I know. It’s afternoon on a Monday and I have yet to post. And before you worry that Lupus is terrorizing me, don’t worry. I’m fine. The dog, however, not so much.
Last week Mary developed a small aural hematoma on her right ear. The MacGyver in me found the perfect way to keep her floppy ear from moving when she shook her head, hoping it would heal on its own.
See, I took an old sock, cut the foot off, then cut a small hole to slip her other ear through. I pulled it up over her nose and lay the hurty ear down against her head — holding it in place with the sock bandage.
Sure, it looks like the dog is wearing tighty-whities on her head. But it does the trick.
Problem is, last night I let her sleep without her sock bandage. Big mistake.
This morning the hematoma had tripled in size. She must have been doing some serious head-shaking last night. I don’t know how else it could have happened.
So now I need to have the vet drain the damn thing. But in the meantime, I need to make up more of my sock bandages.
As you can see from that picture, the problem with my sock bandage idea is after a day, the old sock becomes too loose and it stops working. The dog has figured out how to push the loose sock off her ears and down around her neck. She’s a bit of a MacGyver too.
So this morning I went upstairs and found a bunch of old socks to cut into my MacGyver bandages. This way I can change the sock daily until we see the vet.
Needless to say I have a very cranky, unhappy dog on my hands right now. But you would be cranky too if you had a blood-filled bulge on your ear and your mama was making you wear a damn sock on your head. I told her the vet thought the sock thing was a good idea, but for some reason, that didn’t make Mary feel any better about it.
Any old how. Dog maintenance and care took priority this morning. I’ll try and make up for my lack of posting this afternoon.
The dog is snoozing under my desk and occasionally giving me the sad face. But other than that I have her squared away.
The worst part of this whole ordeal (for me anyway) was breaking down and sobbing when I called the vet this morning. I get emotional when the dog is unwell. Plus I’m a girl; occasional sobbing happens.
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