January 9, 2012

I’m Still Here

Hi guys! No, sorry, still no page yet. But I can tell you I have it inked at least, so it will be up tomorrow or the day after. I just wanted to say hey, not dead, and maybe explain a little about why I disappeared this time.

Okay, so, two or so months ago, my cat who I’ve had for 16 years got very sick, and we learned he has lung cancer. At 16, he’s really to old for any sort of treatment. Then, at Midwest Furfest, while wondering if he would die before I got back home, I get a phone call that my new job, the one I’d had for all of three months, had ceased to exist. I was already depressed about my cat and about not selling a single thing in artist alley, so you can see the spiral that got started. I spent the next month trying to do artwork for everybody I know for christmas (cuz you know, no job, no money), none of which I succeeded in finishing. Then the week before New Years I got the worst case of stomach flu I’ve had in years. One of those stay-up-all-night-vomiting deals. Finally, after New Years I developed acid reflux for the first time in my life and spent three days being strangled by invisible rope!!

Hehe, what a great story. But anyway, our large extended family Christmas party went off splendidly, New Years was great and I was recovered enough to enjoy it, my acid reflux has mostly gone away, and my cat is still miraculously alive. But over all, I just had a lot of shit to worry about these last several months. So, sorry I’ve been away, but you understand, right?

It’s a new year and I’m feeling pretty good. Let’s make it an awesome one!

~Snipes
*is actually happy her reflux is just enough to make her eat healthy*

27 Comments to I’m Still Here

  1. by Drakanor Dream

    On January 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    *pouts* Iwanted to see the tailed bishie

  2. by Blueconfetti

    On January 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Aw, I'm very sorry that such tough things happened with such little space inbetween :(
    This summer my grandfather died the week after my little kitten got run over by a car :(
    Wasn't my happiest summer.

  3. by Ktfcoyote

    On January 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    That's a lot to deal with in such short a time span. Ouch.

    Been there with the oldster feline. Enjoy every day and know you have given and received 16 years of blessed love. Sending up prayers for your Kitty.

    Good luck on the job front! Fingers are crossed for you!

    PS : what cons do you attend/plan on attending? Would love to meet you & grovel at your feet…. I mean… shake your hand. :P

  4. by Ilithi Dragon

    On January 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Snipes, we'd understand and wait around for you to resume the comic even if you died, so… Yeah. Shit happens. It sucks. You had a lot of shit happen. It really sucked. But we just gotta pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and keep moving right along, you know? We're all here for you, Snipes, and if you need anything, even a kidney or two, we're here (just don't ask us where the kidneys came from… >.>)

  5. by DV8_Killer

    On January 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    we all care for you! and no matter what, there are at least a few people online who are willing to support you in your down times. i like being one of those people :)

    I hope you feel better soon!

  6. by Angelica A.

    On January 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I hope you feel better. I know how hard it is losing a cat you've had so long. I hope they at least passed away peacefully.

  7. by Templerknight90

    On January 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Good luck friend
    I know the pain of losing a pet, job, or other scrape of bad.
    Hang in there your art is awesome

  8. by Zeo

    On January 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Take your time. Your life and overall life-well-being is more important than your comic. we all understand!

  9. by Oscuro

    On January 11, 2012 at 1:08 am

    As always, glad you're still with us day walking, living breathing types :D

  10. by Gerbrith

    On January 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

    When I lost my job a blog called “hyperbole and a half” absolutely saved my day. I can't remember who told me about it, but the timing was perfect. Just in case you'd like a bit of cheering up. ^^

  11. by Scorpion451

    On January 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Hooray for Snipes not being dead!
    I know how that can go with a sick cat-
    I had a cat who got skin cancer- he hung in there WAY longer than they thought he would, too.
    Cats are stubborn like that. ^^

  12. by Lizzy

    On January 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I'm so sorry things got so crappy for you. Same thing pretty much happen to me (minus the health issues) back in 2008. But seriously don't worry, its amazing how crappy days can turn into awesome days. You're amazingly talented!!  I completely understand how you feel about your kitty. I had a cat named Kitty for 14.5 years, ever since I was seven years old! I'm almost 29 now and he passed away from a stroke and failing kidneys about 8 years ago. Same situation where it didn't really make sense to treat him since he was so old. I know how upsetting it is when you can do nothing for your cat that you've had for so long. I'm going to school to be a veterinary technologist and I've seen a lot of kitties, some with feline Aids and others with cancer, but honestly, even though you can't treat your cat with science..it's amazing what good living and loving owners can do to prolong the life of a cat. It's enough to let them know that they are loved. I didn't think I'd get another cat, but two years ago I finally caved and got a kitten, a little orange tabby and I named him Oliver. He's just the light of my life, but I will never forget my Kitty that passed. He's always with me no matter what. :) and I'm pretty sure someday when Oliver goes to join Kitty in the big cat box in the sky, I'll certainly get another kitten and do it all over again! anyway, I hope things get better for you! ^_^ and certainly whenever you're ready, I am happily looking forward to seeing what happens next in your comic!! I've been reading it ever since you started it! ^_^

  13. by Kim

    On January 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hi, glad your doing ok! I recently had to put my cat to sleep for stomach cancer that, by the time we found out, had closed off her digestive tract, and we had to put her down that same day. I'm glad you have more time :) As for the reflux, good luck and try to de-stress :D Diet really helps, as well as exercise. it sucks hard core, so take care of yourself!!

    Sorry for the info dump, but your post was like deja vu for me, and i hope things settle down soon!!
    -Kim

  14. by Danzier

    On January 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Hugs if you need 'em, well wishes, a little flat ginger ale and oyster crackers for your stomach, and a prayer for your cat. Sympathy/empathy…

    Thanks for looping us in.

  15. by Moonfrost

    On January 12, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I'm glad things are going better. All those things are no fun. I feel for you about your cat, if it were my kitties I'd be a bit of a mess. I'd love to buy your comic one day :3. 
    Thank you for the update
    Best of wishes

  16. by Blueconfetti

    On January 12, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Hyperbole and a Half is THE BEST.

  17. by CJ

    On January 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    1. Glad to know that you're OK.
    2. Sorry to hear you were so worried and sick.
    3. Hope things continue to look up for you. (will keep you in my thoughts)
    4. Looking forward to new pages, when you post them. :)

  18. by Artiantil

    On January 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Well now I feel guilty because I was at MFF and didn't really poke around the artists alley that much. :1

  19. by John

    On January 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Howdy Sniper! So sorry about your cat … it is never easy to hear that kind of news, but I'm glad you have some time left to spoil him! We didn't get much of a chance for that with either of our cats, but we did get to spoil a couple of our dogs when they were nearing their time. Still, it is a sad thing for us. However, I do firmly believe that all of our pets will be waiting to greet us along with the rest of our family when our own time comes.

    It is great to hear from you, even just to share your misery as needed. But I'm also glad that you had some great times with your family! What fun! Our holidays had their ups & downs – I was sick over Christmas, but I did get 3 new Tarot decks (woot!). Wife fell and dislocated a finger just before Thanksgiving … but that gave me the excuse to grill steaks on Thanksgiving, then to do the turkey the day after when I had more time. I think overall the good outweighed the bad.

    Acid Reflux sucks ass. Been fighting it for years. Glad your's settled down.

    Great to have you back with us!

  20. by Zlasater

    On January 17, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I'm just happy you're still alive and doing this comic. Thanks for making it and take as many weeks as you need to feel better again :D

  21. by JoatOrion

    On January 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Snipes, I know what you are going through. Went through same two years ago (or is it coming on to three?) when my little one also developed lung cancer. The xray looked like she had grey evil cotton candy where her lungs were. She was already under (she hated vets), so…I let them take her the rest of the way. The vet did everything else, arranged cremation and didn't charge me for the…kindness. I screamed in my car on the drive back to my place. Six months later they let my contract expire (something about 'common law employee' lawsuits and me being there five years). Now living with family and looking for work (did a six month stint at Fort Knox where I wanted to do work but my team lead just wanted to break my balls).

  22. by GhettoDisqusUser

    On January 22, 2012 at 12:16 am

    yes :D

  23. by Mirefrost00

    On January 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Pretty certain I have GERD.  Haven't been diagnosed, but my mother was.  Been taking Prilosec OTC for years, has mostly kept the acid reflux at bay, but I couldn't drink much coffee, eat much pizza, any of the things I love.  Now that Zegerid is OTC…  

    If this becomes a recurring issue for you, I recommend one Zegerid OTC (or generic omeprazole w/ sodium bicarbonate) every other day.

  24. by Ab00313

    On January 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    When I was younger and we knew that one of our cats (Isis) had about six months left (he was 19, a pretty impressive age to have lasted to before his liver and kidneys started to give out), I don't think we actually made much of a fuss of him at all… I feel horrible now, because although we adored the other two cats who co-existed with him (Captain and Kirstie, and later Tessa) we never had paid much attention to Isis even though he desperately sought it (and merely got tripped over and sworn at). Okay, so Isis sprayed our shoes and sometimes chairs and plug sockets (he was a stray that wandered in and probably worried that he'd be thrown out again one day), he ate the butter (he learnt to open the butter-dish), he had a very whiny meow (not his fault), he was incredibly jumpy and he became smelly and greasy in his final year (he was too stiff to wash himself properly), but that was no excuse for my parents' tendency to ignore him and call him “the Black Blob”… plus, now I'm old enough to form my own opinions, I can see a lot of similarities between him and Daddy's wonderful cat Pip: both quite intelligent, both very loving but incredibly shy of strangers, both used to make a lot of mess (in Pip's case, because she had digestive troubles as a kitten and had to live off chicken and rice or she'd have diarrhoea everywhere – it cleared up when she was a year old, luckily), and both disliked by my mum (in Pip's case, because my mum didn't put the light on one night and tripped over Pip on the stairs – my mum's shoulder still hurts a lot, and she blames Pip instead of going to the doctor about it) – but Pip is fortunately still loved by Daddy.
    I think I would have liked Isis a lot if I met him today, and I wish he'd got more in his last six months than tablets, vet visits and two little girls waking him up to check if he was still alive…

  25. by DanialArin

    On January 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    That's a brutal combination you've been hit with.  I few of my friends have been through the loss of a long-time pet recently, and I myself have been through reflux, the Month From Hell, and the loss of a long-term job that was part of how I defined myself, combined with difficulty getting a new one.  None of it's pleasant, none of it's fun, and you have my sincerest sympathies.

    It's good to hear that your reflux is abating.  The sensation of your lungs being digested is an experience I heartily recommend against.  Diet definitely helps, as do the meds.  If you get attacks at night, it helps if you prop up the head of the bed by a couple of inches (a 4ft x 18″ x 2″ piece of scrap lumber works nicely for a twin bed–obviously increase the length for a full–and can probably be had pretty cheap).  If you're at a con and sharing a hotel room, and not with a Significant Other, assuming you can actually sleep sitting up, consider volunteering to take the Comfy Chair instead of a bed.  If that's not an option (for example, if you have an S.O. there you want to snuggle with), they make firm, wedge-shaped backrest pillows (sometimes called “husbands”) which are better for your back than propping up a bunch of regular bed pillows behind you.

    Good luck on all fronts, and I hope your cat hangs in there a while.  Looking forward to seeing the new page when it's finally ready.  (Gotta say, though, ch8p5 is a beautiful cliffhanger.)

  26. by darwin00

    On February 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Man Snipes, that's terrible!  What a rotten run of luck.  It's good to hear that things have settled back out for you. 

    Yes GERD is no fun at all…been there done that and every time I get stressed I get pressure behind my sternum, so I completely understand how awful it felt.

    I check back in now and again to see whether you've been able to resume…I look forward to any new pages you can get out there, and am the most patient person about these things.

  27. by Meyobrin

    On February 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Mnn.. A lot of people have wordy comments and moral support, so I dunno what else to add.

    Just know your patient readers are still here, and we'll be here whenever you need us. <3

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