Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring 2014

 March 2014




I had my son take a picture of the grands and me.  Oh and Bob of course!   Bob and I are seldom apart.  (And we would have included Mickey, but he is camera shy!)

Dylan is doing great in his gifted and talented class.  Fifth grade seems to be a breeze for him.  His basketball team just finished up their season.  He received a special ball from the coach for being the MVP of the team.  He is now just starting the baseball season.  I am so looking forward to that. 
Dylan just turned 12 and he had his birthday party at a roller skating rink.

Which leads me to Emma.  (On the end of the bench)  She actually fractured her ankle that night while wearing her skates.  She has been on crutches and she is sporting a pink cast. 
All will be fine in a couple more weeks.  She is doing great in 3rd grade.  She also just finished up her season of basketball.  Love to watch those games.  Emma is so sweet and loves animals!

Addyson (middle with bat and ball)  loves school.  She is in all day Kindergarten and can write so well and also is a great artist.  They are all artistic.  Addyson wants to be a cheerleader in the worst way..  I'm sure she will be.  Addyson is very athletic.  She could also be an actress.  Her imagination is out of this world!!

These kids are truly amazing.  When they spend the weekend with us they enjoy being outside and exploring nature.  We go to movies, enjoy cooking, bringing friends along for the weekend, playing ball in the yard, touring on the golf cart, playing Uncle Wiggly, reading books and watching Netflix. 

They are the absolute joy of our life.

Whats new with you?

Tell me

Love,
Me 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bob....Hes going to be okay! Its a miracle!!

After Mickey and I left the vets office on Sunday, he kept trying to reassure me that Bob was going to be okay.  Of course there was nothing I wanted to hear more than that!  But I still wasn't getting that FOR SURE confirmation from any of the veterinarians.  There was still a chance of brain swelling etc.  I wanted to believe he would recover.  I did.  But I was afraid of being devastated..again...After all, I thought when I saw him lying on the road that he was dead.  It was horrific.
Monday I left work early to be at the vets office by 5.  I had already told my boss I was going to be off work for the next few days to be with Bob.  He knows how I feel about my dog and was ok with it.  They had sedated Bob to get him cleaned up and treat any wounds that needed attention. (he had grease all over him from whatever vehicle hit him).  I stayed for the hour and said I would be back in the morning.
The next day after being at the vets for awhile they agreed to unhook the IV and give me a few hours at home with him..
   I had to take him back at 4.  They then decided to take out the IV port and let him spend the night.  After that it was general improvement by the hour.  Back to the vet in the morning and back home again with meds.  Hour by hour we worked and worked on eating, drinking, walking and resting.  After a few days of this he had a follow up appointment.  Dr. Corr was so thrilled to see him doing so well!!!  The staff was happy to see Bob again and to know that indeed he was truly a wonder dog!  He was going to make it!!  Dr. Mack came outside as we were leaving just to say how excited she was to hear that Bob was doing ok.  Bob is popular no matter where he goes.  But you all knew that, right?


  Bob is doing just fine with very little evidence that anything had even happened to him.  His forehead of course still has an indentation and we have to keep our eye on that area.  Should any of the bone fragments die and start to cause trouble, then a surgery will be necessary.  Until then, we will continue to limit activity and let mother nature do whatever she can.  Hopefully he will not have to have the surgery.  He has some trouble with his sinus now but it doesn't seem too bad.  All in all he is extremely lucky.    As are we.


And we wont ever forget that.

Not ever.

 I cant thank the Doctors and Staff of Thunderbird Veterinary hospital enough.  They helped save his life!!  They were diligent and kind and caring.  Without them, Bob would not be here today.  They spoon fed him.  They gave him everything he needed to survive the shock and kept him as comfortable as possible.   They are wonderful.  

www.thunderbirdvet.com




Love,
Me


and Bob...The wonder dog................

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bob.....The Wonder Dog.....Part 2

After leaving Bob at the Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital we drove home.  www.thunderbirdvet.com  I was silently praying to God to make it all be ok.  It had to be ok. 
  How and why did all this happen ?   Bob never goes on the road.  He had been taught from the very beginning to NEVER get on the road.  He would walk every morning with me to get the paper.  He knew that I would pick up the paper and that was the sign to head back down the lane and back to the house.  When we take the trash up or retrieve the mail he would go along of course and never get near the road.  It never occurred to us that he would head up the long drive and go out onto the road and be hit by a car or truck or whatever it was that hit him.  Had he chased a cat or rabbit?  Had he known it was about time for me to come home from work and he wanted to see me?  We will never know the answer. 
Friday evening was one of the longest evenings ever.  Sleep was not easy.  Dr. Corr said she would call during the night if need be.  The phone did not ring. 
Saturday morning I awoke with the sad realization that Bob was not home with us.  Going for the paper was a very lonely and tearful walk.  Just the normal day to day activities were suddenly painful reminders of all the things Bob does with me. 
Soon as the vets office opened I called.  The vet said that when she opened up that morning, Bob was sitting up in his cage.  She said he had a look on his face as if to say, "What Happened?".!!  What I wanted was confirmation that he was going to be ok.  I wanted to hear he would live.  Dr. Corr said of course she could not say that but things certainly were looking better than they had the previous evening.  She said Bob had some hurdles to go thru.  The first being just surviving the first 24 hours.  Then drinking, eating and going to the bathroom.   I made arrangements to come out and see him! 
I was there within 15 minutes. 
How wonderful it was to see him!  I cried and petted him and talked to him.  He was hooked up to an IV and after some time they unhooked it and allowed me to take him outside.  He did pee for me out there but he squatted to do it.  He was groggy and unsteady.  After some time he was hooked back up and it was time for them to close for the day.  I made arrangements to return on Sunday at 5.  Mickey and I showed up at 4:40.   We visited him and they unhooked him and we took him outside for a walk.  I began to have serious hope that everything was going to be ok.  It just had to be.  It had been 48 hours since the accident. 


Part three tomorrow.