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Re: OT-Hard Decisions

Usually our love for an animal brings us to try to keep them with us  
far longer than they are comfortable, and far longer than we would  
have been able to 50 years ago. Modern medicine (people or veterinary)  
is a very mixed blessing.
You'll be in my prayers.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Feb 26, 2008, at 5:33 PM, Andrea Hodges wrote:

> Hi all-I've been hemming and hawing for months now about the health  
> of my 12
> 1/2 year old chocolate lab Gracie, and I think I've come to the  
> decision that
> it's time for her to move on. I talked to my vet last night and he  
> agrees. I'm
> basically writing to vent. I feel guilty because she's still eating,  
> happy to
> see me when I get home, wanting to go on walks, etc. However, she has
> thickening in her lungs that makes it hard for her to breathe, severe
> arthritis in her spine, horrible allergies that make her itch and get
> infections ( Always has) and has become basically incontinent from  
> all of the
> prednisone she's kept on. I don't think I can take it any more. But,  
> again, I
> feel guilty. My vet assures me that it's quality vs. quantity when  
> it comes to
> a dog's life and the quality certainly isn't there. He was out of  
> town today
> but will be in tomorrow and I'll probably take her tomorrow or  
> Thursday. She's
> on pain meds right now to keep her comfortable. I am OK. Just feel  
> like I have
> a knot in my belly stressing over it. My oral defense in Texas is in 3
> weeks-on the 14th of March. I am so stressed about school I could  
> scream and
> just want it to be over. I think this is adding to my stress level  
> of course.
> Then I've had someone quit at work and she's hemming and hawing  
> about the date
> she's leaving and I'm about ready to tell her to just freaking go.  
> She's
> holding up the rest of us. I was supposed to have a test in  
> calibrations last
> week. I had questions for my professor which I emailed several  
> times. Never
> heard from him and still haven't gotten a copy of the test, so that  
> puts me
> behind in my pesticides class. I've moved on the next chapters that  
> we are
> supposed to start studying this week. I need a vacation. Thanks for  
> listening
> all!
> A
> Andrea Hodges
> Beaufort, SC
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