Hello my friends. I hope you had a wonderful week. I did not take the week off from work to rest as I guess I implied in my last post. I took the week off of blogging so I could rest for the weekend. Don't ever let me rest again because as you know as soon as you say that something is going to happen.
Let us start with this guy. Who if you know anything about Minecraft is making the face of a Creeper. They have no facial expressions so they look like this if they are happy, sad, mad, excited, you get the drift. He had to get picked up early on Monday because his belly was upset and if you vomit at school you are automatically out for two weeks due to Covid restrictions. I drove from very far away and picked him up and thankfully he did not get ill. It was probably one of his abdominal migraines that makes his belly upset. He was back at school on Tuesday but was a real pistol all week, not getting work done, not being nice, calling his assistant names......well I could go on and on. That means we had extra work to do in the evenings which is hard on all of us. It isn't easy to get him focused when I get home late. He has therapies and needs a bath most days so often homework does not get started until later. We ate dinner at the computer several nights this week which is no fun at all. I am working on modifying Little B's medication once again to make his life and everyone around him easier. We go to Neurology on Monday to make sure I have it right.
This is a photo of my beautiful Hank two weeks ago. Monday when I got home early from picking up Little Buddy I was shocked when I saw Hank. He had extensive hair loss on both sides of his head. It wasn't there on Friday and Saturday because I brushed him both days and I have to pay a lot of attention to his face because he gets hair mats very easily. I didn't notice it on Sunday when he was around me all day.
I immediately called the vet and was informed I could come in sometime next week. Ummm, no that won't work so we eventually got in the next day and he was scheduled for four biopsies on Thursday. This is how much hair he has lost, they did not even have to shave him for the biopsies. He may have a very rare skin condition that causes hair loss, thickened skin and sometimes other infections secondary to the thickened skin. As I read up on it and frankly cried a bit it, it sounds like this is likely yet we do not have an official diagnosis yet. As typical of me I felt bad for a bit and then got to work researching how we can help his immune system handle this challenge. There are some vitamins he can take, I am switching him to a immune boosting food that is very pure, very gradually of course. I have started a regime of essential oils that are safe for dogs to have on their skin. Made with water, coconut oil, vitamin E, rosemary, cedarwood and chamomile pure essential oils. If nothing else it makes me feel like I am helping him. My beautiful boy may never look the same but he is still my beautiful boy. He is not in any pain and frankly does not know he looks different. It has been such a drastic change is such a short time.
If you look at last weeks photo compared to the one above you can really tell the difference in my darling boy. Poor Hank and really poor Bear having to deal with his brother going to the vet not once but twice without him.
Crazy girl is here for the weekend while her father, Mr. 23 and Miss L celebrate the completion of his first year of law school. He is starting an internship on Monday, I am filled with gratitude he found one because due to Covid his resume is not stellar and internships have been restricted.
Today while at my favorite park while Little B was at social gardening club I spotted this beautiful stingray and watched it glide along. It was so peaceful to watch.
There have been so many worries this week. So much to deal with on top of my busy schedule. I have been having trouble sleeping, one night with no sleep at all. I haven't pulled an all nighter since I was studying in college. It is amazing I made it through the next day but I did with lots of help from caffeinated tea. I am thinking of you my friend Linda as I know you have been fighting insomnia. As I walked around my house in the middle of the night and finally got out of bed for good at 3:30 to get paperwork done, I thought about you far across the pond and was hoping you are able to sleep better than you have been.
It hasn't all been worries and sad stories. This guy even when he is a pistol makes me smile. Well most of the time anyway. After playing in the pool and swimming to the deep end and back four times today he wanted to relax on his sloth. He said to me, "This is the life just floating on a sloth." Yup, it sure is.
And this beauty was found on my screen while Little B was in the pool. It was flying around my plants then landed here for a bit, just opening and closing its wings. Butterflies and stingrays move much the same, gliding and floating so peacefully.
And if you made it this far I will share the biggest laugh of the week. My husband and Little Buddy were having a very difficult time with each other on Thursday. It isn't easy to be patient with this darling boy when he has his feathers up and all ruffled. When I walked in from work he informed me his dad was so mean and not very nice at all. He was the worst! These are frequently things I hear about myself by the way. And then he said, "Mom, I am breaking up with Dad and I am never going to fall in love with him again!" I swear I laughed out loud. Oh Little Boy, yes you will because you have a kind and loving heart and you have a father who adopted you at the age of 59 when he was well on his way to being done bringing up little boys. By the way I feel they are back on track again, being nice to each other and, "being in love."
Now I am not going to say I am taking a blogging break because look where that got me, but my reading and responding will be limited as I try to regain my energy and get rid of the headache I am currently treating. Stay safe my friends, I miss you.