What’s Going On?

Melly’s blog:

Hi all! This is Melly here. I suppose that some of you are wondering what is going on with me and Garibaldi Rous and why there haven’t been any recent blog posts. Well, never fear! Garibaldi is still doing well. His next vet visit is scheduled for Dec. 10th and Stacy Winnick, Dobbye Winnick’s owner (yes, the same famous Dobbye from, is coming out to help us with the trip up to College Station. In. In the meantime, Gari continues to take his antibiotics and is not displaying any further signs of dental distress.


I’m afraid the problem with the lack of blog posts, and the fact that I have taken down the Capybara Madness store, is because I have spent the last three weeks in the hospital following a stroke. No one was more surprised by this turn of events than I was. I am too young for a stroke and I don’t even have high blood pressure. But it turns out I had a congenital malformation in my brain and it chose Oct. 16th, 2013 to go off. Luckily, the damage seems to be restricted to my right visual cortex. That makes it difficult for me to see and very difficult to read a computer screen, along with some other vision related problems. But otherwise I am more or less fine. I should be going home sometime next week. I can hardly wait to be back with my Garibear!

Even so, the blog will probably remain off line for another month or so due to my vision problems. I’ll try to post quick updates now and then just to let you know how Gari is doing.

22 comments to What’s Going On?

  • Milana

    My jaw actually dropped reading this. I’d been worried about Gari and feared the worst, but I was shocked to read that this was what was going on!

    I really hope you get to feeling better soon, Melanie, and I’m glad to hear you’re recovering. Please take care of yourself and know that Gari’s stalkers are thinking about you. And as for Gari, I’m sure he’ll be over the moon to see you.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  • I worried about you. I know it is crazy, but when this happens, that on a blog I love to read are no news for unexpected long time, I worry about people and pets I never met in person.
    I wish you a quick recovery but be patient with yourself. Good thoughts for you and Gari!
    And power of the paws from the guinea pigs Luna and Luigi, from bunny Hoppel and from two chinchillas.

  • Rawil

    Dear Melanie! I wish you to recover soon! I am so sorry to read about these unfortunate events, however I hope that eventually everything is going to be fine!

  • How terrible. My thoughts are with you, and I hope you feel better soon.

  • Ken Klibaner

    I hope that you will be able to recover and be with Garibaldi.
    I love your posts and I feared that something serious had happened.
    Get well soon!

  • Orsi

    Dear Melanie, I wish you getting better! I hope you will see in a right way soon. I missed your posts very much. Spend a lot of time in relaxing!

  • This a very sad story. I think when you get home and have Gari to entertain you the stories will be more cheerful. Unless he starts pooping in the kitchen or something horrible like that! Get well soon, Melly!

  • Jo

    Melly, I’m glad you’re okay. Did you have an AVM go? Or a congenital aneurysm? (I ask because I do brains for a living when I’m not admiring large rodents.)

    Either way, I’m glad to see you’re back on your feet. All the critters here at Casa Jo send you their best wishes!

  • Erika

    Melly, I wish you all the strength & support that you need during your recovery. Thank you for sharing something so personal & I hope that you know we are all sending positive thoughts your way.
    I know Gari will be thrilled to see you! Take care.

  • teenie

    Take care of yourself, Melly. <3

  • Hoping all will return to normal in your poor brain in no time at all! Take care Melly, and don’t try and rush things. We are all rooting tor you! xx

  • Nina McCampbell

    Plllleeease feel better soon! We all love you and Gari (and Rick too!) and want you to be well!

  • addie

    Hi Melly, hope you make a full and speedy recovery. Those critters need you!

  • Helen

    How awful! Sending you and Garibaldi Rous best wishes from Illinois for speedy and complete recoveries and togetherness.

  • ChrissyBara

    Melly, so sorry to hear this. Take care of yourself – all good thoughts are with you as you recover!!!

  • Crystle

    You are so considerate! With all you have going on – you still make sure to tell us what is happening. Get well soon and don’t rush it…we will be here when you are ready!

  • Moth

    I am sorry to hear about your health troubles. I hope you feel better soon.

    I am really enjoying reading about Gari and you here 🙂

  • Barbara Brooks

    Hope you have a swift recovery! I hope Garibaldi didn’t get too stressed out having you in the hospital . . .

    My prayers are with you that you make a full recovery. So sorry you had to go through such a frightening experience.

  • Welcome back to blogging! Here’s to continued healing and feeling good again.

  • Mingles' Mommy

    I’m glad Gari is doing well but I’m so sorry you’ve had such a rough time. Fast healing and best wishes to both of you!

  • Diane

    What a very scary thing to have happen! I am glad that the damage was not greater, and am hopeful that you will be feeling much, MUCH better very soon.
    Take care. 🙂

  • Sharon

    So sorry to hear about this setback. Take it easy for a while. All my best wishes for continued healing and a top notch recovery.

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