1.31.2012

January 31, 2012

White Dog, Quinn, and YoYoMa helped Steve hold down the fort this morning...getting breakfast, cuddling the sickies, getting as much as possible conveniently set-up before Steve left for his late night. Nuka, Puff, and I huddled together, miserable, and took advantage of being fussed over.

Nuka is fighting an ear infection. Dr. Julia packed BOTH ears with medicated gel and now our girl is becoming goopy-headed as the medicine does its task. It also makes AWD very sleepy and crabby (she does not like the sensations of the itchiness and stuff filling her ear cavities. Nuka had chronic infections in her earlier life and they are the cause of her deafness. She has had but a few since joining the WDA but once she gets one, it is really tough to clear up. She goes back to the vet for a followup in two weeks. We hope she is feeling better LONG before that.

Poor Puff is enduring another cycle of congestion (a chronic result of her heartworm battle) and was up all night hacking and coughing.  The demands on her little body exhaust her. this morning we finally got her to swallow a cough suppressant and will try for a second one tonight. Puff is the most stubborn creature on the planet when it comes to taking pills. No matter what it is hidden in she can maneuver around it and hold the pill in the side of her mouth until she can spit it out. And forget putting it way back in her throat and holding her snout shut until she swallows; SAWD can seeming go for 45 minutes without the need. It is less stressful and thus, better for her cough, if Dr. Julia just administers an antibiotic injection...which she will do tomorrow morning when we take Puff to see her. the shot usually clears things up within a week.

One of the curses of teaching, Steve believes, is that you are exposed to lots more colds and germs than one would encounter in a typical office. Plus since many of his students are parents, he also gets chain exposed to the sickies that the parents get from their kids who get germified from other kids at THEIR schools. I managed to avoid the wave that passed through our house a couple of weeks ago when both Steve and Michael succumbed, but this morning my pounding eyesockets, throbbing eardrum and pulsing right side jaw told me I have a sinus infection. Thank dogness for the WDA and their understanding! They sat around me and kept watch but made no demands other than duck jerky during the lunch hour. They did not mind my moaning; in fact the sounds brought them over to gently nose my knee and lick my hand. They even did a subdued version of "MAIL CALL!" Best of all, White Dog did not mind at all sitting at my shoulder so I could press the painful side of my face into her fur (the pressure made everything ache less).

Puff, Nuka and I are so grateful to White Dog and the boys for taking such good care of us. When Steve gets home, we will be sure he knows what capable, caring paws he left us in.

31 comments:

GOOSE said...

We hope ya all get better, soon. Keep up the good job White Dog.
Blessings,
Goose

24 Paws of Love said...

So sorry to hear about everyone having the sickies. May all the warm arms of love wrap around all of you for a good night's rest so that you can wake to a better day tomorrow. :)

Kari in Vegas said...

Oooo I hate working in hospitals because of constantly being around sickness

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Gosh
I feel sad that you are all so sick,
I will send magic healing bubbles to you, and I hope you all feel better soon,
love
tweedles

haopee said...

Hi Mom. You should take in some vitamin C! It does wonders like chicken soup. Poor Puff and Nuka, those darling. They have to endure the pain and annoyances.

Puff reminds me of Ginger. She can also do that with her mouth. Store the liquid in the pocket and not take it in. She also does this ingenious head jerking so she doesn't drink anything.

Get well soon.

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Amber DaWeenie said...

All our paws are crossed and prayers sent (along with warm Florida sunshine) for a speedy recovery for all of you. When it rains, it pours!

Remington said...

I hope you will all feel better very soon!

Jo's World said...

Sleep, sleep, sleep and you will get well, well, well! That is our wish for the sick ones at your house.

Cheers and hugs,
Stella, Jo, Zkhat

meowmeowmans said...

Yikes! It sounds like there are a whole lot of buggies in WDA Land. :(

We are sending big time purrs and prayers, much positive energy, and hopes that you are all on the mend real soon.

HUGS!

Brian said...

We are all sending lots of purrs to Puff and Nuka! Feel better soon sweeties!

Sally Ann and Andy said...

I'll come from Atlanta to be a helper. My darling Siku, please know I am thinking of you. You are the light of my life.
WDFA
Andy

Sagira said...

I sure hope that everyone is feeling better. :)

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