Woah, your hair is not short at all. It’s a great mane. It suits your face. And the color is awesome, looks like fire. It also matches your shirt and sparkly make-up, heh.
To be frank here, I’m not normally the kind of person to do this, to go online and ask things of total strangers. Normally I try to figure out an answer on my own, but this time things are beyond me. I need help and I’m hoping that this might circulate enough to help me find it.
The sweet darling you see above is named Roberta. She has been with my mother for over three years now, and she is an absolute darling. Roberta is known to find those she is affectionate toward and curl up in their laps, on their chests, or across their shoulders for loving. When my mom sleeps at night Roberta slips over to her, crawls under the blankets, and sleeps on her chest. This cat is pure affection, and beautiful to boot… Until the combination of her returning medical condition and Hurricane Sandy combined to put my mother into an untenable situation.
Unfortunately, as you see in the last two pictures, Roberta is not well. That red you see? That isn’t cotton, that is a polyp growing in her ear. It bleed frequently and contact with it creates serious bleeding. The pain and irritation have driven Roberta batty, and she eats less, pulls out her fur, and refuses to let the other cat or the dog in the house get near her because they try to lick her ear to make her better, but only make it bleed. Roberta has lost two pounds since Sandy and while she’s a small cat she looks and feels like flesh and bones. I can’t pet her without feeling every vertebra distinctly, and she is feather light to pick up now. As for the medical condition, well… Here is a bit of information my mom has provided about the condition of our lovely Roberta.
"I have been searching desperately for help or advice concerning my "rescue kitty" Roberta. She has chronic polyps that grow inside her ear canals and the one pictured is particularly fast-growing. The only option for her (aside from euthanasia) is surgery to remove her ear canals. Surgery will leave Roberta deaf, of course, but she’s a much loved and pampered indoor-only kitty and I would rather have her deaf and comfortable as opposed to putting her down so she doesn’t suffer.
Roberta has already had two surgeries to remove the polyps but they keep growing back. The vet recommended removing the ear canals and I agreed it was best. Before the surgery was scheduled, Hurricane Sandy came along and destroyed the house I was renting, all my possessions, my savings account, and my credit.”
My mom had only been living in New Jersey for a few months before Sandy hit. Pretty much every single possession she had with her was destroyed or ruined. While things survive from being in storage back in Ohio as her move hadn’t been completed, Sandy has ruined her as it has ruined many lives. But, despite it all, my mom had come through it with both of her cats. It was enough to have that and her family. Unfortunately the situation was stressful and by taking almost everything away from her, they took away what money my mother had been setting aside to help Roberta.
That was, as we all know, over a year ago. My mother has been having trouble with jobs, with hours, with minimum wage, and getting back into a real home is now a far more pressing need than helping her cat. Which is why she is searching for something to help her.
The surgery Roberta needs has been estimated at nearly $4000. My mother and I are not asking for that. Not yet. We’re desperate but we haven’t reached the point of begging stranger for money for Roberta. Instead what spare time my mother has is put toward research. She searches for organizations, funds, vets, vet schools, anything that can help her help Roberta at a lower cost.
What do my mother and I need? Information. Advice. Someone to point us in the right direction. If you can provide us information on any of the following please send me a message here, reblog this with an answer, send me fanmail, or just send me a message to ask me for contact information for me so we can have a longer conversation or exchange websites or anything else like that.
We are looking for:
- Animal charities/organizations that might help fund the procedure.
- Animal charities/Organizations based in New Jersey that give us advice
- Veterinarian schools in Sourthern Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania who might do the surgery at low cost as a learning procedure
- Any other advice that could help us help Roberta
My mom closes her e-mails to the various organizations she contacts with this, and I feel it works here too.
"Roberta truly is a darling little kitty and she has been such a wonderful companion, especially since Hurricane Sandy took our relaxed life away. She deserves to live out her life in comfort."
Please help us if you can. I ask you for my mother. I ask you for Roberta. I ask you for my memories of terrible fevers made easier by having the most affectionate little ball of fluff curl up on my pillow and purr so loud that she woke me out of horrifying fever dreams.
Please, help us, even if it is only a reblog to try and reach users in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
ETA 1/5/2014 - Latest information about decisions/funding/questions is located here
ETA 1/8/2014 - Two updates on this day. Second has the most up to date info on where we are with starting to accept donations (not quite yet).
First is Here
Second is Here
ETA 1/10/2014 - Donations are now being accepted
ETA 2/8/2014 - Donations at 63% and ~32 days left. Roberta has been to the vet and we have an update on her condition.
Vet Visit Update
ETA 2/27/2014 - Donations at 67% and ~12 days left. Roberta holding on but we still need more help. Condition update.
Weight and Donation Amount Update
But it’s not a real tooth. If I’m not wrong, it was CG for a toothpaste ad.
I don’t think you can carve teeth like that.
"real life doesnt have trigger warnings" imagine supermarkets taking all of the allergy warnings off of all of the foods and then being like "sorry sweetie, welcome to the real world (:" when everyone started going into anaphylactic shock
yeah, that would be like my childhood…
Hmmm. I’m not gonna touch the trigger subject, but food allergies (and other allergic processes, such as asthma) may not be the best analogy, since the most commonly accepted theory to the increase of these conditions is that we are “too clean” (the Hygiene Hypothesis). We, as kids, are exposed to very few small threats (germs and dirt), that our inmune system doesn’t develope to its “adult form”, and so to say, it sees threats where there is none.
Especifically for food allergies, there’s another factor, related to the excesive hygiene one (or part of the same problem, really), that is that babies nowadays get introduced to certain foods a bit too late, because they are considered to bear some risks (certain fishes, peanut, eggs…). But it seems said delaying in the introduction of certain solid foods produces a higher chance of developing food allergy.
It’s just a hypothesis (though quite accepted), and I’m sure there are more factors at play (like, yeah, food these days contains suspicious products sometimes, though it’s proteins that our inmune system reacts to), and there’s also an increase in the awareness of allergies, so they are identificated and reported. But my point was that it wasn’t a good analogy for triggers, because with allergies, it seems we’ve protected ourselves (and especially our children) so much, that we are weak now and opur bodies perceive everything as an attack.
Thanks for turning literally one of the scariest fucking places on earth where you are usually stripped on all personhood and abused into a fun and quirky way to play around with your favorite characters!
Modern psychiatric hospitals aren’t hellzones.
Yeah. Psychiatric hospitals are nothing like old asylums, even if they may not be perfect at all. In fact, they represent totally different concepts of what mental health is.
Also, it’s just a guess, but sometimes the poing of certain AUs is to put characters in a hard situation, an ugly place, to explore the character, etc. There are wartimes AUs too, i.e. Can they be wrong and insensitive? Yeah, but it depends on the way the author handles the subject.
And what about movies/novels/whatever? Is okay for those formats of fiction to be placed in an Asylum setting? Or should they stick to places where nobody has ever suffered?
DEATH NOTE 10TH ANNIVERSARY COUNTDOWN
so as hella of you all probably already know, on march 3rd, it will have been ten years since death note made its official debut.
some of us may have been fans of the franchise for all of those ten years. some of us have joined only recently, but it is the love of every fan that has kept this fandom going for the duration.
as celebration of this longevity, death note creators takeshi obata and tsugumi ohba have released a countdown to a new project they are releasing, that will be revealed on march 3rd.
and that’s where we all come in!
as celebration of, well, the celebration, here at DN10th, we’ll be hosting a countdown to the date of march 3rd, with each day of the countdown being a day of celebration of a certain character, group, or pairing. our plan is to post as much original and fan-content as possible and we would be honored if as many fellow fans as possible could contribute to this, so please read on if you are interested!
- the countdown will begin on february 27th. we’ll be announcing the dates of the specific celebration days with this post, so you’ll have until the days you are interested in taking part in to collect or prepare your contributions!
- we are accepting all sorts of things! fanart, fic, your fanmixes, meta posts, anything!
- all we ask from this is that anything you submit, you source. fanart sent in without a source will not be posted and the user to submit it will likely be blocked from taking part.
- if you have fic to send in, please send it in a format that contains the title, rating, summary, and a link to the original piece.
- with fanmixes, please send them in the format of a photo post for the cover art (sourced), with a tracklist in the description and a link to the original mix. please only submit mixes you have made, unless you have explicit permission from the mix creator to share theirs.
for the most part, we’re going to keep the schedule simple so as not to stifle anyone who wants to contribute a lot of things for various characters or pairings, so:
- from february 27th until march 2nd, please submit any content you like! with two exceptions
- on february 28th, or, the birthday of light yagami, the day will be dedicated solely to him, first because it is his birthday, and also because he is the series’ main character.
- to make sure no minor or underrated characters are under-represented, we are going to have a minor characters day on march 1st
- other than that, the choice of what you want to submit is yours!
- enjoy yourselves, and good luck!