Monthly Archives: February 2009

Mozzwatch

Mozz is doing so well he can come tomorrow!

His feeding tube is no longer necessary and can be removed from his neck.  It hasn’t been used for a few days now.  However, they left it in for a while just in case. Once it is taken out, it is taken out forever. They will remove it either tonight (if they have time) or tomorrow.  They will need to leave the wound open to drain.

He definitely has his mojo back now.  Big green cat eyes taking in what’s happening… and plenty of talk coming out of him.

Richard and I are so happy he has made it through this.  We keep pinching ourselves!

Schiphol Air Crash

CNN is talking about how shocking it is that the Turkish authorities made an premature and incorrect statement about the number of deaths.

Of course, I find this outrage highly amusing.

Welcome to the East!

Schiphol Air Crash

My girlfriend is due to depart Schiphol in a few hours and a Turkish airliner has just crashed on the runway near the A9.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/25/turkish.plane.amsterdam/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes near Amsterdam airport

(CNN) — A Turkish passenger jet crashed as it tried to land at Amsterdam’s main airport Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 50, 25 seriously, Dutch airport authorities have said.

Rescuers attend the fuselage of the Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 following Wednesday's crash.

Rescuers attend the fuselage of the Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 following Wednesday’s crash.

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800, which had 127 passengers and seven crew members, broke into three pieces on impact in a field near Schiphol Airport.

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A news photographer at the scene said he saw an unknown number of bodies lying under a white blanket, Maaike Voersma, a journalist with Dutch newspaper De Bers, told CNN.

A passenger on the plane who spoke to Turkish network DHA said he saw injured people trapped and squeezed between the seats when he walked off the plane.
The Boeing 737-800, which originated from Istanbul, Turkey, was trying to land at Schiphol when it went down at about 10:40 a.m. local time, Dutch airport officials said.

Pictures from the scene showed the plane broken in three pieces. One tear was in front of the wing, splitting the “Turkish” logo in two, and a larger tear was farther back along he fuselage. 

Most of the injured were seated toward the back of the plane, which sustained the most damage, a passenger on the plane told Turkish station NTV. Many of the passengers simply walked off the plane through the cracks in the fuselage, witnesses told NTV. 

Images from the scene showed medics treating passengers on the ground next to the buckled hulk of the plane, while firefighters and police examined the aircraft.

Emergency exits were wide open and there was no signs of fire damage to the fuselage. Also visible was one of the aircraft’s engines, apparently separated from the shattered remains of one of the wings.

The plane landed in a flat farmer’s field near the airport, RTL journalist Greg Crouch told CNN. He said the weather at the time was partly sunny with no wind or rain.

Witnesses said they saw the nose of the plane pitch up suddenly before the crash, Crouch said.

A bank manager who was a passenger on the plane told NTV that there were no emergency announcements. The crew’s last word to the cabin was an announcement to fasten seatbelts and prepare for landing, the bank manager said.

He said he felt the pilot giving more power to the engines before a sudden drop and then the crash. He described the crash as similar to a sudden impact that was over in a matter of seconds.

Kieran Daly, of Air Transport Intelligence said the impact had been severe but it could have been survivable because of the lack of fire. He added that there had been vast improvements in the materials used to build airplanes, meaning they did not burn as easily. 

Daly also said that the Boeing 737-800 is a reliable aircraft that has been successful and safe in service.

“They really are pretty much state-of-the-art airliners with every imaginable technical benefit the industry has come up with over the years,” Daly told CNN.

“You would be optimistic that they would be quite survivable in an accident.” Daly said the Turkish aviation industry has a “pretty good record” of safety, and that Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, has a “very good record.”

The airline’s last accident was of a small commuter jet in 2003, he said. It was a fatal crash that happened at a remote airfield in eastern Turkey, he said. “Their mainline operation is safe,” Daly said. “Their pilots are well thought of.”

The last accident at Schiphol Airport happened in December 2003 when an EasyJet flight carrying 103 passengers to London collided while with a lamppost while taxiing during icy conditions, according to Aviation Safety Network’s Web site. The crash caused significant damage to the aircraft, but no one was killed.

The other two most recent accidents at Schiphol — in 1998 and 1997 — also resulted in no fatalities, according to the network.

The last fatal incident at the Amsterdam airport happened in April 1994 when a KLM aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff as it tried to return to Schiphol. Three of the 24 passengers and crew members on board were killed.

Mozzwatch

Spent the last two days at the vet with Mozz.  The vet has observed that he really improves when I visit him so I have been spending lots of time with him.

He’s doing so well!  Yesterday he ate cat food for the first time in ages… without the aid of the tube. He has been eating morning and evening since.  Although he is still be given extra nourishment via the tube in an effort to stabilise his blood sugars.

I have become proficient at tube feeding and blood sugar testing (well, my blood sugar testing skills can stilll improve but at least I know how to do it).

Mozz has been talking a lot the past two days as well.  This is wonderful!

I will really miss going into the vet each day when Mozz comes home.  Spending time with the sick and homeless animals is really incredible. They are all so beautiful… even the beat up ones.

Life is hard for some animals, and people too. It makes you appreciate what you have when you see the huge variation in life experiences these animals have.  They range from the adored and cared for (like Mozzle), to the poorly-cared-for (the nearly dead cat with fluid on the lungs from a notorious owner that brings in many of their pets  in in a similar state, or the 2 week old kitten that was sold by a pet shop and consequently died) ,to the loved then abandoned, (people leaving Dubai and leaving their pets behind) to the abandoned since birth (the strays that a kind person has picked up and organised to have desexed before placing them back where they were).

Being able to provide some comfort for these animals is a privilege and I will truly miss it.

Mozzwatch

Spent another 4 hours with him again today. He’s not looking as good as he was yesterday.  He’s exhausted and very quiet.

I was able to feed him through the tube, and give him a long cuddle. He purrs gently when I do this.

His feeding tube wound is infected.  Think perhaps they need to give him antibiotics for that.  I will ask them tomorrow.

It was very late when we left, and the vet was in emergency surgery working on a very sick dog. Poor puppy-dog.

Dina (the vet nurse and diabetes specialist) had her cat in the vet today. I’d heard so much about this cat.  Basically that it was crazy and vicious. Her name is Tiny Terror.

All this was true.  What struck me was how beautiful she was.  Maybe the most beautiful cat I have ever seen.  She’s an Egyptian Mau.  (I swear this cat was on speed the whole time it was in the vet.)

An Egyptian Mau (Image Source: http://deninda.wordpress.com)

An Egyptian Mau (Image Source: http://deninda.wordpress.com)

Mozzwatch

Spent a few hours with Mozz today.

We arrived just before he was due for his feeding, so we learnt how to feed him through the tube.  When the vet nurse was mixing up the food for him he was looking around and sniffing the air. It was obvious he was looking forward to it.

We think that is a very good sign.  Hopefully that means his appetite is returning and he might start to think about eating through his mouth soon.

He looked fantastic today. He had clear eyes, and was very alert. He rubbed his head all over us when he cuddled him and stuck the claws in when we tried to put him back in the cage.  He has some real strength back in his legs from the feel of it.

The best part of all was the fact that he was giving LOTS of lip again.  In a very unimpressed voice he indicated that all this vet stuff was highly unsatisfactory and that he should be taken home at once! He complained when he was returned to his cage and looked disgustedly at us as we left.

It was like the old Mozzle Tov was back with us again. We were so happy. Richard said to me while I was cuddling him, ‘Look at you. You’re so happy you’re nearly crying.’  So cool! 🙂

His external appearance will take a while to look suave again. He is riddled with hairless patches from his ultrasounds and IV insertions, holes from his attempted IV insertions and the odd stitch from the successful IV insertions that he pulled out.

And then there is the great big tube that sticking out of his neck that has a rather ugly swelling and occasional ooze around it. That’s definitely the most shocking thing to see.

I don’t want to be too optimistic because we know he nearly died only 2 nights ago.  And in a way I am too afraid to hope. But I will visit him tomorrow and I am hoping he will look as good as he did today.

I really can’t believe how tough he is.

Mozzwatch

Saw our beautiful cat today.  He looks much better than yesterday.

Although when we arrived he was being fed and all I saw was this tiny little ball of matted fur being cradled like a baby while the vet injected his feeding tube with Recovery Food.

It made me want to cry.

He managed to pull out his IV drip the little blighter.  But he is getting fed through the tube into his stomach and he’s not throwing it back up so that’s very good.

After he was fed he started to really pick up (blood sugars were rising) and then he had good focus in his eyes. He even let out a few meows while we were there. Eventually I just sat beside him patting his head gently with one finger…tracing my finger from his nose, up between his eyes and back over his head, and then back again, in one continuous movement. He purred gently.

He opened his eyes when we came in or out of the room, and also when we left.  Two big, green things saying, ‘Don’t go’.

Sniffle.

We will visit him again tomorrow.