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.



My dear Jagjit,

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I am in a well here and hoping you are also in a well there. I’m writing this letter slowly, because I know you cannot read fast.


We are not living where we did when you left home. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen 20 miles from home, so we moved 20 miles.


I am not able to send the address, as the last Sardar who stayed here took the house numbers with them for their new house so they would not have to change their address. Hopefully by next week we will be able to take our earlier address plate here, and that our address will remain same too.


This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine, situated right above the toilet. But I’m not sure it works too well. Last week I put in 3 shirts, pulled the chain, and haven’t seen them since.


The weather here isn’t too bad. It rained only twice last week. The first time it rained for 3 days and second time for 4 days.


The coat you wanted me to send you, your Aunt said it would be a little too heavy to send in the mail with all the metal buttons, so we cut them off and put them in the pocket.


Your father has another job. He has 500 men under him. He is cutting the grass at the cemetery.


By the way, I took Bahu to our club’s poolside. The manager is Badmash.? He told her that two piece swimming suit is not allowed in his club. We were confused as to which piece we should remove?


Your sister had a baby this morning. I haven’t found out whether it is a girl or a boy, so I don’t know whether you are an Aunt or Uncle.


Your uncle, Jetinder fell in the nearby well. Some men tried to pull him out, but he fought them off bravely and drowned. We cremated him and he burned for three days.


Your best friend, Balwinder, is no more. He died trying to fulfill his father’s last wishes. His father had wished to be buried in the sea after he died. And your friend died while in the process of digging a grave for his father.


There isn’t much more news this time. Nothing much has happened.


Love,
Mom.


P.S. I was going to send you some money but by the time I realized, I had already sealed off this letter.

whom shall i believe?

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Xanga called her Annie Yongchareon but Yahoo called her Anis Siang??

So… whom shall I believe?

teeko dog has fans!

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Something unexpected happened today.  I was lying on the sofa, watching telly in the living room with my shirt pulled up, with my tummy half exposed when two young girls suddenly showed up at the door calling out for Dexter


I quickly sat up and pull down the shirt to protect my humble modesty.  Having preserved my dignity, I shouted for my mum who’s in her bedroom.


I wondered who these two girls are?  How the heck they knew his name and most importantly, where he stays??!! 


I didn’t let them into the house and they were playing with him through the gate.  Who knows what they’ll do to me  – and my lovely stomach?


Dexter’s cummed all over the doorway but I think they thought that he pee-ed due to over excitement from his new found ‘fans?  The teeko dog has fans

My mum asked them who they were and they said that they lived in the neighborhood. They had seen him on his daily walks before and they had come specially to look for him block-by-block, floor-by-floor and door-to-door!!


They had been playing for quite a while and I was getting a bit impatient.  My mum said that it’s good to have more people to sayang  Dexter and to play with him as he’s getting older.


I thought it made sense so I just waited before they finally decided to leave and it was just about time for me to bring him out for his evening walk. So, as we walked down the stairs, we saw the two girls waiting for him there!  They knew the timing of his walk!!  STALKERS!!


I must now retract what I had said earlier.  The teeko dog has fans but NOT just any ordinary fans.  He has CRAZY FANS!!! 


I visualized myself slapping my forehead (adoi!) and carried on walking with Dexter while the two girls keep following us on their bicycles wherever we go.  They will grab whatever opportunity to touch and stroke and molest (which I think he thoroughly enjoys) him whenever we stopped by a tree or lamppost.   


This reminded me of those Hong Kong or Taiwan superstars with hordes of obsessive fans waiting for their idol at the hotel entrance then booking taxis to chase after their idols!


How freaking can that  be!!