Monday, May 29, 2023

The Appointment

After waiting more than 2 months, Friday, May 26th finally got here. It was the day of Todd's long awaited appointment with the Allergist. 

I don't venture much towards the craziness of I-95, especially on a holiday weekend, but that's where I had to go for Todd's appointment, so we did. It was over an hours drive to get there, and somehow I managed to get there early and with a few minutes to spare. Yay us! 

For whatever reason, Todd didn't seem nervous. Even when I got him out for a little break before his appointment he was happy and relaxed. I was happy about that.

~Do you think Todd snuck a sip of my drink when I wasn't looking?~

What I wasn't happy about was that the dermatology department (still) isn't allowing owners to come inside with their pets. So, I had to wait outside in my van while Todd was taken inside. 

After waiting about 30 minutes, the specialist called and gave a preliminary diagnosis of "Allergic Rhinitis" which is a build-up of histamines in the sinus, that can be caused by damage to the nasal membranes - I approved doing what is called a HESKA blood test that will hopefully tell us what Todd is allergic to. 

Todd will be on Apoquel until we get the test results and will have a follow up appointment in about 6 weeks. I'll just add that I'm not supportive of his being put on this particular medication, it suppresses the immune system and it isn't really an antihistamine ~ I questioned it being prescribed, but the Vet felt he should be on it, even though I really feel strongly that what Todd needs is a 'stronger' antihistamine than the Zyrtec that I've been giving him daily. But what do I know, right? 

Todd was happy to be back with me, and we were both happy when we got home. So now, we wait for 10 or so days for the results, and hope he doesn't have any 'flare ups' before then. 

~Todd after his appointment~

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

A Snow Day in May!

On the way home from work yesterday, I found out that I was unexpectedly going to be off work today.  The Doctor I work for was going to be part of a funeral for a childhood friend. I am sorry that he lost his friend. But today, I've had 'found time' that I didn't expect to have. 

I decided that it was kind of like having a snow-day. The Urban Dictionary defines a snow day this way:

"An unexpected day when you are supposed to go to school but it is canceled. An unexpected break. An unexpected escape from it all. A day to relax, not a day to catch up on work."

It may be May and there's no snow, but I totally agree with this definition, and I totally embraced it today.  

Our snow-day got off to a pretty good start for Todd. At around 10 o'clock, I went to check on him outside and found him out of breath, his face was all wet and he had green smear on the side of his neck. He was one happy Scottie - But I made him come inside, something he didn't want to do - I washed off the green smear, something else he didn't want me to do and I gave him a treat - The one thing he agreed with.  

It goes without saying that no snow-day is complete without eating the wrong food. So, I went and picked up lunch for myself. Yes, of course there were fries with that burger. 

Ree's snow-day food included chewing up some papers that I had left on the counter. I've no doubt she would have preferred what I was having, or she thought that's what she was going to get.

Then it was everyone outside for a midday break. 

~Front to back - Jack, Daisy and Iva~

Then I looked over and remembered that I really need to get these flowers and vegetables planted. 

I'll get to that later. Or Saturday. I hope.... 

I watched a movie .... Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks - Have you seen it? Then we took a nap. 

I'm sure there was something else in there, but I don't remember what. I just know that it was 5:30 before I knew it. 

All in all, it was a pretty good snow day in May. Back to work on Wednesday. 

~Foster Girl Lily~

Thanks for stopping by today. We are doing okay, and I'm okay too. We have been busy of course, and I'll update on our 'adventures' in my next post. 
And I was afraid to ask 'White Boy' what kind adventure he was having!