Monday, 11 April 2011

Alarm & Bess…


Alarm Clock


watch the dial,
eyes on the time
I don’t know why
I wait for the chime,
to say its time to get out of bed
I wake first, as the alarm seems in my head…

LadyP © 2011


This past week has been very, very painful to live through, on finding out from the vets that Bess’s blood test on Tuesday showed that she has possible Kidney failure. They took her off her usual painkillers (as they were not recommended to be taken with this disease) but they did not think to replace them with any other meds. So from Tuesday ‘til Friday she was steadily going downhill by losing her ability to walk at all with her Osteoarthritis. I rang the vets and got an appointment on Friday to talk over the results and to find out why she couldn’t have any pain relief. They suggested Steroids but needed to check with the manufacturers to make sure they were ok to be taken with Bess’s problems.

This was Friday, and on Saturday morning Bess’s left front leg could not be moved without causing her instant pain.   We called the vet as soon as the surgery opened on Saturday morning, 9 0’clock, and had to wait for her to have a free slot to talk to us. My ex is a rock at the moment and he answered the phone when she finally rang at 11 o’clock, giving the ok , and ex went to fetch the pain killers. She’s been on them since Saturday morning and enough to say that this morning she was playing ball and staggering around barking at me tidying the garden.  My girl is no longer in pain, and although I know the road ahead is not going to be smooth,  until she has no quality of life left we will work through every pitfall.

I must admit that on Saturday morning I sat with her in my arms, watching as she was a tight ball of pain, and crying my eyes out as I was so helpless to do anything, waiting and praying for the vet to ring us with news about the Steroids, and both my ex and myself were wondering about asking for the final Injection,  to ease her suffering.  I have an almost hatred of Vets at the moment, at their seeming uncaring, unthinking attitude. We pay for a high degree of care, and Bess’s records show she needs pain killers, so why was she left without them for so long, and why was it left to us to ask for them?

We have another appointment tomorrow,  and we have to take a Urine sample with us, ( games ahead trying to catch her at it!!)  but hopefully the sample will show good results.  My fingers are crossed so , so tightly…

Which is why I thought I’d better let you know why I haven’t updated, and also why I haven’t been able to answer comments and visit anyone’s blogs.

I‘m lucky in that I can work from home, and my ex will help too. I would ask that you please pray for my girl, and may I thank you in advance for reading this, as I know I’m wittering on, but it has been almost a cathartic way of getting rid of the pain and feeling of helplessness inside.


LadyP… 2011


  1. Poor darling Bess to see her in such pain breaks your heart I know. Having gone through the same with my girl(greyhound). My prayers are with you both , I do hope the outcome is good. Glad to hear you have someone with you and help at this sad time Pen. Thinking of you both.Xsheilax

  2. Sweet, sweet Bess. I am so sorry she is in so much pain. I know that you are hurting too.
    My love and prayers are with you both.


  3. I'm sorry that still Bess has problems for the pains, I know well that I used painkillers for the last ten years when I played golf it is wonderful pills and works 100%. But not good for the kidney.
    I always behind back of my mind to not taken the pills three time a week.
    But all pills has side effect xPenx

    Please take care of yourselves and Bess.
    Thinking of you.

  4. Hi xPenx,
    How are you and Bess? hope things going to better
    for Bess and help easir for you in such a hard time.
    Thinking of you both.

  5. Try Mary Strauss' site www.dogaware.com . Lots of information and links on kidney dogs, diet, supplements, meds, etc.
    It must be so hard to see the same energetic dog in a completely different light. Here's hoping that your little heart beat at your feet hangs in there and that 'something' can be done to ease her pain.

  6. I have been reading these blogs and poems regarding Bess and the last one "Rewind" seeing it in another light. I was away during all this and did not know what or how it happened. So sad and painful, I am so sorry for what you have gone through.
    I look at my Kady as she lies beside me and feel for you and I treasure my baby girl all the more .
    warm hugs to you and a woof from us :)