A shout-out to a recuperating reader

Reader (and biologist) Sarah Crews had back surgery yesterday, and came home (the same day!) to find, on the bed, two of her cats in a pose she calls “ridiculousness.” The cats are Professeur Chippeur (“Chippi”), left, and Surprise, Cat! (because he always looks surprised).

This is to wish her a speedy recovery, which is almost guaranteed given that these two funny rescue cats are on hand—and seven other ferals going in and out.

Ridiculousness

37 Comments

  1. Posted April 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    They’re like a cartoon cat heart!

  2. Posted April 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Professor Ceiling Cat…between you and Dr. Butterbiscuits I’ll be better soon I’m sure.

  3. Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Oy! A bad time for backs…Mom had surgery this past Halloween, and Professor Ceiling Cat and I both have muscle spasms as I type…and Sarah’s surgery…

    …is it safe to call the human spine an example of Idiot Design? Can we please?

    b&

    • Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      …especially compared with a cat’s spine. Baihu has been absolutely wonderful to me today…but oy! do I wish I had a spine like his…

      …and an octopus’s eye, and a salamander’s ability to regrow limbs, and and and and….

      b&

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

      Walking upright is bullshit!

      • Posted April 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, but it is handy to…ah…have one’s hands free….

        b&

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted April 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

          For slapping people and running away!

          • Posted April 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

            Let me guess…you’re the one holding the fish, and I’m the one running away?

            b&

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted April 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

              Only if I try to blame the slapping on you.

              • friendlypig
                Posted May 1, 2015 at 4:17 am | Permalink

                Diana, I would never have had you down as a ‘slapper’! i.e. a promiscuous or vulgar woman – one of the more polite definitions ont t’internet.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 1, 2015 at 11:06 am | Permalink

                I think vulgar fits me. Very hot polloi.

              • Posted May 1, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink

                Very hot? And vulgar?

                Something tells me I shouldn’t touch this one with a ten-foot polloi, not if I want to get out of here with all my appendages intact….

                b&

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

                Yeah another stupid iPad autocorrect

              • Paul S
                Posted May 1, 2015 at 7:31 am | Permalink

                Do you dance like this as well?

              • friendlypig
                Posted May 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

                Ben, you never know. A good slap might just re-align it/them.

    • Posted May 1, 2015 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      It’s such an idiot design.

  4. Mike Leegaard
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I hope you heal quickly, Sarah. I just got home after having a friend of nearly 20 years euthanized and this picture made me smile. Give those rascals an extra belly rub for me.

    • Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      So sorry…they deserve so much more than a mere couple decades, and yet they do well to get even that much….

      b&

    • Posted April 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear, I’m sorry as well.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      So sorry to hear this! Take care of yourself tonight!

    • Diane G.
      Posted April 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      So very sorry, Mike!

    • Mike Leegaard
      Posted May 1, 2015 at 2:41 am | Permalink

      Thank you all for the kind words.

    • Posted May 1, 2015 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Best to Sarah and Mike both.

    • Posted May 1, 2015 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Thank you and I’m sorry about your buddy. Last time I was on WEIT it was because of poor little Flippy…someday I hope to be on here because something awesome happens to me!

    • Posted May 1, 2015 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Thanks everyone! The surgery should keep me going for a few more years. My disc is in pretty horrible shape, but they can do other things when the time comes. Back problems affect so many people and the research done is not proportional to how many are affected. Sciatic nerve pain was miserable; I’d had problems with it off and on for years that I could manage with PT, but this was just unreal. My GPs wouldn’t give me pain meds and asked me if I had tried acupuncture…I asked them if they’d look at my MRI. (on my 4th GP now) I thought the pain couldn’t get worse and then I sneezed…but that got me into the ER and things began getting better (numb) after that. The numbness may be permanent, but anything is better than that pain. I feel like sciatic nerve pain could cause people to become heroin addicts or kill themselves – esp. without access to medical insurance. It was nuts. Glad I’m on the road to recovery!

      • Posted May 1, 2015 at 11:24 am | Permalink

        Oh, man…to have to deal with quack GPs who recommend turning you into a pincushion rather than provide true palliative care, on top of the need for palliative care in the first place…so glad you’re past that part, at least.

        b&

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted May 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

        The ways doctors treat pain is appalling!

        • Posted May 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

          And it’s especially painfully ironic considering that it’s mostly really only ending the pain that any of us really care about in the first place.

          Pain management should be front and foremost for all doctors. It’s one thing to say, “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to hurt you today in order to make the pain go away tomorrow.” We can all accept the necessity of that sort of thing. But too damn many don’t even seem to acknowledge that their patients are even experiencing pain, let alone have any interest in alleviating it. Even with the numeric pain scale…tell them you’re at a 7 or an 8 and they still won’t up the meds for some incomprehensible reason….

          b&

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted May 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

            Yeah my doctor basically shrugged off the fact that I was having migraines everyday.

            • Posted May 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

              How the hell do you wind up as a DOCTOR, of all professions, if you haven’t an ounce of empathy?

              I mean, yeah, you need to be able to keep it under control so you can hurt the patient to set the bone or whatever…but shouldn’t it be your primary driving force the rest of the time?

              b&

  5. ScottG
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! I too know well the pain of a bad back. And a bit jealous that Sarah’s bed warmers are so cute!

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Get better soon Sarah!

  7. Marella
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Good luck for a speedy recovery Sarah.

  8. Sastra
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck on Sarah’s back surgery recovery. She came home the same day? I was a wussie and decided to stay overnight. Sarah is strong.

    • Posted May 1, 2015 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      I didn’t have a choice; my hospital is like a factory! The first two days were tough. Yesterday I made it around the block…in about an hour. Today I hope to break my record at 55 mins!

  9. Diane G.
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Heal well & quickly, Sarah! And thanks for sending in such an adorable picture. 🙂

  10. StephaJL
    Posted May 1, 2015 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    What a lovely picture — ridiculousness indeed, but a most splendid variety thereof.

    (I cannot fathom how creationists reconcile the human back with a supposedly ‘perfect’ deity — our spines would surely be among the more egregious examples of divine trolling).

    A full & rapid recovery to you, Sarah!


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