Poison ivy update: it's going away! I hope! I started the steroids on Saturday, and the worst side effect I've had was "feeling kind of weird, and my eyes feel a little weird." No noticeable sleep-issue increase, no noticeable appetite increase, no noticeable rage increase. I'm taking it first thing in the morning (like, 5:45-6:15ish) with some food.
Today was the sixth dose of steroids, and the rash has gone from a blistery swollen "Oh, man, I don't think I can go out in public like that or it's going to actually legitimately scare people" to a healing rough pinkness with a few bumps. It still gets quite ITCHY, though, which worries me: maybe the steroids are suppressing it, but as soon as I stop taking them the rash will be back with increased vigor?
The new cat is, we hope, settling in normally. He's doing a lot of meowing at night, and we're hoping that's homesickness (he came from a home with eight cats and may be missing the company) and youngness and adjustment, rather than something he will keep doing for life.
Paul says the cat is spraying/marking, but I haven't seen/smelled any indication of it. I read somewhere that it's better to neuter a male cat as early as possible to prevent them from maturing into their spraying instincts, and this cat wasn't neutered until after age one, so...again, I'm hoping this is something that will pass off after the adjustment period, and/or something Paul is imagining. (He claimed our bathroom smelled like pee. We have FIVE males in this household, and the bathroom ALWAYS smells like pee.) We have some Feliway left over from a previous cat situation so I've been spritzing it around, but I always feel kind of like I might as well be spritzing "Dr. Brownhill's Magicalle Curing Potion for All Ailmentes!"
The new cat and the girl cat seem to be making good progress on a friendly relationship. First some hissing and puffing (her) with deference (him), then some wariness and skittishness, now some sniffing and acceptance and being willing to eat from dishes next to each other. Yesterday the girl cat jumped onto my lap when the new cat was already there: she'd seen him there, so it was on purpose. She settled in allllmost touching him but not QUITE.
My friend Heather is moving across the country with two little children, and she is hoping for toy/entertainment recommendations and travel tips. She will be in the car with them for SIX DAYS. I feel a little faint just thinking about it.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...