Friday

The dog days of August

Saturday Update. 10:00 No bowel movement when they took Maisie for her walk. second ultrasound scheduled for 12:00.

2:00(14:00) - 2nd ultrasound shows no signs of foreign object. They'll give her some food and see if she can hold it down. We'll go to vist her later, don't know if she'll coming back home with us though.

5:00 (17 Uhr) Maisie is home again and immediately had a bowel movement and expelled a wad of rubber chew toy, scraps of fabris ,string and pigbristles and dog hairs. Not a pretty blockage to have, or squeeze out.

Today was supposed to begin with a trip to the Department of Enviromental Quality to get Geoff's pickup checked for safe emissions so that he could renew his license plates. Somehow when we refinanced the House loan and paid off the car loans I ended up listed as the owner of Geoff's truck and he was convinced I had to go with him. i didn't, but I did tell him i'd take care of taking the resulting paperwork to DMV, Department of motor Vehicles and get him the new tags.

Maisie, however, decided to start vomiting. So before the trip to the DEQ that had to be taken care of. She then wouldn't eat her breakfast and was acting very subdued and unlike her normal bouncy self. After the trip to the DEQ I looked in on her before leaving for work, she still didn't seem right so I took her to the veterinarian instead and called work to say I was going to start my vacation early.

The Vet decided maisie needed x-rays, her stomach was a little distended. That was going to take about an hour so I ran a couple of errands and went back. Maisie's intestines are all bunched up and filled with gas bubbles. Okay... two options, they could either open her up and look around or I could drive her to another clinic for an Ultrasound. "Ummm.. let's have the ultrasound done." "Okay but we should do something about her getting dehydrated, shall we do a subcutaneous rehydration?" "Uhmm... yeah, if you think she needs it." My Maisie came out looking like she had a camel hump! apparently a subcutaneous hydration means that they inject a bunch of fluid under her skin so that the body can absorb it.
40 driving minutes later, Lars was lost. he was on the right street but could not find the right address. he finally stops at 16700 S.E. 82nd, also an animal clinic, and asks where 16900 is. They say I need to go to this other clinic a few blocks away. Okay, I drive there and we go in and they say, "No, go down the street and go there". "but I just came from there and they said to come here." But did you drive around behind and down the hill?" "No." We finally arrive at clinic number 2. After driving past the sign that says diagnostics, ultrasound, etc., which I walked right past while going in to ask directions. Maisie was a complete angel about it, she laid on her back for about 35 minutes while they shaved her belly and did the Ultrasound. "Yup, there's something in there alright. Take her up the street to another clinic and they'll operate"..." but you know, it might not be entirely necessary.....I'll call and see if they'll keep her overnight and treat her and see what happens in the morning." Maisie and I walk up the hill to clinic number 3, the one where We stopped to ask directions to clinic 2., who didn't know that I was looking for the clinic that did diagnostics that is a mere 50 yards from them, even after I told them I was looking for the diagnostics clinic.
Maisie goes to an examining room and Lars is escorted to a room where the doctor will come and have a conference with him. Lars waits and waits, before hearing someone enter the room next to him and ask if the occupant was Mrs. Johnson, Maisie's mom. The response was negative, "No' I'm waiting for Calvin to be released." The person leaves and Lars thinks to himself they'll be right back and talk to him. Lars waits some more, Calvin shows up and has a happy reunion with his mom and leaves. Lars is thinking, "maybe I should go find someone to talk to' , when finally the door opens and a lady comes in and asks if I'm Mr. Johnson. "No. I'm not Mr. Johnson, but I am here with Maisie. Effuse apologies follow for having "misplaced" me and the consultation finally began.
So, Maisie is spending the night at the animal clinic getting intravenous fluids in hope of loosening the intestinal obstruction, she'll have another Ultrasound in the morning, no charge, Thank you ,Thank you doctor Kunz, before they decide if the surgery needs to happen.

I hope they don't "misplace" Maisie, and that Maisie decides to just poop out whatever it is that she's eaten.

A day that begins with a visit tyo the DEQ is not going to be a good day. I never did make it to the DMV to actually pick up the new tags for Geoff, hopefully he won't get pulled over, the tags he has on the truck expired in march. Though the way this day is going........

*Note, I switch from third to first person writing a lot, don't I?

9 comments:

Rita said...

Alles Gute, Maisie, alles Gute Lars.

Pathologe said...

Sounds familiar, somehow. I think you can imagine how I feel as I applied for a visa for my wife and after waiting quite for a few days, the status was "in process, pending", I was told that they lost the complete file in immigrations.

Guess what is going on as my wife is now fife months pregnant and scared they won't take her on a flight anymore soon.

Captcha says *oo yeh*

Lars said...

Danke Rita!

Pathologe, That's a rough one, best wishes on the resolution.

Günter said...

I hope the best for Maisie
Tiere können leider nicht sagen, wo es wirklich schmerzt.

Lars said...

Ja Günter, wenn sie nur mit mir reden könnte. nach ihre Art aber kann sie doch, sonst hätte ich nicht bemerkt das sie fühlte sich unwohl.

Zing said...

poor Maisie, i hope she will get better soon ...

Lars said...

Zing, she is slowly feeling more like herself,still some seperation anxiety if Geoff or I go somewhere, and some little doggy nightmares, she dreams and whines and barks like she's scared of something. The weakness is dissapating and she acts more like the Maisie we know and love more and more.

thegrouch said...

I'm sorry that I read this post only now, but I'm glad to hear that Maisie's already feeling better.

I know about those animal nightmares, the tomcat lately suddenly jumped up from his sleep and hissed until he recognized there was nothing to be scared of. One always wonders what is going on in their minds at that moment...

Lars said...

quite alright Grouch. I'm sure you're also busy and stop by only occasionally;) This morning she is feeling much more like herself.