Friday, April 24, 2009

She's Baaak....maybe

We'll see for how long this time. Man have I been gone or what? Not only did I just stop writing I quit going to other peoples sites as well. It was like I just fell off the face of the earth. There's really no reason either other than laziness. I just quit going on the computer other than to pay bills. I've thought about coming back to it from time to time but just never did.

The real test will be on how long it takes me to write this post. Because I'm already stopping to go do something else. It's 3/19/09, maybe I'll come back today, maybe not.

See, told you, it's now 3/26/09 a whole week later and I'm just now getting back. Yeah, I just don't know about this anymore. I still want to be a journaler but it's just taking the time to actually do it that's the hard thing.

So, let's see, what's happened in the last few months since I posted last....

Not much really. The holidays happened and they went fine, nothing really to report. Two of my nieces turned another year older and their party was same as always. We had a blast playing Apples to Apples Jr.

HDiTty had his birthday in February and I had mine at the beginning of this month. We didn't do anything for either one.

His oldest sister had a baby boy (her second son) in February. He's cute as button of course. He has a heart murmur but just had another dr appointment the other day and the little hole is already sealing up. The dr said that most holes seal up within three years, every now and then it might take up to five. But basically he's fine and that's all that matters.

Crybaby and Pretty Boy are doing just fine. Whiskers isn't doing so well. She's walking on her hind legs rather than her paws and her tail is dragging. Per her x-rays it looks like she may have had a trauma where the tail meets her back. She's on a steroid to help make her better but so far other than a very slight improvement it doesn't seem to be working. But we're going to finish all the medicine before saying it was a bust.

Poydras is doing wonderful. There was a very bad scare with him several weeks back but he's all fine now. HD has psoriasis and Poydras chewed up one of the topical medicines for it. It's a vitamin D base medicine which is really really bad for dogs. Luckily HD caught it quick enough and induced vomiting and took him to the emergency vet right away. He was there from Friday mid day to the following Tuesday mid day. He had energy and couldn't understand why he was there but they were testing his calcium and phosphate levels every 12 hours. Every time they did one would go up and the other would go down. They needed both down to an acceptable level before they would release him. They also had him on an IV of fluids to make him go pee a lot to help clean out his kidneys. But he seems to be all better now with no lasting effects.

He and Pretty Boy are wonderful friends. The play like crazy. Poydras gets a little over zealous sometimes going after PB's hind legs but for the most part they're just great together.

So, ok, it's now 4/24/09!!!! See, told you I probably wasn't REALLY back. Since the last time I wrote Whiskers was taken back to the vet. She had a growth on her front fright leg like she did last year that we had removed. The growth last time was a cyst so we just figured that's what this was too and didn't bother to do anything about it. After she was put on the steroid for her hind legs I noticed a huge round lump on the right side of her throat/neck. Turns out that both growths are cancer. Since she's still eating just fine, going to the bath room just fine and still out and around us and not hiding we decided to take her home with us to live out her last days. When we notice her not eating properly or maybe starting to hide we'll take her and have her put to sleep.

She's lived a long and happy life and it would cost soooo much to have the growths removed if the the throat one even could be. Without and MRI they wouldn't be able to tell where it all is into and the MRI alone would cost a shitload of money. So, for us, the best decision is to do what we're doing. Sad, that's for sure. But at least we were able to make the decision this way and still have time with her unlike a couple of the others that we had to put down.

So that's really about it for updates at this time. I started this at the end of winter and finished it at the beginning of spring. Wow, we'll see how long it takes me to do another one.

Media quote of the day:

Spring, the Sweet Spring by Thomas Nashe

Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king,
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!