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Filed under: Daily Life,Rats! — folkcat at 5:30 pm on Friday, October 17, 2008

Hi, all. Things continue to be stressful here, which is why you don’t hear more from me. There is change happening, however, and it’s ultimately for the better.

Gryphon’s health is on the mend. The key seems to have been a medication, the dosage of which had been increased, but which was causing some fairly serious side effects. As in, bad enough we couldn’t trust him to drive, and certainly not to go to a job where he works on heavy machinery. He’s been taken off the medication now, however, and even though it’s only been three days, we are seeing a huge improvement. We expect to see him back at work at the start of November.

Meanwhile, that leaves us financially strapped, since he didn’t have enough regular leave to cover the time he’s missing. We’re pulling together various resources, including a federal medical leave, to cover the gaps as best we can. Right now, Gryphon’s two jobs are first, getting better, and second, filling out forms and such to acquire what assistance we can from assorted agencies. We’ll be okay – it’s just a fair bit of a different sort of work to make it all happen.

Ralph and Norton turned 9 weeks old on Thursday. This Sunday, we deliver them to their new family. Yes, they’ve been adopted! We’ll miss the little buggers, but I’m so glad they’re going to a good home. Yay!

Our new foster girls, Gabby and A.J., are in the house. I may not talk about them a lot for a bit – it turns out that their socialization has been so badly neglected that we’re having to use intensive measures to re-train them to trust humans. It’s hard work, but we’re already seeing a small measure of progress. It’s my hope that before long, they’ll be okay with letting people pick them up and handle them.

As for me, I’ve continued working on my latest pair of socks. I’m actually within two inches of finishing the second one. Maybe I’ll post a picture next week.

That’s about all for now. I hope you all have a good weekend!


Comment by christina

October 17, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

Sorry to hear that you’re financially strapped right now. I know what you mean about that. I am glad to hear that Gryphon is getting better though. Your so busy caring for Gryphon and the ratties, just please make sure to take care of you too! Hugs!

Comment by Carol

October 17, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

Ooof! Glad they figured out the problem for Gryphon. Pesky meds.

And filling in paperwork for the government IS fulltime work-unpaid mostly, but there it is.

How do you socialize ratties?

Comment by Sara

October 19, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

Sorry to hear you are having a rough go of it…will keep you both in my mind and prayers. Glad to hear that it was just the meds causing all the problems – take care of you…okay…

Comment by Elizabeth Delisi

October 20, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

Norton and Ralph are sure cuties. Hope they enjoy their new home. Are the new girls getting more friendly and less bitey?

Hope the financial issues and health issues clear up quickly. At least gas prices are heading in the right direction…which means home heating oil should drop, too. Yay!


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