Saturday, 26 July 2014

Friday Round Up

new clock - lincolnshire traffic jam - jessie knows she's going to the vet
reading peter rabbit to forrest - smily jessie - view from my new office
sad jessie - red cabbage about to go into the aga - happy tabby

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I wanted to do a Friday Round Up last week but I was in the midst of quite a hectic time ....

Jessie had surgery on the Tuesday and came home very unwell on Wednesday evening. I made her comfortable and went to bed but awoke at 1am to loud howls coming from the kitchen, which was terrifying - not least because Jessie is pretty much mute most of the time, I've only heard her howl once before, after she'd been spayed. I stayed up all night with her while she laid crying in her bed, breaking my heart. In the morning I called the vet and got extra painkillers for her but it soon became apparent that she was steadily declining. I whizzed her back to the vet and it turned out that her wound was breaking down and leaking fluid. I've never seen her so distressed and I don't mind admitting that I broke down and cried like a child in the consulting room with the vet and the nurses while they cleaned her up. They sedated her (I think they considered doing the same to me!) and kept her in overnight again. I drove home with an empty van and continued sobbing all night, giving myself a shocking headache. After having seen her in that state I felt there was a good chance that she might not be coming home again and I felt absolutely sick at the prospect. The vet reluctantly released her on Friday night as she was highly stressed in the hospital and wasn't doing herself any good, so she came home with five different types of medication and a warning that I was in for a difficult weekend of cleaning her wound and trying to keep her comfortable

Which would have been fine except that Forrest had been keeping me busy too. He'd been a bit off colour on Thursday, I'd had to take him to hospital for an X ray on Friday morning (for something unrelated) and he spent the weekend being a typical poorly baby - clingy, crying and off his food. He woke up in the night on Sunday for the first time since he was about five months old and he scared me witless, he was raging hot, coughing madly and struggling to breathe. I stayed with him for two hours, hanging over his cot because he sobbed if I tried to leave. In the end I kicked Matt out of bed and put Forrest in with me and we managed three hours sleep together before he awoke needing more Calpol and a drink of warm water for his sore little throat

So you see, I've been kind of pre-occupied. Luckily Jessie started to pick up on Sunday and is now  back to her old self again, which is a huge relief. I never want to see a dog of mine in that state again, it was truly awful. Forrest had a trip to the doctor on Monday and was diagnosed with a chest infection (he must take after his mama) so he is having vile fluorescent medicine three times a day, which he hates

Unsurprisingly, Matt and I came down with Forrest's illness too so we were truly a house of plague. The amazing thing is how you just keep going. I was absolutely exhausted, feeling horrendously ill and constantly on the go but I just powered through - cleaning up sick, cleaning Jessie's wound, washing, cooking, making up bottles, walking Jessie, doling out medicines - I even worked late at the garage a couple of evenings (although I wasn't much use if I'm honest)

Thankfully, things are on the up now. Jessie is better, Matt and I are better and Forrest is getting there slowly. The little fella has two teeth peeping through his bottom gums and they're making their presence felt, poor little thing. He's going to look so cute with two little tushypegs in situ ('just like Prince George', as Matt proudly pointed out!)

In other news, I was ID'd whilst buying a bottle of wine last week! I whipped out my driving licence for the chap's inspection and he said 'oh my God - I didn't think you were THAT old!' Gee thanks. He'd thought I was 'about 22 or something'. I didn't know whether to be pleased or offended!

On Friday we took Forrest to Harrogate for the day with a half hearted plan to do some shopping but a more realistic aim of wandering around in the sunshine and perhaps getting some lunch. We did indeed have a lovely Italian lunch but our shopping was completely nonexistent - not a new phenomenon for me (see here)

Today I've been trying to get the house shipshape around Forrest's naps because while he's been awake he's wanted to be held constantly and has cried at the drop of a hat. I blame those pesky teeth. Tomorrow we have a third viewing on the cottage by a couple who have already put in an offer (which we refused) Fingers crossed they will increase their offer, it would be one less thing for us to worry about - the cottage has quite a big garden which takes lots of looking after at this time of year. I've also got my family coming round for Sunday lunch - I've already made my apple sauce, the red cabbage is braising in the Aga and I'll be roasting an enormous loin of pork tomorrow - I can't wait!

What have you been up to this weekend?


  1. Good lord, you've had a busy time of it recently, haven't you?! Glad everyone is on the mend, and hope Forrest's teeth get a move on so you can get some rest.

    Also, braised red cabbage is like my favourite veg. No idea why. so I'm UNBELIEVABLY jealous of your roast today- room for an extra one!?

    Alice xx |The Cup and Saucer

  2. Oh my...I actually had tears in my eyes reading about your pooch...they are so precious and to hear them in pain is simply awful. Pleased everyone is doing better now...hopefully you are on your way to having a better weekend? x

    1. Oh it was awful :( but she is SO much better now and we've had a lovely weekend! Hope you have too xx

  3. Jeeeeez Rach! You are a wonder woman, coping with all of that! Sounds like the most exhausting week ever! Glad that you're all on the mend now though. I can't imagine how awful it must've been to hear Jessie in so much distress, and see Forrest so poorly :( Big love to you all. xxx

    1. Ah thanks chum! I feel wrung out, hopefully this week will be a little less eventful :) xx

  4. Oh dear, so sorry to hear about all the poorly people/pooches in your house - hope you're all on the mend!

    I do love the pics you've chosen - the Lincolnshire traffic jam picture made me chuckle!

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

    1. It made me chuckle at the time, he was in no hurry whatsoever to move his tractor from the middle of the road!! xx

  5. By jingo woman you are a MACHINE!!!!!!!

    1. Hahaa! You don't hear enough 'by jingo' these days for my liking! xx

  6. Wow! When it rains, it pours! I'm glad things are on the up again now and everyone is feeling better.
    Your traffic jams are very similar to ours in Devon!
    Escape to the Westcountry

  7. Oh wow that sounds like a very busy and stressful time for you, I'm glad things are improving! :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  8. I think you now deserve a well earned break after all that.

    Glad to hear you are all feeling better and if I lived closer I would be coming round for that meal it sounds amazing :)


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