Sunday, 5 May 2013

the cone of shame

Yup.  I've got one.  I've got a cone of shame and I'm wearing it.  MOUSES!   And to add insult to injury, do you see those paw prints on my cone of shame?  They're pink!  That's right...  pink!!!  Gosh, this explains a lot.  If the doctors and nurses at my hospital don't know I'm a boy, after attending years and years of medical school and all, it's no wonder ol' peepers here got it wrong and gave me - a handsome MANcat - a girls' name!

I'm not overly fond of the cone of shame.  In fact, on the first day home, I managed to get it off, twice.  Then, early the next morning, I did it again!  No one knows how I'm doin' this and I'm not talking.  I need to keep my options open.

The cone gets in my way, you see.  I can't wash up properly with it on.  Even the peep made a bit of a derogatory comment 'bout my face lookin' a little dirty, yesterday.  Excuse me, but...  how is a cat supposed to wash his face while wearin' the cone of shame?  It's pretty much impossible.  Believe me, I've tried so I should know.  Ol' peepers suggested that maybe she'd have to wash my face for me.  Once wash cloths - wet wash cloths - were mentioned, I knew I had to remove that cone and fast.  So I did.  Had to be done.  'Nough said.

The cone gets in my way when I'm walkin', too.  It's always bangin' into stuff.  Table legs, chair legs, my crate, you name it.  Anything in my way, gets banged into with the cone.  Well...  the cone doesn't bang into peeps' legs too much.  The peeps' legs seem to have enough sense to get out of the way of the cone.  Furniture legs, apparently, don't have that much sense. 

I guess the fact that I'm still a little loopy doesn't help, either.  I've got a patch, you see.  Well, I had a patch.  More on that in a moment.  Anywho...  I came home wearin' a patch.  No...  it wasn't a patch to quite smoking.  Cats don't smoke!  This was a narcotic patch to keep some of the pain away.  My knee surgery was a super duper big one so I needed some pain meds so that it wouldn't hurt too much.

Actually, it was 'cause of that patch that I had to wear the cone.  The doctor said that under no circumstances was I allowed to chew on the patch.  Doin' so could cause a fatal overdose or somethin'.  I had to be really, really careful around the patch.

Well, yesterday morning, ol' peepers took me out of my crate for a bit and then put me back in.  She came back into the livin' room - which is where I have been convalescing - and found me coneless.  Yup, I had removed my cone for a third time.  I had also removed the bandage holdin' on my pain patch.  I hadn't chewed it or anything though.  The peep removed my patch so that I couldn't hurt myself with it and called the doctor.  The doctor on call said it would be okay for me to be done with the patch now as long I was still getting my liquid pain meds so, I'm very happy to say, I am now patch free.  But still a bit loopy, I'm afraid.

Still got that darned cone, too.  I have to keep on wearin' it to make sure I won't chew on my knee.  But the peep is a good peep.  She has been spendin' lots of time with me in the livin' room and when she's there, I can come out of the crate and lie next to her on the couch and she removes the cone.  I can't chew on my knee if she's right there, watching me, so it's safe.  In fact, I'm coneless right now.  Have been for an hour or so.  Even managed to wash my face this morning so I'm lookin' all spiffy and handsome.  Life is good.

I mentioned the crate.  It's not too bad.  Have to spend all my unattended time in there which is annoying but I've got my own private litter box.  Kind of like an en-suite, I suppose.  And when a peep is with me, I'm spendin' my time up on the couch.  I've got a nice little throw to lie upon.  Unfortunately, somebody threw the throw on the wrong way and it's inside out or somethin'.  And when I say somebody, I really mean one of the peeps.  Just not quite sure which one is was.

None of the other cats are allowed in the livin' room when I'm in the cage but when I'm out of it, my brother Seville has been visitin' a lot.  He's here, right now.  Yup.  I'm on the couch with peep #1 and Seville is lying on the floor next to us.  When he walked past, I went to catch his tail!  Did that twice.  Not sure what Seville thought 'bout that but the peep was pleased.  She says that I must be feelin' a little bit better to be chasin' other cats' tails.  Unfortunately, Seville is now lying down with his tail tucked safely underneath him.  Maybe I'll be able to catch it later.  A cat can always hope.

I just want to add that I truly appreciate how so many of you came to visit me on my blog in the last few days.  I want you all to know that I will be catching up with my visits very soon.  It's just takin' a little time for me to get back to bloggin' normality and all.  Lots of naps are required while recovering from major surgery and, it seems, it's hard to blog and nap at the same time.  I can do lots of things in my sleep but it turns out that blogging isn't one of them.  Gotta be wide awake for important stuff like blogging.  But I'll see you all very soon, I promise.  Right now though, I think I'm gonna stretch out here, next to the peep, and rest my eyes for a little bit. 

52 comments:

  1. Oh so glad to get the latest report from you Nissy. It sounds like you are doing kind of all right. Good job getting the cone off of yourself. Sounds like you have a super Mom to come keep you company. We hope that the leg heals really quickly. We think about you all the time and we sure send tons and tons of purrs and prayers. Take care.

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  2. Nerissa! So good to hear from you and to see some photographic evidence that you are home and recuperating! HOWEVER, if your Peep had any regard for your dignity, she would go back to the Stabby Place and get you a CofS with BLUE paw prints. I mean really--isn't it demeaning enough that you have to wear it at all?? Does it have to be pink, too? Oh wait--I like pink...never mind.

    I'm glad to hear that patch is gone away now, 'specially if you have become a little CofS escape artist extraordinaire. Just staying loopy from the liquid stuff sounds like 24/7 pawty time in The Crate ;-) Be good, rest up and enjoy having your Peep Staff at your beck and call, my furiend.

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  3. Good to hear that you are feeling a bit better.
    No one likes cones but yours is cute with the paws only they could be blue.
    Nap and dream of coneless days.

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  4. Niss, pal, you're really inspirational. You make light of a serious operation and joke about life thereafter. I hope you recover fully and quickly. Meanwhiles, can you find some blue paint to doctor those pinkies in the cone? I blame your peeps. They could - should - have pointed the error out at the hospital!

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  5. Nissy, we are very glad you are home, and we hope the cone will be off soon. But that does sound like major surgery and you do need to heal well. So follow orders!

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  6. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Hope you are having a fun filled day!!!! Hope you are feeling better. Have a few more drinks and you will forget about the thingie around your neck you had to wear, poor baby.

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  7. We hope you have a complete recovery - quickly! The cone of shame, that is so awful.

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  8. Hey Nerissa, real mancats can wear pink whenever we want! I sure am glad to see you and I hope that healing up happens quickly for you my friend.

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  9. Glad to read good news... But, catpal, PINK paws for a kitty boy ! Silly humans... Loupi and Zorro

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  10. We're glad you're feeling well enough to chase other cat's tails. That's a good sign. We think the hospital may have chosen the cone with pink paw prints because the pink matches your handsome and adorable pink nose. We're glad you're enjoying the special attention and private en-suite litter box, and hope you have a very speedy recovery.

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  11. Oh Nissy, dear one, I am so glad you found the time to post an update and let us see your handsome face. Love and kissies and I'll transport over and wash your face for you when you let me know it's time. xxxooo

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  12. Dood! Glad you're home and rulin' the roost. Take time to enjoy your rest up and enjoy the "liquid nip"!
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

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  13. We're glad you're healing well and that you're getting so much extra attention. We're keeping up the purrs for you.

    The Florida Furkids

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  14. We hope that it comes off soon. Once our Lady made paper pedals and turned the cone of shame into a flower. Now that was embarrassing. Lee and Phod

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  15. I know I posted a comment?? It must have got eaten by blogger! Anyways, wanted to say that I think you are very brave, Nissy, You are stoic beyond measure! See you are giving the peep the runaround. Goodonya!

    Sending lots of hugs and mancat nose kisses that you have a very speedy recovery! Bit of a poor show about the pink paws, though! Bet they won't make that mistake again in a hurry! Hehe!! xox

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  16. Sounds like you're doing pretty well after your surgery! We hope you can lose the cone of shame soon and get back to normal! Hugs and purrs!!

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  17. I am glad to know you are keeping your cooperation to the barest minimum necessary, like a proper kitty, Nerissa! You are bound to get bored with this type of forced rest and recuperation, not to mention the CONE! Does this mean your knee is bionic now?

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  18. We're glad to see an update! Truth be told, the first thing we noticed about the cone was the pink paws. LOL. But in the not-too-distant past, pink and red were boys colours (seriously) because they're colours of power. It's only been in recent decades that pink has become associated with girls. (The human heard that on CBC Radio 1 awhile back--one of Terry O'Reilly's advertising/marketing programs.) But we digress. We just meant that you don't need to feel badly that you have pink paws on that cone. :-)

    Anyway, continued healing purrs; we hope your recovery goes smoothly!

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  19. Hang in there, Nerissa. Enjoy the pain pills as long as they last.

    Pink paw prints? Really, Peeps?

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  20. We're so glad you're back, Nerissa, with or without pink paw prints, who cares, you're save and sound.. well, besides of your knee... I think they would have given me the blue one, don't you think? Hope you recover fast, but take lots of rest and take it easy. Lots of pawkisses :)

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  21. Awwwww your cone is so cute!! Just like you! Please get better and rest!! We hope you get plenty spoiled too!

    Take care
    x

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  22. We just left a comment here and not too sure if it got sent? We were saying how your cone is as pretty as you!! Please please get better!!! Take care
    x

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  23. Oh Nerissa! First the "cone of shame" and then in PINK???!! Well, what do they expect? Of course you are gonna take it off! When I had one after they took my family jewels away, I also kept removing mine! Finally they gave up.
    At least your pawrents aren't calling you "Space Boy" like mine did! The nerve!
    Glad to see that you are doing well!!!
    I gotta tell ya, your vet doesn't know that you are a BOY!!???
    Hmmmmmm......
    Love, Cody

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  24. Nerissa,
    we took a very long break from blogging but finally got back and have spent the time catching up with pals. When we heard about your surgery we were shocked! How are you doing? We love you and are sending healing purrs your way xxoo

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  25. Nerissa,
    when we heard about your surgery we were shocked! We took a VERY long break from blogging but finally got back and have been catching up with CB pals.
    How are you doing? We are sending you all our healing purrs and love xxoo

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  26. Well you rest up now Nissy and you'll be better in no time! ^.,^
    We're furry glad to hear dat da dangerous patch iz off! dat soundz pretty scarey...... Take Care~

    Headbonkz~

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  27. We are so happy you are doing well even if ya have to wear a cone with pink paws on it! heehee
    Drugs are good, they keep you happy ;)
    We are happy you are being spoiled and well looked after. You have your peeps well trained!
    Purrs that you keep healing well !
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

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  28. We sooooooooooo happy to see you Nissy pal. Pink cone, oh dear, never mind pal. We all know the REAL Nissy. You are the toppest dude! Get well ASAP PAL! You are amazing. Massive love and hugs from FELIX, JASPER AND MUM XXX

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  29. We are so glad you're home again. While we don't like cones of shame, we must say yours is the most stylish one we've ever seen.

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  30. Huge purrs to you buddy. So glad to hear you are home again and trying to catch Seville's tail, that is a good sign. Take care and good healing vibes coming your way...

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  31. This will be all over soon Nissy and your life and that of you Peeps will go back to normal. MOL if there is a normal? xxx's for a speedy recovery

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  32. Nissy, we're glad you are doing well after your surgery, but we're purring that you lose that cone of shame real soon! We can only imagine how annoying it must be wearing that thing.

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  33. SQQUUEEE!!! NISSY!! YOOO...HOOO....yooo...hooo...ummm...so sorry NIssy, trying to use my 'indoor' voice...how are you my good furriend?? So sorry about that 'cone'...but I don't see any shame at all...just healing...sending you my very best healing purrs and white light...luvluvluv you Nissy

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  34. Oh Nissy!
    Me has been so furry worried! Me just about leaped into the tunnel and headed to visit yous! Me is sending yous lots of healing purrs and me don't think the cone is shameful (just for dogs) for us cats it is a badge of honor!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  35. We are so glad you are recovering from your surgery. As for the cone - well, so what if it's pink? YOU give it distinction, Nissy! From now on, everyone will know that real mancats wear pink. Because you are a Trendsetter!
    Get well soon and then you can teleport over and visit us here in Jerusalem, where Spring has well and truly arrived and you can bask in the sunshine all day.
    xoxox

    Trixie the Black Panfur and Caspurr Kitty

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  36. Glad you are better Nissy. Yikes a girly cone of shame. The shame of it. Poor you. Nevermind it won't be for long let us hope. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  37. Nissy we've all been quite concerned for you and sending you our spare energy (some of us have LOTS of that!) to help you heal fast THEN you can be coneless ALL the time instead of when your peeps allow you to be. It sounds like they are taking very good care of you while you convalesce though - I hope the pain stuff is keeping you comfy and you just take it easy until you're all healed up OK? Enjoy the love and attention (although it sure was a painful way to get it!!).

    Sending Healing Sammy Hugs! :D

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  38. Get well soon My Friend,I have missed you here in blog world snuggles from me,xx Speedy

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  39. dood...even MOR blessings oh st francis two ewe that ewe bee on de road ta ree cover ree N quik...sorree bout de cone thing but think of it like thiz....ice cream.....ice cream cone.....nerissa's cone...nerissa's ice cream cone...trout flavored with cat nip sprinkled on de top !! sendin purrz oh plentee ya get well soon buddy.... hugs frum all oh us...

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  40. If it helps, the paw prints look purple in the photos. Kind of! Glad you are better, though!

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  41. Hey Big Pink Cone Boy, How's tricks? Hope you are feeling better each day, Buddy. I think if Nellie leaped in her Tunnel and came to visit you, a nice cuddle might make you feel all relaxed and peaceful! Or not--Nellie's not really a peaceful kinda girlcat.... Besides you have plenty of potential kitty visitors as it is. Is Seville still your most frequent companion? (Besides Ol' Peepers, I mean). Thanks for coming to visit me--I'm glad your Secretary is carrying out your commands. Sending you a Big Manly Hug!

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  42. Don't do too much until you are all better and that knee is all mended! However once you are better I do hope you will be sharing the trick to get out of the cone - it's not something I have ever managed!!

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  43. Cadet Tinx aka @TinkieWeed here from Twitter. Good to heer dis update on yoo surgree. Souwnds like yoo iz doing purdie good an datz good nooz fur alla us on Twitter. Fanks for da update and pleeze letz yoo Twitter frens noe so's dey iz updated too. iffins yoo alreddy hab posted on Twitter den pleeze x-kooz me. Fanks an a speedy recuberee fur yoo.

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  44. Niss, buddy! You haz no reason to be ashamed of wearing a Cone of Shame. You went through some pretty heavy surgery and it would be natural for you to want to scratch that surgery itch. I'm just so happy you are over surgery and doing so well. Just think of the things you will be able to do with your Bionic Leg!

    Sorry I haven't been around much, especially while you were recuperating. My mom went out of town...something about taking a shower? ... And she took MY PAWPHONE! Since I don't have workable thumbs, I couldn't figure out how to turn on the computer.

    But I'm here for you, Niss. You is my Bestie!

    Hugs! Herman!!!

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  45. Nissy, I think I readed on facebook that you got rid of your CONE! Hurray! I hope you are feeling better and better. Just getting rid of that stoopy cone will make feel better. Sending you purry-purr-purrs and a ManCatly nose bump!

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  46. hello nissy! i'm just glad you're okay. never mind that cone of shame with pink paws on them. what's important is that YOU ARE OKAY! momma said that cone of shame doesn't look all that bad. she said she wanted to hug you. prrr...

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  47. That cone sure sounds like a pain in the neck. MOL. Prayers for quick healing and going coneless. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  48. Nissy! Get well soon Mate, I missed most of this (mum is sloooow)

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  49. Yer pawsum Nerissa fer slippin out of da cone of shame n getting da bandage off...ya REELLY iz a Houdini kitteh!!!
    Me waz finkin as me read diz part of yer story dat me Mum did sumfing simmylar to yer Peepz....3 Summerz ago we had a beeuteefull white n tabby kat show up on da patio. Mum fed diz kat fer 3 monthz n she named him Shalimar aka Shalley-Shalimar...she thott diz kat waz a gurl cause dere waz no sprayin like da unfixed boykatz dat have come thru here, so Mum thott Shalley waz a gurl....after 3 monthz Shalley went to da local Shelter n Aunti Renee emailed Mum da next day n told her she waz a *HE*...newtered....Mum waz so embarrassed! She said she never made a gendur misstake befur...me told her "Alwayz a ferst time Mum!" ;) MOL...Mum asked his name nott bee changed cause he answered to Shalley-Shalimar n ya nose he gott adopted n da new peepz lubbed hiz name n said he waz royaltee so dey not change it!!!
    We haz hiz photo up on Mum'z Past 4 legged'z page on our bloggie if ya wantz to take a look...he lookz ALOT like ya!!!
    Anywho we iz so glad we haz furinallee met ya n iz yer furend!!!
    Much lub frum Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum too xoxoxoxo

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    1. Oh, my Peep #1 is SO NOT GOOD at the namin' of cats. I, Nerissa, am a boy. My brothers Desdemona and Callista were boys and to add insult to injury, she can never remember is Kisty had one or two 'l's in his name. Plus, my sisters Tobias and Mason are girls. MOUSES! Told you the peep was pretty dense 'bout such things.

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