Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday, and then all the special stuff… Today’s a significant anniversary in Sissy’s life – our lives – and then lots of special people in our lives were born on this day, including fellow blogger Designs by Krystle. Other celebrants include my FIL, Uncle’s MIL, a former co-worker’s wife, and another local friend.
Of course, the fur-girls want to celebrate. It’s an old, two-eyed photo from my 40th birthday celebrations, mock-up courtesy of Anita. Anyone else notice how red Sissy’s eye (in the right of the photo) is? Oh well. I don’t believe we began treating her for eye allergies until about 14 months after this photo was taken. Yet another reason I remain a little obsessive about that girl and her remaining right eye.
You see the thankfuls coming don’t you? I’m forever indebted to the staff at our local vets’ office, even though the rock stars that correctly diganosed Sissy’s accute glaucoma and cared for her for those first crazy weeks are no longer there. There simply aren’t words for the depth of gratitude I have for Wondervet, who is now both friend and “allergy/nutrtional consultant” and still a strong part of Sissy’s care team, despite the half a country that separates us.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the remarkable staff at Eye Care for Animals, where Sissy is also cared for by a national team, including two west-coast doctors, one of whom assisted during her eye surgery and filled in while Vision Vet was on maternity leave, and the other, the Dr. Doolittle of the business, with whom Sis bonded hard and fast on her post-surgical follow-up appointment.
Gee, I wonder if Vision Vet is going to deliver today (early) and miss us tomorrow? (That’s precisely what she did with her first child; we had a Saturday appointment and she delivered 2-3 days before our appointment.) Hem. No, that’s not worry; if she does, either one of the super-stars from the west coast familiar with this office will fly in, or I’ve been assured the nearest local affiliate will be readily available. Those of you who know me best know how great my faith is in that entire practice as there’s no trace of apprehension. While we scheduled this appointment a little early to try beat Vision Vet’s baby’s secret delivery agenda, all she had to do was look me in the eyes and assure me I’d like the guy filling in for her, and rested in her confidence.
Last but not least, I know I lead a charmed life. Last night, we visited with one of my “crib hood” friends and her family. I know not many people still live 5 miles from a friend they’ve known since diapers, and our husbands like each other too. Best of all? She uses the same local vet we do, and is sure we’d all like the man-doc they use exclusively. I think I’ll explore that option for the girls’ annual exams and Sissy’s next eye pressure check in 6 weeks.
What are you thankful for today?