Today the dog groomer came to the house to clean up and shave the ankle-biters and to give Mouse a bath. We started to discuss Mouse and how she was feeling and the groomer suggested I try taking her to the vet for one last exam. I didn't think it was a bad idea, so, I called the Dr. and took Mouse in to have a look.
When the Dr. saw Mouse she was shocked, but not surprised. Mouse at her robust best was about 40 lbs, today she weighed in at 21 lbs. She's lost a lot of weight even though she eats all the time. The Dr. took a look at her and warned me that Mouse was likely in the early stages of kidney failure. We agree to do an initial blood test just to see where we stood. Shockingly her kidney levels came back GREAT, it was the liver enzymes that were out of whack. So, there is a course of treatment, she is now on liver medication and Rymadal for the arthritis.
I don't think Mouse is by any means out of the woods and her days are growing short, but I think we bought her some serious quality of life today, simply by taking her in for another exam.
There was a moment during the blood extraction that really stunned me, as we were holding her down (in the same position as we would to euthanize) and as the needle went in Mouse was fighting and she started to cry. I couldn't believe it, she has NEVER done that before, she's always been fine having her blood drawn. I honestly believe she thought I was putting her down and wasn't ready. Why else would she let out a couple of yelps as we were trying to extract blood? I told the vet, "wow, if that is what it is going to be like on D-day, I can't do it." She replied, "don't worry, when's she ready there won't be a fight and she will be sedated."
It gave me a lot to think about, Mouse definitely isn't ready to make the trip to rainbow bridge.
I got bad news today that my oldest brother Jim has passed away from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 58.
To our surprise, Jim was diagnosed a few years back at a very young age. I saw him at Dad's funeral last winter and I honestly thought he looked good and seemed like he was stabilized. He took dad's death hard and it seemed so real and genuine when we talked about the good old days. We talked about some great times, I had a hard time believing he was even ill as he remembered some of our great family moments.
I can't leave the business to send him to his final rest, but Nicole and Cooper are in Michigan and will attend his service on Sunday or Monday to let him know how much he will be missed.
Jim was a fun guy who always looked out for us (the "step kids"). He made us feel welcome and loved when my mom married his dad.
Funny story, my mom was 18 years younger than my step father, which made Jim only 5 years younger than my mom. We would laugh so hard when he would call her "Mommy."
I have so many great memories of sleepovers at his house as a kid.
I am excited, Noah and I are coming home to Detroit for 5 days. My cousin Monica is getting hitched on Saturday so I figured I'd make it my weekend with Noah. We are going to visit friends and go to the Michigan on Saturday. Can't wait for some moderate weather, it is still really hot here in Austin.
Nicole and I spent the whole weekend "playing" with our neighbors and wow did we manage to pack in a lot of activities into our long weekend.
On Friday night we went to an outdoor party in Walberg, Texas. The whole neighborhood showed up and the kids had a great time while we cooled ourselves with buckets of beer and burgers. The kids loved dancing to the live music, they collapsed when we got home and slept late Saturday morning.
Saturday was pretty laid back except for the evening block party on the street across from us, I stayed close to home to watch the Pistons and Red Wings, but Nikki went with Noah and Cooper and made some great new friends.
Sunday morning Nikki and I took the kids to the pool and I managed to get a nasty sunburn on my bald head and shoulders while playing with the kids. I seriously have to be more diligent about sunscreen or I'm gonna fry my brain. We got out the video projector and had movie night for the kids after dark. We show the movie on Rachel and Brandon's house. The Movie, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" kept the kids interested while we shot the breeze with friends.
Today we rented boats on Lake Travis, which was packed and did some serious tubing, Brandon tossed me pretty good, butI got him back. When he tossed me I got air-born and nearly lost my swim trunks, I'm sure that would have been a treat for all. Cooper got into the act, he got on the tube with Nikki and kept yelling "faster, faster." The kid is three and he already has balls of steel. Noah was his usual cautious self, he went on the boat and love it, but wasn't having any part of tubing because "there are fishies in the water."
We wrapped up the evening with a cook out, but I hunkered down and watched the Pistons and Red Wings. It was a great weekend with out friends.
Today we took a tour of the Texas Hill Country. The Hill country extends about 100 miles west of Austin. We went to Luckenbach, Johnson City and then to historic Fredricksburg where we walked the street shopping and chatting with some nice folIf ks. The kids had a blast as Fredricksburg has a lot of cool stuff for them to see while you walk around. A bonus for mom and dad, numerous wine tasting shops line the streets.
We took some cool video of Fredricksberg and Luckenbach. Luckenback was made famous by the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson tune Luckenback (basics of life) song. It is a funky little town that is about a block long and features a post office, a bar and a small amphitheater. Waylon was right when he said "the guy who wrote that song has clearly never been to Luckenbach."
I'll post a video of the trip tomorrow.
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