Poor Joey is Sick

I noticed one of Joey’s toes is swollen, so I took him to the veterinarian.

I confess, as soon as I saw his swollen toe I was very worried about Joey.  He is 9 or 10 years old and a 100 pound Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix.  That puts him in the geriatric range and increases his risk for health problems.

I am glad to report that Joey will be fine.  The veterinarian found a small cut on the toe, which became infected.  He doesn’t have a fever and there is no sign that the infection spread past his toe.  The doctor prescribed and antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

Joey needs a few days of TLC and he will be back to his rambunctious self in no time.

Thankful to be Awake and Alert

Three weeks ago, I developed a massive ear infection.  The vertigo from the infection was so bad, I would actually get motion sickness while sitting in a chair.  Also, the pain was excruciating, so I ended up in the emergency room.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics, which seemed to be helping.

Unfortunately, there was still a ton of fluid built up behind my eardrum.  Last week, the pressure from the fluid caused my eardrum to rupture and the fluid starting running out of my ear.  It continued draining for three days.

All that nasty fluid caused the ear cannel to get infected.  My outer ear was red, inflamed, and extremely painful.  The ear cannel was almost swollen shut.

Once again, I ended up in the emergency room.  This time the doctor prescribed steroids and antibiotics to help fight the infection as well as the inflammation.

With all that infection running through my ears, I was not feeling up to par.  I would sleep all night and take long naps during the day.  I was always tired and a bit grumpy.

Today things are looking better.  I woke up at 4:00 in the morning and I am wide awake.  My ear is still a bit tinder, but this is the best I have felt in a long time.

I am thankful to be awake and alert.  I am also thankful for doctors, medication, hospitals, and for the fact I have insurance so I can access medical care whenever I need it.

I am extremely thankful for Mom and Gwen.  They spent time hanging out at the ER with me and were willing to help me in anyway they could.

Happy Thanksgiving Day