22 November 2011

One Cat's Story

On the morning of September 16, Delmar was hit by a car.  I took him to the vet hospital where they were able to save him, and save his severely damaged left hind leg. 

September 17th, the morning after the accident.

Over the course of the past two months he has made a miraculous recovery, and it has been nothing short of magnificent to be able to witness it first hand.  A timeline of his recovery includes:

  • Friday, 16 September: morning of accident
  • emergency vet hospital closed ... does not open until noon. seriously
  • ... seriously.
  • luckily, VCA Boulevard Animal Hospital is open
  • Del is evaluated.
  • Del has severely damaged left hind leg, bruised lungs, a broken rib, and a split lip that requires stitches.
  • Del has surgery on leg, and receives breathing treatments.
  • Monday, 19 September: Delmar is cleared to come home
  • rests & recovers in a kennel
  • ... manages to kick cast off
  • ... cast was supposed to stay on for four days
  • refuses to take medicine, 2 antibiotics & pain pills
  • envision a cat version of this
  • sleeps constantly
  • - unable to walk
  • - crawls to food & water and litter box
  • - eats laying down
  • ... when awake, picks at stitches and staples in leg
  • ... it is determined that Delmar is the worst patient, ever
  • Tuesday, 20 September - Wednesday, 9 November:
  • recovers and gets stronger every day
  • wakes up every morning at 4.30am to eat, and then goes back to sleep
  • has several check ups at the vet
    • is a total ham around strangers
    • sits tall like meerkat when people acknowledge him
    • ... also purrs
  • attempts to break out of kennel
  • ... constantly
  • eats cat treats
  • ... constantly
  • gains 2 pounds
  • ... seriously.
  • Wednesday, 9 November: has minor surgery on leg to repair a damaged bone
  • ... also has one toe amputated
  • recovers from surgery swimmingly
  • is able to walk, run, and jump
Delmar is now living the high life, eating, sleeping, and lounging all hours of the day and night.  I joke that I did not realize I even liked him until his accident happened. --- which is actually not a joke at all.  Somehow he has managed to carve out a place in my (at times) grinch-like heart.

To read his whole story, check out Del's GiveForward page ... and if you are feeling generous, throw this fella a buck or two ... 'tis the season.  Plus, who can resist this face?

April 2010, the day we adopted Del.

My family and I are very grateful to have Delmar with us this holiday season.  We are also thankful for the care and treatment he has received from the staff at VCA Boulevard Animal Hospital.  And finally, thanks to RedRover for their Emergency Relief Grant which helped fund Delmar's surgery.  

21 November 2011

New York, NY

Some friends of mine went up to New York for the weekend.  As a result, I contracted New York envy ... I worked through it, and fired off a list of my favorite touristy things to see in NY during the holidays.

  • Bryant Park - 1 block away from the NYPL, used to be the home of Fashion Week, nice to walk around, lots of boutiques, huge ice skating rink, fun to stop and watch people looking foolish trying to ice skate.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral - pretty sure it's the biggest Catholic church I've ever seen, super old & fancy, worth walking by even if you're not Catholic
  • 30 Rock/ Rockefeller Center stuff - worth seeing; NBC Gift Shop has lots of cool stuff, fun to make fun of fools trying to ice skate.
  • Saks Fifth Ave. Snowflakes Show - I'm not sure if it's up & running this year yet, BUT they cover the entire side of the building with huge faux snowflakes, and then they light up in conjunction with christmas music ... super cool ... if you don't see it, you should YouTube it.
  • Central Park - touristy, but definitely worth checking out; I recommend going full tourist and doing a carriage ride.
  • Strand Book Store - in Greenwich Village, awesome!
  • Jefferson Market Library - near Greenwich Village & Strand ... super old & historical, used to be a court house. I wanted to see Jefferson Market Library the last time I visited NY but they were renovating it, and it was covered in scaffolding (see below). ... go figure.

Jefferson Market Library, recieving a facelift. 

  • Charmin Bathrooms - moves every year, but somewhere near Times Square (possibly at 142 W 42nd St. (between Avenue Of The Americas & Broadway)). it's the amusement park of public bathrooms ... free, fun, overwhelming, and the cleanest public bathrooms I've ever seen & used ... and if there's a line, it moves really fast. once again, touristy, but awesome. 

Full Disclosure: 

If I was being totally honest, I would have also included: