Helen had a checkup at the vet yesterday. I took her in because she'd been making some weird breathing sounds the night before and I had been meaning to get a senior blood panel done on her anyway and to have her checked out for possible arthritis in her hips because she's been slowing down a lot over the past couple of months. Yesterday morning, I opened my eyes just in time to see Helen with that all too familiar "I'm about to barf" look on her face and I jerked my head back just as a hairball came flying out of her mouth. Yes, a hairball. It was blue and orange fuzz from her favorite blankie. And it landed right where my face had been just moments earlier...awesome! So we got to the vet and her lungs sounded clear (though I don't know how he heard anything with her purring at top volume the whole time). The strange breathing must've been from the blanket fuzz ball? Her blood work came back today perfectly perfect! All normal values, straight down the middle, nothing high, nothing low. She's the picture of health! YAY! I really wanted to make sure everything was good since I've had her on the homemade raw diet for a couple of months now. She's great! Except for her arthritis, which I'm treating with glucosamine and chondroitin and going to try very low dose pain meds. Send vibes that she's up and moving around again soon!