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He stopped eating overnight Friday / Saturday. He ate over half his dinner Friday, and has been pretty much ignoring any food since then. We put scrambled egg - a real delicacy! - in his mouth on Saturday, and he just let it fall on the floor and ignored then. Since then, any food we put in front of him might get sniffed at, and then he turns his head away.

I'll be calling the vet as soon as possible after they open at 7:30am, and seeing when we can get him in.
sraun: first picture of ziggy (Shih Tzu Ziggy)
It's not Addison's. It's third-degree {something something} - I think the second word was arrhythmia?

Basically, his nerves are not communicating well enough with his heart to tell it to fire.

The treatment is a pacemaker. That's not in the cards. The veterinary cardiologist gives him maybe a month left to live.
sraun: first picture of ziggy (Shih Tzu Ziggy)
So, the plan was:

  1. Drop off Ziggy at the vet to get his teeth cleaned

  2. Pick up [ profile] arkuat

  3. Go to work

  4. Leave work early to get a filling replaced

  5. Pick up Ziggy at the vet

1 & 2 went according to plan. 3? Not so much. About half-way to work the car started having power problems - in neutral, the engine would rev just fine, in gear, sometimes there was no power to the wheels. I pulled off to the side of the freeway about three-quarters of the way to work, turned off the car, and opened the hood. Nothing obviously wrong, all the fluids were good. Tried to start the car, and it went tick-tick-tick-tick very rapidly - and didn't start. And then the power windows failed. And then the four-way flashers failed!

[ profile] arkuat called in to work - one of our colleagues came and got him.

I called my mechanic, and got the phone number for their favorite towing company. Called the towing company, got my car taken to my mechanic. Got a loaner car - I was still going to have to get to the dentist!

Got home, got my work computer plugged in, did some work from home.

About 11:30, I got a phone call from the vet. Ziggy's resting heart rate was 36 - normal would be 70-120. They'd gotten him to do some exercise, to try to get it up - normal then would be up to 130. It stayed at 36. Had we noticed any change in behavior - more tired, lack of appetite, seizures? Nope. Teeth cleaning was canceled - they didn't want to put him under anesthesia with such a slow heart rate! They suspect it might be something called Addison's, which is a low cortisol level. They took blood for tests, we should hear back on that tomorrow. If it's not that, we get to go to a doggy cardiologist. I went and picked him up about 12:15pm.

As of 2:30, the car wasn't fixed, so I took the loaner off to the dentist.

Where I discovered that the appointment I had made last week for half-hour slot at 3pm today wasn't on the books.

They got me set up for a 4pm appointment with one of the other dentists. They actually called me in at 3:51, and were done with me by 4:03.

Then it was off to the mechanic. The car was done - the alternator had died. They had just replaced the alternator last November. They get their alternators from a company that just does alternators, and their experience was that said company had a very high reliability. The new alternator was free - we just had to pay for the tow.

Then I came home and cooked up CSA veggies for dinner. Now we need to take out garbage and recycling, and then I'll get to call it a night.

It was one of those days where the choices were laugh, cry, or curse the universe. I ended up laughing.
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|I'm trying to find a story I read a while back. My memory is that it was on the web somewhere.

It was the story of the new UN Secretary General, and how she (I think?) coped with the super villain / mad scientists claiming they were going to destroy the world. There were two villains in the story - one that she coped with, and another merely mentioned at the very end. She pointed out to the first one that 'this isn't science - where's your control group?', and convinced him to start a colony on Mars for the control group.

The implication was that she was going to convince all the super villain / mad scientists to fund/create something that the UN was trying to make happen, but didn't have the money for.

My GoogleFu is failing trying to find it. :-( Anyone recognize it, and have a pointer / title / author?
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Is there anyone who's still reading me who is on Dreamwidth and I haven't followed you there yet?
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Well, not really - he told me I could move to Denver to get away from my most significant allergy.

Did you know there are no dust mites in Denver? That's what my allergist claims - he said the partial pressure of 02 above 5000 feet was insufficient for them to live.

He reports that I showed no significant allergy to cats.

He reports that I'm not allergic to ragweed, but to another common fall weed (that I'll have to get [ profile] iraunink to point out to me sometime).

The state of the art has improved enough in 30+ years to tell me more about my food allergy. There's a close link between various tree pollen allergies and allergies to various fresh fruits and vegetables.
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This is the one in Bloomington, MN. See

Who's going? [ profile] iraunink and I will be commuting. I know Sharon Lee & Steve Miller will be there. Who else?
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