1. Sick days. Eric had a bad cold last week and I thought I was going to luck out and skip it, but no. I was out sick most of the week, still don’t feel 100%. I am so grateful I’m given sick days, can use them when I need to, can stay home in my pjs and get paid for it.
2. Spring weather. I know I’m repeating myself, but I have a deep down need right now for dryness, warmth, and blue skies.
3. Sweet Sam. There was a big shift this week. We cancelled the MRI and visited our regular vet instead (all the while consulting with the neurologist, who is amazing, assured us she’d do the same if it were her dog). We are revisiting the idea that Sam’s issue is with the skin/tissue of his lower lip, rather than a nerve issue caused by an injury or even tumor like we were thinking. We are starting off treating it as if it were a fungal issue, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll consult with Dermatology at the CSU Vet Hospital and keep trying, keep looking.
The closer the MRI got, the more we realized the actual center of Sam’s discomfort was his lower lip, both sides, an area that in the past few years has lost its pigment, turned from black to pink, and sometimes looks inflamed and is very tender to the touch. I am so thankful that whatever this is hasn’t interfered with his ability to eat and the discomfort, while it can make his back leg thump and head shake and cause the occasional whimper, hasn’t led to him actually scratching his face or hurting himself in any other way.
We are applying a topical treatment right now and I don’t want to get my hopes up, but he seems the slightest bit more comfortable already. You have no idea, kind and gentle reader, how wonderful it would be if we could help him feel better, if he could return to the full and healthy life of a four year old dog who has a puppy he can play with whenever and however much he wants. This has been a mystery for at least the past year, and he shouldn’t have to keep suffering, won’t if I can do anything about it.
5. Eric. Without him, I couldn’t do any of it.
Bonus Joys: Laughing and new to me music.