but I keep forgetting to post it
Doing another claims audit so I may not be reachable for a couple of days. Figured I’d mention it in case hell freezes over and someone needs to reach me RIGHT.THIS.SECOND.
Smartly, CBC.ca disabled commenting on their reports of this story, but on sites where commenting was allowed, there seems to be an overwhelming feeling that the media covered this beyond what was necessary. In fact, many think that there should have been no coverage at all. I disagree. There are some people, like me, who are fascinated by this sort of thing. I am not harming the family or victims by reading and watching this stuff. Nor are the ones who are going to study Russell Williams to figure out what made him tick. There is so much to learn from him and his ilk. I don’t think my interest makes me any kind of freak.
Tonight, W5 did a story on Williams and they showed some parts of the confession video that I had not yet seen. I was riveted. Even though I had previously read the transcript of most of what they showed in the video, to watch and hear the words come directly from his mouth was almost unreal. As I stated before, it’s the stuff of novels and television dramas. It’s so hard to believe how real it is and that it happened right here.
Anyway, I found an indirect link to the two halves of the W5 story, in case you want to watch it yourself. At the right of the screen, next to the video for the link’s story, you’ll see links to Chilling Insights, parts one and two. http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/W5/20101022/russell-williams-interrogation-101022/
On an unrelated note, W5 is almost always broken up into two stories. While I am surprised they chose not to do a full hour on Williams, their second story was also quite interesting. Here’s that link, in case you want to check that out, too. http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20101021/w5-dustin-lafortune-101023/
Hiya kids. I got a call from the vet on Thursday about Edgar’s new tests. If you’ll recall, these were more specific tests due to some elevated levels in his routine bloodwork. Well, the second round of tests, which included another one on his urine (they had kept some from his previous visit, frozen in case they needed it again), are all perfectly fine. Of the three good blood pressure readings they got, two were elevated but one was normal, and if he actually had high BP, the normal reading wouldn’t have been possible, so those results are fine, too. The best the vet figures is that because I pay such close attention to Edgar, I caught some of the first, very early, signs of kidney trouble. So we’re going ahead with switching him to a mature food, no “restriction”-type food is necessary (PS to Mariser – thank you so much for the Rx food offer, I was waiting for these results to get back to you and then, as usual with me, forgot, but she wants us to stick to regular mature food for now).
That night I trekked out to PetSmart to start doing some label reading. I wanted to put some thought into what I was buying and there were a lot of choices. I had only been looking for a couple of minutes when the Blue Buffalo lady came over. I’m the type of shopper that if I need help, I’ll ask. Otherwise, leave me alone. She didn’t get the hint, and unfortunately for me, I was looking at the actual Blue Buffalo food when she nabbed me (turns out they make several other brands, too, like Nutro). She eventually left me alone but was obviously bored because she came back about three minutes later.
Anyway, it comes out in conversation that Edgar is 15 and that his whole life (well, since I got him at about six or so months) he’s been fed Friskies and Fancy Feast. She got this disgustingly surprised look on her face (I’ll bet she practices in the mirror every morning) and says “Well, some children do well on McDonald’s.” I felt like smacking her. When I became a cat owner, perhaps I wasn’t mature or aware enough of what to feed my cat, but he likes it, has been perfectly healthy the whole time I’ve had him (other than two tooth extractions, and even that is amazing for his age), and I have never had a vet say a bad word to me about what he eats, so I’ll be damned if this lady was going to get me with her “grocery store food” comments. She even pointed out that she often recommends the Nutro Max brand as a step-up food from grocery store before going to the more elite foods. I came home kicking myself for being nice to her. Anyway, I bought a Blue Buffalo mature dry food and some cans of BB and Nutro mature can foods. So far so good. If I’m going to go broke, I guess it’s better to do it by doing good things for the cat than wasting the money on other things (ie crap I don’t need). I know I sound bitter or mean when I bring money into the situation, but really, why is the better food so much more expensive? Of course I would do anything for the little guy, but it still bugs me. It’s kind of like kids clothes – why on earth would I pay more for a child’s tshirt than I would for one for myself?
Anywho, on to happier thoughts. It turns out I’m getting my birthday steak anyway. We’re going out tonight – T minus about three hours.
Non sequitur du jour: Music fans, the local station I listen to (when I remember to turn the radio on) has an awesome Sunday lineup – The Café, Vinyl Recycler, Re-Generation X, The Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross. Anyway, they’re online so if you’re so inclined, bookmark them and give a listen some time. I believe each show also links to previous playlists so you can check it out to see if it’s your bag: http://www.live885.com/index.asp?mn=5
And finally, a new picture of Wilson!
I hadn’t heard back from the vet’s about Edgar’s blood and urine tests so I called them today. Turns out they wanted me to come in, which I was told would probably be the case, and to bring Edgar, which wasn’t to be the case. I managed to get an appointment for today after work.
A few of his values are slightly elevated, but nothing that causes worry. He isn’t diabetic, which is great. There is the possibility that he is in early stages of kidney problems. They took some more blood tonight to do more specific tests, and they will also do a more specific urine test. I should hear back either the end of this week or early next. She sent me home with some reading material and showed me where to access other client info on their website.
Edgar had his blood pressure taken! Eee wee blood pressure cuffs = cute! It’s too bad it took so many tries to get three good readings, but it was the machine’s fault, not Edgar’s. He was good through the whole thing. We were in the “quiet room” for the first time. I didn’t realize they used that room for anything other than as a more comfortable room for euthanizing animals (you can have a bunch of folks with you and your pet during the last moments, rather than having it done in a clinical room), but I guess it’s good for putting animals at ease for stuff like blood pressure readings, just like a human.
For the first time in his life, I have to switch Edgar to a different food. Since his proteins are starting to register a little high, he finally qualifies for senior food. She recommended one, but I’m going to look around at some, or try to find a cheaper place than the vet clinic to buy the brand she mentioned. I bought one can to see if he likes it, but they didn’t have small “trial” bags of dry to buy.
That’s it for now. My brain is still filled with potential health issues, both his and my own, and I’ve got a wicked headache. It was a crappy day from the minute I got to work today, for various reasons, and it’s rather tiring.