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9/17/14 Update on Mom (A little bit graphic)

Hi all, Maggie here.  I’ve been guarding Mom constantly since she has mostly been in bed.  I don’t mind saying I enjoy my time on the human bed, but with Mom being sick, it’s not the same.

Mom asked me to share what happened and this is how it went.  On 9/11, Mom had what she called a “spot”.  She called a certain VA clinic in the area, and at that time was transferred to the “advice nurse” at a certain VA hospital.  The bottom line of this was the nurse told Mom if she got worse to call the doctor back.  In the evening, Mom started to bleed.  Heavily.  She called the local hospital and they told her she needed to discuss this with her doctor and to get in touch with her ASAP.  By now the clinic was closed.  Mom went to bed and put her feet up.  She seemed weak, and I guarded her all night.

At 7:30 a.m. on 9/12, Mom called the clinic and told them it was urgent that she speak to the doctor and why.  They took a message.  When, by 2:00, the doctor had not called, Mom called the VA hospital again to find out the whereabouts of her doctor, and the lady on the phone at that time told Mom, “I ought to slap you for not being in the ER”.  Mom was shocked.

Mom called Erik and asked for him to take her to the ER.  Erik quickly came over. By this time, Mom was really bleeding, dizzy, lightheaded, nauseated, dehydrated, with a migraine headache. Erik knew Mom would not make it an hour to the VA hospital so he took her to the local civilian hospital. I went into the crate with no problem because I knew something was up.

At the hospital, Mom was taken care of immediately. They gave her fluids, medication, and all sorts of tests.  A small fibroid tumor and a small cyst was found. There were other things, too, and the doctor told Mom that cancer was a big concern and that Mom had to follow up with the “lady doctor” ASAP and do not wait.  Since it was the weekend, Mom made the appointment for Monday, thinking the VA might call between Friday night and Monday morning.  But the VA STILL did not call.  So, Mom went to the lady doctor, who was very nice, and tried not to scare Mom, and scheduled something called, “surgery” for October 2.  Mom will find out if she has this cancer thing or not at that time.

In the meantime, Mom stopped the abnormal bleeding after about 5 days.  She is feeling stronger but still has some pain.  She has to go for blood work and pre-op tests, which means I will be spending some more time in the crate.  Everyone has been nice to her and has let her sleep.  I of course, am right there with her.  Mom can count on me.  I am glad Mom is feeling better, and we are all hoping for good news come October 2.  Thank you all for caring for Mom, and I hope this post was not too gory.  Thank you, and Woof! to everybody.

Love, Maggie

PS – the doctor still has not called, and Mom wrote them a very nasty letter.  -M.


6/21/13 Grin


(I know it’s a huge photo.  But it’s just so darn silly!)

Mom had to go to the VA Hospital to see Dr. L. for a checkup today.  Dr. L. keeps Mom in tip-top shape.  I’m really glad about that, because I want Mom around for a long time.  She’s a great source of Mommy-love and belly rubs.  Since the VA is kind of far, Erik came and sat with me for a bit so I wouldn’t be in the crate too long.  I guess I’m kind of spoiled in that regard.  We had a wonderful and fun visit!

My big, happy surprise came when Mom got home.  She gave me this cool stuffed bird (no squeaky toys for me)!  As you can see from the picture, I was grinning from ear to ear.  No, this is not a Photoshopped smile!

I smile a lot first belly rub in the morning, when I am so happy to see my master after the long, dark night.  That very first petting fills me with happiness, joy, and contentment.  I cannot suppress the grin stealing over my face or the thumping of my tail on the ground.  No matter what the day may bring, at that moment, I am filled with the golden smoothness of knowing that I am loved, and that I love right back.

Have you ever seen your dog(s) smiling?  Watch for it; it’s beautiful.

Love, Maggie