Tuesday, April 21st 2020 - [840]Sketch Day - Tipper for my Animal Crossing flag
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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.

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