We were in Iowa recently for a friend's wedding. The weather was prime time (except for her wedding day...boo)and we were fortunate to stay an extra day. Eric's run-in with a 9mm in St Louis is healing well. He is still unable to walk but is enthusiastically cleaning up the farm in his over-sized motorized wheelchair (AKA excavator, skid-loader, and 4-wheeler). Everyone, minus me, was excited to operate the previously mentioned excavator. Mom grew pumpkins this year, and they were perfectly ready for picking. The kids carved pumpkins, picked a bushel basket of pears, and hand-fed Gloria. She is going to be the Christmas pig. That we eat.
And although the American Gothic House is only 45 minutes from my farm, I haven't been there. They provide costumes and pitchforks. We made Grant Wood proud! And after Justin peeked in all the windows, we found out someone lives there. Oops!
We woke up Friday morning with Judy and Stella all up in arms, barking at something outside. It was a balloon landing a block over. I am not sure if it was an early test run, but we enjoyed the balloon weekend of the Forest Park Balloon Race. We had a picnic across the street and watched the balloons glide gently up and away.
And despite all the hate the whirls around each country and race, we have constant reminders of goodness and Truth.
And the friendship we have with this Afghan family is one.
Today, (coming home from Seema's and being reminded by Justin) my prayers are lifted up for all of the people missing loved ones. The ones that were lost 9 years ago and the ones that continue to die in the conflict today.
The differences between us and our Afghan friends is great.
Judy came home last night without a fever and will be staying home until next week! She is barking at people she wants to bark at, TRYING to steal food off the table, hassling Stella...back to her normal puppy self.
Now we need to plump her back up again. No small task.
They think it is a case of pancreatitis and unsure of the future repercussions. For now, a special diet, antibiotics, taking it easy.
As for me, i am sick with a sinus infection. So it goes.
For a week now she has been vomiting and lost 10-15 pounds just in the last few days.
Her fever is hovering around 104.
She is sad. We are sad.
So after all the many x-rays, blood work, IV, antibiotics, lots of money, tests for this and that. We still do not know.
She heads back for more IV and antibiotic treatment tomorrow. Initially they thought it was an intestinal blockage. But several x-rays and Barium came back normal. Now, they think it might be pancreatitis although the test came back negative for it as well.
It is often caused by eating too much rich food. She has been known to eat entire sticks of butter (still in wrapper), entire hams, entire PB toasts, Littlest Pet Shops, pencils, plastic dinosaurs...the good stuff.