thursday--sleepless in walkerton
Thursday, December 14, 2017
hi all--hope everybody is well. we are having some sleepless nights around here. dorijane started on thyroid medication, and it can have some profound effects. her main one has been that she awakens about midnight-2 am and is AWAKE. wants her breakfast. paces, whines and barks. poor rob has to get some sleep so he can get to work, so I have been taking her in the living room and keeping her with me until she conks out again (usually about 4 and then it's time to get up around 5. I talked to the vet and he suggested that she is hungry now--and in truth she has been dropping weight. so we have upped her food and she gets a night time snack and It seems to be helping. in fact I think we would have made it through the night last night if ralphie had not decided it was his turn to get sick. he awoke about 1 and was clearly nauseated. we were frantic because there was NOTHING that we could think of that was causing this. on the third barf event, after about an hour he brought up a HAIR BALL. now he is a dog, not a cat. I suspect in his excitement at the groomer he ate a bunch of hair (which he does sometimes) and it balled up in his tummy. the minute he expelled it, he was right as rain. wanted to play (yes--it was 2 am at the time). and in all the excitement dorijane awoke and figured it was breakfast time. so we all headed into the living room, rob laid in his recliner and I bundled up on the couch. gave ralphie a tiny sliver of benedryl just to help him quiet down, and in about an hour all was quiet and rob slipped into the bedroom. I finished the night on the couch.
yesterday I had brunch with my dear friend who just lost her dog. it was great to see her before they head for florida. she cut my hair and we had a great visit, as always.
something very special about her--each time we part, she hugs me and says "I love you". and I know she means it. it took me about a year to reciprocate this--it is something that was never done or said in my home, and it felt very strange to me. but I understand now that these words and actions are tremendously important--and that this is something that I should have experienced growing up. now I reciprocate the action--I have always meant it--but now I can show that I do. and it's very interesting--many of my friends grew up in households where the words " l love you" or "I am proud of you" were never said. but we are learning to say them now, and understanding that we missed something important. most of these gals have grandkids of their own now--and they are determined to right that wrong. and by extension, we include one another in this reconciliation. it's powerful. I feel so blessed by my friends, not only because they are such good friends to me--but they show me how to be a better person.
in other news--the pottery evening at the kitchen store approaches and I am trying desperately to get more work done. made about a dozen spoon rests that I am working on carving. lots of glazing to do too.
have a wonderful day! here's ralphie back from the groomer.