Saturday, December 27, 2014

My kitty bit my knuckle ... and nothing really happened.

After googling cat bites, I realized that people really only tell the horror stories. I mean, why would you ever go to the trouble of telling your story if nothing really happened. 

So I thought I would tell my mundane story. And if by chance you're freaking out the way I did after seeing so many worst case scenarios - just take a deep breath and make sure you really need to freak out. Because maybe, like me, nothing serious will even happen and you can laugh about it with me after the dust settles and you realize your actually fine :)

New Kitty Arrives...

So we got a new kitten. We already had one cat and unfortunately I didn't do any research before bringing new kitty home. I was at work, so it was up to my husband. And for those 5 hours, I guess our resident cat terrorized our new kitty. By the time I got home, new kitty was under the fridge, freaking out while Leia (our resident cat) was growling & hissing at her. 

Every time I tried to even LOOK at new kitty, she just growled and hissed and spat at me. I eventually gave up and went to bed.

About an hour later, the growls started again as Leia provoked new kitty. I got up and decided it was time to get her out from under the fridge. If for nothing else then to put her in my office and close it up so she could be safe and hopefully calm down.

It took a lot of maneuvering of the fridge (and stove for that matter) before I could even get near her. I had a blanket over my hand, trying to minimize the scratches I knew I would get. At one point I was able to grab one of her legs. I wasn't about to let go, so I grabbed her other leg and started to gently pull her out. I knew it was coming, but you can't really prepare. She eventually came out and immediately curled up and bit down on the first thing she came into contact with. Unfortunately it was my knuckle.

I didn't stop though as I grasped the nape of her neck and put her in a box with a blanket and then placed her in my office where she could be safe from Leia and anything else she was scared of.


The Bite...

I had numerous scratches, which sucked. But that knuckle bite was the worst for sure. It started bleeding, which I later read was really good. That could (and probably did) help any nasty stuff that might have gotten in there to come out as it bled. I washed it out. Peroxided the crap out of it. Then put a slab of triple antibiotic cream on a band aide and went to bed.

The next day, I was a little shocked at the numbness of it. It was slightly swollen, and I assumed it was numb due to it being swollen. 

 
By the afternoon, I was a little worried at the heat I felt on it and the redness that was growing. 


 And then I did something stupid. 

I googled.

Oh you better believe that I found thee WORST case scenario stories. Tiny bites, that led to hands swollen to the size of a melon, that lead to multiple surgeries to clean out the tendon tissue that had become infected from bacteria introduced from the cat's teeth when it bit into said tendons. Reading the warning signs, I was in danger of being one of the worst case scenarios. Especially since these horror stories tended to be fast moving. In other words - cat bit hand, hand swollen in 24hr, surgery by 48hrs. I was already 12hrs into my story, and I was slowly getting redder and swollener (not a word, I know) every hour. 



So I debated. Go to the doc and possibly make a mountain out of a mole hill. Or wait and see, and possibly let the bacteria I may have in my finger get worse and worse and worse. If my husband had been home, I would have ended up in the ER. As it was, he got home late and the kids were already in bed. I didn't want to go alone, so I decided to give it another day.


Out of the Woods...

Good thing I did, because by 48hrs, I was starting to get feeling back into the numb areas. And by 72hrs, the redness went down and I considered myself officially out of the woods. And Haley & I were fast becoming friends. Leia & Haley - not so much, but we gave it some time and they eventually became pals :)





Warning though - I thought my knuckle wouldn't bend due to swelling. I waited for almost a week for it to bend without pain. I guess kitty (now named Haley) got into the tendons or bones or muscle or something because I've had to massage the area and stretch it to get it to bend. It still hurts a little, but it's more like a deep itch now every time I try to bend it. I just make sure to keep bending so that (hopefully) it will heal completely and I can count myself lucky to NOT have been one of those worst case scenarios lol :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Amazon Gift Cards for FREE!

I've been doing online earning for a while. Surveys for well over a decade - as well as some other sites that involve searching on their search engine as well as doing various tasks and what not.

Recently I've joined InstaGC (insta gift card). You do a number of things to earn points - surveys, google search tasks, joining up for other survey sites, and many other things. 1 point = 1 cent and you can cash out as low as a $1.

There are many gift cards to choose from (and even a check can be sent to you if you prefer that). I prefer Amazon Gift Cards




And even better - the rewards are INSTANT (thus the name). You say yes, and it gives you the code for the gift card. And one more thing - it's unlimited. There's no cap. I have earned an incredible $95.00 since joining only 12 days ago!! Yeah - I've never earned so much so quickly - and so easily!!!




Well if you're still with me, then that means you haven't clicked on anything, so now's your chance! Join InstaGC and start earning amazon gift cards for free for Christmas or a birthday today!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 115 - Still Not Tired!

Yep - the adjustment to no naps (with Liam) is still tuff at times. Tom had a late night at work, and things got quiet. I turned around and saw Liam passed out on the floor. I'm not even sure why he laid down there - he always pitches a fit whenever he has to sit on a floor.



But yeah - he took a nice little nap tonight. Love the quiet time since I'm busy with layouts! I got one done - can't share it yet cuz the fonts are new this week and they haven't been released yet. But I'm currently working on one that I'm in love with so far. It's a rerelease with one of Yari's kits - and it's one of my faves of hers! Can't wait to show you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 114 - Girly-ing It Up Some More!

Well, with me trying to lose weight and feel better about myself, I've started doing girly things. Right now it's jewelry. First I got myself a bracelet. Then hubby got me a new ring. And now - I'm dressing up the ankles!! Oh yeah! :P


Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 113 - I'm Not Tired!

Wanna see what happens when the newly nap-free Liam insists he's not tired? Here - lemme show you, lol:



Yep, we've recently done away with naps. There's just too much going on to ever really find a time for him to nap. And when there is time, he fights so hard to stay awake that it just leaves me & him both in horrible moods. So - it's been a tricky adjustment, but it does create adorable photo op moments :)

And I chatted on Facebook about this, but I'm gonna chat here about it too.

My Amazon account balance has sky rocketed. Not without work mind you - I've been doing Swagbucks and Superpoints regularly, along with a few survey sites. But my total has reached a point that it's time for me to choose which lens I'm going to buy for my camera. And I'm totally stuck!!!

I've got it narrowed down (I think) to one of two (well...more like one of four, but you'll see what I mean in a second, lol).


First we have this beauty! It's the 28-75mm F/2.8 from Tameron. I hesitate to use an off brand, but the Canon version is like $1500 or something close to that. Regardless - it is WAY more than I will ever spend on a lens! I'm not a professional, so I can't justify that purchase. But I was researching one of those all purpose type of lenses, and this focal range came up a lot. It allows me to get a lot in my shot (in the 28mm range) as well as zoom in (the 75mm range) all the while giving me a decently low f-stop (F/2.8) which I need for low light photos.

I like this lens, but some of the reviews make me nervous. There's a lot of complaints about focusing, and that is a big deal to me. Having sharp photos is a must for me, which makes me want to stick with prime lenses...

Next is where it's narrowed down to sorta 2 and kinda 4, lol. I have the 50mm lens right now - which I absolutely love! It's a prime lens (meaning it does not zoom). The prime lenses tend to give sharper photos - and focus is a big deal for me! I love the crispness of a focused photo. The down side with the 50mm is it can get tight indoors. I have to back up to get everything in the photo a lot. Not all the time, but enough that I notice it. And don't even get me started on group photos. I almost have to be a mile away to get everyone in (okay - a huge exaggeration, but you get my point).

So my choice leads me to the 30mm range. But when you search that, you come across pretty much every millimeter you can get. 22mm, 27mm, 28mm, 30mm, 35mm. After that - you have different f-stops. I need a low one, but if you get too low (mainly F/1.4 or lower - if there is a lower) it makes the price go beyond my spending limit (which is about $500 max). So I have it narrowed down to three. The 35mm F/2. The 28mm F/1.8. And the 28mm F/2.8.


The 35mm was my first choice before I ever even looked at anything. And when I found it, I was really pleased with the price. And it seems perfect for what I want. Honestly - there's nothing really wrong with this - I don't think so anyways. I mean - you'll always have negative reviews, but you can't let those be your only deciding factor. So it's still one that I'm considering.


Then I looked further (reading the negative reviews can often give you other lenses that the negative review preferred). So I came across the 28mm lenses. There are two that I am considering - the F/1.8 and the F/2.8. The prices aren't that much different. But the f-stop is, and that's what I'm kinda looking at. I want a low f-stop and a nice lens. I have to say the F/1.8 is gorgeous (and fancy looking, lol) but I can't quite bring myself to pick that one when the F/2.8 looks fine too. And then there's the walk-around-lens - the Tamron one.

Oh the choices! Plus, there are even more to look at, and when I start researching, I usually come across 5 other lenses that make me hesitate and make me want to add them to the list of possible lenses to buy (and the last thing I want to do is add another lens to the list, lol).

So yeah - novel done - that's where I stand on which lens to buy! I'm so stuck, lol :P

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day 112 - Sunday Morning

We went to church this morning. I really do love church, but why do I have to feel so tired through out the whole thing :(

Anyhoo - today's photo is of Liam being a total goofball. I wanted to get a picture of him to send to my mom cuz I haven't done that in a while, and that dang boy wouldn't give me a normal pic to save my life, lol. Thus - my mom got this:



I'm keeping this one short - so that's all for today! See ya tomorrow!!! :D

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 112 - My Real Anniversary Present :D

Well it finally happened - I finally got a wedding ring, lol. Not that I didn't have one before - I did. The first one I had was perfect and petite - just the way I wanted. But shhh - I don't know what happened to that one, lol. Oops. To be fair - I didn't just up and lose it. I took it off when Tom bought me a 2nd ring a few years later. I think he felt the first one was small and he wanted something more showy for me to wear.

The 2nd one was okay. It was a little bigger than I wanted, and there were two rings that fit together and then went on. It pinched me sometimes from that. Eventually that one got stepped on, and one of the rings got warped a little. It never fit right after that. And then when I gained all my weight - it really didn't fit so I stopped wearing the one part of that ring all together. And shhh -- don't know where that one ended up either, lol.

So for the last few years, I haven't worn anything. Either has he - he's gained weight too, lol. But since his new job has changed our lives (for the better) he decided to buy himself a new ring. It's nice too. I thought to do the same thing - something simple & cheap from Walmart or something. But I never liked anything I saw. So he took me to a jewelry store. And after looking in their magazine, I settled on a beautiful ring - which Tom didn't hesitate to buy! Oh yeah!



I should have snapped a pic before the took it, but all you get for now is the box. The ring had to be sent off to be resized before I can get it. But I should get it soon - so yay!!!!

Oh here - I found an online catalog for Kay's and was able to get a screen shot of my ring from it. It's the white gold one, not the gold gold one, lol. I hate yellow gold - ewe! :D