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11:19 am: Giorgio Died This Morning
The on-call vet woke me up at 8:30am and told me the urine culture was negative, so there was no chance of saving him. She said the assistants said he'd become lethargic and cold overnight so I told her it was time to put him to sleep. She kept assuring me that she thought I made the right choice. She wanted to know if I wanted to come see him first, but I'd rather my last memory of him be yesterday's when he kept trying to get out of the exam room. He wasn't moved to the emergency hospital -- that's why she called me then. If I was going to decide to let him go, then I didn't need to get that expense. They're going to arrange the private cremation and let me know when the ashes are back. I'll settle up when I pick up the ashes and my carrier.

You know, he went into the hospital on February 6th and I went into the hospital for the first renal failure on Febturay 7th, 21 years ago. I know this is silly, but I feel like there's some connection.

We couldn't have soft toys because Giorgio ate them, so I've ordered some toys from Petsmart for the other two. They're both on the cat furniture -- Shiva in the castle, Spirit on top. Spirit thought Lucila was coming, that's generally the only reason I get up this early, but I couldn't go back to sleep. I cleaned up the kitchen and the dishwasher is running. I put away the clean clothes I washed a few days ago and put the dirty clothes in the hamper. I had some tea and a banana -- it's too close to my night meds to take morning meds.

I'm going to see how far I get with catching up with yesterday's LJ and Making Light before I need to nap.

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From:julesjones
Date:February 9th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry, Marilee. It's a hard thing to have to do, even when you know it's the right thing to do for your pet.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I've been going through hankies like crazy. I think it's time to get out the kleenex.
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From:pameladean
Date:February 9th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm very sorry. He had such a great expression on his face in your photos.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, everybody always thought he was the prettiest (and female, I don't know why). One of the assistants called a while ago just to say she was sorry.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, James. I'm glad you still have Hilary.
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From:anghara
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my dear. I'm so sorry.

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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I really appreciate it.
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From:janetmk
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm sad to hear this, Marilee. RIP Giorgio.

He was a lucky cat. He had a wonderful life with you...and with his buddies Shiva and Spirit.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Janet. Spirit looked for him again this morning.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much.
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From:karinfromnosund
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Karin.
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From:annafdd
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
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My cat Terry died of renal failure and I was always sorry I didn't insist with the vet to put her down before she had to go through the last two days. I know how it feels.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's pretty awful, isn't it.
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From:kate_schaefer
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
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It's so hard to say goodbye to a beloved peet. I'm sorry, Marilee.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Kate. I'm acting so strange that Spirit crowded into the castle on top of Shiva.
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From:ckd
Date:February 9th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
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My condolences, Marilee.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Christopher. You're having to use that icon a lot these days.
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From:dd_b
Date:February 9th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like you did everything you reasonably could, and didn't stretch it out unreasonably, anyway.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, as long as there was a chance, I held on, but when that was ruled out, it wasn't fair to keep him in discomfort. Thanks.
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From:firecat
Date:February 9th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry. They leave such big holes in their hearts when they go.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, they do. I might need a shelf for ashes with this one added.
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From:green_knight
Date:February 9th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I am sorry to hear your news :-(

Knowing you did the right thing is not always helpful.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. No, it's not. It'll make me feel better later, but now the death is the immediate.
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From:redbird
Date:February 9th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry. Cuddle the other guys a bit extra, maybe.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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When I put the cellphone back in the headboard this morning, I sat up and petted them. Which, of course, Spirit took as permission to pester me to pet her for a while, but she didn't like the salty hands. They're finally out of the cat furniture. Thanks so much for your thoughts.
From:writingortyping
Date:February 9th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry, Marilee.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much, Jill.
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