Yom Kippur Thoughts

It’s been a roller coaster year for all of us. During the past ten days, I’ve been contemplating the past year, from family health concerns (mom, dad, sister) to my own health (a broken arm, a retinal hemorrhage), from changes at work to a new job, from the political climate to the economic downturn. It’s been quite a year.

But the most challenging part of the year is the situation with Andee. Today we bought a kennel for her so that she can rest safely without getting herself into trouble. The plan is to meet the medical team at the vet school tomorrow afternoon. We’ll be trained on how to express her urine, how to hook her into an exercise cart (a wheelchair for dogs), and how to passively exercise her hind legs. She still does not feel deep pain in her legs, and we’re operating on the assumption that she never will again.

What’s most important is that we give her the opportunity to have a good quality of life. She has given us so much joy (both to us and to Happy, our other dog). There is no question that this will be a great challenge for all of us. And frankly I don’t know where this will take us as a family.

We’ll find out soon enough. She’ll be home this weekend.


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