warm and sunny.
I can respect that.

That will make the walk from the hotel room to the meeting room ever so pleasant.

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