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2/09/2008

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot (+ Cosette Update)

We attend many cool events at Machine Project in Echo Park, and have even been known to participate from time to time. Last night was no exception, as E was one of eight semi-finalists in a speedcabling competition. There was also a lecture on the mathematics of knots, some of which I followed and some of which went clear over my head. We were also treated to a talk by Jason Brown that was as entertaining as it was informative. If you've never heard this guy speak, you are missing out. Not only did we learn about the man for whom Wilshire Boulevard was named, but we participated in a "Rainbow Connection" sing-a-long that was accompanied by the theremin. Pretty awesome stuff.

Speedcabling

E did not progress to the speedcabling finals, but he had fun. It was an intense contest and, as someone else proposed, possibly the most athletic event that has occurred in the space that attracts nerds and geeks.

On a completely different note, thank you for the comments, emails, and phone calls regarding Cosette. It's been stressful, but she is doing better. While she still has a head tilt, it is not nearly as pronounced. The nystagmus (back and forth eye movement) is also better. We've been keeping her confined, initially in her crate and now in our hallway that is blocked by doors and a baby gate. She is still unsteady on her feet and wobbles and circles, but is falling less. The plan is to keep her safe at this point though, so I carry her outside in her crate every so often so she can potty and lie in the grass, which she really enjoys.

Head Tilt
02/08/08

It's a relief and a good sign that Cosette's personality has remained intact. She was definitely more "out of it" two days ago, but never lost her appetite and has been quite affectionate. Today she returned to being downright feisty, which I could not be more thrilled about. She's just frustrated at not being able to go wherever she wants to right now. I keep telling her, "It's for your own good," but I'm not sure she's buying it.

8 comments:

Ashmystir said...

Sorry about your doggy. Very sweet pic. Hope she gets better soon.

Darlene said...

Oh poor Cosette! Reminds me of the dog I had as I kid. Glad to hear there's some good progress.

Nanette said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about Cosette! I've been a very bad blog reader so I'm just now catching up on your latest.

Aggie said...

I'm glad she is doing better. One thing about animals ... they live life to the full whether they are in good or bad health. Not like us humans.

TiggerLarue said...

Oh my gosh! I was out of town for a while and hadn't been keeping up on my blog reading. I'm glad to hear that it wasn't a stroke and that Cosette is doing better! She's in our thoughts and hope she continues to get better. Gabby said "woof grrwoof arf". not really sure what that means, but I'm thinking it's along the lines of get well soon....?

No Milk said...

hope cosette gets better. i was a wreck when my cat cordy had a health issue as well. our pets are part of our family...

Will Campbell... said...

Our older dog Shadow began exhibiting these same symptoms in November. She still has a head tilt and is sometimes unsteady on her feet but otherwise is doing fine now.

You've probably already found out about
Canine Vestibular syndrome. but if not here's a link:

http://www.peoriahs.org/vestibular.html

Vanessa said...

I am so glad Cosette is doing better. You and her have both been on my heart.

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