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They say Karma's a bitch...

...and I have no idea what I've done to piss her off. 

So, I'll eventually post something positive. Promise. Today is not that day, however. 

I spent the entire weekend working on a dumb PowerPoint for a stupid QI/Research project I have to do as a requirement to complete residency. Thing is, 2 weeks ago we were told that it's due a month earlier than we were initially told. It's due tomorrow.  And then there was no apology for misinforming us about the date. It was just "oops."  But all this is beside the point, just explains why I was up in the wee hours on a weekend I wasn't on call ('cause Lord knows I don't have a life beyond residency).

Well, in the wee hours of Sunday morning my dog decided she needed to wee and I let her out in the backyard. I believe I've previously commented on the fact that she's something of an escape artist. Maybe it was the moon that possessed her to wander that night, who knows. She returned about an hour later worse for wear. I've also mentioned before that she has no street smarts. I'm not sure what happened to her. She was hobbling along, not using her right hindleg, the inside of her forelegs are abraded and her paws were bleeding. I'm not as familiar with canine anatomy, but I couldn't find any obvious fracture or dislocation. I cleaned her up, tried to get her to drink some water, and finally decided to let her rest for a bit. All  day Sunday I had to coax her to go out, to drink, to move and she wouldn't eat. Monday afternoon (after a hairy morning that involved sticking needles in a baby's spine...but thats a whole other story) I got somebody to cover the hospital for me so I could take her to the vet. He was worried that her pelvis was fractured, but it turns out she just dislocated the hip. They couldn't get it back in, so they gave her some pain meds and referred us to a vet specialist in the city. Last night she was pretty stoned, but not in a good way. Couldn't get her to drink, move, anything. 

This morning she looked a little better. Her water bowl was empty. When I came home from the clinic at noon she actually took a treat and seemed more herself. My attending very graciously covered this afternoon so I could take her to the specialist. They offered several options - closed reduction (no surgery - just try to get it back in place under anesthesia), pinning it (which may fail and require additional surgery but preserves the joint), or an FHO in which they chop off the head of the femur and it forms a false joint with scar tissue (not as good, but definitive - no other procedure required). Of course, I'd prefer not to put her through surgery if it can be avoided, and only one operation if it comes down to it. So, I opted for attempting option 1 with conversion to option 3 should it refuse to get back in place. I left her at the hospital and came back home to take call. It's kind of nerve wracking not knowing exactly what they're gonna end up doing. Got a call a bit ago from the surgeon and they were able to get it back in. Now fingers crossed that it'll stay in. Hopefully, she can come home tomorrow.

Needless to say, stress levels remain high I keep thinking "What else can go wrong?" Then I kick myself for inviting more trouble. *sigh* Keep swimming, right?  


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May. 9th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)

They say karma's a bitch

Yep, that's what they call it, but damn it, it's time for Karma to STOP BEING A BITCH to YOU!! Oh, hon, you've had just a terrible stretch of challenges and obstacles. You amaze me with your strength, b/c I think 9 out of 10 people who'd had to face what you have recently would be talking in backward sentences and running amok naked wielding sporks. Or something. {{MASSIVE COMFORTING HUGS}} The thing with the residency assignment? So, so bloody UNFAIR. The ordeal your poor pup has been through? My god. Bless her heart. I'm crossing all my fingers and toes and hoping hard and sending out petitions to the Universe and praying to the *kind* and loving Higher Power I believe in that the treatment will hold and your dog won't have to go through surgery and a painful, extended recovery. May her pain disappear and liveliness return, and may YOU get some much needed rest and good luck and pleasant surprises and small miracles and all the GOOD THINGS you surely deserve. Hang in there!
May. 11th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, sweetheart. I'm just trying to hang on, though spork-wielding is tempting! Your good thoughts and prayers are so greatly appreciated. *hugs tight*
May. 9th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh man, doesn't rain but it pours, huh? I'm very sorry life is piling it on. Hang in there *hugs*
May. 11th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, dear. *hugs back*
May. 9th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Poor puppy! I hope she recovers well and doesn't put you through any more stress.

Whoever told you the incorrect date should grovel for your forgiveness.

I shall think good thoughts of a calm, pleasant future for you.
May. 11th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
I appreciate the good thoughts! The groveling would be nice...
May. 9th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Oh no! Poor baby! I do hope she's okay and they can get the hip back into place. She's really a very silly girl to go wandering off.

HUGS to you!
May. 11th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
I hope she learns a lesson from this...though I'm doubtful. :-) Thanks for your kind words and virtual hugs, dear. *hugs*
May. 9th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
I mean, yeah, Karma's a bitch... but that only applies when you've got Karma Back Taxes that you owe... I mean, this just ain't right. And whoever told you the wrong date for that assignment should have their hip dislocated. I know I know, do no harm yadda yadda....but seriously...

I hope your pup's ok, and I hope Karma gets the stick out of her ass.
May. 11th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
XD A dislocated hip might be a little harsh, but I'm still pretty steamed about that whole debacle. Thanks for your kind words, dear.
May. 9th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, this can't be karma. I hate to think of you thinking that you're being punished for something, especially by having horrible things happen to your puppy. D: *hugs* Thinking positive thoughts for you.
May. 11th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your kind words, and your good thoughts. *hugs back*
May. 9th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Wishing the best for your doggy, and for you.
May. 11th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, dear.
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May. 11th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, dear. They have been pretty great about it. *hugs*
May. 9th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor babe...I hope she makes a full recovery! Buster sends a lick and a sniff!
May. 11th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, dear. *hugs*
May. 10th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Much hugs and sympathy!
May. 11th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear. *hugs*
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