It’s cold and December – even in the Desert Southwest…
This year I seem to have “finally and totally” lost any “Christmas Spirit” and/or joy regarding the holidays. In the past, I’ve always at least made an effort to put up a small tree, listen to “Holly” on XM radio, watch some Christmas movies, etc… Either I’ve finally lost my expectations of the holiday season, or I’m just overwhelmed.
Cali is slowly but surely improving, but has developed some gastrointestinal issues after her bout with pancreatitis. Her kidney disease is stage 2 (out of 4) and her lab numbers are actually quite good. Two or three times a week she’ll have some morning nausea, but usually by afternoon she “springs back” and is eating again.
I’ve been feeding her a home cooked diet made in the crock pot of chicken breast or 93% lean ground beef mixed with a puree of sweet potatoes and green beans, then adding rice to included broth. I add the contents of a salmon oil capsule to her food once a day. The crock pot food usually lasts 5-7 days. Sometimes, on really bad days I have to puree the food and syringe feed her. Usually when I have to syringe feed her, she’ll “take over” and lap the soup mixture. I’m trying to get her to eat 4-5 small meals spaced out during the day. She also takes Slippery Elm, Pepsid (famotidine), and a canine probiotic. I’m going to start giving her calcium carbonate as a phosphate binder once I receive some special “mini” measuring spoons (the smallest measuring 1/64th of a teaspoon).
Except when she’s nauseated, her eyes are bright and she follows me from room-to-room as usual. I worry that she hasn’t gained the weight back (24 lbs. from 30 lbs.), but I’ve actually seen thinner “healthy” dogs.
I’m happy to do all this, but I must say I’m pretty stressed when she has a bad day (which ARE happening less and less).
My very good Canadian friends from Prince George, British Columbia are “working their way south” in their RV and later this month I’ll meet them near the Lukeville, Arizona border crossing to go to Puerto Penasco. In February, we plan to caravan down the Baja with other RV’ers to see the whale migration.
In the meantime, my local mobile RV guy is changing my oil, installing covered vent hoods on the roof, cleaning the scale from my water heater, fixing the outside vent door (Lazy Daze wanted $200.00 for the whole assembly, unpainted) that rattles when I drive, and replacing two coach batteries.