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• Name: Lauren
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so I kinda dropped the ball with updates, things got really crazy, I ended up in the ER myself with more kidney stones @___@;;
not even kidding, as if we needed that one more thing to go wrong. at least I have insurance and can wait to pay those bills down.
but there is good news!
you all really saved my kitty, saved my family I can not thank you all enough. I am honestly just at a loss for words and it brings me to tears knowing that you all pitched together to help me and my beloved kitty.
We went with an endoscopic procedure, where they go in with a camera and tools to pull out the obstruction without cutting the belly. which we got extremely lucky because the junk had only just started to decend into his intestines which would have needed surgery if they couldn't get it with the endoscope. they called and sait it was 8 inches of christmas ribbon. but when we got there it turned out to be 8 inches of some kind of unknown plastic!
They had actually found about 8 inches of some kind of unknown green plastic, a wrapper to a mint, 6-7 inches of sewing thread, Some Timothy hay, like 6 inches of tinsel from the Christmas tree and some kind of unknown wad of what looks like carpet fuzz and some kind of plastic piece??? they figure that the metal is inside the carpet fuzz wad because they didn't see it on it's own. which is really lucky that it didn't poke through his gut somewhere!
it came to 1300 plus the 774$ from all the x-rays and overnight stay. In donations I got 460$ and 315$ from the charity auction held to help us out. so in all 775$ which takes that first bill down. We still have to work out how to get the mortgage paid without the 1300, so my dad has been working really hard to get his hours up at work. Just will have to go slim on groceries for a while. I got a Walmart gift card for Christmas so that's going to food. I'm pretty confident we can work around it.
as long as they got it all he should be 100% better, we're just watching for signs of that like more vomiting and diarrhea, so far none of that though! He was a little constipated after the anesthesia wore off but so far he's looking like his old self. just as snuggly and derpy as ever!
We never would have made it without everyone's help!
so Chester, my family and me thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
( this was taken a few days before all this crazyness but it's a fitting one I think)
I love every single one of you and I apreciate everything you've done even if it as just to advertize my journal.
thank you, a thousand times more, thank you!
Update 1: so I got a call a few moments ago and he's doing okay in that his hydration is back up and apart from being very nervous he's at least more comfortable. The nausea medicine seems to have helped so he hasn't thrown up again while there. Unfortunately the metal and unknown blockage have not moved in his x-rays. The next step is to either do more tests (ultrasound etc) or go right ahead to the surgery. I know I'm not going to be able to afford both. So we're going to have to decide whether to go through with Surgery or try to look for more alternatives. I don't know what to do, we'll have to go and pick him up and take him to the pet ER as the little vet doesn't have an ultrasound machine and recommend they be the ones to do the surgery. But I will update this again when we figure out what we're going to do.
okay, so, I never thought I would be doing this but my wonderful baby Chester kitty has blindsided us with an amazing Vet bill..
He’s there now, stayign overnight on an IV.
Chester is my baby boy. I love hm with all my heart and I am torn to pieces that he’s so sick now.
it started a few days ago with bouts of diarrhea, which became so bad he wouldn’t even use his litter box, we started to portion his food and added rice to try and firm up his stool and that seemed to work for a day or two and then last night he started to vomit water. then go and guzzle more, and not five minutes later just throw it up again. anything he ate came back up, anything he drank came back up. he became lethargic and even though he is not the kind of cat to complain when something hurts ( I’ve noticed myself stepping on his tail and he didn’t even move? but he cries when I go in the bathroom and close the door.)
we took him to the vet asap. they did x-rays and discovered that he has a small piece of metal in his stomach as well as an unknown mass of something ( could be plastic, cotton, wad of string, they’re not sure.) the metal object looks like a bit of wire, only about a quarter of an inch but his innards are inflamed and he’s clearly in pain.
it doesn’t look like much though does it? who’d have thought… but then I have had kidney stones so I know even something tiny scraping your insides can be excruciating.
the overnight bill with the bloodwork and x-rays has come to 774.92$
we were able to pay a portion of that as a deposit but on top of that surgery to remove the metal and mass is going to be at LEAST 1,000 ( and that’s optimistically saying if nothing goes wrong) it could be anywhere between that and 15,000.
My family simply can’t afford that… we still haven’t even been able to get heating oil for the house.
my family has already in the last 3-4 months had a death, a heart attack, a water heater blow up and cause untold water damage in the basement, my father was rear ended at work, and my mother had all of her teeth break off and fall out so she has one tooth to chew food with..
the car is on it’s second flat this winter and I honestly don’t know how to console my mother anymore. I’m at a breaking point and she’s so depressed I just can’t seem to give her any hope.
Chester is the light of my life, and hers too.
we found chester in a dumpster at the chik-fil-a in september of 2013 after what looked like someone kicked or hit him in the face. this picture is after icing down some of the swelling abscess and after two baths.
the very night we found him he adored me, rubbing his wounded face against my cheek and purring his little heart out. he kneaded and snuggled me and I knew he was my kitty. my special one of a kind friend.
I wake up every morning to this lovable face and I don’t want that to end before he’s even 2 years old.
So I’m going to be selling some adoptable designs and selling customs of my species, since I’m so slow with commissions I’ll only accept those in small amounts.
Please take a look at my Gallery for examples of my work. you can either note me here or here on tumbler to inquire about custom adopts
Customs I will do at 5- 10 $ each depending on complexity.
I hate to even offer this when there are others in more need than us but will also do colored sketches for donations 5$ and up. My paypal address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re donating please include a reference of what you would like me to sketch for you if you want one.