Today’s challenge was to not gag. Gwennie has been dealing with her allergies and ended up with a staph infection last week. Back to the vet we went for another shot to help her stop itching and to calm down the infection. She was doing better for a bit. But the last couple of days though, she’s been acting strange. She’s not eating like she usually does. She’s not been as active as normal and is moving like she’s sore. This morning we woke up to this:
That’s the same area that she got her shot last week, so I figured it was probably some kind of delayed reaction to the shot. Turns out it was abscess. The vet said he hadn’t seen anything like that happen before and guessed that maybe a hair got pushed in when she got the shot and that it abscessed from there.
She got a shave and lanced, a shot of antibiotic and more antibiotics to take at home as well. Now it looks like this:
Ok, she doesn’t actually have a tattoo of a bio-hazard sign, but it’s kind of icky, so I thought I’d cover it up for those with squeamish stomachs… like Adrian. Here’s the unaltered photo for those who are curious like me. And this next part is gross too, so if you don’t even want to read about it, scroll until you see the stars.
Part of the care of this now is that it has to stay open so it can continue to drain. This means she’s oozing all over the place now. It’s slowing down now, but I’ve been wiping puss all day. I also have to put ointment IN the wound. That line across the shaved part? Yeah, that’s an open incision. The ointment has a pointed end on it and I have to put it in the incision to keep it from closing and squeeze the ointment inside the abscess. It’s been gross up in here today to say the least. Adrian has to leave the room when I take care of it. And even then he’s still gagging just thinking about it.
SAFE TO READ AGAIN!
All I have to say about the 30 Day Challenge is that tomorrow’s a new day. Do I sound like a broken record yet? I keep trying to tell myself that there’s only 9 days left. And 2 of those are freebies, so just 7 days. I can do this! And I can keep up eating healthy and exercising after the 30 days are up. I’ve definitely got the running down again. Keeping my knee healthy is going to be key to that. It’s feeling better today and I’ll have most of tomorrow as well until I run again. I’ll be on a field trip with Colten and I already know that I’ll be at one station all day long. Hopefully that means not a lot of walking around. I have to pack lunches for Colten and me as well, so I’ll be able to pack healthy.