Saturday, March 11, 2017

Notes From The Canyon



Would you like a post full of mishaps? It's all I have for now, but things are improving. Here it is: 

Mishap #1: Remember I said that I would have Rachael take a picture of me wearing my new glasses? After she cut my hair. Instead, this is what happened:

We had such a good time, I took her for her birthday lunch, and, while happily eating away, I bit into someting and the crown next to my two front teeth that I've had some issues with, finally came half-way loose. The dentist was across the street, so we went there and he saw me more or less right away. He got the crown and two pieces of the tooth that had splintered out, leaving the root and the remaining part of the tooth in there for good. Since I'm on Fosomax, pulling a tooth is not the best option. I went back on Friday to have impressions taken and leave my partial there so a new tooth can be affixed to it. Right now I look like the Easter bunny with just two large front teeth, sort of hilarious, but not funny enough for a selfie. At least not funny to me. 


Mishap #2. You may have heard of Death by Toilet, but have you heard of Death by 1970's Kitchen Cabinet Corners? I know about the corners, but when I dropped something on Monday, I bent down to pick it up, got up and with full force hit the back of my head on the right corner shown above. I fell down, hurt my wrist, my back, and my neck, in addition to my head where a bump, the size of a small orange, soon appeared. I iced it for a long time and the bump went down pretty fast. Stayed in bed on Tuesday and was still very sore on Wednesday when the mishaps turned into something more serious. 


#3. Not a mishap any more. Those of you who read my blog back in 2012, may remember that Samson went blind for a day or two, but thanks to the quick action by our vet he recovered his sight fully. 


Samson in 2012. His eyes are clouded blue here. They are brown normally.

He was diagnosed with UDS , something he will have for the rest of his life. Since he recovered, I give him Neo-Poly-Dex eye drops once a day or every other day and he's been doing well until now.

This is UDS:

Uveodermatologic Syndrome (UDS) is an immune-mediated canine disease characterized by inflammation of the eye, de-pigmentation of skin and whitening of hair, well, white fur wasn't a clue here. Morbidity is related primarily to the eye inflammation, which can result in secondary ophthalmological disorders that lead to blindness. Treatment involves both topical and systemic immunosuppression.

Although generally considered to be more common in Northern breeds, such as Akitas, Siberians, and Samoyeds, there have been reports of the disease in a wide range of breeds, including the Dachshund. 


Samson's eye symptoms returned on Wednesday morning, while I was in bed with no plans to get up for another day or so. I thought at first he had scratched his eye, but as the day went on his eyes began clouding over and I knew then what it was. So, while still in a lot of pain, I had to unload five big bags of pebbles from the back of the Jeep, to get Samson in there. (I buy these bags at Home Depot to make the Jeep steadier in the high winds up here.) After I unload them, I use them to fix my messed up road. It works well for both purposes. 



So I took Samson to the vet and his condition was confirmed. We left with about a month's supply of Prednisone, 1 1/2 pills at first, then lower doses down to one pill every other day, and instructions to treat his eyes with the eyedrops four times a day. 


Faith Says: Everything is better now, but when Samson is sick and mommy is worried (or panics) I gather my toys for comfort.

Yes, I think he's better now. We are working up to taking longer walks, because Samson gained about 6 lbs during the rains. I just couldn't walk in all that mud or I didn't feel like it when the weather was so bad for so long. He now weighs 80 lbs. His ideal weight is 70 lbs. When he was sick in 2012, he ended up weighing over 80 lbs. And that was at the end of it, this is just the beginning. Steroids make them both hungry and thirsty. So we'll be walking a lot and, hopefully, keep his weight down. He's not acting sick at all, so that's great and if we increase our walks, we'll all feel better in the end. 

And my head still hurts to the touch, my back aches, but I'm back to doing all my regular stuff, so this too will pass. 





21 comments:

  1. OMG Inger! Wow. Well, you have your year's supply of oopses, so things should level off now. Right? I'm sorry you are hurting, get better soon. Oh, poor Samson! I hope he's fixed up soon and doesn't gain too much weight. Hugs to all of you!

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  2. Oh Boy, and on a scale of 1 to 10, I can truly say all yours are in the "10" category. Hope the reconstructed partial plate fits well, Samson improves, your head heals, and all else stays safe and well. XXX

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  3. Oh Inger - a string of 'catastrophes' ... just so glad to read things are improving - particularly you are all right or improving as each day passes, and that Samson was caught in time and can see again ... gosh - as you say it has been a few days of what next. Then your teeth ... I sure hope they are sorted - lucky you that the dentist saw you right away ...

    Have a peaceful week ahead with everyone healing and Faith just being her loving self ... cheers and hugs - Hilary

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  4. Well Murphy sure visited you this past week. I am so very sorry to read all this and I hope Murphy is done for now.. or forever for that matter. poor sweet Samson, I hope the meds make you all better quickly. glad the weather is now allowing walks. Jake is half blind now from cataracts.. I can feel your pain for Samson because I feel the same pain for Jake.. hope all goes well today

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  5. Oh dear, Inger - what a week - I hope both you and Samson are back to normal soon. I'm sympathising with you about the crown - isn't it dreadful losing a front tooth! my front crown came out last month while I was struggling with the pneumonia - was not happy to have to drag myself out of bed ... but all's well and I get my permanent new crown tomorrow. Smile back :)

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  6. Oh dear, what a string of bad luck and it ran in threes... It looks like you got attacked from front and behind... Sorry about the dental work needed too... You didn't need this to happen but it was good that you were close to the dentist at the time. It must have spoiled the birthday celebration. And poor both of you and Samson.
    I hope you both are healing fast. It's good that you put ice on the bump to take down the swelling and speed healing and thank goodness you noticed that Sampson needed a visit to the vet. Speedy recovery to both of you. I hope the rest of March goes without any mishaps.

    I'm on Resindronate which is a generic of Fosamax but on March 1st, I pulled my cuspid tooth with a long root myself. It had been loose for years but I had bitten into something that has made it looser but I still couldn't pull it out... Refusing to pay the dentist lots of money for something he could have pulled out without anesthetic, I decided to tie a sturdy cotton thread and yanked it out in a second. It was 3/4 inch long. I packed some gauze to stop the bleeding and I rinsed my mouth with half peroxide and half water and it healed very quickly.

    I'm a kind of do-it-your-selfer.
    I hope the rest of March is kinder to you and your dogs.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. You are just wonderful! My crown came out, but the tooth itself inside the gum was splintered into three parts, so it really needed the dentist. Here in the U.S. many dentists won't pull a tooth if you are on Fosomax. Or at least they may get very nervous about it. I'm on the generic also, but don't remember what it's called now. Next time I may need a tooth pulled, I will tell them about your experience.

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  7. I am so sorry about all that happened! I hope that you and Samson heal quickly!

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  8. Dang girl, you must be feeling a bit picked on. Hope your goose egg is all gone now. I sure am glad Samson has you. Some people would not bother with a dog having a chronic condition. Bless you. Keep up the good work and I hope all your mishaps are done for the year.

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    1. Both of them have chronic conditions, Faith suffers from incontinence and Samson from this mess. I just hope Samson won't need steroid eyedrops. They cost me $90.00 for a small little bottle when I had my cataracts removed and I have the best supplement to Medicare you could possibly get. So one can only imagine what it would cost for a dog!

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  9. Poor babies; I hope both you & Samson get better soon!!

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  10. Inger! You have had quite the time! Glad to hear Samson will recover and please take care of yourself!

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  11. Brett is forever smacking his head on cabinet doors. It's easy to do -- try not to smack it so hard next time. That sounds like a large swelling and messing up your wrist and stuff when you fell is not good either. I'm glad Samson is doing better.

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  12. Oh, my dear, you really have been 'in the wars' as they say! I had no idea the drops you take after cataracts are removed were so expensive... all part of the National Health Service here. So glad that Samson and Faith have you to look after them and love them -- and vice versa!

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  13. Wow, Inger! If the head and body weren't bad enough, Samson's emergency finished filling up the pot! Sounds like a good vet.

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  14. OMG!! Why is it always this way. It seems when one bad things happens then it is followed with several. God is really testing at times. I hope Samson is better soon!!

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  15. PHEW! Inger, that was a string of mishaps alright! Ouch to the head bang on the corner cupboard!!
    Happy to hear the Samson is on the mend. So cute of Faith there with her toys.
    Please do take care.
    You have such a good 'eye' for photos!

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  16. Dear Samson, I am so-so-so sorry to hear of this. I am saying doggie prayers for the prednisone to work and for your eyes to be okay!! I mean. If you can't look at pictures of my ears, how will you continue to love me?? Oh, and about the weight thing... mom says I am too stout as well, and has cut out some of my mid day snacks. Pretty mean if you ask me, but she says it's for my own good. Dad has been taking me for lots of walks while mom works. I just wanted you to know I am rooting for you and all that goes with getting all better!! Lots of licks and love sent your way... and tell Faith hello for me. ~ your Gracie
    Inger, I have hit my head off of cabinets just like what you did, but never that hard... gosh... you have surely had some mishaps.. I hope good days with lots of good things are in the very near future!! Take care. We send our love...

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    1. Thank you, Bobbi. Samson will write to Gracie soon. I'm sure her ears are forever imprinted on this brain.

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  17. Oh dear, Inger! I am sorry to hear all that happened with you and Samson... I hope with all my heart that both you and Samson are well very soon!
    Lots of hugs and much Love!

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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