Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Today I went with Floris to Utrecht for his CTscan. Bad news: the poor guy has developed pulmonary metastases. He also has a local (though small) recurrence of the tumor. I had felt that last one, but, of course, the lung problems are not visible unless one uses CT or Xray- or unless the cat has breathing problems. Which he does not have. Until one week ago I really thought we had got away with it and he would be disease-free.
It will be a question of weeks now, I am afraid, or some months at best. The faculty will keep in touch with me each week to keep posted about how he is doing.

Still, I am glad I did try this therapy. Feline sarcomas are killers, and Floris is one of the longest survivors known. And the year since the operation has been a happy one for both of us; he had an excellent quality of life, and still has, for that matter. It would have been far worse if we had tried operating again and again with each recurrence worse than the previous tumor.

Still, I am really sad; I had not really reckoned with this- although the possibilty was in the back of my brain all the time, of course.

At the moment he is sleeping off the last vestiges of his anaesthesia, nicely above the radiator :-) I expect him onto my bed again tonight, where he slept since he was a baby.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011


Trouble big time!

In two days ( Wednesday) we are due at the Veterinary Faculty again for Floris's check-up. I had felt the irradiated spot on a regular basis, but left it after last December , some 6 weeks ago. I thought we were getting away with it and was ready to de-cork some kitty bubbly to celebrate.
Too early, it appears- last week I palpated again and suddenly felt a little pea-sized tumor in his neck. Floris will have a CT scan, anyway, but I have immediately sent out an alarm- mail to the vet; however much we are scanning, the pea is there and feels very suspect. I am not a happy camper right now. Fortunately the patient has no problems ( as yet).Sigh. Hard days coming again for this little sweet guy, I am afraid.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

About to begin

Peter sent me the last sketch before he starts building the mouse house. On the left the tree will be incorporated into the house, and the house will look more wonky than it appears by now, of course. I am looking forward to it!!!
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tasmanian critters

My friend Petrajust mailed out these two cushions that she stitched for a friend in Tasmania, after me and my PCstitch had had a go at charting them. She is an outstanding needlewoman !
Now let us hope the friend will like these , too.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Two little barnaby's

Ready and framed ! The frames are straight, not as wonky as they seem in the pic; I am going to try and make a straight picture later on , when I have some more coffee inside. I feel very nice now, since I will be able to post them off to that sweet lady in the UK who lost this furkid last summer.
For your information : she "adopted"another chihuahua Benji, who settled straight in and they are very happy together. I am really glad for her!
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