Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Little Sunshine in the Rain

Thank you for the condolences on my dog. I am touched by how many of you have been through the same kind of loss; they are not just our pets... they are our friends, our family, our hearts. I am sorry you have felt the same grief, but glad you reached out to share my burden so that I am not alone.

It's very tempting for me to wallow in quiet sadness and not do anything else. I'd rather mope on the couch than anything, especially since the rain and gloom continues outside. But it's up to us to do the living.

In happier news, my daughter is better than she has been in *months.* The IV treatment she received in the ER apparently *finally* knocked out an infection that has been dragging on all winter. We'd tried so many things and she'd get 80% better, but never quite all the way. Now, it is obvious. She is well. Her color has returned along with her energy and an even sunnier disposition. It is so good to see her feeling well and enjoying the end of the school year and her dance recitals. And I am well, too. Aside from (apparently stress-triggered) migraines yesterday and today, I am feeling great. Hey, even the cat is better. The 3 medications she is on for her pancreatitis, along with her new diet, have magically turned a nearly immobile, dull, sad cat into a perky, shiny, happy kitty. Even the vet is amazed. Kitty is back to her very important duty of hearing and keeping all of my daughter's treasured secrets.

The fridge is still broken, though. It's been a long time... weeks. And they can't get the part for even longer. So in the meantime, I ordered another mini fridge to keep spoilables cold. It should be here in a couple of days and then life will get easier as far as food goes.

Thank you again... and for all who have emailed me and haven't gotten a response, I apologize. It's been a crazy, busy winter and spring, and I have only answered about 10% of my emails. Please know I do read them all, but if you asked for specific help or information I have not had the time to respond and not sure if I will anytime soon. I am going to try and put up a FAQ page so that should help answer the main questions I tend to get. And those who sent kind words and well wishes, thank you. I will write you back when things settle a bit.


Anonymous said...

It's good that you have some bright spots in your life right now. Times can be difficult but you get through.Focus on those good things.


timothy said...

sorry about the pup sweetie, i KNOW it's hearbreaking. but oh so glad the princess is better! and kitty too. at least now you can move on without the worry and focus on you and getting back to that happy healthy place. i know it's a bummer but our ancestors didnt have fridges, thats actually a fairly recent thing. talk to some old folks i'm sure they can tell you what works! xoxoxoxoxo

Vickie said...

I am sorry you are struggling with refrigerator. But wanted to mention there is a bright side.

People all over Europe and in large cities like NY live with small refrigerators their whole lives. And they tend to eat what they have immediately. No lost things going to ruin in the back.

We had a total clean out with our own refrigerator earlier this year and I have been keeping much smaller quantities at a time since then. I buy, we focus on eating those things and then restock.

Do you have a freezer or was it attached and therefore gone too? Flash frozen veggies are very helpful.

Vickie said...

I know how hard it is to have done everything for a child and have them never quite well. So glad things turned around for your daughter.

Anonymous said...

So happy your child is feeling better !

donner said...

I've had many many pets, and have been with them when they had to pass on. Its heartbreaking, and you need to mourn, but I've always felt that the years of joy they brought was worth the small time of mourning. Because you will remember them fondly again soon and they will still keep making you happy. If I have 15 years with my cat or dog, and another 15 years of happy memories of them, then I'm all for it. It means you are a compassionate human being, and there's nothing wrong with that...

Darcy Winters said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I cried as I read about it. It's been over a year now and I still think about my sweet boy every single day. He too was a senior and we had to put him to sleep on Christmas Eve day. I will never forgive my for "rushing" him to finish his "business" outside before taking him in. The place was going to close and they were waiting on us. I know we did the right thing, but it never makes it easier.

(((hugs))) It will get easier, but it will always still hurt.