04.17.2020 - Terrence Marks:
There is no comic today. It is difficult to be creative in these times. We're doing what we can, but it is going slowly. In addition to everything generally going on the world, well, let me tell you about our weekend.

Our cat Buttons has hyperthyroidism. This is a common thing in older cats. The various autonomic body functions are running at a faster rate than they're supposed to. Higher body temperature. Burning extra calories. Increased heart rate.

It's like overclocking, except without the resultant increase in performance. (Her job evaluations are on the criteria of "Be a cat". It's strictly pass/fail). And it's on hardware that isn't designed for this and is wearing out faster than it should, resultingly.

We've tried medicine, which had side effects, and iodine-free cat food, which she refused to eat. This weekend, we're taking her in for radioiodine therapy, which will destroy the overactive parts of her thyroid and bring her back to the manufacturer's specifications.

It's a simple, quick procedure. The part that takes several days is that they can't give her back to us until she's no longer radioactive. So we're nervous. And hopeful, because we know this is what's best for her in the long run. But still, nervous. We hope your weekend is going well.
04.10.2020 - Terrence Marks:
These are stressful times for all of us. Isabel is working on the comic, but it's slow going under the circumstances. We're going to try for one update a week. We hope things get better, both in a global sense and for our productivity.
Momo update: she's doing better. She's not going to get well, but she's doing better. Well enough to fight back when we try to medicate her, at least. She's a fuzzy lump who enjoys napping, usually on top of Isabel. I figure that's normal for a fifteen-year-old cat.
03.12.2020 - Terrence Marks:
So, one day later how's Momo doing?

After a night at the emergency vet, we took her to our regular vet for further treatment. She has not responded significantly to 24 hours of IV fluids. Her various levels are still much higher than they should be. We knew this was a possibility. I'm glad we tried, though.

She's not going to get better. She's going to get worse and we don't know when or how much or how fast. There's always the question of how bad one is willing to let things get. We don't want her to suffer.

She's home now. We're giving her subcutaneous fluids but do not expect that it will improve the situation. It will, hopefully, keep her at her current level for longer.

Where do we go from here? None of the options remaining to us are appealing. But there are decisions to be made. We may never know if what we choose is the right one. We can only hope we choose it for the right reasons.

More prosaically, this is weighing heavily on our minds. It has been all of our thoughts and most of our day. As such, the comic is going to be delayed a bit. What we have here is a sketch from an untitled project.
03.11.2020 - Terrence Marks:
Our cat, Momo, is not having a good day.

She's been sick for the last few days - a messy cold that wasn't getting much better. We took her to the vet and the good news is that that is treatable through antibiotics and probably not too serious.

The bad news is that the blood tests show that she's got chronic kidney disease. Right now she's at the local emergency vet, getting IV fluids. Then tomorrow we take her to the regular vet and get her re-evaluated and see what to do next.

So, not great. This is one of those things where, in a best-case scenario, we can manage it but we can't fix it. We've had her for fifteen years and we're not quite sure how old she was when we got her*.

I'm glad this problem got noticed now. It's not as good as not having the problem but it's better than only noticing it in hindsight after it is irrevocably too late. We don't know where we go from here, but we know it's involved a lot of vet bills and we know it will involve more vet bills yet to come.

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Isabel does not take commissions often. This is a limited-time offer and, at that price, quite a bargain.

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*: When we got her, the shelter said she was just a few months old. The second vet we took her to said she was at least two years, judging by her teeth. She looked a lot closer to six months than two years. None of the other vets mentioned this to us. Maybe the second vet was mistaken. Maybe everyone else was simply too polite to correct us.

03.01.2020 - Terrence Marks:
Thank you all for participating in the latest Nicole & Derek Asks! We're back to regular comics and we'll be updating Tuesday and Friday!
02.16.2020 - Terrence Marks:
Hope you had a happy Valentines Day and/or a productive Half-Price Candy Day. One final week of questions. Hope you're enjoying them. We're having a lot of fun with this and we hope you are too. Thank you to everyone who sent in questions - especially Tyler, who sent in a whole lot.
Isabel is getting over a cold and we're both still coping with the loss of our cat Frankie. We expect to be back to regular comics next week. We're using the extra time to recover and put a bit more polish on the next storylines.
01.14.2020 - Terrence Marks:
It's question time! For the next three weeks, we're going five days a week. Make sure to come back Monday through Friday for daily updates! This starts now, so come back tomorrow.

Big thanks to everybody who sent in questions! Unfortunately, some of the Christmas-themed ones are going to have to wait - perhaps until the end of this year, if we remember. We had meant to do this in December but things kept happening. But December's loss is January's gain! See you tomorrow!

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