Thursday, July 12, 2012
I have been worrying about a few issues pending and troubled about 'what ifs'. They are small issues, especially in comparison to some of the stuff I know others are facing, but they've been eating at me. Yesterday one of those issues wrapped up on a bright note.
I had taken my beloved puppy, Penny, to the vet for her annual wellness check and shots and her in-office heartworm test came back "slightly positive". Even the vet could not figure out what it meant. Disturbed, she repeated it, with poor Pupcake wiggling too much for them to get a good enough bloodsample to send to a local lab. So I had to call to make an appointment for another blood draw. I got quizzed on all the doses of heart-worm prevention I gave her, whether or not we had traveled to the south, etc.
I actually knew nothing about heartworm, just that you MUST give your dog the medication monthly. I did some research and was really disturbed and distressed. It is a horrible infestation that literally eats at the dog's heart muscle. Although there are effective treatments, a scary pecentage of dogs die of the treatment itself. I was freaked out and very, very worried. How could my dear little dog have heartworm? Worry, worry, worry!
I had to wait out the weekend for another blood draw appointment Monday, then wait until Wednesday to hear the results. So when I got the vet's message last night that the lab test came back negative, I was soooo relieved.
I still have a couple worries pending but neither can hold a candle to that one! Whew! Worry can make everything about the future look sort of ... grey, like I was seeing the future through a grey veil. I have had worries before (What? Me worry?) but this one somehow loomed really large ...
So Puppy and me did some loving up and happy petting and playing tp celebrate that she is NOT sick! I hope the other smaller worries work out ok but I gotta tell ya: whatever! As long as my Puppy is NOT sick, I can just deal.