Saturday, April 26, 2008
My Little Trooper
(Annie sitting on my unmade bed and modeling the cap I won from the Golden Retriever booth at the Dog Show last month.)
On Wednesday morning, I took Annie to the vet to have a cyst removed from her neck. The minor surgery went well, but the recovery hasn't been fun for either of us.
On Wednesday night, we had another round of storms, which sent Annie marching throughout the night despite the fact that she was still somewhat drugged and couldn't walk in a straight line.
The next morning, all seemed well. She kept down her food, so I started her on the pain medication. Big mistake. When I came home from work and took her outside, it quickly became obvious that she wasn't feeling well. I won't go into details because some of you may read this after eating a meal. Suffice it to say that we made numerous trips outside that evening, and then she proceeded to get me up every two hours during the night so that she could go outside and be sick.
Friday morning, we went back to the vet to get some answers and some relief. Apparently, her sensitive stomach doesn't tolerate pain meds. So, she's on some other pills to get her digestive tract back to normal. She's getting back to her normal self, slowly but surely.
In the meantime, I've played the game of second-guessing myself. Was it a smart idea to have her cyst removed? After all, she was totally fine before the surgery. Will she have any lasting effects from the pain meds (i.e., did they do any permanent damage to her insides)? Who knows. All I know is that this game doesn't produce answers, only more fears and concerns. So, I must live with what's been done and make the best of it.
I also now have a greater appreciation for working moms who take care of children in the middle of the night and then have to get up and go to work the next day in spite of the sleep deprivation. Thankfully, I have the weekend to catch up on the lost sleep from Thursday night. And, I guess I'll store this week's little "parenting" adventure with the one I had last fall in case I ever need to draw on them in the future.
Have you had any interesting parenting adventures? If so, I'd love to hear about them.