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Many lovely, small moments transpired on our road trip up to Montreal on Monday, but today’s post will not inform you of those.

Certainly one of the most interesting things to happen on Monday was when we drove to visit our friend in the hospital and I followed a car (with Quebec plates!) the wrong way onto a one-way street.

Life is so different in Canada!

My entire experience in Quebec has been colored slightly by my interaction with the border guard on Monday:

BG: Bonjour!

moi: Bonjour!

BG: Parlez-vous anglais?

moi: Oui!

BG: If you speak English, then do not speak French.

Well, Bienvenue to you, too, you French-Canadian so-and-so!

We are staying in a lovely room, with the most sensible compact kitchenette I have ever seen.

Annie et moi dans le restaurant FRITES ALORS!

the infamous water spot in the middle of my lens seems to be more prominent since we’ve arrived in Montreal

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

And now for some difficult news: we found out yesterday morning that our dear cat, Miss Lilly, was hit by a car. Yes, we have been juggling that information from afar for 24-hours (also relaying it to China where Violet will be terribly upset as Miss Lilly is really her cat).

Here is what we know: she was outside and came in yesterday (Tuesday) morning, in very bad shape. The house sitter and a good friend brought the cat to the vet.

Lilly was in shock, no tone in her tail, one hind leg working, the other not, scraped nails (indicative of car hit). No open wounds, no bleeding. low temp, low tone.

Since yesterday, she has been on intravenous fluids and pain meds and her temperature has recovered slightly, but they still need to keep her warm with heating pads and hot water bottles. She has not eaten, nor pee/poo.

There are no visible fractures to legs, pelvis, or spine, which means there has likely been impact trauma to the spinal cord. Sometimes, as swelling goes down, more functioning is restored. We are now waiting for further signs of whether there is spinal cord damage or if perhaps only her leg/hindquarters were impacted. They need to wait until she poops or pees to know if she’s able to function or not. She does have the use of one of her legs, a good sign. A cat can live without its tail and even without a leg, but not bowel or bladder function. So we wait. I call and get updates several times a day. I can’t see her until we are back in the States tomorrow (we will arrive later tonight).

Very hard.

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