Regular visitors to my blog will know that our kitty cat, Cookie, recently went missing for 3 weeks, then returned home a week ago in a terrible state. All week he has been wolfing down every bit of food we put in front of him, and has been gradually gaining back the almost 2kgs he lost, and has seemed to be his 'old' cheeky self again.
However, late last night I noticed a small wound on his cheek, so early this morning took him straight to our vet. Upon investigation under Cookie's fur, the vet found a large wound. Cookie had to have immediate surgery, so he now has a large 'crater' on his face. The vet had to cut away a huge amount of dead tissue, and there was not enough tissue left to suture after it had all been removed. Our vet is almost certain that the cause is SNAKE BITE!! He believes Cookie became disorientated as the venom took effect, and he wandered further, and further from home, then was so weak he had difficulty finding his way home. He only survived because he was in such good health and condition, and fairly young when it happened.
At the end of this post there is a photo of our Cookie, back home, recovering from the anaesthetic. However, it is QUITE GRAPHIC, so unless you have a strong constitution, I would recommend that you avoid reading to the end of the post. I just wanted to show people what damage a snake can do, IF the victim survives.
Let's move on to more pleasant topics...here in Australia, yesterday was Father's Day. Poor John was all by himself all day, as I was on duty at the Fort. (I am a volunteer guide at Fort Scratchley, at the entrance to Newcastle Harbour.) I did cook him a lamb roast on Saturday night, and then brought home a Chinese takeaway last night, so he said that made up (almost) for my absence.
John is extremely handy around the home. Although it took him several years, he gutted our kitchen down to bare floorboards, then rebuilt a completely new kitchen. He did a wonderful job, and seems to be able to 'turn his hand' to any 'fix-it' tasks.
It seemed so appropriate that I used this oh so cute Stampavie stamp titled Mr. Fix-it,
for the card I made for my darling husband of 41 (and a bit) years.
The papers are First Edition Hideaway. I bought a packet of these brads
several years ago, and can't remember what their brand is, or where I bought
them. They look so real, don't they.
I coloured Mr. Fix-it with Promarkers.
Inside the card matches the front.
I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Sassy Studio Designs #192 - 'Labour Day-Profession/Type of Work'
The Male Room #3 - 'The Great Outdoors' (builders work outdoors)
Penny Black and More - 'Sketch and/or Autumn Colours'
Crafting With Dragonflies #9 - 'Masculine/Father's Day'
A Gem of a Challenge #95 - '2 Backing Papers'
Card Crafter's Circle #90 - 'For The Boys'
Inky Impressions #123 - 'Animals'
Great Impressions - 'Fall Colours'
Thank you for visiting, and until next time,
WARNING - The following photo is graphic, and may disturb some readers, so if you experience queasiness, please leave this post now!!! The image is the result of surgery following snake bite.
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Poor Cookie - still 'woozy' several hours after the anaesthetic.
The vet says he will make a full recovery, albeit with a nasty scar.