Monday, April 20, 2009

Common Bonds*: Ticks, Harry (But Less), Screwing Up At Work

As to the first, Buddy started acting funny ten days ago. On Friday, he was playing like usual in the yard. On Saturday, he started limping. By Sunday morning, he wouldn't put any weight on his left front paw. By Sunday night, he didn't even get up to play or hang out with us. Monday morning, we called the vet. It wasn't a sprain, like we thought. It was Lyme. Screw you ticks. Poor boy :( He is now on antibiotics for a month. Three pills a day. That have to be taken with food. And can't be taken with cheese. And our dog only eats his dog food when he feels like it. Unless it's sprinkled with cheese. It's been a bit of a challenge. On the positive side, the antibiotics seem to be working. By the end of last week, he was seeming himself again. Though he has no understanding regarding why he isn't allowed to play like usual.

As to the second, Harry has been doing a bit better with nursing, though the biting hasn't stopped completely. I took Nicky's suggestion (made by a few other as well) and tried Tylenol about an hour before bed, and it seems to be helping. The only two nights he has bitten me more than once have been the ones we forgot the Tylenol. And the biting has slowed down in general. Even better, he has gone back to nursing again -- the partial strike is over (though he does seem to nurse for shorter periods now). He struggled with the bottle at daycare last week too, so I'm trying not to take it personally. It does appear to be teething related.

As for screwing things up at work, I'm still feeling stressed about it. Probably fueled by the fact that I'm feeling somewhat anxious about work in general. But the senior associate stepped in front of the bus rather than throwing me under (especially admirable given that he is up for partner this year). So he may think less of me but I seem to have otherwise emerged from the giant fuck-up largely unscathed (though I may just be unaware of the realities of my situation). But it still sucks.

Much to share about the parts of the weekend I didn't spend working, but I'll save that for tomorrow and Wednesday.

* Any other Jeopardy fans out there?


Jen said...

Peanut butter? My Trin dog stopped eating cheese for a month after I had to hide pills in her cheese. She caught on and said no more cheese (which was quite a sacrifice on her part) for a while.

I love Jeopardy, but I rarely get to watch it for some reason.

Kimmygintx said...

Ack! Sorry about the Lyme.. that just sucks! Like Jen's suggestion..

If that doesn't work is it safe to crush the pills? Then you could hide them in some canned food (if he'll eat it) or even mix it w/some PB. GL!

Nicky said...

What are things that totally bite? Or were you going for things that really suck? :)

Glad that all three are (slowly) getting better!

niobe said...

If I had a dollar for every time I'd majorly screwed up at work, I'd be able to purchase a small tropical island and spend the rest of my life inhaling salt air and pina coladas. Just so you know.

Meghan said...

Glad nursing is going better again. I've found that Sweetness nurses for much less now than she used to. She's typical done in about 5 minutes. I asked her ped last time she was there ands she said she's just gotten really efficient at it. She's still putting on the pounds like they're going out of style so I stopped worrying.

And glad the work thing is working itself out.