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Two Patients

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That was one heck of a day, yesterday. It turns out that I have two patients to take care of because, in addition to Cyndie recuperating from her surgery, Delilah is experiencing a problem with continued vomiting.

Delilah’s condition isn’t too concerning at this point because she is regularly drinking water, pooping healthy, and is full of her typical spunk at normal times. It is, however, inconvenient to have her making disgusting messes unexpectedly at the worst times possible.

We can’t rule out stress as a possible contributing factor but there is also a possibility we have a bad batch of food or she could be developing an allergy to an ingredient.

I’m pretty sure Delilah doesn’t grasp the concept but I have her fasting for a while in an attempt to disrupt the troublesome routine she has fallen into. Then I will need to decide what food I will start testing to see if we can solve whatever is ailing her.

Tuesday night didn’t start out well for her because the thunderstorm we endured was quite dramatic with booms of thunder that shook the house. She was having a fit in her overnight crate trying to bark back the storm that wasn’t letting up. I tried staying up late with her to give some support but that didn’t seem to ease her distress much.

After a few-too-few hours of sound sleep, I was woken by Cyndie at 3 a.m. because she could hear Delilah throwing up. With her splinted leg propped up on pillows, Cyndie couldn’t do anything about it.

Last night, Delilah threw up again, just before dinner time. I was in the middle of cooking my own dinner and manning the phone tree of contacts with reports on Cyndie’s status. The doctor had called me to say everything went well and there were no complications. It was time to walk Delilah and tend to the horses but I was waiting for a sitter to show up and take care of those tasks.

I put Delilah on a leash in the front yard, tossed paper towels over the mess in the front entryway, answered my phone, and turned over fish fillets baking in the oven.

I thought last night was going to be a moment of rest while Cyndie was tended to by professionals. Nope. Forgot about the other patient here needing TLC.

At least Delilah doesn’t seem to realize anything is ailing her. If she had a bum leg, she’d still try to run anyway. That’s the way dogs are.

Good thing Cyndie doesn’t take after her dog.



Written by johnwhays

November 10, 2022 at 7:00 am

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  1. Wow, John! Lots happening there. So happy to hear all went well with Cyndie’s surgery…may she heal every day and be in good spirits. Poor Delilah!! Sure hope it is just a random bug that leaves her system and she feels better soon. Now for you…being the caretaker is hard!! And you need to make sure that you don’t run yourself down. Sending all good healing white energy for the whole fam…and hoping all is well!


    November 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    • Thank you, Lorrie! Happily absorbing all good healing white energy coming our way. This situation is definitely taxing my powers of positive persuasion!


      November 13, 2022 at 8:50 pm

      • I’ll keep you all in my thoughts, John. Be in each moment and keep your focus on what you want to happen. Sending hugs and warm thoughts…


        November 13, 2022 at 9:06 pm

      • ❤️


        November 13, 2022 at 9:51 pm

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