Sunday, August 1, 2021

Being A Lone Caregiver

I am totally worn out, tired, exhausted, and not even upset about being alone to handle this terrible event at this moment in my life. Today I am recuperating from a lost love, Miss Ellie, my sweet rescue border collie who was 16 years old.

It's been a very rough week as Miss Ellie finally lost total use of her hind legs last week. She had been struggling for the last year but doing ok. However, last Friday she couldn't go anymore. I've been nursing her, hand feeding and watering her, getting her up to relieve herself, putting her to bed at night, keeping her cool, comfortable and dry and finally taking her to the Magnolia Emergency Hospital yesterday (my vet is out of town till August 19th) to be euthanized. I'm sure Miss Ellie, being at the end of her life, was as totally worn out as I am now.

I want to give a HUGE shout out to the caring and competent staff at Magnolia Animal Hospital for being there when Miss Ellie and I really needed their help.  Because being a caregiver is hard work physically and emotionally. I don't know which is harder, a people caregiver or a doggie caregiver. I've never been a people caregiver as my husband, Mike died suddenly and unexpectedly of cancer a couple of years ago and did not need any caregiving. But I have been a doggie caregiver a number of times with some of my rescues through the years and Mike would always help me at those times. So, it's especially hard being a lone caregiver nowadays.  In fact, with the Covid restrictions on veterinarians and the long wait times for vet service, the only way I got through this was thoughts of a post I saw on FB a while back...

And that's just what me and Miss Ellie did...

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