Thursday, January 21, 2010

And so back to bed, plus cause for relief.



(I might have cropped this to remove the background clutter, but I thought Fire Bird might like to recognise the blue enamel containers.  Do you still have the other two?)

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I've been glad to immerse myself in fiction; Mol's been ill again with ear trouble.  We'd already resolved no more surgical treatments, anaesthetics, waking up in smelly vets' cages in terror, courses of painful injections etc etc, we'd take our chances managing it more gently and less invasively.  Took her to Emy, her regular vet, on Tuesday, who agreed with us, and gave her one jab and strong oral antibiotics and some painkillers, and we've just been waiting it out.  She was subdued and poorly yesterday and today, but then, this afternoon, got up, demanded a walk and her dinner, following which the offending abscess went pop and she's now very busy cleaning herself up. Nice!  But it's surprising how welcome such unpleasantness can be. I'll take her for a shave at Emy's tomorrow so I can more easily treat it with beta-septigen cream.

Relief is quite as good as any other pleasure, and better than some.

14 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

Oh get well soon Molly!

herhimnbryn said...

Poor Molly. Get well soon. Take heart Lucy and Tom.

Zhoen said...

Poor Mol, bad ears suck.

I love the photo.

Reluctant Blogger said...

Oh dear poor Molly. Although it sounds as if she is on the mend. I hope so!

Have a lovely weekend.

Barrett Bonden said...

A shave? In mid-January? But ever since George died (aged 18) our knowledge of pets has diminished. Promise of a windfall has led us to to start discussions about another opt out - the garden! Leaving Mrs BB more time to do you know what. You thought 220 books in one year was a lot. Wait until January 2011. Glad to hear about Mol and about the simplicity of diagnosing improvement: wants to go out, must be better.

Plutarch said...

Fiction is indeed a good escape, better than fact, even better than history. A S Byatt does it well. The last one I read was Possession. It will be interesting to have your verdict on this one. Mrs BB's too, it occurs to me.

Nimble said...

I applaud a little real life clutter. Let's embrace our imperfect world. Most living spaces are not not filled with Clean Surfaces! (as Eddie from AbFab used to pine for).

Glad to hear about Mol. It's a great relief to the caretakers when the inarticulate (pets, infants) start to feel better.

Lucy said...

Thanks, dears.

The patient is really rather lively, almost too much so, since the pressure was relieved, and fighting the urge to roll around and rub the bad ear on the ground. It must be furiously irritating; she knows it'll hurt if she does rub it, but boy does she want to! The shave was only inside the ear flap, then a careful trim around the affected area, which isn't too bad. We know she's going to come down with these problems periodically, every 6 months in fact, so it's almost a relief when it happens and we can deal with it.

I've come to the conclusion that I rarely really know what I think of a book until quite a while after I've read it. I'm certainly very absorbed in this one. Quite a few ideas floating around about this which perhaps I'll get around to sorting out and putting down. Or not.

Bee said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Mol. She is plagued with ear problems; I was, too, as a child.

Your breakfast tray looks utterly delightful. I STILL have that book on the bedside table. How far in are you?

Julia said...

Isn't it odd how hard it is to sort out your thoughts about a book sometimes? I am reading On the Road right now and it is, even more than usual, a book I cannot decide about.

Delicious looking breakfast. Makes me wish it were 7 in the morning and time for coffee!

Lucy said...

And again.

Bee, you don't look like a cocker spaniel! She had worsening ear infections for ages, then had an op to get rid of the offending ear canal about 2 1/2 years ago, which promised to sort it, but now the site erupts every six months or so with an abscess. She's fine in between whiles, so we're just trying to find a manageable way of dealing with it.

Porridge, wheatgerm and syrup, and a second cup of tea for me, on the breakfast tray. Currently four hundred and something pages out of six hundred and something, going down fast.

Julia - I've never read OTR, but funnily enough we were talking about it in class today because my students were trying to find ways to remember expressions like 'on the train', 'in the car', 'by bike' 'at Oxford [University]' 'in Rennes', etc, and they all remembered the book and a song of the same name!

I don't know if how good a book is can be gauged by its memorability; some I've read have impressed me in the reading but not stayed with me at all, they seem to scatter and lose shape, others hang around a lot more, though not always positively. I think I may be someone who needs to take ages over thinking about most things...

Fire Bird said...

Yep! Just packed up the Rice and Sugar jars for moving... good to see the companions still going strong across the water...

zephyr said...

so glad that the less invasive treatments worked. i have such anxiety when my furr ball friends are poorly. And Yes!...what you said about relief is so true.

Rouchswalwe said...

Long live the relief of home clutter after a cluttered day in the world of work.

Pats and fur ruffles for Mol!!