Hi, folks. If you're a regular reader, you may have noticed that I haven't been blogging much in the last few weeks. There are a number of reasons for this -- an intense travel/ speaking tour schedule, the Head Cold of Despair and Disillusionment that flattened me last week -- but one of the main reasons is that we've been dealing with a medical situation with our cat, Lydia. I wanted to fill you all in about it, and try to give a sense of how it's likely to affect my blogging in the coming weeks.
A few weeks ago, our cat Lydia was diagnosed with cancer. We didn't know at first whether the cancer was fast- growing or slow-growing, so we held off on telling all but a few people about it until we had more information and a more accurate prognosis. It now looks like it's probably the slower form of cancer, and it looks like there's a decent chance that it's treatable. But the cancer is being complicated by additional medical problems she's having with her appetite and digestion. We've had to put the cancer treatment on hold for the most part until we can get her digestive problems under control, and it's looking like the digestive problems may require surgery.
Dealing with this is taking a fair amount of our time, as well as a fair amount of our mental and emotional energy (particularly of the "having to make difficult decisions with limited information" variety). This is even more the case since our other cat, Violet, also has an ongoing medical condition: she's in good health for a cat of her age, but she needs meds and a special diet, so she and Lydia now have to be fed separately, which makes feeding time at the zoo rather complicated. And we've had a number of "having to drop everything and rush Lydia to the veterinary emergency room" situations in the past few weeks: we hope we're done with those for a while, but of course we can't know that for sure.
The upshot is that... well, that this is taking a fair amount of my time, and a fair amount of my mental and emotional energy. Plus I still have my day job, speaking engagements to prepare for, something resembling a life to lead, and so on. So in the next few weeks, I may not be blogging as often as I normally do, and I may have to interrupt my schedule (including the Atheist Meme of the Day schedule) without much warning. Please accept my apologies. I'll be back on track as soon soon as I can. And please send Lydia your
prayers healing white light best wishes for a speedy recovery. We'll pass them on to her in the form of chin skritches and belly rubs. Thanks.