July 29th 2012 11:31 am
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It’s been a while since I had time to actually bark here so get ready because here I go:
BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK BARKBARKBARKBARKBARK…
Momma continues on with the packing of our California house and all those boxes that were stacked around the house that daddy hauled out to New Mexico with him when he left a few weeks ago have been replaced with new boxes of stuff. The disorganized mess is causing momma some real issues because she says the house looks like a “hoarders” place and it is bring back terrible memories of when she had to help daddy clean out Grandpa’s two houses after he passed on.
Puffy and I haven’t been allowed to play bunny tag with Arleenton too much because Arleenton has not been a very good house bunny. She doesn’t understand that she is supposed to go back into her cage when she has to go pee-pee and instead chooses to relief herself wherever she happens to be with is not a very good thing to do. Momma says that she will work with Arleenton with the potty issues when we get moved to the new house, but for now she is on very restricted play time because momma says she has enough mess as it is and doesn’t want to clean up after a rabbit.
Puffy was rushed to the vet the other day. While we were trying to sleep on the big bed as momma was watching TV, she noticed that Puffy was panting and every once in a while his heart was beating super fast. Since momma couldn’t cancel her wellness insurance she took him in for a thyroid re-check (which of course isn’t covered by the plan), even though the last check one month ago showed his T4 level was right where it was supposed to be. It’s a good thing she did this because the normal results should be between 3 – 5 and his was sky high at 15. The poor guy could have easily had a heart attack had momma ignored what was going on and listened to the vet when she told momma that she didn’t need another test right now. The vet told momma yesterday that the amount of medication prescribed for Puff is way too much and that they need to start over with figuring out the correct dosage. Momma had just bought a 6 month supply of his medication using the prescription that THIS vet had written so one needs to wonder why all of a sudden this vet thinks what she prescribed is not meant for a dog his size. Momma takes the same thyroid medication but Puffy had to take two pills per day and he only weighs 12 pounds while momma took one pill per day and weighs a million pounds more than Puffy (momma says I am not to list how much she actually weighs but I think a million pounds is pretty close). While the vet was trying to downplay the error with Puffy’s medication she changed the subject to say that she was concerned about his liver readings. Momma realized that this vet has not been involved throughout all of Puff’s vet visits because the vet hospital has a real problem with finding and keeping vets there so this is the fourth vet that Puffy has been assigned to in his three years on the health wellness plan but everything is in his record if anyone would actually take the time to read them prior to coming into the exam room. Anyhow, she starts saying she wants to run all of these expensive tests on Puff to figure out why his liver is failing.
Now momma will do almost anything for me and Puffy but she is not stupid (usually). She ask the vet if Puff’s elevated liver count could be the result of this thyroid being over taxed and his heart beating too hard due to the overdose of thyroid medication? The vet said that was definitely possible but she would like to run a test for Cushing disease, do a Bile acids pre and post test, plus x-ray his abdomen to see if there is a mass on his liver. Momma stood there very calmly and listened to the vet outline all of this and requested that she do a treatment plan for what everything would cost and then she would discuss it with her. When the vet came back in and went over everything momma said NO! First of all we had done a test for the Cushing disease in October of 2010 and it came back negative. Of course it was during this time that the vet hospital had also been running tests on Puff’s thyroid and that too came back as everything was hunky dory even though he was almost completely bald, had terrible skin problems and was very tired so it makes one wonder how they missed everything. In regards to the other tests momma stated that even if we discovered something on his liver he is beyond any hope of getting an operation because whatever is causing his liver to fail has already caused too much damage so he CAN NOT BE PUT UNDER ANASTISHIA. In response to this the vet stood there and looked momma in the eyes and said “but it would let the vets know exactly what they were dealing with). So, here was the vet campaigning for expensive tests just so they would know what they were dealing with and there wasn’t any guarantee that any of the tests would provide any information at all but the biggest problem was none of it would actually help Puffy. Puffy has been off his thyroid medication for almost one week now and the panting and fast heart is again beating normally. He has an appointment to go back to the vet in two weeks but after talking with daddy about the whole issue they are leaning towards not going back because there are some serious issues going on at that vet hospital and since we are moving hopefully next month, Puffy will be getting a new vet in New Mexico and all of the thyroid testing will have to be re-preformed so why do them now?
Now onto New Mexico stuff. Daddy still is not having any fun in New Mexico. There was some hurt feeling when daddy chose a different electrician to do the electrical needs of the new house instead of the electrician that put in the electrical pole. The first guy never did put together a plan on where the money would be going and his bid was more than three times what the second guy bid so daddy had no choice but to go with the second person. Now that the second person is hired he has turned out to be unorganized and this is causing many problems because he is constantly saying he needs more parts even though daddy bought him everything thing that he said he would need. Twice last Thursday daddy had to drive into town which is one hours drive each way to purchase parts for the electrician. To make matters worse he ran into the first electrician and luckily he told daddy the part the man sent daddy into town for had already been installed by him and what he probably needed was a different part which he helped daddy find and he was right. Anyhow, daddy is thinking about firing the second guy and finding someone else to finish the job. We’ll have to wait to see what happens here.
Right before daddy came home last month he planted some of the many seeds momma had sent him but he neglected to mark or remember what he planted or where they were planted. He says there is some type of vine plant growing and he thinks some corn and carrots. There are also some other things coming up but we will have to wait to find out exactly what they are – BOL, BOL. Apparently our garden is not going to be anything like our pals Mazy’s is. Plus there are two really big rabbits that have been checking out our garden. Daddy says they are much bigger than Arleenton and Simba Blue. Listening to daddy describe them they sound like rabbits that are on steroids – BOL.
Anyhow, this is getting pretty long so I’m going to see if I can con momma out of another cookie.
Hugs and kisses,
Oh my! So much happening over there!!! I sure hope Puff is ok. And I sure your Momma gets out there with your Daddy soon. It sounds like he needs some help! BOL!
Thanks fur the update, Coco! It must be tough getting your mommy to sit down at the confuser these days! I hope Puffy will be okay. It sure does sound like time fur a new vet!
Yikes! Too much cwap happenin!
Take care, evfurrybuddy!
Oh dear! Poor Puffy! Hope they sort out his meds soon, sounds like a complete mess! Your Daddy is having big problems with those 'lectricians and stuff. I suggest you get out there at the next possible opportunity and bark them into shape. Besides, you CANNOT let those big monster bunnies eat all your new veggies!
Woofs, that's alotsa stuff goin' on theres, Coco! Wishin' the best fur Puffy and the house out in NM!
Oh no poor Puffy. I am so glad Mommy sticks with Dr. Bettencourt for my vet.He is so gentle and he knows that Mommy isn't stupid so he is very straight forward. Especially when it comes to mine or Missy's health...Mostly mine because, I see him all the time but, the few times he saw Missy was straight forward.
As for the big bunnies Mommy has been talking Grandma out of getting Stew a big little brother or sister. Grandma wants a Flemish Giant which can get up to 20lbs and Mom keeps telling her Stew would get smashed by him. She even used Missy and I as a comparison and Missy and Chickadee. Mind you Missy doesn't mean to smash anything but, Grandma understood after that.
Hope your Dad gets the electrical thing all figured out.
Sending positive thoughts for Puff. Also hoping the problems your daddy is having can be rectified quickly.