I took off Saturday's work to make an appointment at the doctor's office — I needed to get my now-infected bite looked after. It was a half-hour wait after my on-time arrival when I finally was seen and explained my situation to the nurse-practitioner on duty. (Normally it would tick me off to wait that long but I was just happy to get in.) By then my right index finger and part of my palm were tender and swollen with reddening skin all around the bites. As expected she prescribed a tetanus shot and a week-long course of oral antibiotics to help knock down the infection. The nurses and the nurse-practitioner that tended me were all very good though the practitioner asked "is the cat still alive?" Yes, she is, and though I didn't punish Missy, she got no reward "fancy food" after the incident! By the time I left the office it was about 2 PM so I didn't bother to go back to work (the office was about an hours' drive). It was kind of fun having unexpected time off but it felt like hooky. The evening was spent watching TV movies –so much Christmas holiday programming already– and Sweetie decided we would watch Christmas With the Kranks on DVD — more Christmas programming! The Kranks movie was very good. It had been long enough that I'd forgotten much of the detail. When bed time came, oh-oh! the tetanus injection site on my right arm was sore! Sleeping on my side was very uncomfortable … I'd forgotten what immunizations feel like! Nevertheless, I slept well and awoke this morning with the redness and swelling fading from my hand. My arm, however, still feels like I'd gotten punched there good. Ouch!
Speaking with the vet today, Dr. B. said Tasha's cortisone dose is to be reduced by half. Then, after another week with no symptoms, we're to reduce the dosage by half again. The goal is to eliminate the treatment entirely but the only way to see if we can do that is to see if her illness flares up again as the cortisone is cut back! The cat is getting really good at ejecting the pill these days; she runs her tongue in reverse and pushes on my hand with her paws. It's impressive how strong a little animal can be! Sometimes I can get that tiny tablet in on the first try but often it's taking several tries. For several good reasons I'll be happy if we can discontinue the medication.
At work I've been rehabbing an existing PC for use by our new webmaster — a current staffer taking a new post which will incorporate portions of my job. He starts in a couple of weeks and I'll transition my Web duties to him as quickly as I can. The enjoyable part: I haven't rebuilt a PC from bare metal in a while. It's tedious but rewarding as even older computers run very well with the OS cleaned out and freshly-loaded, current software. I've finished with the basics and the old PC is good as new and maybe better.
The weather is supposed to be darned near perfect this weekend. Sunny with temperatures in the 70s — my ideal summer weather. All I want to do is rest and get centered; stuff at work is throwing me off balance — yes, I know it is up to me to let such things flow past me and not affect my being but I never said I had myself under control. I'm tired. Between self-inflicted stress (gotta start meditating) and not getting enough sleep last night, I'm draggin'. I'd also like to know where my sense of humor went and how to get it back! Believe it or not, I used to be pretty funny! I'm taking vacation time this coming week so maybe I can look for some of those things during the first week of July. I'll bet that doesn't happen, though. Still, it will be nice to be away from the office.