Mesa, Aspen, and The Sick Chicks

Alex was very prompt in his update for today! He shares:

"Mesa is doing great, we're feeding her 1/2 cup of wellness soaked with water and then some homemade food.  Last Friday at the vet she weighed 15.7.  On our scale yesterday she weighed 20 lbs.  I'm not sure how that happened, but she is not fat!  My mom said to tell Barb that she is nice and skinny!  She is very enthusiastic about her eating, whenever there's food at the counter she smells it and comes running.  She and Cooper get along great, she likes to chase Cooper around and steal his favorite stick (which is too big for her to carry).  She also sleeps almost all night, but only if Cooper is with her.  She already knows how to sit and with my mom's help we're working on laying down.  She loves to do drive by bites, she'll be walking by one of us and she'll bite our foot and move on.  I'm rewarding her for going pee and poop and she now goes to the front door when she needs to go potty.  She bites a lot but we are redirecting her and she is learning not to.  
I love her VERY much and she is the cutest puppy ever!"

We all appreciate Alex's excellent report and agree Mesa is extra cute -- right?!

And speaking of extra cute, Tiffany sent a couple of pictures of Maize's littermate, Aspen Green Beauty Queen from today...

Harper's blocky little head reminds me of how Aspen looked as a puppy :)

Dear Husband is getting sprung from the hospital today, and Nicole sent a text at midnight that she got Maize to eat two cheeseburgers so maybe our Christmas won't be so unfortunate after all -- I need to get home and put on the Super Lucky Hanukkah Socks!!!

3:00 p.m.

There is really no good way to describe the recent events -- I just feel a bit (!) traumatized and stunned. But Dear Husband is home -- discouraged, tired, and worried, of course -- but home and alive, so that is a very good start to a New Normal. I feel much like I did when Galen was diagnosed with Type I diabetes -- just shocked and not sure what to think about any of it. Big things like this need to sink in slowly, and that is really okay.

Maize -- oh geez. Is she comfortable? Not completely -- but she is not suffering. And she is so happy we are home. Yes, it is very hard to see her like this -- but I will not euthanize a dog for that reason. Instead, we have considered these types of things -- is she wagging her tail? (yes) Does she seem glad to be with us? (yes) Can we manage her discomfort? (we think so) Is she still engaged? (yes)

Dear Daughter left to spend Christmas at home with her husband, but bid Mrs. Maize farewell before she left...

Mrs. Maize likes to be outside but we have concerns about her ability to maintain her body temperature so she can only stay outside for a short bit -- I took these of her just about 30 minutes ago...

Yesterday she had the "DO SOMETHING" look in her eyes, and I tried hard to stay calm and remember that euthanizing her was not the only option -- today I am very glad that I had the support that allowed me to do something else. I think you can see that she no longer has that look, and while I know her time is limited -- no need to hurry her on her way because guess what? All of us have limited time -- but life is still worth living, isn't it?

Nicole's dog, Abby/Poodle, is not sure life would be worth living if she had to stay in Montana with all the Big Dogs. Even the smallest of the Big Dogs is now pretty darn big in Poodle's eyes!

I think the second picture gives a nice view of Harper's structure -- she sure is a cute puppy....

Tonight we will settle in and watch It's a Wonderful Life as we do every Christmas Eve. I was saying just last week that it wouldn't be as much fun without kids around to complain that we were again making them watch it -- and now poor Jake and Cassie have to endure it yet another year :) Now that I think about it, maybe that is the real reason that Dear Daughter left...


by Jennifer G. on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 10:47

That Maize continues to improve and a Happy Christmas is had!!!!

by Lisa K on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 10:59

YAY, for Kim going home. I know they would not have let him out if he was not ready. So thankful that the family came together to help you, M-A!
Alex, I swear, you are the cutest kid ever! And yes, Mesa, is just awesome!
M-A-wishing you peace, health and some well deserved down time and relaxation. I am hoping that Mrs. Maize will give you some more time too...xo

by Carmen K. on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 12:09

Mesa sounds like a sweetie!...except for the drive-by biting! Alex, that is TOO funny! Thank you for sending news about your girl. We'll eat it up like strawberry shortcake with whip cream and sprinkles on top!

SO happy to hear that Maize did a little bounce back and that Kim is coming home. I agree, too, that the doctors probably won't send him home if they were not confident he would do well. I am sending continued good health wishes to all and wish you a peaceful and relaxing Christmas...

by Toby E on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 12:32

So good to hear that Kim is being sprung and will be home for Christmas, and Maize is eating-lovely side effect of pred!
Mesa sounds like she is doing wonderfully, Alex! I totally know what you mean about the drive-by bites-Holden does them too! Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah or whatever you may celebrate everyone! We'll be heading to my mom's shortly so Holden gets to meet his Grandmom:)

Get those socks on quickly, Mary-Ann!

by Lisa K on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 15:49

Thanks for the update, as I write this w/big ol tears in my eyes. Those new normals do take some time to adjust to, for sure. Mrs. Maize is in my thoughts a lot today as are you and Kim. So glad you have a few of the family to be around and help, and really just to be. Nicole, I think we all thank you for coming up in a pinch to help out your mom. Made me feel better, anyway! ;-)
I think that Maize looks quite lovely in these pix. Pictures to be cherished and so glad you got them....Merry Christmas. And Kim, alive is a really good thing to be! I know you will get through all the rest. xo

by Lori Simidian on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:17

You guys have been on my mind all day. So glad that Kim is home - I'm sure they would not have discharged him if he was not well enough. He just needs to take it easy and follow hospital discharge instructions. So good that Mary-Ann doesn't have to be torn, wanting to be in two places at once.
For a sick old girl Mrs. Maize looks fabulous in those pictures. Her expression is one of very engaged intensity so no, I don't think she's quite ready to call it quits yet. Have a wonderful, calm, restful Christmas enjoying being together, even if you do have to watch that dumb movie.

by Jennifer Z on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:43

Catching up on a couple of days worth of posts, and wow, things sure have been happening while I've been away! /Have to keep this short as we're headed over to my dad's house for dinner followed by the neighborhood caroling/kids concert, etc. M-A if you have any questions about Kim's condition, drugs he's on, etc, my personal ER doc Todd would be happy to talk with you. Send me an e-mail and I'll send you my cell # if you don't have it-and Marti has it too. Sending positive thoughts to all of you tonight. Here in Palo Alto (CA) they play "It's a Wonderful Life" at the cool old downtown movie theater every Christmas eve and it always sells out.

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