Thursday, Jun 17 2010
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So it has been forever and day since I updated. Iím stealing a moment at work to do this, which is part of the reason I havenít been able to update in a while.
Ripple ate a leather baseball a while ago. I saw her chewing on it and didnít stop her. I figured she was enjoying it. I didnít realize she had CONSUMED the entire thing. After Iíd forgotten about the baseball, she got very, very sick. Wouldnít move, wouldn't eat, and threw up for days. We took her into the vet (she had JUST been in for her annual shots/exam), and after $2500 and surgery to remove WAY too much of her septic gastrointestinal system and horrible feelings of guilt on my part, she is home. Her prognosis will be good IF she poops soon. Unfortunately, even if she heals, she will likely need nutritional supplements the rest of her life because many of the places in the GI tract that absorb nutrients are now GONE. It was the string in the ball that did it Ė basically sawed her apart internally. The experience has been strange and hard and good and awful for a variety of reasons that I wonít go into just now. It put both Steve and I in a position to have to think about our priorities with pets and our ability to communicate with each through it. Virtually every aspect of this situation could have been designed to be Steveís personal idea of hell.
The kids are doing well. Thanks for all the love on their pictures. I was very concerned for about month about Willís ears and hearing. I felt like he wasnít hearing well, even though heíd passed his hearing tests at the pre-K screening over the winter. I actually broke down crying about it to his teacher one morning after dropping him off at school. It took me WAY too long to get him into the doctor about it, and it turned out that one ear was infected and both ears had TONS of fluid. He had a cold / congestion for what felt like the whole spring, and every time I was sure it had cleared up, it came back. Anyway, never again will I not just take him in. I've been kicking myself over and over again. I am so thankful, though, that his hearing is fine now that the infection is gone and the fluid is clearing up. Iíll go back in with him in July for another look to see if they are back where they should be, fluid-wise.
I had my 13 year college reunion (a cluster year reunion) a few weeks ago Ė my friend Missy came from WI and we went together to the main dinner and event. It was great to see Missy and to be able to spend so much time with her. I continue to have conflicted feelings about some of my other relationships from Mac, so I canít say it wasnít difficult at times. Also, reunions seem designed to make you wonder how you look to people, which gets old pretty quick.
My mom came to visit this month, which was wonderful. It was so great to have her here and I know she enjoyed it.
Iím trying to make my workouts longer. I haven't weighed myself in a while and will need to deal with that shortly. Maintenance is a b!tch.
This was a very boring update, but it will need to do for now.