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#1 Old 12-04-2003, 09:32 AM
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I'm staying home from work today. Not because I'm physically ill, though. I'm going through a hard emotional time right now. My dog, Bruno, cannot walk & I've been without him for two days now. He has to stay at the vet's office until he can walk again. My vet seems optimistic about it, but I know there's a chance that he won't be able to walk again, which only gives me one option. I'm having a hard time eating, have to take sleeping pills to sleep & am a ball of nerves.



I'm trying to do things to get this off my mind, but it's not working. I visited him yesterday and held him. He was so happy to see me, but I could tell that he was very unhappy being there. My heart feels like it's being ripped out right now. I drove all the way to work today & just felt ill. I just couldn't go in and spend another day trying not to cry & work like normal. So, I ended up turning around & coming home.



The worst part is that this is all my fault. We brought him with us to hike up to a tower on Sunday. He's got hip dysplasia, and although it's mild, I think I pushed it too far by having him climb so much. I feel like such a horrible person. Now the nerves in his spine are messed up & our only hope is that steroid shots will make him better.



My boss won't understand, either, so I'll probably get talked to when I go back to work. I don't really care about that, though. I just want my Bruno to be better. I want him home & happy.



I wish that I could sleep at the vet's office just to be with him. Thinking of him in a cage all alone is just heartbreaking. He's been through some very tough times with me & I feel like I'm abandoning him at his worst time.



I'm not quite sure why I'm posting this. Guess I just need to vent. I'm trying to stay postive, but it's just not working.



Please, someone give me some words of reason in this.
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#2 Old 12-04-2003, 09:39 AM
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Flower,



You don't at all sound unreasonable. I truly hope Bruno responds well to the steroid shots. Please don't blame yourself.
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#3 Old 12-04-2003, 09:40 AM
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I wouldn't say it's your fault, but I think it is good to stay at home for once when you feel that bad.



I hope Bruno will be better.
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#4 Old 12-04-2003, 10:20 AM
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Yay Flower, you could help revive this thread below if you wanted, even though you are not ill as such, and anyway you don't have to be ill to post in *Rising Pheonix* ..but it will help lift your spirits to prevent you getting ill if you do.



https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ead.php?t=4076 [start of thread]

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https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...6&page=5&pp=40

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#5 Old 12-04-2003, 11:34 AM
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Thanks, everyone. I checked out the links you gave me, VegAnaconda. Maybe I'll post in it later. For now I just don't have it in me.
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Thanks, everyone. I checked out the links you gave me, VegAnaconda. Maybe I'll post in it later. For now I just don't have it in me.

Whatever feels right for you, no pressure, just go with what you feel "able".....
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I'm on day 2 and a half of mental health days. I'll be ready to go in tomorrow, though. Sometimes you absolutely need it and it is easier to say that you're "fluish" or have a bad migraine.



As for the doggie, you didn't hurt Bruno. If you took out a bat and beat his hips, then I would say it's your fault. But, Bruno followed you guys to the tower, probably had fun even though he was tired, and would have done it again in a heartbeat.



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Flower, I am sorry about Bruno.

As others have mentioned, its not your fault. These things happen.

I wish you all the best and hope things look up for you soon.



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Looks like I'll be taking another day off tomorrow, but it's for a much better reason. Bruno was able to come home tonight!! We were able to go to the vet early tonight because he started walking again. He's still pretty unstable, but he's getting around & seems much more like himself. This is such a relief.



Tomorrow I'm staying home with him. I don't feel comfortable leaving him home alone while we're at work. I'm too afraid that he'll get up, fall & hurt himself. Plus, he just started on steroid pills to help him get all better & there's a chance he'll have a bad reaction. Work isn't going to like this, but I really don't care. Bruno's much more important to me.



Thanks for the kind words, everyone. It means a lot.
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I hope Bruno gets well soon!



It's totally understandable to take a day off when something like this happens. I do it when I need it as I rarely have the need to call in for being physically sick.
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Aww Flower, you didn't hurt Bruno. It's hard to be unabe to ease someone's pain when you love them so much. Just being with him is helping his recovery, he knows his mommy loves him. Don't blame yourself though and remember we're all thinking of you!
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As the others have said, it's not your fault, Flower! I'm really glad that Bruno is back home with you - I know that must make you feel great! I'm still sending good vibes your way!
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#13 Old 12-05-2003, 10:30 PM
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We all could use to take a mental health day every now and then, Flower. I hope your doggie is feeling ok!!
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