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.

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  1. Praying for you and Charlie. I know many of my rescue friends use CBD oil to help with their fur babies that have just been rescued and are in dire straights and are suffering or in severe pain. Many have had incredible results with relief. I’m may bring some level of comfort for Charlie. Prayers to you both ???

  2. What you are going through with Charlie reminds me so much of what my mom went through with her beloved Pom, Lulu. The choking, the vomiting, the waking up all night and my mom being exhausted. I am so sorry. Please try to take very good care of yourself, so YOU don’t get sick, too. Nap in the afternoons when you can.

  3. Praying that you and Charlie will feel better quickly. I look forward every morning to hear how you, Charlie and Ivy are doing. Hope you will be sleeping better, and Charlie will be feeling fine, and Ivy will be up to her shenanigans.
    Love, Nancy

  4. I am so sorry for both you, and Charlie. I hope the shot and the meds help him and enable you to get some much needed sleep.

  5. I’m sorry you and Charlie are having such an ordeal. Please take good care of yourself. Charlie and Ivy depend on you, so they need you to be in good shape. God bless you all.

  6. I hope you and Charlie can get some sleep tonight. Maybe the medication will help Charlie to sleep and he will wake feeling much better in the morning.

  7. I hope you and Charlie get some much needed sleep tonight. Charlie is so lucky that you are so attentive to all his needs. You’re certainly on top of every little change. I give to a few canine charities for sick dogs that have been abandoned by their owners when their care has becoytoo costly. It breaks my heart that so many dogs have been allowed to get so sick but at least a little community of us together have been able to save so many of these dogs. So as I said Charlie is one of the lucky ones to have you as his Mama watching every little change and attending to it immediately. Hopefully you’ll get some uninterrupted sleep and will have energy to go again tomorrow. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

  8. I sure hope the shot and pills will help Charlie so both of you can get a good night sleep.
    Prayers going out to the both of you,

  9. I’m so sorry for both of you, Brenda. Charlie is such a sweet little one. And I so understand about not sleeping well as I’ve been through that when my husband was ill. You simply cannot function. You’re in my thoughts. I hope you can rest well tonight. And bless people like your vet – he sounds like a very special human being.

  10. Very sad to hear about you both. Prayers for better health x 2….and sleep for you both, also.

  11. Goodness, both of you need rest. Could he have a bladder infection? Prayers for the both of you.

  12. When we get exhausted, it is so hard to think straight. Hope Charlie’s medication will bring a good rest for you both. You are confident with his vet but is he too dedicated and overwhelmed; have you considered a second opinion. Especially if you could get a recommendation(s) from another pet parent.

  13. I am saying prayers for Charlie and for you too. Hang in there Brenda. BIG hugs, bonnie

  14. Maybe you both will get some much needed sleep this evening. Poor Charlie. Hope both of your appointments tomorrow go well.

    Take care.

  15. Brenda, you have to take care of yourself. Try to take a nap during the day! You do not want to be so out of it, your babies need you.

    I am sorry about Charlie, I hope he is feeling better.

  16. Facing this is one of the hardest things to do in the world. You need to face it. Charlie’s kidneys are failing. His heart is failing, that’s why he’s coughing all the time. He may not be able to stand up soon, and then he will stop eating. You need to make a decision. You can have Charlie peacefully put down with a shot where he gently goes to sleep and then his heart stops, or you can wait and let him die naturally at home. Would you be able to handle that? It’s not the easiest thing to watch happen – but a natural death can be very difficult. Charlie has had a very good, fine and love-filled life. He can’t make the decision for himself, you are the one he’s depending upon. Don’t keep Charlie alive and possibly suffering and stuffing more pills and shots into him if he’s tired, his body is breaking down and he’s ready to go to the Happy Hunting Grounds. My heart is crying with you, reliving the hard decision I had to make three times.

  17. oh Brenda. you are both in my every prayer. I love that little fellow.
    and Ivy in her own way… comforting Charlie Ross.
    the tiny paw laid upon her little brother. brought tears to my eyes. xo

  18. Oh Brenda,
    So sorry to hear what happened to Charlie.
    Hopefully, you can get some rest and sleep. Sending you and Charlie lots of love and prayers.
    I have gone through this myself with my beautiful Liberty.
    Please take care of yourself because you are no good to Charlie and Ivy sick or exhausted.

  19. Oh dear. I’m not implying in any way, shape or form that Charlie has reached this stage. However, the final 2 years for my dog was one thing after another. She, too, was getting up multiple times a night, yet would sleep for hours on end during the day. Seizures, almost deaf, virtually blind from cataracts, heart problems. She had always been my dog (picked me the very first time we went to see the litter she was in), so no one was saying anything about whether it was time to do the humane thing. When I finally asked my husband for his opinion, he said she seemed to be very unsettled all the time (true) and maybe it was time. All my mom would say is don’t let her suffer. Hugs to you Brenda.

  20. I feel for you and Charlie. He probably needs a good night’s sleep too. I hope he does better tonight.

  21. awww…..Brenda, I’m so sorry – hate to hear that Charlie’s suffering, and, of course, that means you are, too……hoping for the best tonight

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