Last week sucked... again. On top of the mysterious rib pain I've been having, I seem to have developed pain in both wrists and knees. I don't know what's going on with my body. I emailed my doctor and he told me to take some Tylenol and report back in a week... speaking of which I think it has officially been a week so I get to contact him again and go "Yeah, this shit still hurts..." haha. On top of all that, I was supposed to go to Cherry City Comic Con over the weekend then Squee got sick (blood in the urine) on Friday. I made arrangements with my friend Ashley to bring Squee to the vet on Saturday since I'd be out of town. Then Friday evening Sweet Spots got sick from something else. Sweets is normally a very mild mannered cat (he's also my favorite of all my cats, shh don't tell them!) but he was growling if we tried to touch him. His fur was all fluffed up and he was drooling with his tongue out and acting strange. I brought him to the emergency vet. They said he was in respiratory distress and put him on oxygen. His heart beat was elevated and his blood pressure was up and he was running a fever. They thought he'd had a pulmonary embolism, but x-rays ruled that out. Then they suspected he had an intestinal blockage, but his bowels were moving by the next day. He was hospitalized overnight. When I left him at the vet and got home, I found Gandalf in the same state; drooling, tongue out lethargic. There wasn't anything in the house they'd gotten into, the only thing different was that we'd opened a new case of canned food. We chose to monitor Gandalf at home because we couldn't afford to bring them both to the ER vet. I brought Squee to the vet on Saturday but she didn't have a UTI like I suspected. They gave her some pain meds thinking she has some sort of urethra irritation. I was still planning to go to the convention on Sunday, but with three cats being ill, I couldn't risk them being at home without someone watching them. Sweet Spots came home from the vet on Saturday night. They don't know exactly what was wrong with him. Up until yesterday Gandalf was still sick, but he seems to be doing okay today. I am planning to bring him to the regular vet today. I have no idea what caused the cats to get sick. If it was their food, I have no way to prove that since the vet couldn't give me any clear answer. The other three cats (Squee, Raikou and Marbles) all ate the same food and seem fine (Squee's urine problem happened before they ate from the new case of cans). Jake said everyone at the convention sold pretty well, I feel like I really missed out. I was stressed out all weekend and did I mention my body hurts? Haha.
TL;DR: I'll be open for commissions soon to try to offset some these ginormous vet bills.
I'm still looking for suggestions for the Willem book so please send me anything you've got. Ideas for book extras, suggestions for Kickstarter rewards, etc. I'm hoping to get the campaign launched within the next three months. Book extras will likely include: Fun facts, sketches, character bios. KS rewards will likely include: stickers, buttons, prints, posters, tee shirts, original art, custom avatars. I need to hear from you guys, what would you like to see offered?
Anyway, I hope your weekend was better than mine! If you want to commission me, check out my prices and details here. I'll post something this week to let y'all know when I'm officially open and ready to go, feel free to send me your ideas in the meantime. There's lots of original art still for sale, just check the bottom of that journal entry. Same prices as last time.
I've got a page of WOH! going up today and there will be a new Willem page up tomorrow. Talk to you soon!