Lower Levels

I kind of jumped the gun on the last blog. All seemed well when Zoey came out of surgery, and I was instructed to give the vet hospital a call the next morning after eight AM to see when I could pick her up. So when my phone rang at 08:01 and I saw the vet’s number, I knew something wasn’t as it should be.

just in time

According to the doc, Zoey had deteriorated severely during the night, and was at the moment a 50/50 case. As in halfway on her way out. We asked if we could visit her, because some vet’s are weird about having people go beyond the waiting room, but they said that was fine. They probably didn’t expect us to rock up within 5 minutes of hanging up the phone.

As I walked in the door I saw a big pile of blankets underneath the heating unit, and in there Zoey who looked to me to be more 90/10. “I got here just in time to say goodbye” is what I thought as I saw how weak she was. How could this happen all of a sudden? She was unresponsive and her body temperature had dropped by 4 degrees. She felt ice-cold to the touch. The blankets and heat packs weren’t able to keep her warm.

Emma had been so clever as to bring Zoey’s favourite blanket with us. I picked a spot on the floor where I wouldn’t be in the way of the hospital staff and proceeded to lay flat on my back, with Zoey on my chest, covered in her blanket, trying to keep her warm. I lay on the floor like that until one in the afternoon, with Emma warming Zoey while I stretched my legs now and then. In the meantime we waited for Zoey’s blood works to come back from the lab. Constantly checking her temperature and just hoping she wouldn’t give up on us.

a Tiger snake bite

When the results came back though, they didn’t really answer any questions. Apart from what was to be expected after surgery, her blood was fine. It looked a lot like what one would see after a Tiger snake bite, but since she’s an indoor cat, combined with the fact it’s not Tiger snake season, that was quickly ruled out, and the abnormalities contributed to the wound she sustained in surgery. We were allowed to take her home for the weekend, since there would be no supervision at the hospital, and they wouldn’t be able to do much for Zoey at that moment anyway. They asked us to come back on Monday, if she was still alive.

To our immense surprise she started walking again on Saturday evening, after having spend the rest of the day in the study, covered in her blanket, with the air conditioning at 31 degrees celsius, flanked by a heat pack Emma’s mum bought for her. She also brought dinner for me and Em, which was very appreciated, as Emma and I took turns sleeping / staying awake to monitor Zoey.

You can imagine the face of the vet when we walked in the door Monday morning with a warm cat, that was now standing on her own four legs again. Unfortunately we’re not out of the woods yet. We still don’t know what is making her sick, but Dr. Gav has given her cortisone steroids, and they seem to do the trick.

No pressure

In other news, I passed my Navigation exam! I still have trouble finding Woolworth as soon as I deviate from the normal route I drive, but according to CASA I can navigate a helicopter with adequate safety. I didn’t find Navigation that hard actually. In my opinion Planning and Performance still takes the top spot, but this opinion might soon change once I start Air Law on Monday. If, despite its notorious reputation, I manage to pass Air law on the first go, I will have passed all exams in one sitting, consecutively. Which hasn’t been done for a while now at Rotorvation, according to James. No pressure.

I messed up two questions about climb and descend rates, because I had been focussing so hard on staying above the lower levels of controlled airspace while studying, that it took me off guard when they asked me to calculate distances whilst staying below the lower levels. I apparently also messed up a question about the beginning and end of Local Meant Time daylight, but I can’t remember the question so I don’t know what I did wrong. And if I would remember the question, I wouldn’t be allowed to discuss them with anyone anyway.

It’s a shame they don’t tell you which specific question you got wrong. They just list the subject in which you failed a certain question. I understand they do this to keep flight schools from collecting all their questions, and then subsequently having students just learn the questions instead of the actual theory. But it’s a shame none the less in the sense of learning from your mistakes.

8 bytes per second

I know it has been a little while since the last blog, and it will probably take a little while until the next one. We are in the middle of switching from Foxtel, with its 8 bytes per second “broadband”, (that was honestly the peak speed I got on Steam at one point), to another provider. It’s all taking longer than it has to, and I won’t speculate as to which company’s fault that probably is, but at least it’s getting done. I does make you realise how much data you use every day, and how often you use the internet without really knowing it. I have the feeling I’m forgetting something, but I’ll safe it for the next blog, if I remember.

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