25 July, 2011    Update

“Update”. What an uninspired title. I’m not feeling particularly uninspired, just running in lots of different directions.

First, Max (and the rest of us), to show how well he’s doing. He has to wear that blue apron-collar to keep from chewing his bandage. It’s my understanding it itches worse than any poison ivy or mosquito bite you’ve ever had. Per pound of body weight he takes about 4x as much Benadryl as you or I would but it still itches. And he still wants to run full speed at the river!:


That’s what I’m running in a lot of different directions about. Vet visits, supplies, etc., worrying a lot, that sort of thing. But he’s doing well. He still has to have his bandages changed every evening and Alex does a superb job. I’m so fortunate to have her here. I took him to my vet this morning to schedule surgery (a week from Wednesday) and the first thing he did was talk about how great Max’s bandage looks. That’s the second vet in a row who’s told me that!

This picture is out of chronological order; it’s from Thursday (the above picture is from Sunday). But I like the semi-monochrome sunrise, and the way the sun appears to be rising not from the sky but from the water:

Monochrome sunrise

On the same day I was able to zoom in on this damselfly. The image is not as crisp as I enjoy but it’s a neat picture:


A friend and I work once each week at the Positive Vibe Cafe in Stratford Hills Shopping Center. 2825 Hathaway Rd., Richmond, VA, 23225. Have a meal there some time; the name is perfect. In addition to having an extremely positive vibe, the food is outstanding. They also have a beautiful fish tank in the lobby. I tried to take a picture of it with my phone to show a friend. The tank is so clean, and I was so close, that the picture looked right “through” the tank. You can’t even see the tank at all, just this odd (and I find pleasing) illusion of fish floating in midair in the lobby:

Something fishy in the lobby

Have a great day,

Jay, Mackey, Max, Roux, assorted cats

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to Update

  1. Clare M says:

    Beautiful! And I’m so glad to hear that Max is doing well. With luck, he’ll be back in full shape in a week or two!

    The damselfly is gorgeous! We went to the VMFA to see the Faberge exhibit, and at lunch there were two electrifyingly blue dragonflies in a spider’s web. Wren rescued them with a fork (oh yes) and set them free. There were quite a number of them zooming around the little pond!

    Best Wishes!

  2. Hi Clare,
    Great to hear from you. And thanks for your good wishes for Max. He seems to be feeling good. We’ve got a vet Max and I think highly of – although he’s not as great as your Mom! I’m glad you guys were able to get to the VMFA to see the Faberge exhibit. And I’ll bet those two dragonflies Wren rescued were REALLY glad!

    Thanks for the note and have a great day,



    PS My vet knows your Mom and thinks she is EXCELLENT!

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