Month: July 2005

Recuperating at home

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It’s Dexter‘s first day home after being discharged from the veterinarian. He’s doing quite well, without anymore vomiting although the stools are still quite soft.

Will be keeping him under observation at home but Saturday have to send him back to Dr PM for a follow-up.

Keeping fingers crossed!

Discharged!

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I was just about to visit Dexter at the clinic when I received the call which I had been waiting for since yesterday!

It was Dr PM and she was explaining to me about Dexter‘s condition. However, she was speaking so slowly that I thought she was going to break some very bad news to me – especially when she mentioned scary things like still had very loose stools’, ‘need to go for X-Ray’, ‘small intestine very sensitive’, ‘should test for cancer’, etc… 

I’m feeling so flustered that I’m on the verge of breaking down but still, I suppressed my emotions and responded to everything she said with a ‘Yes’, ‘I see’, and ‘uh-huh’.

She was hemming and hawing and the suspense was killing me!

On one hand, I was desperate for the results yet I feared the outcome would be too much for me to bear. The moment of truth finally came when she said, “I was wondering if you could bring Dexter home this evening?”

*SILENCE*

Did I just hear the words ‘HOME’ and ‘THIS EVENING’? 

YES! YES! 

Dexter is finally coming home so I immediately rushed down to fetch him from the clinic!

I missed my poor baby so much! He was given 9 different types of medication for his Diarrhea, Digestion, Antibiotics and I was also instructed to feed him only the special diet sold by the vet .

Price of 3 days stay at the vet:  S$500+
Price of one healthy baby:  Priceless


Come Home Please

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I’ve been feeling down ever since Dexter was hospitalized. I do not have any appetite and I haven’t been eating anything in school for the whole day (from 8am to 5pm) and my tummy is feeling a little uncomfortable right now.

I’m very anxious right now because I am still waiting for the call from the clinic. Will Dexter be discharged? Dr PM promised to let him come home before Saturday but today is already Friday.

In the end, I called them instead and they said that Dexter still had soft stools this morning. He can only be discharged when his stools firms up.

I’ll visit him at the clinic tomorrow. Hope to bring him home by then.

the first night away from Home

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I’ve been thinking about Dexter. Last night was his first time away from home without his family. It must be traumatic for him to be all alone in a strange environment.

Did he sleep well? Was he frightened? Did he blame me for leaving him there alone? Why didn’t I come back to fetch him home after running out of the clinic yesterday? Would he think that I don’t want him anymore?

These are just some of the heartbreaking questions I’ve been asking myself repeatedly.

OA lesson was cancelled today so after school, I immediately rush down to Sunset Way from Bishan to see Dexter.  When he saw me, he instantly ran to the front and keeps pawing at the gate. He was thrilled to see me! I opened the gate and he jumped onto my body giving me licks and kisses! 

I missed that boy so much!  He seems more frisky and lively than the last few days when he looked almost like he’s dying. Had a brief talk with Dr PM and she said that Dexter is doing quite well on the special diet.  There is no more vomiting though the stools are still quite soft.

He can go home once his stools firms up.  Am I glad to hear that!

Boy boy, Gambatte! 

Give Dr PM a “SOLID SOLID” one, okay?

initial diagnosis

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Dexter’s appointment with the vet was at 2.30pm so I had to rush home after school to bring him down to the Animal Clinic at Sunset Way. Luckily, there wasn’t any other patients and we were able to see the vet right away.

We didn’t manage to get to see Dr Lee this time as he only comes on Thursdays.

After listening to the symptoms I had described, Dr PM did a blood test for Dexter and I waited for almost half an hour for the results.

Blood Test Results:

ALB = 1.3 g/dl LO**
 Normal (2.2 – 3.9)

CAL = 5.1 mg/dl LO***
 Normal (7.9 – 12)

CHOL = 66 mg/dl LO**
 Normal (110 – 320)

GLU = 67 mg/dl LO*
 Normal (70 – 143)

TBIL = 3.2 mg/dl HI***
 Normal (0.0 – 0.9)

TP = 4.4 g/dl LO*
 Normal (5.2 – 8.2)

Dr PM told me that something near Dexter‘s kidney is swelling, therefore, blocking food from going down properly which explains why he has been vomiting so much lately.

As you can see from his blood test results above, Dexter is malnutritioned. I was taken aback to know that he has lost almost 2 kgs! I knew he had lost some weight but I didn’t expect it was that much! Dr PM said his feet were weak because he isn’t eating enough and the seizure is due to his low glucose level. As for the reason for the swelling near the kidneys, Dr PM suspected POISONING.

The only logical explanation I could think of was the fogging done by the Environmental Officers these few months. Dexter could have licked his paws after walking on the grass and ingested the poison bit by bit over a period of time.

How could this have happened??

The vet suggested keeping Dexter at the clinic for a few days to monitor his progress and they will put him on IV drip to monitor his progress.

Dexter has never been away from home so imagine how panic-stricken I was when I heard that he isn’t coming home with me! I thought I could bring him home after getting some medications but things weren’t turning out the way I thought that it would! 

I’m at a loss of what to do except to listen to the advice of the vet. 

I asked to say goodbye to Dexter before I leave and the vet led me inside the room where the assistant was just preparing to shave off a bit of the fur on his leg for the IV drip. 

Poor Dexter was trembling and trying to break loose from the clutches of the lab assistant when he saw me. The lab assistant was holding on to his harness and he stood on his hind legs with his arms outstretched, beckoning me to carry him.

At that moment, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I felt my face burning and I lost control over my tears right in front of the vet. I turned and ran out of the clinic with tears still streaming down my cheeks before I even said goodbye.

It’s a weird feeling going home without Dexter and it’s even stranger returning to an empty house without hearing his barks…

Health going Downhill

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Dexter
‘s  health has deteriorated drastically over the last three months. 

Firstly, he started to regurgitate almost every morsel of food that he has eaten. Whatever that goes down his throat, would soon come up again, in a neat pile at a corner of the room, like a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. 

Then, his limbs started to go weak.  His legs would slide away from his body, as if unable to support his body weight. Sometimes, it’s the front legs yet, at times, it could be the hind legs. It’s like a novice skater wearing skates for the very first time when they had lost all control over their feet.

Then, he started having seizures and his muscles would become very rigid. His limbs would be outstretched and even his toes are pointing outwards.

He has also been passing watery stools.  In the beginning, he only passes watery stools (with traces of blood) when I brought him out to relieve himself during his twice-daily walk. Now, he just let go whenever and wherever he is. 

Not that he wanted to, but he can’t control it. You should have seen how the shit-water (whatever do you call them?) erupted from his anus like a volcano and splashes across the floor like some abstract painting!

 

It really pains me to see him in misery. When the problems first started, I thought it was nothing serious and that I would just observe it for a few days but he didn’t seem to get any better.

I should have been more conscientious and not allow the problems to drag. I am such a bad owner!

I have already booked an appointment with the vet this Wednesday. Hope it’s nothing too serious.   

nkf scandal

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Anyone knew how to cancel the Monthly GIRO donations to NKF? What number to call?  That CEO has been washing his hands from MY golden tap and chauffeured around in one of MY 8 cars! 



My mum’s eyes almost popped out like a champagne cork when she heard that I have been sending $5 to that son-of-a-cheesebye monthly!



I was even more DU-LAN when our dear Mrs Goh commented that DURAI’s salary is just peanuts! Pea brain in her kacang head!!



Ain’t he getting him off too lightly by just stepping down?  What’s going to happen to the $$ he had siphoned off the donors?  Didn’t he have to cough up every single cent which he had he sucked from our bank accounts or something??  He depleted our bank account just to fatten up his own! Farking Bastard!



** Next time, call 1900-Feed-William instead.  You can be sure 100% of your funds go towards filling up every inch of space inside the lovely stomach of the cute and cuddly me.