I’ve been trying ever since my account expired – admittedly, off and on – to regain access to creating these blog posts. I finally found how to do it – it was twice the original cost but it’s been four years (?). I’m very happy I will be able to write again for myself and anyone who wants to read my ramblings.
So, in April, I had to take our Gizmo to a new vet because our local vet retired and shut down the shop. So. I took her to Aquadale Veterinary Services (? I don’t know if that the name but they go by Aquadale). She mostly needed her heartworm medication renewed. With COVID-19 procedures in place, the vet tech and the vet came to get her from me in my car. I told the vet what we needed – a general health check, regular shots, heartworm medication, a flea and tick collar (that baby was EXPENSIVE) and her toenails clipped. Well, I ended up spending more than $400 for her initial visit. Hope we don’t have to do that again!! So, she’s all good now.
Then, three weeks ago, I was at the barn on a Monday because the farrier had rescheduled from the previous Wednesday. Dublin had been slow to come in on Saturday but it’s not totally unlike her. On Monday, it took her more than five minutes after the others had come down – including the two slackers who like to hang out at the round-bale feeder. And when she came in the door, she was moving so stiffly. We checked her out – her chest and lower neck seemed swollen and tight. I went and bought a thermometer – her temp was very normal. So, when the farrier got there, he looked at her. She did what we asked but was very stiff about it. She had all her feet trimmed with no objection as though she was lame. So, I had to call a vet the next morning. I finally found one who would come to Clinton to see her. I got on the schedule for the next day and took some leave to meet with the vet at the barn. The vet, Dr. Anderholm (?sp), took blood and did an exam. She couldn’t figure out what the problem was. The doc gave her some anti-inflammatory pills to give her one daily in an apple. So, went and bought some apples. So, we waited for the bloodwork to come back. When it came back, even though she didn’t have a temperature, she has some kind of infection. So the doc came out and gave her an antibiotic injection. After the weekend, I was to call back with the results. Dublin seemed to get a bit better. So, we had to go pick up another injection and then report back. Dublin was the last in the barn last night but everyone was at the gate waiting to come and she’s not real pushy. But, she won’t stay inside and she is doing much better – her chest and lower neck are still tight but she is not at all painful and has no temperature. I’m happy with that! My bank account isn’t but, it’s all about the animals!!
Tomorrow is David’s birthday. I don’t know what I’m going to get him for his birthday. He wants an ancestry thing. I think I’ll get that for him. Mom got that for Jeff a couple years ago and it was very interesting. David keeps telling everyone he meets that he is “99.44%” (from the Ivory commercials of yesteryear) Irish. Not that I want him to be wrong, I just would like the total numbers. I think it will be very interesting. We are going to West Virginia next weekend for Memorial Day. I had wanted to go last year for our 30th wedding anniversary but, COVID-19 shut down that idea. I’m very excited!! I have an Excel spread sheet of what I want us to take along. Fortunately, we won’t be leaving until after noon on Friday (and returning on Monday), so David’s aide, Molly, can help him get packed. I’m going to see if she can help me, too. We have to take the sit-to-stand machine with us. I will call the hotel tomorrow to see if they’re ready for us. I haven’t slept with David since our family reunion three summers ago (?). I’m excited to have a warm body in bed with me – and it won’t be as hairy as Gizmo!!
So, my ramblings thus far have been very abstract and disconnected. But, I’m getting ready to start something more concrete. We will enjoy a bright, sunny day in our neck of the woods.