Saturday, February 28, 2009
One Day At A Time
We took Pepper to the vet today. It wasn’t easy, but I’m happy to report that we also brought her home again. I’m going into one-day-at-a-time mode. The vet is going to run blood tests and thinks it might be neurological, something to do with the spinal cord. She’s prescribed Tramadol, since Pepper has such a sensitive stomach. It’s weird that Pepper’s legs work okay enough to walk one minute and completely fail her the next. Several months ago when this first occurred, it only happen for a few hours and then she was able to walk. Now, it’s happening with greater frequency since last night. This afternoon, I gave her a Tramadol when we got home, and she is totally zonked out.
We’ve been at the same vet practice for four years, but this is a new vet that we saw today. I was really pleased with her approach, which was very sympathetic and kind. She seemed to genuinely like Pepper, who was very comfortable with her. The vet calmed me down right away when we got there, even though my husband had to carry in our 80-pound dog. This might all be new and scary to me, but I’ve got a feeling that she sees lots of dogs that can’t walk. My husband is acting like everything is going to be fine now. Pepper is his girl. They adore each other.
I decided to try positive visualization this morning, imagining how it would be to go to the vet and come back home with Pepper. To my surprise, it actually went exactly as I had imagined it would. So, although I’ve always been kind of skeptical of this type of thing, I’m going to keep visualizing my sweet doggie getting better, and I’m anxiously awaiting the results of the blood tests on Tuesday or Wednesday. Right now, I’m just very happy to look at her sleeping contentedly on her dog bed.