In less expensive medical news, we got a one-week supply of the arthritis medicine for our pet rabbit. We figured that as long as we were unsure it would actually help we should try just a little bit; the veterinarian was confident if it would make a difference in his life, it'd make a difference quickly.
The first two times he sniffed at the syringe suspiciously, the way you might if giants twelve times your size jabbed a plastic tube of matter into your face. After his usual initial suspicions of anything unfamiliar he convinced himself that it was not actually poison, and before long he was lapping up the medicine in a really adorable way. The Internet feels this medicine is ``palatable'' to rabbits; after a couple days, I'm not sure the medicine isn't his favorite thing in the world.
He's seemed to be more energetic, but that might be explained just by his being in a better mood what with not having to go in the pet carrier for anything until the end of the month (don't tell him that part). So we're resorting to a classic A-B-A study, essentially, keeping track of how he seems to be behaving on the medicine and then letting him go off it for a week or so and see if that produces a noticeable change. We feel a bit rotten for potentially consigning him to another week or so of preventable pain, but given the natural rabbit stoicism we don't have much else we can do.
Still, the early signs are good, at least.
Trivia: The first round of opening and modernizing Japan after the Meiji Restoration included the inviting of 2400 foreigners from 23 countries, to provide instruction in Western methods. This employment accounted for about two percent of the government's expenses at the time. Source: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, John Micklethwait, Adrian Woolridge.
Currently Reading: American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide To The Formerly Funny, Christopher Miller. I had not known whoopee cushions were invented in Toronto. You'd think the city would mention that more, what with it not being Rob Ford and all.