Archive for category Insect Bite
Last week, I was on a well needed vacation… although I have a great job, it is always good to get some time off once in a while. I made it a point, with the assistance of my supervisor, to book my time off for this year as it seems every year, I don’t take all the time I need off…
Last year, on a vacation week, I was scheduled for jury duty. No problem, I thought as I am never chosen. In fact, the group I am assigned to is normally never even selected. Well of course, being on vacation, that changed. I ended up spending my whole vacation week in court. They ended up cutting me on Thursday and I believe the reason was due to me having family in law enforcement. The defense attorney wasn’t so happy about that, however, I didn’t see a problem with it. A criminal is a criminal and if the evidence suggested he was guilty, then I vote for guilty.
This year, my vacation was taken away from me too, under different circumstances. Although I did get my much needed rest and relaxation, I did have other things planned that I wanted to work on and didn’t get them done.
Lulu, my sisters dog, was bitten by something. Everyone is thinking a spider, perhaps even a black widow, as she became extremely ill. She was running a high temperature, and extremely lethargic. It came to the point where I found it necessary to even hold her up just so that she could do her business. We took her to the vet and they had seen nothing like it before. She was getting these bumps on her, that would eventually pop, and when they did… it wasn’t very pretty. They were literally filled with infection and took a lot of work to drain them. They gave her a steroid shot and some antibiotics, which did the trick… for about 2 days. She then became ill again and has since plateaued.
Today, she is obviously sick, but doesn’t seem to be in any pain. The bumps are still there, in groups, however, they stopped growing to the point they are popping. She is still under veterinary care and is on two antibiotic medications. This evening, we found it necessary to give her some baby aspirin, which was recommended in just about every website we encountered on the subject. We also have her wrapped in a cool, damp cloth, which she is allowing us to do, which makes me think it must feel good.
Friday, they have her scheduled for surgery. They want to do a biopsy of the bumps. They had also taken blood and a stool sample from her, however at this point; I am unaware of the results. I am hoping, however, when it comes time for surgery she is doing much better as I am concerned in the state she is in now, something terrible can happen.