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Poor Bella Bella

On Friday I got a message from our dog walker that Bella got hurt running in the backyard chasing her ball. She ran into something in the garden and got a gash on her chest. Amy took Bella to the vet and Michael left work early to meet her. I was stressed out at work, wondering if she was ok.

The vet sent her home with pain meds, antibiotics and told us to put a shirt on her to keep her from messing with the wound. I’m not sure why they didn’t do stitches then–but when I got home from work Friday I looked at it and it looked bad but not too deep. So I guessed stitches weren’t necessary?

She did pretty good over the weekend but Sunday night she did manage to take off her shirt outside while I was prepping dinner. I searched everywhere for that shirt! She hid it behind a bush!

Nice try B!

I wasn’t sure how we were going to be able to keep her from licking the wound (she doesn’t keep cones on) and then over the weekend the wound started to not look great. So I took Bella to the vet first thing this morning. She needed to get stitches and they had to put her under for it.

It was a stressful day as I waited to pick her up from the vet. But she did great. The vet cleaned out the wound and then stitched it up. I got her a new shirt, a proper dog shirt and not one of my old ones, for her to go home in!

We got home and she laid on the couch immediately and fell asleep. Poor little pup! It’s going to be a rough 10 days trying to keep her from taking out her stitches!

So now I’m watching Netflix and she’s snoring next to me. 😉

Be My Valentine

I thought I’d give a bit of an update…we’ve been…busy this past week!

First, I have to say: Friends are amazing! Last week a dear friend seemed to just know we were struggling and needed help and offered to drop off dinner. She picked up amazing pizza and salad and it was SO nice of her!! Michael was basically bed-ridden at that point.

The pizza was great and we had leftovers for several meals.

I’ve been trying to do everything and taking care of Logan, the animals and Michael. And working. And doing house chores and trying to still work out. It’s a lot. I feel like I’m not doing any of it very well right now. The meal was very nice and helpful and made me feel some relief.

Michael’s mom brought us ham and bean soup (delicious)! (And over the weekend she came to babysit and brought us a casserole.)

In better news, Logan got his first Valentine! 😉

A card made by his BFF Winnie and some stickers! So cute! Another friend dropped of chocolates and a balloon! Logan is popular. 😉 He had a Valentine’s party at daycare and that looked like fun. Plus, mommy and daddy got a valentine from Logan!

Michael and I had leftovers for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Then…his back went completely out. He couldn’t walk or stand or lay. He ended up going to the ER. At least I can cross off “hot firemen in my bedroom on valentine’s day” from my bucket list…?? 😉 Made me think of that Friend’s episode.

Family came over to be with Logan and I went to the ER with Michael. He ended up getting an MRI (thankfully) and he has a herniated disk. I stayed late at the ER until he was going in for the MRI. It was going to be several hours for it and I had to get home for Logan.

I was in bed by midnight and got a few hours of sleep. I got Logan up and to daycare, went to work for a few hours, then left and went to the hospital. They aren’t doing surgery immediately. The heavy-duty meds Michael got in the hospital seemed to help a lot and relax whatever was going on and pinching the nerves. So after spending almost 24 hours in the hospital, he got to come home!

And he got to hold Logan for the first time in 6 weeks! We were all happy. <3

My cousin Anna hired some babysitting to help me out. A friend of Michael’s picked him up from the hospital because I had to go pick up Logan. It was SO nice how many people stepped up to help out. We have the best friends and family.

He’s doing better. He has a lot of follow-up appointments (Neurosurgeon, PT, spine clinic, his regular doc, I don’t even know what else). I hope we get some good answers for treatment. I really dislike that doctors just want to “manage” stuff like this with pain pills. That DOESN’T FIX the problem. And with a lot of people, it causes more problems. Neither Michael nor I are really pill people so we’re both determined to find another answer to fix this.

So it’s been an overwhelming, stressful week! Sheesh.