Sargeant’s Log, May 6, 2013

May 7, 2013


I feel like I need to do a better job of documenting Ralph’s eye troubles. I am such an absent-minded person that …… what was I talking about? (I am not kidding. I tried to come up with an ‘absent-minded’ example and literally drifted off. It’s been a long day.)

Much like the time before his last visit, I thought, “Hmmmm…. I bet his eye is all better. I should check it.” I did and D’oh!! There were two long hairs on his eyeball, dang it! They looked like they were coming from the scar tissue from the first surgery. I don’t know if these are dormant follicles waking up or new follicles erupting. Who knows in these situations?

So I made the appointment and took him in. As usual, we went to school beforehand and the children adored him. “Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie!” He’s like a feline Justin Beiber.


I ran him quickly to the vet where a sweet young intern walked me through all the steps of his check-in. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that this was our…. third?.. fourth? surgery for this. We put him on the scale in his basket and it said 15 1/2 pounds. I knew that wasn’t right and made him get out and sit on that scale alone even though a big dog was nearby. 13 1/2 pounds and the dog didn’t phase him.

When it was all over and time to bring him home, he was pretty drugged, but not in a crashing-around kind of way. More like a really hungover way. He went upstairs to use the litter box and just sat there for a looooooooonnnnnnng time, his eyes closing more and more, almost falling asleep. When he startled himself awake he stood up and I saw he had been sitting in a giant lake of pee.

Good grief. I gave him a bath and it was like bathing a rag doll.

Poor kid.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Sargeant’s Log, May 6, 2013”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    Hilarious title!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Does he wear a pirate eye patch when comes home from these procedures? Maybe you could wait until he’s sleeping in the litter box, then put one on him.


  3. Lauren's mom Said on:

    I love the drawing! She is a very observant little girl.


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