Monday, September 28, 2009

This is my last night of work for a while

and I am grateful because I am EXHAUSTED! I have had very little in the way of sleep, and precious little that has been restful or quality sleep. I should be thankful that work is busy and steady - and I am, to an extent - but, damn!, I'm tired! LOL

So, the guy with the dane finally decided to have the exam, and then consented to the diagnostics after the tech told him that refusing to do so was just stupid and a waste of the $80 exam fee. Even though his abdomen felt "normal", we decided to do an x-ray - something about that heart rate of 180 just didn't seem right to me... The x-ray was a perfect "reverse C" - textbook presentation of a GDV. Thank GOD he didn't just decide to go home!! So, at 1:30 am, into surgery we went.

This one was a little easier in that I was able to decompress the stomach with a needle - it was primarily gas. However... things soon became trickier! He was SUCH a deep chested dog that I had to stand on my tiptoes to reach all the way down underneath his stomach, and it felt like it too ages for me to determine the direction of the torsion - but once I finally gave the appropriate amount of tug in the appropriate direction -- the stomach derotated and fell right back into place - the feeling was amazing... better than sex! Well, almost...

Everything looked good, all organs pink and "happy" - I pexied him, did a quick gastric lavage, ran a liter of warm saline through the abdomen, and we were ready to close him up. Surgery took just under 2 hrs; not too bad, all in all. He looks great today, really - though he'll only eat if hand fed (most danes are such big babies!). So far, I'm 2 for 2 on this - and I like it that way!

Tonight we've had another string of snakebites. I guess when the snakes are out, they're ALL out! And then all the dogs end up here! LOL We even had a CAT in for snakebite this weekend! And a bengal at that! Who lets their bengal wander around outside?? Of course, one of the other snakebite victims was a 9 week old yorkie... that was an interesting case...

The owner and her friend brought the puppy in. They'd had him less than 24 hrs and swear he was bit on the nose by a rattlesnake - they claimed to have seen the snake and swear that it was positively ID'd as a rattler! Of course, they also said they tried to shoot it... so I guess someone had time to run inside and get a gun during the melee, but - whatever... So, anyway, I give them the "standard" estimate - hospitalization, iv fluids, bloodwork, pain meds, antibiotics, diphenhydramine, etc. Mom says "so, you're going to promise me that she's going to be okay?" I said, "no, ma'am, I'm not. There aren't any guarantees in life." I then added, "but the only snakebite victim that I've lost in the last 10 years was the one who refused to leave the dog with me." She then tells me that "if this puppy dies, you and I are going to have a huge problem." What am I supposed to say to that?? I bite my tongue and tell her that all we can do is supportive care and observation, but that's the best treatment for the puppy at this time. She continues to flap her lips with "well, if something happens to her, then I'm bringing the kids up here and you can explain it to them; that's what I'm saying." And all I can think is "the first thing I'd tell the kids is that I didn't let their dog get bitten by a damned rattlesnake!" as I turn and walk out of the room. Luckily, despite elevated coag values, the puppy did quite well...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Even though I don't work that much, it seems like it's all I do! LOL

I guess the truth of the matter is that the days in between just fly by so quickly!! I've been back in the gym, which feels GREAT! I also registered for TRX classes started next Tuesday; hopefully that will go well - I just realize that this will be the first classes that I've gone to in the 4+ years that I've had a membership at First Health! I've been meaning to go to classes... just haven't quite made it yet.

Didn't make it to the gym today, which was a bit disappointing, but that's because I worked last night, then had an appointment this morning for another panorex - it was 10:30 by the time I got home and I spent the entire day (literally) putting together my new Scrap Box - which, by the way, is TOTALLY awesome and I am SO psyched that I got it - can't wait to load all my junk into it!! Then I hopped through the shower and headed back to work.

Hopefully I'll get to sleep soon... I'm pretty beat and I DO want to spend at least 45 mins at the gym tomorrow so as not to ruin my latest streak. I've been following an iPhone application called "C25K" for "couch to 5k" to get back into running; I hate it, which is expected, but I'm doing it anyway - and it makes me feel good, so it's not all bad.

My current case, the one that is preventing me from catching some "Zzzzs" is a 3 year old great dane who is delinquent on his vaccines; he's been vomiting non-stop since 11pm (per the owner), and has a fever of 104.7. The owner isn't sure, however, if he wants to spend the money tonight as the dog stopped puking on the ride over. Uh, hello, idiot... there's STILL the matter of the nearly 105 temperature to address!! The world is just FULL of morons, and unfortunately most of them own pets -- I try to take the positive approach and remember that for me it means job security!

On a much, much more pleasant topic, my Baby Girl is about to start walking, I do believe! She spends a lot of time standing now and balances quite well; she can reliably take 6+ steps before landing on her padded butt or dropping to her knees because she crawls much faster than she walks and she knows it! She is an amazing joy and I am grateful every single day that we have her - yes, even when she spits eggs directly into my eyeballs, even when she dunks Pink Berry into the poopy diaper, even when she wakes me up at 5am because she wants to play, I am thankful.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shopping Diva!!

So, my new "thing" is scouring consignment shops for designer clothes... and I will say that with just 4 trips to various shops, and about $350, I have totally re-outfitted my wardrobe!!

I decided recently that I needed new clothes - you know, B likes me to dress up more and I honestly feel better when I do (strange, but true...) but just didn't have the wardrobe to really support that. And, I like nice stuff... I tried shopping online, with varied success. Ended up on ebay looking at designer lots of clothes - which is great, but... you just don't know how something is going to look on you until you put it on - I've had my share of returning items after I bring them home!! So, instead, I found "looks" that I liked on ebay and took pics of them with my phone! Hahahaha!! Figured that I could take the pics to the store with me and see if I could duplicate it reasonably.

Anyway, somehow I got the idea to hit Fifi's and - what do you know? - I found lots of nice stuff for VERY reasonable prices... I got a new looking Ralph Lauren purse that is TOO cute for just $14!! I was too thrilled to see a price tag of $28, and more than willing to pay that, BUT... anything that has been in the store for over 30 days is HALF OFF!! Who knew??

All in all, I've gotten quite a lot of things - I've gone to Fifi's in So Pines, and the one in P'hurst, A Bit of Couture in P'hurst and Champagne Taste in Raleigh. I've gotten an ivory leather jacket, a Liz Claiborne 100% silk jacket, a brand new Talbot's blazer in a gorgeous blue (yes, I know it's for spring, but it was SUCH a deal! LOL), Ralph Lauren pants, Talbot's pants, Liz Claiborne pants and tops, lots of shirts, a couple of sweaters (including 4 darling 100% silk sweater tanks that will be great under other things), a few jackets that are lightweight enough to wear almost as shirts, several skirts, a cute dress, etc. I couldn't be happier!! I've been pulling some of my older, more pedestrian stuff out of the closet to go to Good Will... I've always envied the local "soccer mom" look and now I can look polished and sophisticated all the time, too!! LOL

I got my hair done today - still have high lights and some low lights, but darkened the overall hair in between. I really like it... got rid of the brassiness that was getting on my nerves. Tomorrow morning I'm getting my nails did - they I'll be PHAT! Hahaha!!