Monday, July 13, 2015

UPDATE 2: July 15, 2015

Great news! Oliver just got back from the vet, who said that he will probably keep improving with meds and care. She also prescribed a bi-weekly shot of Adequan which will help any damaged joints. As a result of this awesome news, I've once again, lowered the goal. The odd amount is because a donor gave me $60 in person, so I am subtracting that from the total on his GoFundMe Campaign. This puts me almost at goal!

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. To have raised so much in so little time, I'm just beyond. You have helped this wonderful cat, who so many have grown to know and love through my blog, Flickr, and Facebook, get back on the road to being his old self.

Case in point, I came back to see Oliver in front of a fan, looking just marvelous with movie style wind effects blowing his mane. Oliver always knows how to position himself to achieve maximum fabulousness.

Thank you all!


UPDATE 1: July 14, 2015

Oliver has shown improvement! I've kept him quarantined in the bathroom, per the vet's instructions so that he doesn't try to climb anything and rests. I had some window shutters in the house, which enable me to keep the door open while still making sure he doesn't get out or Ronan (my other cat) gets in. Yet, he's not shut in a tiny room and cut off from us.

He's still wobbly and weak in his hind quarters, but is able to use his back legs much more effectively. I'm really hoping that this means it was an injury that will continue to improve. Because of this, I've lowered the campaign goal to reflect the anticipated costs of emergency vet bills. He's going to my vet tomorrow, so I will post another update once we get back. To all of you, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for helping this dear, sweet soul get better.


Start. Abandon, don't post. Start. Abandon, don't post. Look at all unfinished, unposted items in blog queue. Feel guilt.

Those posts will get posted, including my post about my novel class that I'm taking, going to Atlanta for my nephew's graduation, running into Jamie Hector, Marlo from "The Wire," and talking old "Wire" times at my local Starbucks, switching coffee shops to go local and rediscovering the love of writing in a coffee shop, the fast year that has passed since I lost Atticus, the recent fall of the wonderful startup that I left Disney for, but, how I wouldn't change a thing and am so much richer for the experience, and so much more. But first, this:

On Friday night, July 10, 2015 my beautiful, sweet Maine Coon cat Oliver demonstrated some alarming symptoms. His back legs were slack and he wasn't able to stand. I took him to the emergency vet, and $1300 later, I learned two things; it isn't a blood clot, and it isn't a spinal injury. They recommended that he see a neurologist, as it might have something to do with his spinal cord, as well as an MRI. The MRI and possible surgery will put his medical costs into the thousands.

Here's the kicker. The company that I worked for ceased operations the week before, leaving me currently unemployed. Yeah. That, I was always prepared for as it's the nature of startups. This? Um, no. Were I employed, I could manage, but with that being uncertain, it's just too much to take on, and Oliver's care shouldn't be compromised because of my employment status. So, while I hated to do it, I opened a GoFundMe campaign for him so that I can make sure he gets the best care possible.

I ask for your help once again. The link to the campaign is here.

Even if you just share and spread the word, it helps. I will keep everyone updated on his progress on this blog.

I want to do all I can for this sweet, sentient being who has already been through so much. I rescued him from a hoarder in 2008. Because of his owner's negligence, he required surgery, and I maxed out every credit card to save him. Way before "Go Fund Me," or other online campaigns, I asked the Web for help and put up a paypal button, and the Web, (mostly my wonderful friends and you awesome blog readers) came to his aid. That inspiring story is here.

I told Oliver, "I've got you, as long as you're willing." And so far, he's willing. Being a champ, in fact. I don't know his prognosis, and can't promise a happy ending. But what I can promise, is to do everything that I can to try to get one.

Thank you so much.

With sincere gratitude,
Anne and Oliver

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