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The present will not long endure

March 1st...not only does this date mark Manasse's 15th birthday, but also the beginning of my 6th month of unemployment. I had hoped to have found work by now, but must conclude I have not done enough to achieve or secure it. Of course, the whole double lung embolism-thing hasn't helped...

As to the birthday boy, his health has also been cause for concern lately, in that he has been losing weight steadily since Christmas, and over-grooming to such an extent that his abdomen, back legs and 'armpits' show raw, red, bald patches. I took him into the vets' on Monday who, going on the assumption that he's developed an allergy to house dust, has given him a long-lasting steroids injection. I must admit, I was sceptical at first; but I have noticed that since then, he's left his poor belly alone for most of the day.

Anyway, enough of this! I'm feeling a lot better now than I did 7 weeks ago, and so I will redouble my efforts as from today!


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Mar. 1st, 2019 06:01 pm (UTC)
A few months ago, I noticed some "hot spots" on Numfar, where she'd overgroomed down to bald patches... so I took her into the vet. It turns out, she's very likely allergic to fleas. They're not something we usually have an issue with, since the cats both stay indoors... but our vet said that if there's an allergy, it really only takes one flea to cause problems and that fleas can easily hitchhike on us when we're going in and out of the house. So, both cats are not being given flea treatment (and Numfar's hot spots cleared up within a week of her first dose, so I really do think we figured out the problem).

I'm so glad they were able to figure out his issue so quickly! And that there's a nice simple solution for it.
May. 24th, 2019 08:32 am (UTC)
Sadly, the improvement I thought I was seeing at the beginning of March didn't last. As soon as the injection wore off, Manasse began over-grooming again. He's been on Prednisolon for the last 6 weeks, but he's a long way from cured.
Mar. 2nd, 2019 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm glad Manasse's condition seems to be improving.

Good luck on the job hunt!
May. 24th, 2019 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! Manasse and I -- we need to do better, still ;-)
Mar. 2nd, 2019 08:57 am (UTC)
I am not surprised you have not felt up to hectic job hunting, but it is surely a sign of the current economy that all you have been able to get for so long are short term contracts.

I'm glad the vet has figured out what Manasse's problem is - and that the treatment is working.

Here's a virtual birthday cake for him!
May. 24th, 2019 08:37 am (UTC)
A belated thank you for Manasse's virtual birthday cake -- unfortunately, as far as his over-grooming is concerned, he seems to have regressed a bit; and we're trying other remedies.
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