It's been a weird start to March! I've been feeling pretty good mentally/emotionally so far this year (and I still do), but, man, these two incidents in one week.
So, first off, on Saturday evening a guy knocked on my door, asking if I had a yellow lab. I said I didn't, but then asked why he was asking. It turns out another guy hit a yellow lab across the street from our house. Being an animal person as I am, I decided to go check out the situation. I found the dog laying flat-out on the side of the road, with what appeared to be a broken leg. I covered her up with a towel to try and prevent shock, and rubbed her to keep circulation going and talked to her. A highway patrol officer showed up, followed by an animal control officer. The dog had a new-looking collar, but no tags, and the animal control officer said that he if he took her, she was going to be put down. My mom arrived on the scene after a little while, too. Instead of letting the officers take her, I decided to take her myself, because I had a feeling her family would be looking for her, and I didn't know the extent of her injuries. She weighed around 75 lbs so it wasn't easy to get her in my car, but we managed it.
Mom and I waffled back and forth on what to do. It was a Saturday night, so no vet offices were open except the emergency vets around an hour away, and they said they would charge us for the services. She didn't seem to be going into shock, just a lot of pain, and had no bleeding from the mouth or nose, so at least she appeared to be stable. We called a few different vets and talked to them, but decided to think about it for a little while. Meanwhile, we drove around the neighborhood to see if anyone seemed to be searching for a dog. We didn't find anyone, so we ended up bringing her in the house, though it wasn't easy.
I sent a Facebook message to my friend Katie, who is a veterinary assistant, and she sad she'd call her boss and, meanwhile, gave us doses of a pain medication we had on hand to get her through the night. The next day, Sunday, we took her in to see Katie's boss, who agreed to see her as a stray. The x-rays were not good--her femur was shattered into multiple pieces, her other back leg had something else wrong with it, and on top of that, her back wasn't in good shape from old age. Dr. Tim said surgery was an option, but it would be major and likely involve amputation of one of the legs. They gave us morphine to help get her through the next day, in hopes that we would find her family in that time. I went home and posted all over local Facebook pages, hoping and hoping someone would contact us. And within a few hours, her family called us, and came to get her. Unfortunately, we haven't heard back on what happened, but I suspect they put her down. That's what I would have done. Anyway, it was exhausting and sad, we had her for around 20 hours, and it took me a few days to recover.
And then yesterday, I was walking around and managed to roll my ankle badly/basically fall on it. It hurt so much I was yelling for quite a while, and almost passed out. So, that's what I'm dealing with now. I can put a little weight on the affected ankle, but not much, and if I don't take pain meds I feel sick from the pain if I get up and hobble around. With pain meds, I can at least manage to get up and get around on crutches, while keeping the foot up. Gonna go get it x-rayed soon. I hope it heals quickly--it sucks being stuck on the couch. :(
On the upside, pheonixxfoxx
and I booked our Kyoto hotel and Shinkansen tickets together, which was a great deal! It's all paid for. Japan savings are going well, I still have tons of time to save, and my birthday is one week from today! I'm super excited for the trip--I keep having to remind myself that there's still seven months to go!
Aaand I lost two auctions I wanted to win last night. Oh well, they just went too high. I'm a little sad, especially about one of them (which had quite a few items I wanted), but, you win some and you lose some. I already have over 100 plush to have shipped here when I can afford it. XD I'll sell most, but keep a few.