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Ziggy the cat is in her carrier, behind a small red car, waiting to go into the vets during lockdown

Confinement Notes #4 – Vet Visit and Beach Balls of Rage

Week 8

Ziggy had a socially distanced trip to the vet. Her left eye had gone all weepy and squinty and Dr. Google said not to ignore a weepy squinty eye. So I made an appointment and Gareth got her pink space capsule down from the loft.

The only time Ziggy makes a cliched cat noise is when travelling to/from the vet. It’s a non-stop miaow miaow miaow miaow miaow miaow that sounds exactly like it’s spelled. Not sure if she’s saying I’m scared or This pink space capsule demeans us both.

Ziggy in her space capsule ready to visit the vet

It was surreal driving into town after an eight-week absence. I’d missed the transition from bare branches to full-on spring. The streets were quiet but the trees were loud with blossoms and green.

The lockdown vet process was beautifully efficient:

  1. Park up and place cat carrier behind vehicle.
  2. Phone the vet.
  3. Vet comes out to collect feline and take inside.
  4. Vet does their thing then calls back with diagnosis.
  5. Bill paid over phone.
  6. Feline deposited back to rear of vehicle, with medication taped to the carrier.

The vet’s plastic apron looked mighty shredded when she returned, so I hope Ziggy behaved herself.

The whole thing was done in 15 minutes and £52, then we miaowed our way back home to Fluffy Towers. A few eyedrops that evening and Zig’s peeper was de-squinted.

Ziggy the cat is in her carrier, behind a small red car, waiting to go into the vets during lockdown


Week 9

Gareth went back to work on Thursday after five weeks on furlough. Time to get that essential whisky back in production.

I felt a little sad and unsettled as he left our bubble, though relieved and grateful he still has a job and that he can do it safely, when so many are not so lucky.⁣

I said on Instagram that at first I was worried about being together all day. We’ve spent great gobs of time part this past half-decade, with his long hours and my work travels. I half-joked that “separate lives” was the main reason we were still together.

So it’s been a relief to find he’s still the human I like to hang out with most. Not sure how he feels about it though 😉

I don’t take for granted this unexpected pocket of togetherness, with the bleary-eyed morning coffees, the cat-and-eyedrops wrestling, the mechanic assisting in the garage; the crisps/tea/Schitt’s Creek.

G in the garage


Week 10

Is anyone else’s mind throwing up a montage of past mistakes and/or cringe-worthy moments late at night? Just as you’re trying to get to sleep?

Maybe with the present being so repetitive/scary and the future but a fog, the brain is forced to look backward for entertainment. It’s bloody annoying.

This Month in Diversions:

  • I took up watercolour painting. “Taken up” = “slopping amorphous blobs onto a page”. I’m not great at making something look like something that exists on this earth, so I tried some Morning Mood Mandalas like my friend Alli does. You draw a circle, look at the paints, see what colours sing to your mood, and just do whatever you feel like in that circle. It’s strangely soothing and addictive! Gareth calls them my Beach Balls of Rage.
  • I started tidying the chaotic pit that is my office, starting with the bookshelves that are visible in my Zoom background and slowly working forward.
  • We’ve now done eight Friday night Zoom pub quizzes. I cannot believe Gareth did not know that the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. That is THE BEST factoid about Scotland!

About Shauna Reid

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8 thoughts on “Confinement Notes #4 – Vet Visit and Beach Balls of Rage

  1. Hope your fur baby is fully recovered. I too have been uncomfortably faced with past memories during this lockdown. I’m glad to find it’s not just me as it was starting to get me down lol! X

  2. Wow that sounds a bit stressful waiting to hear how your cat is – I always find cats a bit anxious on the way to the vet and when they get there so having to just let go when you arrive would be hard.

    Coming out of lockdown is weird after being at home so long – finding some extra time for all the things we have missed is hard too! Weirdly I was so often too busy for the lunchtime quiz at work but now I do it almost every day by zoom – not sure what will happen when back in the office but it sounds like a while til it is really what we remember as normal!!!! Enjoy the lockdown and stay safe and healthy!

    1. Lunchtime quiz sounds bloody great 🙂 Hope things are going okay there with you in Victoria, I’ve been keeping an eye on the news!

  3. I had to do the socially distanced vet thing with my cat too. She’s busted her cruciate ligaments on the other leg, so another £2000 operation and a month in a cage awaits. Hope Ziggy is better now.
    All my family’s marriages still seem to be intact and everyone is being more patient than normal, if anything.
    I get to sleep all right, it’s the 3 am wondering that keeps me awake.

    1. Oh noooo! Poor cat! Hope she is on the mend now. And feeling for your bank balance too!

      3am… what is it about 3am!? 🙂

  4. Oh Shauna, I do like reading your blog and look – you’ve provided several posts while I’ve not been watching. I hope you’re ok. I’m glad you’ve got a cat and hope that life is being good to you. I’m not sure if you remember me, but Annie summoned you to our house (in Edinburgh) some years ago – I wouldn’t have presumed, but it was very exciting to meet you because you write SO well and are so sweet and funny. You brought brownies! Anyway. Hello. I hope all good things go your way.

    1. Hey Pam! Of course I remember you! 🙂 It was such a lovely evening when we all met. Hope you are staying well in Edinburgh!

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