Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's been a while...

It's been a while since I have written, but that's because Jesker has been so very sick. His illness has taken the wind out of my sails. All he does is sleep. Sometimes he gets up and stumbles a few feet, but then plops down again and is sound asleep in a second. He doesn't eat or drink or go out. I just put the water bowl in front of him and he drank a little bit of water, but then got up to get away from the bowl. I force the antibiotic pills wrapped in salami down his throat, because he doesn't want to eat them. He breathes shallowly and rapidly, especially after he has made any effort. So almost all day long I lay on the sofa and nap and when I wake up, I check on him to make sure he is still alive. Oh, I do other things, but not many.

Yesterday morning I donated 3 vials of blood at the doctor's office and I'm supposed to call next Friday for the results. I had been up half the night before that, so I took my book and laid down on the sofa and went to sleep there with Jesker beside me. Every once in a while I got up and turned on the computer and tried to read some blogs and answer my emails, but my mind was not on it properly and I always ended up shutting it off without doing very much.

In the evening I got a little bit more active, although quite passively so, and listened to Andrew Sachs read Alexander McCall Smith's novel "The Dog Who Came In From The Cold" here. I'm only up to chapter 17, so I have quite a bit of listening left to do. It's a very pleasant way to pass the evening and it's a good novel. You quickly get hooked on the story and all the characters.

Twain from Eye in the Sky directed me to these two websites here and here, where you can download free audio books. Try those on for size, you may find something there you'll really like.

I feel like I'm living in suspended animation now that I don't know what's going to happen to the dog. I've tried to get him to stand up, so he will go out back and do a piddle, but it's like getting a sack of potatoes to stand up and walk. He just won't do it. I may have to carry him out there.

I did, I carried him out there and he did an enormous piddle and with some help made it back inside. He was a little bit grumpy, but alas...

I'm going to lie down on the sofa now and see if I can sleep some more, while Jesker sleeps too.

Have a good morning.



softinthehead said...

Oh Nora I am thinking of you both and sending you and Jesker positive vibes.

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Nora. So very sorry about Jesker. Sounds like he is nearing the end. How sweet of him not to pee indoors despite not being able to walk outside! That really is true doggy love.

Can't find any other words for this. I am crying already.

I will check out the audiobook sites. Thanks for sharing them.

(((Great big hugs)))
Bearfriend xx

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Oh sorry about Jesker. My old dog is really slowing down now too. Dont want to think about it. Will be thinking of your both.
Thanks for the links.

Twain12 said...

Sending you and Jesker all my love, i hope the meld's kick in very soon !!

laurie said...

oh, Jesker. OH, Irene.

Debi said...

My thoughts are with you.

Wisewebwoman said...

Loving thoughts both canine and human from me and Ansa.

Maggie May said...

Nora....... we have had spaniels that developed heart trouble that sounds just like the same thing. Will you call the Exfactor & see what he thinks?
It might be kinder for him to be put to sleep.
I am so sorry.

Nuts in May