Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mom's Liver & My Spiders

So last night was very quiet. Varen had to work fairly late so I was mostly home alone with the bunnies. They're so cute. Henna is getting much easier to pick up now, even for Varen (who never used to be able to even get near her without her running off) and seems to enjoy the daily cuddle :)

Other than that, we found out what has been affecting my Mom's liver yesterday. She's had problems with it for a while now and her doc was even convinced she was an alcoholic and lying to her about it (if my mom had 2 glasses of wine a week that was a lot!). So she was on this extreme diet, which didn't help one bit. But now it turns out she has some kind of non-viral Hepatitis. I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me worry, but I'm slightly more at ease now knowing what she has rather than "some huge unknown that they don't know how to cure". So, she's got to have a liver biopsy on Friday and hopefully they'll be able to determine if it's the Auto-immune one or the drug-induced one (from her cholesterol pills). I was worried for a bit that it might be Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (except that she does not have diabetes nor is she obese), cause there's no cure for that really and it's all about diet ... and we've already seen that the diet did not improve the state of her liver over 3 months.

So ye, not much else going on ... but I think I did forget to blog about the fact that we had 3 brown button spider's in our garden. I had seen these spiders around the garden (one in the elephant grass, one at my veggie garden and one inside the bunny hutch!) and after a close look one day, I saw the red markings and thought "Nope, that's not right". So Varen & I looked up pictures of spider's online ... him convinced it was harmless, me less so. And then I spotted a pic. And he didn't believe me at all. Brown button spider's are not to be sneezed at, I was worried about the bunnies being bitten! After taking him outside for him to see for himself, he agreed that it was one and the same. So we killed them. Terrible, I know ... but I wasn't about to try moving these things to a new home outside our garden. If they were completely harmless, I would've left them well alone.

And that's all the news I can think of.

9 comments:

Tamara said...

Hectic... When will they know the test results? At least, as you say, once they have an answer, they'll know how to treat it. Strongs, my friend.

As to the spiders... if they put your bunnies at risk, then I guess it was better that they not be there.

noodle said...

spiders! ugh!

expensivemistakescheapthrills said...

urgh spiders.

hope your mom is going to be okay.

xx

sweets said...

you are a spider killer?????
*gasp!*
don't worry, me too :)

Being Brazen said...

Button spiders are scary.

Really hope your mom gets better soon.

po said...

ugh those spiders are disgusting, I can't get near them to kill them.

phillygirl said...

@all - thanks for thoughts re: Mom.

And I really would rather not have killed t hem ... but they're not exactly harmless so rather safe than sorry I say :)

angel said...

:D
i'm sorry you killed them...
brown widows do deliver a painful bite and would prolly hurt the bunnies badly... but they will really only do so if you grab her or something. if you touch her web harder than a bug would she'll run and hide. and they will quite happily stay in their webs for years if undisturbed, and they can go through bugs like nobody's business! we've had several in neels house and the only time i will move her is if she's in our clothes, otherwise i leave her be. and they really are exquisite- look at her markings up close if you get a chance...
;)

phillygirl said...

@angel - yeah, I would rather not have killed them, but two of them were building webs right in bunny-specific places (at the lid of their hutch and on the elephant grass which they climb up to, lie next to and eat), I was too afraid to take any chances cause they were getting quite big (esp. the one in the grass!). She wasn't really interested in posing for a pic tho ... otherwise I probably would've ;)

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