• My Christmas Miracle



    If there's one thing I could be grateful for in 2020, it's this little brat. He's also the reason why I haven't been posting so much over the past several months.

    This time last year I was dropping him off to be boarded at a local vet, who suddenly decided that he was not only too sick for them to accept, but needed to go to an emergency clinic ASAP. This on the day when I was due to fly to Japan for a two-week holiday, which I hadn't even started packing for yet! I ended up rescheduling our departure for a few days later (that was expensive) and a dear friend came to the rescue and took him in while we were away.

    We're still not 100% sure what's wrong with him; the diagnosis has progressed from a food allergy to cancer to inflammatory bowel disease. Whatever the case, over the first half of the year he lost about half of his body weight—at one point things looked so bad that I got him some kitty opioids to make him more comfortable and ease his expected passing. Through all of this I was feeding him anything he could keep down, but nothing seemed to stick.

    But then, sometime over the summer, the meds he'd been taking all year finally started to take hold. He's still throwing up every few days (cats tend to do that anyway), but at his last vet visit he weighed in a full kilo heavier.

    So, the obvious question: What value does the life of a stupid street cat have when upwards of two million people have succumbed to COVID worldwide? Fair point; all I can say is that this particular cat matters more than most because he's how my girlfriend and I met. She found photos of him as a kitten on Flickr, started commenting on them and the rest, as they say, is history.

    It's not like the cat is the only thing keeping us together, it's just nice to have him around for a little while longer. And in the truly terrible year that was 2020 I'd say his recovery qualifies as a miracle, at least in comparison to everything else.

    For the year ahead I can't yet say how often I'll be able to post—that is, beyond the morning briefings and threads of the week. At least once a week is what I'm aiming for, but that depends entirely on the four-legged brat that you see above...

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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: My Christmas Miracle started by acurrie View original post
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    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      [emoji3059] [emoji3590]

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    1. millept's Avatar
      millept -
      Handsome cat!

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    1. cyberstoic's Avatar
      cyberstoic -
      I am truly happy your cat pal is on the mend. Last year I rescued a kitten (about 6 months old) and she started having similar symptoms. They thought it was inflammatory bowel disease. That went on for over a month and then she swelled up to almost twice her weight. The Vet diagnosed FIP, which is caused by a coronavirus. She got sicker and eventually passed; actually a year ago to the day. Sorry for the sad story, but I am happy your cat is getting better and hope he continues to get better.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement! Now back to Googling "emoji3059" and "emoji3590"...
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      He's a lovely Cat.

      I'm so happy that he has gotten better.

      And I appreciate you for taking such good care of him.
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement! Now back to Googling "emoji3059" and "emoji3590"...
      Sent from my Moto Optimo Maxx
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