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[personal profile] naamah_darling
Sigh.

Etrigan has pneumonia. Either that or heart disease, but he seems better after a day on the antibiotics, so I'm choosing to believe it's pneumonia. We expect him to make a full recovery, but this is likely to be a pattern with him. Asthmatic cats are prone to lung infections, especially given that prednisolone lowers his immune system. I'm worried about the little asshole. He's so sweet and so . . . well, I won't say he's good, but I will say that he doesn't mean to be bad, and that counts for something. He certainly doesn't deserve this, the poor little guy.

We didn't know he had an incurable, permanent medical condition when we adopted him, and while I am not at all wanting to give him back or anything asinine like that, I just wish I had known. They say that if you can't afford the vet you can't afford the pet, and I see the wisdom in that to an extent, but if everyone assumed that their pet was going to be sick half the time there would be a lot fewer pets getting rescued and adopted and cared for. I don't think anyone wants more shelter deaths. And a lot of folks couldn't afford pets at all, which sucks, since they make our lives better in so many ways.

There just isn't an answer, and the money isn't there, especially since I need to see my doctor, and we can't afford that either. I'm having persistent, niggling health issues that are really cranking up my anxiety because I don't know what's causing them, and I can't afford to even go in to talk to people, let alone get my regular bloodwork done.

Sigh again. I hate complaining about money, but . . . well, it takes up a lot of my processing space and is making me fairly miserable.

The new psych meds seem to be helping, at least. Although I want to stress that doesn't mean that everything is fine and I'm totally recovered or any of that.

Thank you for the birthday wishes, everyone who wished me a happy birthday (it was on the second, and no, I didn't make a big deal out of it because frankly, I don't care much this year). I got a few nice things and had a quiet day and there were cookies last Monday and everything was pretty much awesome. And [personal profile] bat_cheva got me these ceramic skull beads with a crackle glaze that are just too awesome and too cute for words. I have plans for them already.

I have finished [personal profile] bat_cheva's Christmas present -- you see why I'm like "Nooo, I'm not taking commissions! -- and it is awesome and adorable and I am looking forward to posting pics today or tomorrow.

I'm also working on several other ponies, and I'm in a quandary. One of them is experimental. I used the new Liquitex acrylic spray paint as a black base coat, and I don't know how well it will adhere long-term or how it will age. I'm assuming just fine, since I've never had a problem with Liquitex products aging poorly, but I don't know. I might want to sell this one, and if I do, I will make sure to note that I've tried a new paint in my description. My quandary is how long after you try a new technique do you wait for something to go wrong before you change how you do things permanently?

I do want to sing the praises of Testors Dullcote as a topcoat. Brush-on acrylic sealers are almost always a little grabby no matter how long you let them sit, and as a result they collect dust like nobody's business. Other spray lacquers tend to get glossy when they build up over multiple coats, and it's hard to get the spray up around the belly and legs of the pony without overspraying, which leaves them really wet and, even when they dry, shiny-looking. Also, I've yet to find one that was truly flat, not just satiny or matte, that did not have a kind of rough texture. The Testors goes on smooth, dries insanely fast, and doesn't get over-shiny. The finish is like silk, very much like the original vinyl, so the pony "feels" right.

The one drawback is that it's expensive as hell. Well, that and it smells awful, though not lingeringly since it dries so fast.

Still, I don't think I will be using anything else, ever. It's that good. I knew people in the customs community swore by it, but I hadn't believed the hype. No wonder it's always sold out.

I've never wanted an airbrush -- too much trouble, too noisy, too expensive, takes up too much room -- but the pony thing is making me seriously reconsider that, because topcoats and graded base coats are so difficult with brushes. Water everything down and do it three times, is what I've learned. That is working really well so far.

Date: 2012-06-10 05:59 pm (UTC)
arkady: Close-up of self with red hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] arkady
Testors is good stuff - sounds like it's pricier over there than it is here, which is kind of weird as it's a US-produced product I believe. It's a good, cheaper alternative to Mr Superclear UV flat for doing face-ups on resin BJDs, in my experience - and works better on vinyl dolls than MSC. SOme people in BJD circles claim that testors is more prone to yellowing than MSC, but over the 7 years I've been using it I have to say I've not had it be an issue. The only thing I've had an issue with is using it when it's excessively cold or humid; I've found it's never a good idea to spray when it's below about 10C or above 80% humidity.

Date: 2012-06-11 02:42 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
I may have to grab some of that Dullcote for doing Breyer repaint topcoats. >.>;;

Date: 2012-06-11 04:47 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
That makes a lot of sense, and the non-stickyness is good, too.

Date: 2012-06-10 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vick34.livejournal.com
Will making a donation (and getting such awesome stories in return) go directly towards you and the fur babies health expenses?
(which do you get more off of, buying one of the books or the page itself?)
I've been meaning to sign back up again and this is the perfect reason to do it.

Date: 2012-06-11 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sargon999.livejournal.com
Subscribing gets us money the fastest, since Smashwords pays quarterly. We are always happy to get whatever we can, and grateful for it.

Date: 2012-06-10 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tudorlady.livejournal.com
Octavia (my little Siamese) extends her warm wishes for Etrigan's recovery. She too, is asthmatic - when you first wrote of that characteristic cough, I felt great sympathy. It's hard to hear, that little 'boof-boof-boof', and not be able to do anything but comfort them. Our wish for both of you is perserverence and hope.

I am in a very similiar financial condition (though without health coverage of any sort and needing same), I can't help you now, but you are in my heart, and kept there in hopes of a more fortunate time to come.

Date: 2012-06-10 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfmoon-mollie.livejournal.com
I could and would send you a small donation.

We share a birthday. It's the least I could do. My SallyCat is whispering in my ear as I write this.

Date: 2012-06-10 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myskat.livejournal.com
relief will come. I am convinced that life this hard is followed by relief so subtle that we do not even see it at first. Hugs to you and to your fur babies

Date: 2012-06-10 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sea-of-flame.livejournal.com
Poor Etrigan - glad the anti-b's are helping!

I doubt it's any practical help, but in case it brings a smile - here's our normally-ultra-dignified little old lady apparently discovering the joys of STRIIIING! aged 12 ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OrYUB8Tft0&feature=share

(There are random gunshots on the audio - it's just the clay pigeon range down the road! And yes, that is a TARDIS-painted summerhouse :)

Date: 2012-06-11 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
Bahahaha! Awww!!!!

The Tardis-painted summerhouse is awesome!

I love how about halfway through she's just sitting on it and nomming at it!

Date: 2012-06-10 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sihaya09.livejournal.com
Give me a week and I can get a piece of jewelry ready that you can auction for vet $$$.

Date: 2012-06-11 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
*huge hugs*

I would be so super-grateful for that, if you wanted to do it.

You might hold off a little while, though, since we appear to be possibly in the clear for this episode (he has improved a lot over the past 24 hours) and we may not need the additional funds right away. I'd hate to put you to any additional work if it's not absolutely necessary.

Date: 2012-06-11 01:57 am (UTC)
elialshadowpine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine
Yeah, I hear you. I don't think we would be able to afford a special needs kitty who needed frequent vet visits. I mean, we can for emergencies and stuff but I'm looking into self vaccinations because with 6 cats at $50 vet fee + cost of the vaccinations, it adds up very fast.

Once our paycheck comes in I'll try to send you guys something <3

Date: 2012-06-11 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] songblaze.livejournal.com
When I send you the package I mentioned, I'll send some things you can auction for kitteh and Naamah care money. Pretties I made, but haven't sold. Hopefully, they'll be helpful!

Date: 2012-06-11 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
That would be really awesome, if you were so inclined. Just maybe let me know what a good starting bid would be, because I am not kidding, I seriously suck at that part.

You can always hold off on that if you want, he seems to be doing a lot better today, and we may not be in dire need of the help just yet, and I hate to call in any favors when it's not absolutely necessary, you know?

Date: 2012-06-11 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flameelf.livejournal.com
Dione had an enlarged heart--and the vet 'prescribed' I add clam juice like you buy in the spaghetti section of the store to all her food. It seemed to help, actually. It won't hurt Etrigan, and it might help. I mention this because his stuff sounds a lot like what was going on with Dione, and she was on 1/2 of a prednizone pill every three days as well as taking a tablespoon of clam juice mixed up in her soft cat food. (Since I had to keep the opened bottle of clam juice in the fridge, the vet recommended I stir the clam juice into her portion of soft food and then nuke it for less than a minute to get it nice and warm. People would walk in and go, "Ooh, what are you cooking?!?" and I'd have to tell them it was catfood for the cat!) The pred keeps their lungs clear of fluids, which happens with both asthmatic kitties and those with cardiomyopathy.

*hugs* Kiss the little guy for me!

Grey :)

Date: 2012-06-11 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
Testor's Dullcote is awesome. It's the gold standard in the Gaming Miniatures community, too, and for damn good reason.

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