Monday, July 1, 2013

A Scattered Post

Blogging Friends..... Thank-you for your sweet comments and prayers on behalf of Teresa the other day. I--as well as her family--appreciated them!! This was yesterday's Blog post. Nothing new yet.  
Surgery is at 7:30am Monday morning. {Today. Philadelphia time.} God must move another huge mountain. They feel her pulmonary pressure may be too high for the Berlin to work. It is not looking hopeful but they are going to try. She said she would not give up on her but If the pressure is too high the blood will not be able to go to the left side and nothing else can be done. She will bring her out of the O.R. for us to hold her so she will not die alone. We always promised Teresa we would never leave her. Please pray and beg God to keep her with us. If it is His will to take her Home we would ask for prayers to accept this also. Please share and ask the world to not stop praying!
Now. I am adding a little "happy" to this Blog of mine since the last twain consecutive posts have been depressing. Enter Charlie Chaplin!! {Drum roll, please!!}
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." --Charlie Chaplin. I like that!! So take Charlie Chaplin's advice. Laugh!!
It seems to me that, what with being preoccupied by My Life Story {Which, I just finished yesterday, by the way!! I mean it this time!! Now, I shall allow My Life Story to rest for a few days, adding whatever minuscule facts which seem necessary!! Wow, nearly eight months later, and it is completed!! I cannot wait to start my next Writing Project!! Because having an agenda for this work of art is oddly addictive!!} has made Independence Day sneak up to me. You know what? I haven't even given much thought to my eccentric patriotic getup!! Not that I can ignore exploding bottle rockets which have kept me up late since Saturday with a noise phobic Rose. Repeat after me. Those things are illegal around here!! Alright, now that I got that out of my system.... Here are some July Fourth precautions for those who love canines which experience anxiety attacks associated with fireworks like Tony Stark's episodes in "Iron Man 3".
This information was taken from a Summer 2011 local dog newsletter issue:
"Every year, many companion pets escape and are lost or injured because of their fear of fireworks. While many of us love the big bangs and beautiful lights, our companion pets do not share our sentiment. Many dogs and cats escape their homes, some never to be reunited with their families. We encourage each of you to please take the necessary precautions to make sure your companion pet remains safe, at home and healthy. If your pet is easily frightened by sudden noises or bright lights, talk with your veterinarian about a mild sedative to ease your pet's anxiety. Keep your pet in a safe place when the fireworks begin. Options include the pet's crate, a safe room or the basement. Turn on a radio for background noise to help muffle some of the bangs. Provide a high quality chew toy to help keep them busy and distracted. Provide their favorite stuffed toy, blanket or other item that helps them feel safe. Every year all animal shelters see many pets that have escaped over the July 4th holiday."
And.... Its veterinarian writes:
"With the Fourth of July right around the corner, fireworks and loud noises are plentiful and for some pets, it's anything but a happy time. They can become anxious, stressed, terrified or uncomfortable and can suffer from a fear of loud noises known as noise phobia. Learn to recognize the signs of a noise phobia. Signs commonly seen are: shaking or trembling, excessive drooling, barking or howling, hiding, and trying to escape from the house, fence, or other enclosure. Some animals will lose control of their bladder or bowels and some may experience prolonged diarrhea from the stress. Keep in mind, dogs that escape can end up with wounds, lacerations or worse-hit by a car. To help you manage your dog's anxiety, try these tips: keep you dogs at home. Keep dogs inside in a safe, quiet room, turn on music and pull the window blinds. Remove any items that might be chewed. Take your dog for a walk prior to the start of the noise. Provide a safe "escape" place. For safety measures, make sure your pet's ID is current. If needed, visit your favorite vet for medical help with the noise phobia/anxiety behavior to ensure a safe holiday for you and your pet."
I acknowledge completely that some facts were repeated in this Blog post. My apologies!!
Now. "The day is still young", as that phrase goes. It is nearly 7:00 AM, and I'm awake because I could not sleep. I am finished with My Life Story. So, it is time for some much-needed catch-up on everybody's Blogs!!   


Molly The Wally said...

We pray for little Teresa. May God look after her. Stay safe on the run up and on the 4th. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Raelyn said...

Thank-you for the comment!!
We all appreciate you continued prayers for Teresa. Especially the little girl's family. ;)
I shall stay safe on Independence Day!! I will be sitting right next to Rose comforting my baby!! ;op

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

It really brought a lump to my throat when I read about little Teresa. I pray she will be okay.
Our dogs hate fireworks too, I just don't see why they are necessary, they are just a nuisance and a waste of money as far as I am concerned.
Congrats on finishing your story!
Lynne x

Raelyn said...

Thank-you for the comment!!!
"Our dogs hate fireworks too, I just don't see why they are necessary, they are just a nuisance and a waste of money as far as I am concerned.". Well, I enjoyed fireworks as a girl growing up. And still do, in a sense. But then I got dogs. That changed everything, as Shadow was also terrified of them!! ;op