Wednesday, December 24, 2008
My baby boy still has enough life about him that he wanted his stocking---did we give in? You bet ya! And if he's still here in the morning, Santa will fill it again for him! :) Yummy holly berries Peek-a-boo, I do see you, Mr. Mockingbird! From Ships Landing, we wish you all of the joys and blessings of this beautiful Holiday Season!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
m The Bluebirds found the holly stuck in a watering can and gave me such joy by indulging in this Holiday treat. I continue to be fascinated by the birds. As part of my Christmas gift to ME, I've ordered me several holly bushes. They won't be here until the first part of January, but I'm so excited about them! My days pass in a blur...and some of them seem to go in slow-motion, and yet I wonder at bedtime "where did this day go". Randy and I both have been sick for the last two weeks. We both seem to be feeling better today. The tree is up and alight. The Christmas tree is my one most favorite things at Christmas, and it always takes me a while to get over missing the lights after it comes down. This Christmas will be another one of those truly bittersweet Christmas'. I just came home from the vet a while ago. As I had suspected for some time, Badger is almost totally blind. His decline has been a seemingly long journey---and then again, it seems to have been thrust upon us all of a sudden. As I sit and type this, he's asleep on my lap. His need is so great that he has to be ON me now. The vet said we should be saying our goodbyes; that he would probably greet Santa one more time; but at best we probably only have about two more weeks with him. So I'll give myself these two weeks to sit and hold him close, soak up his smells and feel, try to absorb the essence of him, preparing for his next adventure----across the Rainbow Bridge.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
May your Thanksgiving be full of the joys of hearth and home, family and friends, and many, many small everyday blessings. The 'boys' are still hanging in there with us. They have good days and some not-so-good days, but we are truly grateful for each of those precious minutes when they are snuggled in close and are at ease.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Here's a fabric pumpkin that I made recently. Just had to ... know what I mean? LOL I've been working feverishly on a Fall quilty runner for one of my friends. Her birthday is Monday. Yes, I know TOMORROW is Monday...and YES, tomorrow is the deadline. We're meeting for breakfast. I was really really hoping the quilt fairies would come in last night and finish whipping this up for me, but it didn't happen. :/ It would have been finished by now BUT I'm a glutton for punishment. I just had to put some 'fodder shocks' on it and needleturning these little jewels is quite tedious and slow for me. :/ So I'll be on the couch with wienies snuggled next to me feverishly trying to finish this up. Badger is still struggling, some days better than other days, but he is still with us. :) The vet is still inclined to think that it's the nerves and muscles in his neck that is the main problem, adding that that's not necessarily a better diagnosis, especially in light of Badger's previous back problems. She called yesterday to tell me that Dewey has E.Coli AGAIN and this time she's going to treat both of them with antibiotics. Man, these little critters just can't catch a break right now. You guys are great...your comments and encouragement mean so much to me! :) I hope all of you are enjoying these beautiful Fall days.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I finally got the urine results back on Badger, and the good news is that the E.Coli infection has cleared up. For that, I'm truly thankful. However, he continues to 'decline'. Unfortunately, I'm really starting to believe that the vet who suggested that it might be a brain tumor is right. The 'seizures' have steadily increased not only in frequency but also in intensity, and some of them now involve his whole body. He has them throughout the entire day now. He also has steadily worsened in his balance, especially in the hind legs. And he's really sensitive to the sunlight in his eyes now. The vet has switched him from prednizone to a generic version of Neurotin but I can't see any change at all in him, better OR worse. He just continues to 'decline'. I'm slowly giving way to acceptance that he will probably not recover from whatever it is. Do I really need to tell you how many tears have been shed in the last few weeks? I finally had a long 'talk' with him the other day about the 'Rainbow Bridge', and told him that when he's ready he can go, that I'll be okay as long as I know that he's 'free to chase bugs and deer and run run run with his little ears flying in the breeze without pain'. I'm not giving up on him, but as I said, I'm slowly gaining some acceptance. He will always be the love and light of my life, that one most precious little face with the silky soft fur, with more zest and courage for life than anyone or animal that I know, that one bonded heartbeat, unlike anything I've ever had with all of the pets that I've had throughout my 52 years, that will always be there.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Badger went to see his regular vet this a.m. She totally DISAGREES with the vet that we saw on Tuesday. She had the blood results back and everything was good with that. She said she saw no signs of anything in the blood work results NOR in physically examining him that would indicate a tumor. HER diagnosis is that the muscles and nerves in his neck and upper back are causing all of the strange symptoms he's displaying. She feels that the 'twitch' with the head and the 'nobody's at home' stares are directly due to muscle spasms and pain. Now, the back issues I can understand, having had so much experience with his lower back. He's had so many discs deteriorate in his lower back that I've been wondering for a long time now when (not if :/) he would develop issues with the discs in his upper back. He's to take the Prednisone twice a day, along with a pain med, be crated the majority of the day, and be on a leash anytime he is outside (which is a lot right now due to the prednisone making them so thirsty that they gulp gallons of water). She wants to see him back next Thursday. Soooo, meanwhile, we wait and see, and this little girl is on a really scary emotional roller coaster ride--- A bit of other news is that I definitely need eyeglasses, for reading AND every-day tasks such as driving, so I will have my brand new for-real grown-up glasses WITH RED FRAMES (the frames are skinny little ones--wanted the wide red ones but they just didn't work *g*) next week. AND they will be progressive, transitional lenses (no line where the bifocal is and they transition into sunglasses outside) AND they will be non-glare so driving at night should be a much more pleasant experience. I am excited because the lack of clarity no matter what I'm doing has become a huge PITA problem.