Jul 262023

We started yesterday with an unplanned quick trip to Western Alabama Animal Hospital in Carrollton. Alli has been having some stomach problems the last few days and has not been able to go to the bathroom normally. I usually take her out about midnight, and then she sleeps until 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning. But she has been waking me up every two hours or so to go out and then not accomplishing much if anything.

Because of some of the symptoms she was showing, I was beginning to fear that she might have bloat. This is a common condition for German shepherds and other big dogs and happens when excess gas or swallowed air accumulates in their stomachs. It can lead to a twisted stomach, which traps food and water along with the air, resulting in low blood pressure, organ damage, and even death.

Doctor Lowe checked her out and determined that she probably has some kind of gastrointestinal inflammation, but definitely not bloat, which was a relief. He gave her a shot to ease her discomfort, as well as a couple of prescriptions that we’ll be giving her for the next few days. Within a few hours she seemed to be somewhat better.

While we were there, we also had him give Mai Lin her first set of shots, now that the kitten is three months old. She didn’t much care for that.

I am not a person who can get up at night and then lie down and go right back to sleep. Sometimes it takes me half an hour or more to get back to dreamland if I do at all. Due to a lack of sleep I was pretty worn out, and back at home I didn’t get much accomplished for a while. I finally caved in and napped in my recliner for close to two hours. Then I got up and got to work, adding another 2,200 or so words to my new Big Lake book. I have been cranking out the words at the rate of 2,000 to 3,000 or more a day and I’m closing in on the end of the story now. It has definitely taken some turns I didn’t see coming along on the way!

Terry made chicken quesadillas for dinner, and later on we enjoyed some delicious lemon bread, which is actually  a cake. It was made with lemon juice and lemon zest, along with 2½ cups of shredded summer squash. I don’t care for squash, or most other vegetables but I will have to say it was very good. Of course, everything Terry makes is good, so what else could I expect?

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day You all need to keep me in your prayers. Nothing’s wrong, I’m just too chubby for this heat!

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “A Quick Trip To The Vet”

  1. ya- say- a quick $200?

  2. Doggies have very sensitive tummies….you might want to make sure you are feeding her a quality food. Did the vet make any recommendations? Adding some pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie stuff) will help her tummy. Also Terry can cook white meat chicken for her as well. Pets are EXPENSIVE members of the family for sure.

  3. Keep that beautiful dog well.

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