Monday, February 02, 2009

Another Visit to the Vet

So Friday turned out to be way more eventful than planned ... and not in a good way! I went to gym after work, got home. Varen got home. The bunnies were out playing on the grass. You know, the usual. Varen was internet-ing and I started to watch an episode of Series.

Now me, I check that I can see Coal and Lily about once every 5 minutes or so ... I'm compulsive like that. And suddenly, I couldn't see Coal. We checked the garden, the little piece of netting in the drainage hole between us and the garden next door was missing, it must've washed away in all this rain. OMG. Panic stations. Varen jumped over the wall. There's a labrador in the garden next door. Coal was no where to be seen. I went inside to look around, in case he'd just wandered upstairs again. Nothing. Varen went up and down outside our garden, looking in everyone else's garden. I did the same. We looked around the *entire* complex. I stood on our balcony hoping like crazy that he couldn't have got out into the field on the other side of the complex walls. He's not an adventurous bunny, I couldn't believe that if he'd got out of our garden he would be more than a few meters away. Where the fark was he?!

I have no idea how long we searched for. It felt like forever. In reality, it could've been anything between 20 minutes and an hour. Eventually I found him. Sitting behind the gate of the "laundry area" (outside all the kitchen windows there's a little enclosure where people keep their garbage bins and sometimes have washing lines) about 5 houses up from our front door. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how he'd ended up on that side of the house instead of the garden side, but I was filled with relief and didn't thin about it too much.

We got him back into the house and put him in the hutch with Lily. Not long after that I got him out just to hold and check that he didn't have any injuries ... there are plenty of cats around. And we fed him some carrot. He seemed to be his usual self. And then I found his wounds. On his back and his hind legs, he had scratches. Varen suggested maybe putting Mecurochrome on it as an anti-septic (which we didn't). We were planning a trip to the vet on Saturday morning anyway, to check if he was ready to be snipped yet anyway. We weren't too worried. Until I looked online. Basically they say if your rabbit get's attacked by a cat, consider it an emergency situation. I called our vet's emergency number. No answer, just the number for Fourways. I called them and they said bring him in.

We raced thru to Fourways and were helped immediately. They shaved his thick thick fur off and we got a better look. One of the scratches is superficial (that's the one you can see in the picture on the left) but the other was caused by a large tooth (not a cat) and left a flap of skin. My poor little boy had to have stitches. Since Friday he's been on pain meds, anti-biotics and anti-inflammatories. Oh, and they've both had another dose of Panacur yesterday and this morning. But he's doing fine. He's thankfully his usual happy self, hardly aware that he's injured himself, running and jumping around the garden and eating and drinking as normal. Such a sweet boy!

We got home from the vet at 10pm on Friday evening. Exhausted and drained. I was very impressed with Fourways and am actually glad we ended up there with their two guys helping to hold him down, a very friendly nurse and a surgeon (although he wasn't very friendly and didn't even speak to us!). I felt good knowing he was definitely getting better care.

Saturday morning we went out for breakfast at Doppio Zero and then headed home. I was quite happy to just sit around watching Coal and reassuring myself he was really okay. In the afternoon, Varen stayed home to study and I went to the Jan09 bloggirls lunch in Edenvale :)

We went to Nescafe and enjoyed some lovely cocktails (strawberry margarita's were definitely the cocktail of choice!). It was such a lovely afternoon, with such a lovely bunch of ladies: Louisa, LauraKim (her first bloggirls!), MsMozi (haven't seen her since the very first one!), Exmi, Sweets, Angel and Jackson's Mom. Angel made us two batches of cupcakes! She made these amazing strawberry cheesecake ones which were my favourites. I forget what the other ones were called, but they had apple. And Exmi brought my Body Thrills loot! The website isn't up yet so we got a pre-launch discount.

Didn't do much on Saturday after that. I've tried out one of my new bath products :) So far I tried the Cinnamon, Ginger and Lime Bath Crystals (on Saturday) and the Chocolate Bath Milkshake (on Sunday evening). The Cinnamon, Ginger and Lime is by far my favourite. It smells divine!! The Chocolate Milkshake smells good too, but the smell doesn't seem to last as long. Can't wait to try the Jasmine & White Tea Bath Sherbet later this week :)

After my bath we watched two movies: In Bruges and Mama's Boy. Neither of which was particularly impressive. I could have happily lived my life, while both of these remained un-watched.

The Irish hit-men Ken and Ray are sent by the Londoner mobster Harry Waters to the medieval Belgium city of Bruges in Christmas after an awry job in London. Ray, in his first assignment, was sent to murder a priest in a church, and he accidentally shot a boy in the head. While Ken enjoys the historic city, Ray, who is in inner conflict due to the death of the boy, feels completely bored and misses his home. Ray meets the small time drug-dealer and crook Chloë, who sells drug to the cast and crew of a movie that is filmed in Bruges, and has an incident with a Canadian tourist and later with Chloë's boyfriend. Meanwhile Harry, who has an stringent code of principles, orders Ken to kill his protégée Ray.

Eccentric Jeffrey Mannus is 29 years old and still lives at home with his mom, Jan. He sees no reason to alter this arrangement, but his perfect world is upended when Jan meets Mert, a motivational speaker. Mert successfully woos Jan and moves in on Jeffrey's territory, something Jeffrey will not tolerate. Jeffrey enlists the aid of an unlikely ally, an aspiring singer-songwriter, Nora, with an anti-establishment penchant and a soft spot for him. As the war between Mert and Jeffrey escalates, something unprecedented happens -- slowly, to both his own surprise and horror, Jeffrey discovers his inner adult.

In Bruges was by far the better movie, but both were pretty boring. I think Mama's Boy made a better trailer than movie (which seems to happen far more often than should!) and as Varen said, it would've been much better if Jeffrey wasn't such an annoying character. The "happy ending" isn't very happy cause you actually just can't stand the guy and don't think he deserves it. In Bruges had a pretty predictable ending.

On Sunday Varen went for lunch at his folks and I went to watch Revolutionary Road.

Frank and April have always seen themselves as special, different and ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. As soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era. Yet, for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn’t expect: A good man with a meaningless job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other.

Driven to change their fates, April hatches an audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut for the great unknown of Paris. But when the plan is put in motion, each spouse is pushed to extremes – one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have.

I loved this movie. But it probably wasn't the best thing to watch when you're slightly pms-ing and have just had a huge fight with your significant other. I wished Varen had come to watch it with me. I can't describe what I felt when it finished. I could completely relate and it left me feeling hollow and questioning *everything*.

When I got home, I spent an hour sitting outside with Coal & Lily. They were so adorable. Lily came and lay down on the blanket next to me and then Coal came and cuddled next to her (in the picture below on the left his arm is over her ... so cute!). Jees, I love my bunnies.

Varen got home a while later and we lazed away for the rest of the evening.

Ps. While Coal was at the vet on Friday evening, we asked them to check if he was ready to be snipped ... I was sure he must be. But nope, not yet :) We'll check him again in 2 weeks when he goes to have the stitches removed.


Unknown said...

You know, I was surprised to see you found In Bruges boring... Yes it is a slow moving film, but I found the emotional intensity and the piecemeal way in which the real situation played out very effective dramatically speaking. And the explosive, everyone dies ending was a nice about face finish to an otherwise gripping and sedate film. But Hey, thats just my taste!

boldly benny said...

I just love your bunnies too! Those pics are too cute!
Hope dear Coal is better soon!

Yip Mamma's Boy is a bit mindless, I would like to watch In Bruges!

BioniKat said...

Sorry you have been having more bun troubles. Hope Coaly feels better soon!

Tamara said...

Poor Coal! So glad he's back to his old self despite the wounds.

Exmi's Body Thrills sound fab!

The Jackson Files said...

It was great to see you again on Saturday. I really do enjoy the Bloggirls meetings - they were a BRILLIANT idea.

Louisa said...

It was great seeing you at bloggirls again too! :-)

I got some of the Cinnamon, Ginger and Lime body polish from Exmi and it's my favourite too.

AngelConradie said...

I am so very glad Coal is okay. Did you know that a cat scratch is what usually kills their prey? their claws are a deadly mixture of sharpness, bacteria and toxins!

Janine / Being Brazen said...

your bunnies are so cute.

I cant wait to see Revolutionary Road. Looks so good.

phillygirl said...

@david - I dunno, maybe it was just post-very-relaxed-bath boredom on my part. I think it was just too slow for my state of mind then.

@benny - thanks man :)

@momcat - I know! I almost can't believe how much bunny-stuff has happened in ONE month, after almost 10 months of sheer uneventfulness. Sigh. Hopefully this is the last of it.

@tamara - thanks. Oh yes, you should mail her and pre-order yourself some stuff!

@tjf - definitely :) and lovely to see you again too!

@louisa - how divine is that stuff ?! I can see it's gonna be finished very fast!

@angel - well I didn't know, but yes, that's why it's so important to rush bunnies to the vet after any sort of possible cat-altercation. I'm sure it's much the same with dogs too!

@brazen - thanks :) Oh yes, it was great, but very emotionally exhausting - don't go expecting some light entertainment!

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