BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL

It is another sleepless night. Somehow I knew it was too easy. It’s only a little over a week since Sheba’s developed her ear hematoma. Two trips to the dog ER to get it drained 21 cc and 11 cc respectively. A followup 2-3 days later resulted in 5 cc drained. All of this has been very draining for all us, humans and canine. Sheba already had a bit of sundowning just before all this happened. Since, the nights have been worse. So the vet suggested a short course of trazodone. It would chill and help her recovery from her ear traumas. It all sounded wonderful but wasn’t. The first day, the trazodone knocked her out. Her legs didn’t really work well. When she was awake, she would pace like a stoned dog. So I decreased her dose a little. Whereas she was restless only at night, she became restless day and night. Our nerves were raw from her ceaseless pacing and banging into things with her head cone.

If something doesn’t work, why keep doing it? After 4 days on the trazodone, I stopped it. Sheba slowly became more her old self during the day. She would lay down on her pillows by herself. Hope was on the horizon. We leased her to the piano leg at night so she could not pace and bang around. We need some sleep. It worked last night. We all slept in till 8 in the morning. Hallelujah, right?

Today’s or rather yesterday’s vet checkup showed that she does have an ear infection. A good reason to rejoice. There was a cause , therefore an end to all this misery we’re going through. We were jubilant and came home armed with earwash, antibiotic eardrops and oral antibiotics. Earlier in the day my order of melatonin for Sheba and some for me came. I dosed us each with 3 mg. All was well. Sheba settled and relaxed on her pillow. Then it was bedtime. I took Sheba out for her business.

The disappointment was keen. But at least I had 2 hours of sleep when I woke and heard her panting. Perhaps I should have ignored her but I was never good at it. She gets more stressed and worked up. Then she starts barking. Yes, she is a smart dog. She knows how to get attention. But she is 13 and has an infection. Human elders with infection do the same. So here I am, sitting on the stool beside her. I’m tap, tapping away, hoping for a better day. It is almost 4 am. She is at least relaxed and laying down.

Things feel very difficult at times but they are getting better. Her ear has stopped bleeding. Surgery is not needed. The underlying cause has been discovered. Treatment has started. Nothing is easy nor simple. Hope her night time anxiety and restless with improve with melatonin increased omega 3’s. I am doing fairly well with all this. When I accept what is, I am less stressed and more at peace with it. This is what we have to do. One day at a time. Sheba deserves the best from me. She has and still is giving me much joy.

 

4 thoughts on “BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL

  1. I lived throughout my life with dogs and obviously seen them pass away. Part of nature I know they become part of the family but your dog is 13, that’s a lot of doggie years I´m sure she has had a great life. And still more to come since you definitely take very well care of her.

    1. Thank you, Charly. Sheba’s ear is almost all better. Now if she would only settle down every night and let me sleep. I took her head cone off today. That might help. I’ve come to terms of losing her from this time. I hate seeing her suffer. I think I might have her for couple more years. She’s very healthy otherwise. But who can know for sure.

      Lily

      1. Glad to hear it is not all that bad, just an ear infection, painful but not the worst. No wonder the poor dog is uncomfortable with that cone…like me having a big neck brace, I wouldn’t let anybody sleep and be mad all day long.
        Take care Lily.

  2. Yes, poor girl had a hematoma in her ear flap from it. She had it drained 3 times and wore the cone for 2 weeks so she couldn’t scratch and make it bleed. I felt claustrophobic looking at her head in the cone. You are a kind man. Hope things go better for you and your mom.

    Lily

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