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Spring Ahead, Fall Back

Sorry for the abscence — I had sinus surgery last week, followed by a six foot snowfall that knocked out our internet service for days. The snowfall killed off my few measly attempts to nag Sean into getting us back on line, since I really couldn’t work up any enthusiasm for writing, reading or doing much of anything beyond napping and enjoying a pain killer induced fugue state.

Even worse than snow has been dealing with a re occurence of Tessa’s illness from last year. She’s again suffering from seizure like episodes where she becomes distressed and disoriented, falling down and walking in confused circles. Last year, we were told she had ‘idiopathic neuropathy’. This year, it’s ‘Old Dog Vestibular Disease‘ – a malfunction in the apparatus of her inner ear.  While her ‘incidents’ are sporadic, the effects are distressing to Tessa, and to us as we watch her suffer through them. Most painful is the fact that we can’t do anything to help – there is no treatment or cure for this condition. We’re told it’s just an ‘old dog’ thing, as if old dogs should be expected to suffer random, painful conditions on a semi regular basis. Right now, her good times far outweigh her bad times, but I sense in all of this a certain weighing up that will have to take place not too far off in the future, and I simply want to pull her onto my lap, and pull the covers over our heads, and pretend none of this is happening. Not very logical, but since when does love have to be logical?

All of the puppies but Heart have left us, and all of the puppies but Pixie – now re christened Daisy – are doing well. Daisy has suffered a traumatic reaction to one of her puppy shots, and we’re waiting for the rest of the data from her veterinary specialists at the moment. Since possible law suits are involved by us against certain manufacturers who should burn in hell for eternity, that’s about all I can say at the moment on the topic, other than that they should make plans to make this right, or I shall make plans to personally campaign for their ruination.

How far away is spring, do you think?

14 replies
  1. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Wow Carol things have not been good for you. I hope that you are recovering from your surgery.
    And I send good thoughts to Tessa and Pixie and hope they both get better.

  2. Susie
    Susie says:

    Oh, noes! Speedy recovery to wee baby Daisy and continue to be brave, Tessa and Carol.

    We are thinking of you in Texas. Weezie is loving the cool mornings, they remind her of Canada. As if she ever set foot on the cold ground there…


  3. Susan
    Susan says:

    Sinuses — invented by Satan! What are they good for, anyway! The headaches are like knitting needles being plunged into my eyeballs. That being said, I hope you are having a successful recovery from whatever your procedure was.

    How awful about Daisy. I hate hearing these stories from people I know, they scare me so. I hope she recovers well also.

    Ellie…ah, the sweet old gal…I’m pulling for her to hold on as long as she can for you. Is there room for her in the bed? Just a thought.

  4. rachel
    rachel says:

    Have you considered accupuncture for tessa? Have used it on my Frenchie with amazing results. Have so far avoided major surgery and he is pain free.

  5. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Many healing thoughts and energies heading your way for all. I wish I could say spring was right around the corner. Hang in there !

  6. Lynsey
    Lynsey says:

    Best wishes to little miss Tessa and Daisy…everytime i read of something bad going on with your little frenchies it makes my heart break. I hope everything gets better for those two. I also agree that I hope Heart sticks around forever because I too am having puppy withdrawls!!

  7. Kim
    Kim says:

    Please full us in on Daisy. I feel I know her from your wonderful journeling of her development. I am in tears with dread not knowing. Is it a permanent thing, life threatening>

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