Jan 5, 2020 – Emergency Sunday

I apologize for not making an entry yesterday. It is now Monday morning, and I am catching up. Sunday I worked an ER shift at the veterinary hospital. They called me in early because there was a doctor out. Sundays tend to be very busy, and there are 2 doctors scheduled. Yesterday I left home at 10 am, arrived at 11 am and was the only doctor until 8 pm. I worked from 11 am until 11:30 pm. I didn’t arrive home until nearly 1 am this morning.

Urinary catheter placed to relieve an obstruction in a male cat.

I have an amazing support staff at the hospital. We saw dogs in heart failure, dogs in kidney failure, dogs with unregulated diabetes, dogs with ear infections, two hunting dogs: one duck dog that had run across an oyster bed and cut up his feet, and a deer tracking dog that had been attacked by the deer that it had found. The deer attack dog had a punctured lung. We had oxygen cages full. We also had a male cat that had a blocked urethra so he couldn’t urinate. We were running bloodwork, placing IV catheters, taking radiographs, and managing medications.

We removed almost 3 ounces of urine from the cat’s bladder once the catheter was in place.

I tell you this to remind you to thank your veterinarians, firemen, human ER doctors and nurses, and anyone else who works a 12-hour shift on Sunday without stopping to eat so that you can have a valuable resource when you have an emergency. I usually have a single person who actually thanks us for being there overnight or on a Saturday or Sunday. Most complain about waiting or how expensive it is. It costs a lot of money to have staff who are willing to give their all on a weekend to help you out. Medical supplies are costly. The staff actually wants (and deserves) to be paid well.

Deep pad laceration on a hunting dog.

My best advice to prepare for the cost of an emergency is to save money in an emergency fund. If everyone saved $20 a week in a separate account, they would be set up when the inevitable emergency occurs. Skip a Starbucks or bring your lunch. Be prepared so we can help you without the added stress of trying to save your pet on a budget.

Put back together with tension relieving sutures because this dog will be running on this before it is healed. We also applied a bandage to protect it and made the dog wear an e-collar (cone of shame) so he doesn’t chew it.

Ok – off my soapbox.

I actually read ahead in Genesis. Jan 5 = chapters 12-14, which I had read the day before. I don’t understand Abram in this reading. He went to Egypt because of severe famine. When he got there, he lied about Sarai being his wife because he was afraid they would kill him to take her. He lied rather than trusting God. But then, later, Lot gets carried away from Sodom by invading kings. Abram doesn’t even hesitate to gather up an army of trained men and attack the invaders to get Lot back.

Who is this man? Is he a coward or is he a battle leader? He’s both. When he lies, he is fearful and not trusting and believing in God as his protector and provider. When he is an army commander, he is relying completely on God to be his salvation and guardian.

We are the same. We can be strong and courageous one moment, and weak and cowardly the next. it’s all in how we see ourselves and if we truly believe that God is in control. The best part of this is that God loves us all the time. No matter how we are behaving. Isn’t grace beautiful?

I sent my eldest son back to college yesterday, and my middle and youngest are starting back to homeschooling today. We have a busy month preparing for livestock shows this month. This afternoon we are going to get a Jersey/Holstein bull calf at a dairy farm to be an additional nurse calf for the Jersey cow. This will reduce the need for me to milk the Jersey every day.

Sweet baby girl Jersey calf. She still needs a name…

When your weekend has been filled with work, Monday is actually a good day.

Happy Monday everyone!

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