Sunday, December 19, 2010

Toolkit updated... Invited!

My toolkit was updated on Thursday morning (the morning after Placement called me) to say:

Congratulations! You have been invited to become a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Very exciting!  So Kristin must have found a slot right after our phone conversation.  I'm just waiting on UPS to find out where I might be headed.  Let the stalking commence!

In other news, May, our sick kitty, came home from the vet on Saturday.  The ultrasound shows that he has cholangitis (pancreatitis) and hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease).  The treatment involves fluids and getting him to keep eating.  He's been doing well so far.  Unfortunately, his littermate, Molly, is now very sick.  I got them new food on Friday (Molly was fine then, just skinny).  I didn't mix it with the old stuff because I just wanted him to eat and the vet suggested that maybe May got sick because he didn't like the old food.  Usually when you give new food to cats, you're supposed to mix it with the old stuff so that it doesn't upset their system.  I didn't do this, so Molly spent all day yesterday throwing up and being generally sick.  He is refusing food now and we're having a hard time getting him to drink.  I have a feeling we'll be calling the emergency vet today for him.  Ugh.  

Good news: I made my official Weight Watchers goal weight on Thursday.  I aimed to do this before I departed for Peace Corps and it's done; I'm 37.8 lbs lighter than I was in June!   I am now at a healthy weight for my height.  I would like to lose a little bit more (maybe 10 lbs?), but I'm very happy that I was able to accomplish this goal.  Now, to maintain the loss over the remainder of the holidays...

For all of you who are waiting for invites/medical clearance/etc., I hope that you hear something soon! Reading the blogs of other applicants has been helpful and maddening.  It's nice to know that others are feeling anxious and restless, and I hope it ends for all of us soon.  Good luck!


  1. Congratulations on getting your invite! I stalk Peace Corps blogs regularly, but I haven't applied yet. You must be out of your mind with excitement over this, but at the same time the sickness thing with you kitties has to be so depressing. I'm a huge cat-lover (leaving my cats for two years is my biggest hesitation with joining the Peace Corps), so I know how it feels to have one get really sick like that.

    I'll be continuing to follow your blog! Hopefully your invite arrives before Christmas so it can be like a Christmas present. If not, Monday after would be really good, too.

  2. Thanks Lew & Caity! Lew, good luck- I've been reading your blog and I hope that you hear from Placement soon and that next time it's not to say, "Be patient, srsly", but "You're invited!"

    Caity, I am excited and it would be a great Christmas present to get the invitation this week. Kitty #2 (Molly) is still not eating. Talked to the vet on the phone today; I'll probably be bringing him in tomorrow if we can't get him to eat by then. Caity, where will your cats go if you do decide to apply? Good luck to you with whatever you decide to do!