If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my post yesterday afternoon.
Emotionally wiped out. It looks like our oldest dog Bailey had a stroke this afternoon. He had no balance and his eyes kept going back and forth rapidly. He is 16 years old. He is resting now and drinking and eating a little. All errands I had to run have been put on hold. Staying home and watching him. #neverreadyforthis
I was working at the kitchen table on the Wine and Words website when Bailey stumbled by my chair yesterday. His eyes were twitching left and right rapidly and it was like his legs were not working. His neck stretched up and sideways awkwardly and when I reached for him he jumped. I thought he had gone blind as he appeared to not be able to see me and he stumbled as though he could not find his balance.
I quickly called Al who was down in the shop behind our home. Tearfully I told him he had to come to the house there was something wrong with Bailey. We both watched Bailey for about an hour. I had called our vet who said the symptoms sounded like a stroke, we could bring him in but there was not much they could do for him at his age and they were swamped with a surgery on another dog so he would have to wait in the waiting room.
Bailey seemed calm and we put him up on the couch where he went to sleep and I decided all the errands on my check list could wait until today so instead I stayed home with him. He ate the little bit of food I gave him and slept a lot – which he does anyways… he is a 16-year-old shih-tzu after all. As he slept I carried on with tasks around the house and even went outside and painted the chalkboard paint on the doors for Wine and Words on Friday.
When Al came in the house in the evening Bailey was acting as though nothing had happened. Walking around, wagging his tail, and no eye twitch. I am shocked really, the way he had looked I figured there was no coming back from that and the tough decisions had to be made.
The books. Here is what came into my home this week:
There are the books. I may read a bit this afternoon after I run the errands I meant to do yesterday. I need to plan my outfit for Wine and Words and make sure I am ready to go as this week will be full steam ahead all the way to the event, and then next Saturday I am going to the cabin with our youngest son Justin for our annual summer hang out time. It will be a crazy full week but a good one.
What are you doing with your Sunday?