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Finale

This was my final assignment with Juelle Web Design.

It is not yet complete as the last few weeks have just had too much happening around me but I had a deadline to meet so I will have to keep working on it in the next couple of weeks to tidy up my scripts and finish the text.

As I am trying to put the pieces of this assignment together I have Champs my darling 8 year old ginger cat lying beside me looking up at me. He has been very ill since the start of the Chinese New Year at the end of January. We did not realise he was unwell as there had been 14 spot fires around the island just tje week prior to that and it was pretty manic trying to keep it under control.

Then we thought that we could finally have a breather and let life get back to normal - I was so tired after working 12 - 14 hour shifts, touring under extreme heat (55 centigrade) and just general fatigue - that I took a day off from work just so I could sleep a bit later into the morning.

The evening before that when we got home from work, Champs did not come rushing to the door to greet us as he usually does when he hears us pull up. We found him lying on the kitchen floor and we still didn't realise how bad he was, we just thought it was very unusual for him not to nag us straight away to put food into his bowl. When we fed him, he wasn't even remotely interested. That was when we knew there was something really wrong with him. He absolutely loves food!!!!!

That's why he weighs 9kg and is on a diet!!!!

He seemed to have no energy in hime - a few steps and then "flop"......... no meows, no calls, nothing.......

The next morning there was still no change in him - so we took him in to Kingscote to the vet and straight away Greg said he was very anaemic and firstly thought he might have had secondary poisoning from eating poisoned mice. We checked with the landlord and there was no rat/mouse poison around the property. In the meantime Greg had taken several blood samples from Champs to send away and we had an anxious weekend not knowing what was happening. By Monday Greg confirmed the worst fears............. Champs has a severe immune deficiency which rarely occurs in dogs and even more rare in cats.

He is now under treatment, and is responding to the steroids and vitamin supplements we have to give him every night. He was so anaemic that when we first took him out to the garden to go to the toilet he was licking and eating the sand (because he was trying to replace the iron he had lost) and of course vomiting it all out. He was still lethargic for many days and has only in the last couple of days shown signs of almost being himself again. Of course the steroids are giving him an increased appetite but we have to still be strict with his portions. We don't want him to have two serious health problems all at the same time!!!

This morning he went for a check up and the vet is happy with his progress but anticipates that he will have to continue with his medication for a couple more months as a minimum and we have to call the clinic at least once a week just tolet them know how he is doing. He will have to go in for another blood test in a month's time - hopefully then it will show more normal levels of red blood cells.

So some of the links are not yet working because I have not finished the pages but I will be working on them. Come back in a couple of weeks and see where I am taking this website.



Thank you Sheila for the patience and guidance during this period.

Friday 17th February 2006

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