Oct 28, 2016

NIGHTMARE ON STEWEY STREET...PART ONE

Scene One: A living room somewhere in the Midwestern U.S.  A portly spinster sits quietly in her Happy Chair, perusing the Pinterest.  In another room, a little dog rests in his little night-night bed...having tucked himself to bed early.

Suddenly, the little dog appears in the doorway.  The Spinster screams in terror.  The little dog grimaces as blood and gore drip from his muzzle, his arms, his torso, his good leg, his bad leg....from everywhere.  

At first, the Spinster thinks she has been transported to the set of a Steven King movie.  Once she stops screaming and regains her senses, she realizes that the little dog's bad leg has opened and she immediately goes into triage mode.

Four bitten fingers, a bottle of sterile saline, six rolls of toilet paper, and four hours later, the Spinster and the little dog collapse into exhausted heaps.  The blood and gore have been staunched for now, but the trauma of the Spinster's feeble attempt at combat nursing armed with nothing but toilet papaer and scotch tape will last forever.  She is spent, but very happy that she did not follow her instinct, which was to dial 911, fake a heart attack, and then ask the paramedics to help her restrain, clean, and bandage the little dog's leg before transporting her to the hospital.

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Scene Two:  A Ford Escape makes its way slowly to the PetSmart in the early morning light.  A portly spinster grimly grips the steering wheel while praying silently for guidance.  And a latte.

She returns to the filthy, yet deeply loved little house with:


Scene Three:  The portly spinster sits in her Happy Chair sipping her third cup of coffee.  Moments ago, she calmly and expertly cleaned and dressed the little dog's leg while he quietly looked out the window with his muzzle on, thus safely preventing further unpleasantness.  The spinster is absolutely thrilled that she is now capable of dealing with this situation and will hot have to rely on ingenuity, toilet paper, and Scotch tape to McGiver her way into the What Not To Do Veterinary Hall of Fame.

Her fingers, sadly, are going to take a little longer to heal.


The End.

49 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry to hear about Stewey...and your triage adventure. I hope all is calm and bright for you and Stewey now.
    xxx

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  2. It is astounding what we can do when we have to. Congratulations on stepping up to help Stewey. But do you think you can find more couture bandages for next time? (He made me ask.)

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  3. My my how horrible. You poor lil darlings, bless your heart. I'm so glad it all worked out hope your fingers feel better soon. Stewy please don't nibble your sweet & kind momma she was doing her best all our love from the Kittie palace-Baa

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  4. I'm so sorry this happened, but it seems you have handled it very well! I'm sure Stewey knows that you have helped him and taken care of his boo boo!

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  5. You are so level-headed (eventually!) in handling Stewey's emergency medical need. So smart to be prepared with proper supplies now. Keep an eye on those doggie bites. You don't want them to become infected.

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  6. A trauma shared by you both,and dealt with ...and Stewey looks comfortable after your loving ministrations.I hope you both have a calmer weekend.

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  7. You did great! You get an A+ in Pet ER. Now for the bites: They will hurt. They will bruise and look terrible the first 24 hours. Icing them really helps. You can use hydrogen peroxide on them one time(any subsequent applications damage the skin). I hope you have an enjoyable weekend with lots of snuggling your little buddy.

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  8. Gold stars for both you and Stewey today!!!!

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  9. Well done, Coni. Hugs to both of you.

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  10. You are a better man than I Gunga Din. I would have wrapped said loved one up in a huge towel and sped to the local pet ER, breaking any and every speed law on the way. So glad you were able to actually take care of it. Big hugs being sent your way.

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    1. I actually thought of that and called the emergency vet. They told me not to come in because they had four surgeries stacked up and a six hour wait!

      Oey.

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    2. Coni, you told them your dog was covered in gore and they said "Don't come in, we're busy!" Unbelievable. You are amazing for finding a way to deal with this on your own.

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  11. Oh no! Poor Stewey and Poor You! Glad you were able to get him taken care of and acquire some supplies. So scary especially around Halloween!

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  12. Good work, Coni! Take care of those fingers of yours. Have a peaceful weekend. Thinking of you!

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  13. How awful! I think you did amazingly well to cope with all that, under the circumstances, I'd have been off to the vet toute suite! I hope there's no repetition of the bloodbath today/tonight.

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  14. Poor baby. Give him an extra hug tonight. Hugs!

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  15. Forgive me please for the little laughter, but seriously, I am glad you could give good nursing care. I am sure Stewey appreciates all your care.

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  16. Forgive me please for the little laughter, but seriously, I am glad you could give good nursing care. I am sure Stewey appreciates all your care.

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  17. Oh Coni! I was breathless reading this...what a scary experience this was! You did great, kiddo, soldiering through like that and keeping your head.
    Sending huge hugs to you both, and continuing intentions to Saint Francis being said by many friends and family.
    Keep us posted as time permits

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  18. Sweet Coni and Stewey my heart was beating fast just reading this post, I can't imagine having to deal.

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  19. I can't imagine how terrified you must have been! Given your limited resources, you handled things well. MacGyver would be thrilled with your ingenuity. Hang in there.

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  20. I was crying reading this, don`t feel bad, please don`t stop keeping us up to date, it`s just that I know what is coming and what you are going through. My heart breaks for you, and for Stewey and for me too because I will miss his sweet little face. Oh Coni...I am so sorry that you have to go through this...

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  21. Oh my, how scary. Too bad you don't have another ER vet to go to. Hugs to both of you.

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  22. Continuing to pray you through, dear ones....

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  23. So glad you were able to handle this, Coni. You kept your wits about you - I am sure I would not have! It looks like Stewey is feeling better; I hope your fingers recover quickly.

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  24. You are both being very brave and my heart goes out to you.

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  25. Prayers, prayers and more prayers. I am so very sorry this is happening to both of you. Puppies should not have to deal with these things.

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  26. Poor Street, brave Coni. You will get through this with love, support, hugs and prayers from your friends (personal and virtual)!

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  27. Great job triaging for Stewey!!

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  28. Oh well done Coni. I can imagine how frightening this was for you both. Stewey didn't mean to hurt you I am sure, he was just as panicked as you. You both did really well. Fingers crossed for a calm and cuddly weekend. Irene xxx

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  29. I am glad you are ready now! Poor Stewey. It must have been a horrible scene. You must have been so very scared, I think you handled it well though. Have a quiet weekend.

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  30. Oh no! Poor Stewey! He is lucky he has a momma like you to take the best care of him. I think of you two often xo

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  31. Poor little man. Poor you! It sounds like all too much excitement for me.

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  32. I was holding my breath as I was reading your post, well done for not panicking! I don't think that I could have coped as well as you did. Fingers crossed that you don't have another emergency any time soon and things settle down for stewey.

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  33. I was holding my breath as I was reading your post, well done for not panicking! I don't think that I could have coped as well as you did. Fingers crossed that you don't have another emergency any time soon and things settle down for stewey.

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  34. These are the moments when we learn what stuff we are made of and you are made of great stuff. About those fingers...having been attacked by a pit bull (long story), I was told to wear gloves until my hands healed. Even when you have cleaned them with peroxide or stronger stuff, there are still many little open wounds that are susceptible to infection -- washing dishes can be a source. Keep them clean and covered as much as possible. Much love to Stewey. And, remind him that another mother might have assumed he was playing a Halloween prank & not have jumped into action.

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  35. I'm sorry Coni. That had to be horrible for you both.

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  36. I sincerely hope both of you are doing better now. Hang in there.

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  37. My little Dukie, in the last year or so would bite me whenever I touched him, because he was startled. Never broke skin though. Just hang in there. We love you and Stewey and know that Stewey always loves you, forever.

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  38. All I can say is that you are a better woman than I am (much). God bless you both and sending hugs and prayers. Cathryn

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  39. All I can say is that you are a better woman than I am (much). God bless you both and sending hugs and prayers. Cathryn

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  40. I cried and prayed for you as I was reading about Stewey. You did good getting through all that trama. You are a great mama.

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  41. Bless your heart! You are doing wonderfully! Prayers!

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  42. You poor things! Sounds like a traumatic evening for you both. Coni, you are doing a wonderful job taking care os Stewey.

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  43. Oh, poor Stewey! Poor Coni! hugs and love your way :(

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