Monday, July 5, 2010

My Blog Has Moved!

Not that I think anyone out there is actually following this blog (um, except maybe my parents...), but just in case, I thought I'd let those one or two people know that my blog has moved to (drumroll):

I finally got my act together and moved everything to my own domain and to Wordpress also. Be kind to me as I stumble through this and learn. :)

This will be my last post at this location. Hope to see you at my new blog site!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Not Just a Dog

This video touched my heart and reminded me of Bailey.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gratitude and Grief

This was Thanksgiving weekend and it's almost over now. A time to be thankful for our blessings and I have many.

There is one thing in particular that I want to express my gratitude for this year. I am thankful I was able to share 10 years of my life with Bailey, my yellow lab. She passed away suddenly on September 7th, very early the morning of Labor Day. The cause was a ruptured tumor on her spleen that we didn't even know she had. It never showed on the x-rays.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her and wish she was still with me. The void left by her death is huge and I wonder if it will ever be filled again. To say that I miss her is inadequate.

I hope that I'll be able to write more about her - our life and adventures together, as well as what happened at the end. Right now it still hurts too much.

Thank you, Bailey-girl.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Bailey's Back Pain Diagnosis... Kind Of

We had high hopes that the prednisone and muscle relaxer meds would be all that Bailey needed to help her heal and recover. Thankfully, it appeared that was the case, because once they really kicked in, she was feeling good... walking with no problem, energetic, wanting to play. In other words, she was back to normal. Or so I thought.

We decided to start tapering her prednisone down, since she was doing so well. Unfortunately, within 8 hours, she regressed. Badly. When I saw her that day after work, she tried to walk to me and collapsed. I immediately grabbed the phone and called the vet and he decided we needed to bump her dose back up and schedule her for x-rays, so we could try to find out what we were dealing with.

I was devastated. I mean like crying-and-lying-on-the-floor-next-to-her devastated. To me, this meant it had to be serious. Cancer? Tumor? The thought of losing her was something I had not prepared myself for... it was always "sometime in the future".

I dropped her off at the vet office the next morning and was a nervous wreck all day, waiting for results. Finally, that evening I met with the vet. And his diagnosis? Well, we're still not sure. Here's what was found:

From her symptoms, it seemed the most likely possible cause for her pain was a slipped disk, as this was exactly what she was doing:
When a disc first ruptures, it causes intense pain. When this occurs in the middle of the back, the dog will arch his back up in pain. When the herniation takes place in the neck, the dog is unwilling to turn his head, and may not even want to lower it to eat and drink. Some dogs will shiver from the pain and walk very carefully and slowly.

Now what? Well, the vet had an idea for Bailey that I did not expect to hear at all: hyperbaric oxygen treatments. More on that in my next post...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crazy Cockatoo

We interrupt this program to bring you some humor (hey, I need it). Crazy bird.