Sunday, September 30, 2007

My Baby Girl Is Fully Recovered

For those of you who care, the surgery went well and things are almost back to normal now.

Toast had her surgery on the 24th of September. When I went to pick her up after the operation, she was like a zombie, still groggy from the anesthesia, her left eye a swollen red mush, her vision further restricted by a huge Elizabethan collar around the neck.

Once we got out of the car, she refused to climb up the stairs. I had to call B-Boy to carry her up, cause she was too heavy for me. The whole evening was an ordeal. She just stayed wherever we put her, refusing to move or even look at us when we call her. She didn't have any food or liquid since last night because of the surgery, but with the cone, she couldn't really eat or drink either, so I had to lift a small bowl of water to her muzzle every fifteen minutes, since she could only lap up a little bit before falling back into a stupor. She tried to get under my bed, where her basket is, but every time the cone hit something, she would freeze in shock. Finally, I could not stand it any longer, watching her stagger from exhaustion, unable to lie down to sleep because of that frigging cone. I removed the cone and right away, she perked up, ran to her water dish and drank for 15 straight minutes without lifting her head up for breath.

When the doctor called the next day for news, I didn't tell her about the cone. The whole week, I gave Toast lots of energy healing. The results are amazing.

The day of the surgery:

Two days ago:


And today:

And this morning, I knew things were back to normal when during our breakfast, she did what she always used to do every morning: instead of eating the first piece of croissant I gave her, she took it to B-Boy's room and put it on his bed, because she considers herself as his mother. Only after feeding him would she come back to me and share my breakfast.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Why You Should Believe in God

Behold! Two of the Atheists' Nightmares: TEH BANANA and TEH PEANUT BUTTER JAR


Update - 1 October 2007:

At the Atheist Alliance International Convention 2007 (see recap at, someone had Richard Dawkins sign a banana.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Week-end Fun

Pheew! I can finally breathe! This past week I was working the night shift: the 8pm - 2am red eye! The occasion was our triennal General Assembly and I volunteered for the first week of night work. Of course, I didnt get to sleep during the day, what with the dog, my computer crashing and the car accident, etc...

Anyway, the week is done and time for fun! I give you: two video clips about breakdancing... yes, again.

And this one is about 25 minutes long, so not safe for the office ;-)

BONUS: Lilou vs Hong in the 2005 RedBull Finals

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Uptate on my dog

The surgery has been postponed until next Monday!!! What happened was that my "smart" dog got sprayed by a skunk the night before D-Day. It's only the third time she got sprayed, so you'd think she'd remember and learn from past experiences.... Sigh...

Anyway, the doctor preferred to wait till she gets cleaned up first at the grooming salon, since she's not supposed to have a bath for a few days after the operation. Our whole house stinks now, because she went around rubbing her sprayed face onto all the furniture.

I still feel very bad about her situation, but I guess it's really not such a great tragedy. Not when I see how some dogs with worse handicaps still manage to live a very happy life with a loving family.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My Baby Girl Is Going Blind

Sorry for the long silence. I have very sad news to report.

My dog Toast has been diagnosed with glaucoma on her left eye, which has gone blind, and the vet said she has to have that eye removed and the eyelid sewn shut. I was in shock when I first heard the diagnostic and I was pretty depressed afterwards because I felt so guilty for not having noticed the onset of the disease.

Glaucoma is abnormally high pressure in the eye. Inside the normal eye there is constant production and drainage of a watery fluid called aqueous humor. When there is a problem with the drainage of the fluid, the pressure within the eye can increase. High pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, which, in turn, causes vision loss...The disease appears to occur spontaneously, often without any warning. Even though the drainage area of the eye may be abnormal since birth, it is not understood why acute glaucoma appears at a particular time, later in life.

I have started healing her with energy and the swelling has begun to decrease but the vet wanted to have the operation as soon as possible because of the constant pain due to pressure, so that doesn't leave me much time. She's supposed to be in surgery on Wednesday the 19th.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Cry Me A River

In a series of remarkably candid admissions by a sitting president, Mr. Bush confides to author John Draper that he has been "sustained by the discipline of the faithful experience" during the most difficult days of his presidency.

"I've got God's shoulder to cry on.

And I cry a lot," Mr. Bush says in Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, which was released to U.S. bookstores yesterday.

"I do a lot of crying in this job. I'll bet I've shed more tears than you can count, as president. I'll shed some tomorrow."

"Self-pity is the worst thing that can happen to a presidency. This is a job where you can have a lot of self-pity."