So after we got back from the vet yesterday, it was about Oreo's dinner time, so Athena gave him his fancy new prescription food. He ate some of it... and promptly threw it all back up. That's okay--he was stressed from going to the vet, the weather had been weird, he tends to throw up when coming back from the vet anyway, etc. etc.--he can have more later. So he does! ...and throws it back up again.
We thought it might be a reaction to the new food, so we mixed it with some of his regular food. We were a little worried that maybe we shouldn't do that, but it turned out not to matter because he didn't eat any of it anyway. We tried giving him treats, we let him lick my bowl after having macaroni and cheese... but he can't keep anything down. He just keeps vomiting. He vomited several times during the night (though there wasn't much of it, since he hadn't eaten anything), and we were all ready to ask the vet about it when the nurse made her regular day-after-an-appointment call. Before the call came, he threw up again, and now it was red.
Same story as always--call the vet for an appointment, find a ride, etc. etc. At the vet, we discussed Oreo's sensitive stomach. We made the connection last night that maybe the reason he's so sensitive to changes in the weather is the big scar on his stomach from when he swallowed the needle way back when. We figure it was probably a result of stress combined with weather sensitivity, but we got the blood work done just to be sure. His liver enzymes are elevated, but right now we're working under the idea that that's not a big issue. The doctor thought it might be left over from the last time he had liver problems, and we think it probably has to do with his not being able to keep anything down since yesterday morning (since the first liver problems were most likely caused by lack of food).
So we got the same kind of treatment as we did the last time this happened about a year ago--something for the nausea, something to coat his stomach, and antibiotics. We didn't get x-rays this time, so we haven't confirmed whether or not he's swallowed anything he shouldn't have, and we're under instructions to take him back to the vet immediately if he continues to vomit blood. Right now he's hiding under the bed, but otherwise seems fine.
On a happier note, as we were walking back up the stairs to our apartment, our neighbors told us we just missed the UPS lady, and if we ran, we might be able to catch her. We were still carrying Oreo, so we didn't want to stress about it, and we didn't have to because she drove by right then. So we took time out to eat lunch and stuff and then went to the office to pick it up. It was from TokyoPop, and it was a copy of Me & My Brothers 11! Yay! It'll be a while before we work on it, though, because we have a fan book to translate first.
I was just a teeny tiny bit sad that it wasn't money for something we translated, because Red Robin's has two new burgers, for a limited time only, and one of them has cheese sticks on it! (It's aptly named the "Wise Guy Burger.") We love cheese sticks, and Red Robin's makes really good ones, and now they're on a burger! We have to try it! But we and all our sisters are currently a little too poor to go eat in a restaurant. But if we can just get those checks...
Also! While we were waiting for Oreo to get his blood work done, we started out killing time by checking out what cats they had for adoption. Of course they always have the most adorable kitties, but one of them was a Siamese tiger, and he was gorgeous. We're still thinking we don't want to adopt another cat right now, but if we did... I got a picture of him! But I'm too lazy to upload it right now.
Now I guess we better see if we can get some work done.
Today I'm thankful for Celeste being willing to drive out here from aaaaaaall the way across town to take us to the vet (Mom was too busy), having anti-nausea medicine for Oreo, getting to go to Hancock Fabrics (another way we killed time while waiting) and get bias tape for elastic casing for our costumes, the idea of the Wise Guy Burger, and getting shiny manga from UPS.