Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SEPT 9 2015
THE TROOPS ARE RALLYING  AROUND MEGAN'S ILLNESS ?ES? PLURAL?-- WHEN ANY DOCTOR STARTES RUNNING TESTS ON DOG OR HUMAN  THEY ARE BOUND TO FIND SOMETHING.  UNFORTUNATELY IN MEGAN'S CASE  THEY ARE FINDING A FEW PROBLEMS...-- LIKE THROAT SWELLING... --- HER EXTRODINARY FEAR OF NEEDLES DOES NOT HELP....  THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS , SHE MUST NOT BE GETTING WORSE AS OF YESTERDAY... BECAUSE THERE WAS CONVERSATION ABOUT RUNNING HER  INTO A BOSTON HOSPITAL- AND THEY DID NOT DO THAT ... SO FAR AT LEAST...
MEANWHILE GRACE , WHO KNOWS ALL THOSE LATIN WORDS , IS PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE  AT SDP WHO KNOWS WHAT IS  REALLY GOING ON...

IN THE MEANTIME.....I AM THE LUCKY ON TO BECOME MEGAN FOR THE DAY... STARTING  WITH SURGERY AT GEORGES ON  SOMEBODY'S  TOE.   PROBABLY GOING TO BE GENERAL ANESTHESIA---  
NOW FOR THE EDUCATIONAL PART.....

 A CONFUSED GREAT DANE COMING OUT OF ANESTHESIA IS A WONDEROUS THING...  WE HAVE NEVER LET ANY OF OURS WAKE UP IN A CAGE/KENNEL  BUT  MOVE ALL THE  FURNTURE BACK,  SIT ON THE FLOOR, AND TRY TO KEEP THE DOG FROM BANGING THERI HEAD ON THE FLOOR... OR PEOPLE.. OR FURNATURE...SOMETIMES THAT WILD FEAR/CONFUSION  LASTS ONLY 15 SECONDS-- BUT IT IS AN EXREME 15 SECONDS.---IN MY HISTORY,  I LOST A TOOTH IN THE STRUGGLE WITH 150 POUNDS OF CONFUSED DANE.....

HOWEVER..... SINCE WE HAVE THE FUN FUND FROM WHICH TO DRAW EXPENSES NOT NECESSARY BUT NICE TO HAVE,  THEY CAN GIVE HIM A $26 SHOT WHICH WAKES THEM UP MUCH SLOWER AND PEACEFULLY ... TAKING ANOTHER HOUR OF FLOOR SITTING-- WHICH I AM VERY WILLING TO DO RATHER THAN NURSE MY BRUISES FROM THE HEAD FLINGING PROCESS.  AS SOON AS THEY CAN EVEN TRY TO WALK  WE GET THEM OUT ON THE HOT TOP  WHICH IMPROVES THEIR COGNITIVE  PROCESS... AND WITHIN MINUTES  INTO OUR CAR/VAN FOR A TRIP HOME TO  AN ICU  SET  UP SOMEWHERE....

NO W IF YOU ARE COUNTING AVAILABLE FLOOR SPACE...   I THINK ICU WILL HAVE TO BE THE FOOD PREP AREA IN THE BACK HALL. AND CHAOS AND  BENTLEY'S LIVING ARRAINGEMENT S MAY HAVE TO BE ALTERED..  LIKE MAYBE THE LAUNDRY  SOFA'S....

WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT ANESTHESIA  ????    WELL STANDARD PROCEEDURE IS TO PUT A DOG IN THEIR KENNEL WITH BEDDING AND JUST RIDE IT OUT... THE SMALLER DOGS SEEM TO DO LESS DAMAGE-- HOWEVER... ONE OF OUR DOGS... BROWNIE.. A PERFECTLY TRAINED SERVICE DOG I HAD LOANED TO SOMEONE IN PENNA FOR A DEMO DOG..., HE WAS A PERFECT DOG.   HE  CUT HIS TAIL BADLY IT WOULD NOT STOP BLEEDING...  AND NEEDED TO HAVE IT AMPUTATED.   THE VERERNARIAN IN PENNA DID THE NORMAL DOG THINGS AND  WHEN WE GOT HIM BACK, HE WAS PERMANTLY SCARRED .. HE WOULD PANIC AT ANY METAL SOUND.. LIKE A  GARBAGE CAN LID...... ABSOLUTELY RUINED HIM FOR ANY SERVICE WORK..  IT HAS TO HAVE BEEN HIS WAKING UP ALONE IN A METAL CAGE..

WITH THAT IN MIND, WE SIT WITH OURS- AND TRY AND HANG ONTO THEIR HEAD... EXCEPT I AM OLDER NOW-- SO THAT $26 SHOT IS LOOKING BETTER AND BETTER.

THE ONLY OTHER WORD OF WISDOM ON THAT TOPIC IS... I THINK THEIR SENSE OF SMELL COMES BACK  FIRST... SO I TRY AND KEEP MY HANDS NEXT TO THIER NOSES WHEN IT STARTS...
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IT IS VERYQUIET  ARIUND HERE THIS MORNING  5AM.......  NEAL HAS CONVINCED BAILEY TO SHARE HER SOFA..  
( NEARLY UNHEARD OF) AND OPAL IS PANTING AWAY IN THE TV ROOM WHERE PAM IS ASLEEP ON THE CHAIR.
 I THINK GRACE IS  IN THE GUEST HOUSE WITH ARIOT.   
ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO AT THE MOMENT
 WE CERTAINLY CAN USE ANY HELP ANYONE CAN GIVE...BECAUSE WITH ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF OPAL'S IMPENDING BIRTHING... ALL THE USUAL CHORES STILL NEED DOING... AND ALL TEH DOGS NEED THIER ATTENTION AND KONGS...AND POO PICKED

EVEN IF YOU ARE A NEW VOLUNTEER, YOU COULD TAKE A BOX OF TREATS AND GO ROUND TO EVERY KENNEL AND GIVE EACH DOG A FEW MINUTES OF ONE ON ONE. ( AND HAVE A LOOK AT THEIR WATER BUCKETS AT THE SAME TIME...)AND POO PICKING IS SUCH FUN FOR EVERYONE...

1 comment:

  1. I can attest that poo-picking truly is fun. You wouldn't think so, especially if you're not already accustomed to dealing with your own pet's, um, "leftovers", but there's something amazingly gratifying about walking the Flat Field or the crazy hills behind Deagle and Nutt with cardboard in hand, flippin' chips into bag or bucket, and walking away knowing you left it cleaner than you found it. Sure, it left my bum hip so sore I almost needed one of those wonderful mobility Danes, but it was a good kind of pain and well worth it. :)

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