Monday, February 15, 2010

Update on Helga

Helga is home from the vet's and doing well. She went in Wednesday afternoon after some food issues that seemed to have been going on for the past couple weeks. She started vomiting Wednesday morning and I began to panic just a little bit when she began vomiting blood.

So I bundled Helga into the backseat of my car, it's not easy to bundle a rottweiler let me tell you, and drove her up to the vet's office before Mom got out of school. Poor Helga was in no hurry to move. I managed to coax her out the front door and into the car and then into the vet's office without a problem...until they wanted to weigh her. I got her up onto the scale and by that time Helga decided that she was done. She laid down right where she was, half off and half on the scale, and didn't move until the vet called us in.

In case you were wondering, Helga now weighs a svelte 144lbs, down about 20lbs from her peak of 165 a couple years ago.

So the vet took x-rays and blood to check for a variety of things while I waited for Mom to make her way to the vet's office. God came in just when they were getting done with the x-rays and we went in to take a look. There were no obstructions or obvious signs of cancer but the vet noticed that Helga's uterus looked a little swollen and Mom asked if Helga might have pyometra (warning: slightly graphic photo not for the medically squeamish).

Mom brought it up because Star, Helga's mother, had the exact same thing some years ago. The vet showed it to her colleagues who all seemed to confirm that it was in fact pyometra. So Helga went in for surgery the next day for an emergency spay and did indeed have an infected uterus. So they removed that, checked again for any signs of cancer (there were none), and stapled her back together.

Helga stayed over a couple nights afterward to make sure she was healing ok. She continued to drink water but wouldn't eat for anyone, including me, until we brought her home yesterday. The vet supposed that her stomach problems were most likely an ulcer or gastritis, possibly brought on by the aspirin Mom was giving her for pain.

So right now Helga is home and healing. She's eating fairly normally and is on pain pills for he incision and G.I. meds for her insides. The hardest thing right now is keeping her and Rob separate so he can't jump all over her.

And now back to your regularly scheduled randomness.

Tonight's figure skating pairs:

1st couple from China to skate-- Absolutely freaking beautiful. I hope you guys win.

1st couple from U.S.-- Eh.

2nd couple from U.S.-- Better than the first.

German couple-- Just because the song you're skating to is called Send In The Clowns, does not mean that there are actually clowns in it. Next time, save the pagliacci costumes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dog in the vet's office. Again.

Our nine year old rottie, Helga, is going in for surgery this morning. Everybody cross your fingers.

More details this evening.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Yay, I'm not a criminal

Just got my Certificate of Clearance from the district along with my negative TB test from the school's health center. Which means that I can now enroll in UNV 300 and get my early field experience.

And I just found out that my school has a yoga class. I am totally taking that instead of Science this semester. Not that I don't like Science...but in light of recent medical developments I've decided to go easy on myself this semester. Nine units of History, 2 of teacher education and one of yoga. And the yoga class is the only one I don't actually need for my major. So we're good. Insurance requirements are satisfied and I get to knock another eleven units off my list.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Certificate of Clearance to print out.

Open letter time!

Dear Parents of the students at the elementary school across the street,

Stop parking in my f#@%&ing driveway!

Park down the street for Christ's sake. The walk won't kill you and besides, you could use the freaking exercise.

Now knock it off!

ksaldria and all the residents of this house.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Road Triiiiiip!

Ok, so I really, really, don't want to jinx this, but it looks like Evan and I will be driving up to San Francisco to see my dad for St. Joseph's Day. Now everybody go knock on wood right now. Do it!

This is gonna be awesome :D More details to follow.

Old cat is old

Happy Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog Day and Happy Belated Birthday to Oberon, who turned 13 on February 1st.

That's right, I have a 13 year old black cat. Talk about your triskaidekaphobia.