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April 23, 2008

Oy Update, Plus Some


  • Poor Little Oy has some sort of infection. The vet called us yesterday to say that his white blood cell count was double what it should be. This is most likely the result of his licking- he has one armpit that is licked raw and always at risk for infection. Unfortunately, any ointment or wash that the vet gives us just makes him lick more, which really makes me think that this feline is 99% neurotic and only 1% allergic. But who knows.
  • I took a leave of absence from school this semester. It was a sudden choice predicated by four months of extreme anxiety and unhappiness. This is the first time in a while that I completely failed at the personal-work-school was just too much.

    To make up for the break I am poised to take two intensive summer courses. The second is an Anthropology class that focuses on street culture. The final project is a mini-ethnographic/observational study of a street in NYC. I'm totally psyched and am seriously considering working on a piece about the B77.

    In the meantime, I managed to score the reading list, which is awesome, and I am working my way through some of the books now, just to get ahead. This week I am focusing on Norman Street: Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood (1982), by Ida Susser. It's about Greenpoint and Williamsburg during the fiscal crisis. I love it when I find lists of books that I've never seen before- and love it even more when I have the time and energy to dive into them.

Posted by callalillie at April 23, 2008 9:11 AM | Feline Musings , History , Random


Sweetie, be kind to yourself -- you so did NOT "completely fail". You're just doing what we all need to do from time to time, which is move things around a little bit and make some adjustments. It's an adaptation, not a shortcoming. (Dinosaurs are the ones who keep doing the same thing over and over again, and you see what happened to them!)

Think of it as "rebalancing your portfolio." Many happy returns!

Posted by: Jen at April 23, 2008 10:58 AM

I agree with Jen: you're rebalancing and recalibrating, not failing. You'll come out of it saner and healthier.

Posted by: Velma at April 23, 2008 11:15 AM

not sure about saner :P

Posted by: corie at April 23, 2008 11:18 AM

I think everyone at some point needs to take a break. When people started to talk to me like I was crazy and my doctor kept telling me to learn to "control stress" I realized I needed to do something. I thought extreme stress was normal! It's not and I am learning to take care of myself. Be kind to yourself.

it's a shame we can't talk to our felines and tell them to relax.

Posted by: Catnip at April 23, 2008 11:20 AM

so you're taking a break from school to reduce stress and in its place you're taking TWO INTENSIVE SUMMER COURSES? i think you should go to the nearest massage therapy school and sign up as a test subject!

most of us can barely handle personal-work life, let alone adding schooling in there.

Posted by: ChrisG at April 23, 2008 12:02 PM

B77 ethnography?? awesome.

Posted by: lesterhead at April 23, 2008 2:41 PM

chris, see the thing is that i want to get this damn MA over with! it's now a never-ending experience whereas i originally thought it would only take 2 years!

yes, B77- i think it would be an interesting study of people and locations- and the added bonus of IKEA opens up a whole other area to look at. the route is definitely a connector on a variety of levels.

Posted by: corie at April 23, 2008 3:10 PM

B77 ethnography?? Sweet!

Sorry you became overwhelmed. I certainly am. I'm having one of those "How did I do it last semester?!" moments.

Posted by: lesterhead at April 23, 2008 3:27 PM

Loved this post. The photo is fantastic. Sorry your cat is having problems. Interesting creatures, Cats. I agree with your other comments-- Your doing just fine--just shuffling your priority's around. You sound like a pretty together young lady.

Posted by: judy at April 23, 2008 11:54 PM

Poor baby! We had a dachshund named Rocky who had an armpit licking problem. Turns out it was acanthosis nigricans. A nasty little problem which went on forever until I INSISTED they do a culture/sensitivity of the skin. When the test came back with the bacterium and the correct antibiotic, Rocky was in heaven. Two days on the med and the itching/licking had stopped.

A huge point in favor of testing to see what organism is growing and exactly what antibiotic will work on it.

Any chance cats can get acanthosis nigricans? Worth a question to your vet if this remains a mystery diagnosis....

Just a thought....

Hope Olive gets better soon!

Gena in Michigan

Posted by: Gena at April 24, 2008 9:44 PM

Not that you prolly need to hear it again at this point, but you totally didn't punk out.

Like others have said, most of us have enough difficulty doing the work/personal juggle thing. Throw school in there... and Whoa! You gotta take a break eventually.

I know, because I did the same thing. I quit my software pre-sales job, went back to school full time for interior design, worked selling furniture, and tried to manage my personal life as I went through a major move, separation, divorce, then got married again. Talk about a meltdown.

I finally had to re-prioritize, and went back to selling software for The Man. I wasn't meant to be a designer - not professionally, anyway. So as hard as it was for me, and as much as it felt like a defeat (it really did), I now know I did the right thing.

And if it's meant to be, one day I'll get back to it. In the meantime, I enjoy being very well educated in one of my favorite pastimes!

Hang in there, take care of yourself, and you'll dive right back in when your batteries are charged.

Posted by: JC at April 25, 2008 11:44 PM

Oh, and here's hoping your Oybean figures it all out. We had a cat that was a licker too - we figured it was because he was the only male cat in a house with 5 females. Poor thing. Can't blame him, eh? So it's not entirely uncommon. I'm sure you'll get to the bottom of it soon. Lucky him to have such a great kitty mommy.

Posted by: JC at April 25, 2008 11:48 PM

I hope all goes well with your cat.

Posted by: Sonia Mascaro at April 30, 2008 2:25 PM

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