After I wrote my post this morning around 11 a.m. Charlie was coughing so hard that he choked and started throwing up his food. I made sure he was okay, grabbed him, cleaned him up and headed out the door to the vet’s office about 4-5 miles away.
When I got there I found out that the surgeon that always came in one day a week to perform all their surgeries had retired in May. And so now Dr. Poteet does everything. I don’t know how long he will be able to sustain such a schedule. He’s 75 years old!
However, even though he’d already gone into the back to begin, he came out and said he’d see Charlie. Charlie had a slight fever. So he gave him a shot.
About that time I found myself crying. Charlie has been waking me up about every hour and a half for weeks now wanting to go out. If I have trouble waking up he will bark until I get up.
I’m so tired I don’t know which end is up. Dr. Poteet subscribed pills to hopefully somewhat sedate and settle him down at bedtime so maybe both of us can get some sleep.
In the morning at 7:30 a.m. Charlie goes back to the acupuncturist. I scheduled it first thing when I was there last time so no other dogs would be getting therapy. Maybe he will then be a little less anxious.
I asked Dr. Poteet if I should go ahead and take him to it or just let him go back to doing the laser treatments we were doing.
He said to give it one more try anyway. And then we could decide.
Dr. Poteet took the time with Charlie and me. I felt so bad because I didn’t know he was now having to do all the surgeries and I was setting him back.
When it looked like we were wrapping things up, I asked him if he was going to give Charlie the shot. He said, “I just did.”
There I was holding Charlie myself and somehow missed it. “Sleight of hand,” he said, laughing, trying to make light of it.
I probably shouldn’t have been driving because I felt so out of it. Hopefully with the pill tonight we can both get some sleep.
Then tomorrow at 1:15 I have physical therapy. I was tempted to cancel that, but I’ve been doing so well I don’t want to compromise all these weeks of work.
I can go and go and go until I’m just so tired my eyes are scratchy and I’m not even thinking straight.
So in case I’m not around in time to post tomorrow before PT, I just wanted to let you all know what is going on.