UPDATE (4/25/11 @ 2:25 PM)

I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for my blog readers! Y’all are amazing! So many messages of encouragement. And so many of you have bought the Sketches for Mannie PDF in this post, too. We’ve nearly reached the total of the vet bill, and any extra sales from the Sketches for Mannie PDF will either be donated to the animal shelter or to the animal hospital to help the next sick kitty who needs medical attention. Sales from regular Virtual Card Clubs will continue to fund the web hosting for this blog. Thank you all so much! :)

Hi all! I hope your Easter weekend is wonderful. :)

Unfortunately, my weekend has been stressful and worrisome. As I mentioned in Friday’s post, I’ve been watching Mannie really closely as he healed from a UTI. While at the vet last Monday night, he mentioned that I should watch Mannie and if he has any trouble using the litterbox I needed to bring him in right away as sometimes a UTI can advance to a urinary blockage, which is fatal within 12-24 hours if left untreated. So I was on the watch out for anything less than normal.

Last night around 8:00, Mannie started pacing and meowing, and sort of just wandering around. Sometimes walking to his litterbox and then turning around. His meow was really strange. Different. I can’t pinpoint what was different about other than to say it sort of sounded like he was crying. :(

I was on the phone with my sister and keeping an eye out for Mannie when he walked over to his litterbox and got inside of it as if he was going to pee. He circled around in the box, paused, and then sort of cried out. He did this a few times and I was giving the play-by-play to my sister (she has cats, too).

“Alright. I’ve had enough. I’m taking him to the vet,” I said and packed up Mannie and we spent the next 4 hours at the emergency vet office. While the vet was palpitating Mannie’s bladder he started hissing and growling. I’ve NEVER heard him hiss or growl, so we knew he was in a lot of pain.

Yes, he had a urinary blockage and they would need to put a catheter in right away to release the pressure on his bladder. While the vet did paperwork and got things ready for Mannie, I just stood next to the examination table. Mannie was rolled up in a little ball against the wall and wouldn’t let me hold him. It was so sad and I totally lost it. The vet just handed me some tissues and I signed the paper to have Mannie hospitalized for the next two days.

I’ve received a couple phone updates from the vet since I left the office a bit after midnight. Mannie is doing well currently, just zoned out on Valium and other meds to help him get better. He was a bit distressed by the catheter and couldn’t seem to get comfortable, but the vet said they moved some things around and he’s resting comfortably now. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait to visit him until regular business hours tomorrow. I’ll stop by on my way to work in the morning and check up on him and see how he’s doing.

Sketches for Mannie

Whew! Long story short, Mannie is one expensive kitty. But very worth it. In order to pay for Mannie’s vet bill, I’ve put together a PDF of card sketches based on Make a Card Monday cards. Just $5 like the usual VCC.

The $5 PDF includes cards and sketches from my Make a Card Monday series. Just some of my favorites from the last 18 months. I’m hoping to backtrack and do sketches for all the cards eventually, but to get started, these are my recent favorites.

This Virtual Card Club PDF includes 15 pages of cards and sketches. Simply view it on screen, or you can print it out for use away from your computer. :)

What is Virtual Card Club?

For those of you new to VCC, it’s the way I share new and fun ideas with my blog readers. Not only do you get to follow along with the projects I create by using your own supplies, but it’s a great way to show your support. The money from VCC goes to maintaining the web hosting for this blog paying for Mannie’s vet bill (just this VCC, anyway). :) For only $5 you get high quality photos and ideas. All you have to do is break out your supplies and get started!

NOTE: Supplies are NOT included. You must use your own supplies. Virtual Card Club is essentially an online class.

Anyhow, enjoy! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. :)
You’ll also need Adobe Reader to view the PDF file. Download it for free here.

Virtual Card Club – MACM Favorites Vol. 1, $5 US

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Previous Virtual Card Clubs:

Sentiment Stamps | Masculine Cards | Holiday Card Series 2010 Sketches | Holiday Card Series 2009 Sketches | Paper Dolls | June 2010 | May 2010 | Exploring Handwriting | December 2009 | September 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008

NOTE: If you ordered the MACM Sketches PDF and did not receive the correct file, please contact me. Thanks!