Tuesday, March 20, 2007

El Doctor

I don't really know why I'm blogging right now. I guess because it's 2:15am and I'm at work! Yes, yes, I know I promised all of you that the next blog would be about the Fourth Man playing up at Camp Glisson, which I know you have been waiting on pins and needles for! But instead, you are left with this random blog about some of the patients that are under my care right now. Let's see, I have a 7 month old Lab mix with a fractured right femur. It's kind of sad because it appears to be involving his growth plate, which may mean his right rear leg will be shorter than his left. There's a young Bichon that got hit by a car today that has pulmonary contusions (bruises in her lungs) and possibly has a broken jaw. She's resting a little more comfortably in one of our oxygen cages. Godfrey (which I think is an awesome name for a dog), is a 1.5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with fungal pneumonia...not good. Oh and there is this 215 pound Mastiff, named Oki, with septic arthritis (infection in his knee joint). Yes, I said 215 pounds! It takes the whole staff to get him up and outside to use the bathroom...pretty funny site to see. These are just a few of the patients I have the priviledge of monitoring tonight. Some critical, some not so critical. But being here and trying my best to help these little creatures (or big creatures...Oki is freagin big! I could probably ride him. But I'm not gonna because his knee hurts) makes me happy that I do what I do. There's nothing like taking in a critically ill animal or one that had a serious traumatic episode, and seeing them get better day by day, by day, by day... . Yes, there is the other side of the story where animals come in and they are bad off, and their condition worsens to the point where they die on their own, or we help them out. But you know, we tried our best, and most of the time, euthanasia is for the better...I find peace in that (see previous blog "Good-bye").

Well, I guess I should get back to my doctor-ly duties. Oki says hi!

Grace and peace.


Camille said...

I am so amazed at what you do. I love animals-dog especially-but don't think I could handle the sad side of seeing an animal not make it. I would get too emotionally involved. I hope that the Cavalier gets better. I'm kinda partial to them. :)

Molly said...

Well look what I found ... my friend, Justin. Just starting reading some of your posts - you're dang good. By the way, my friend's dog I called you about that day is amazingly better. Make sure and tell your roommate who helped Walker.

Boggsy said...

Quick update: The young lab mix with the broken femur had successful surgery today and most likely won't have any growth problems in that leg. The Bichon that was hit by a car is doing much better (dogs are so resilient). The little King Charles Cavalier is hanging in there. His chest x-rays were a little worse today but he's still wagging his tail. And finally, Oki went home...he told me to tell you bye!