Once again, Juno’s health is saved by early intervention.
I’ve been feeling guilty as I haven’t been able to give Juno the long walks she’s needed. I’ve been on a 6-week intensive course of a new IV antibiotic that has literally made me bed-ridden on the weekends. At the start of the week and the start of a new round, I can muster up 4 short walks but by the end of the week and after 5 days of IV antibiotics, I’m shredded and can’t move. Literally.
On Wednesday I discovered a foxtail had dug its way, 1.5” deep into her abdomen. I was lucky enough to have about 2 mm of the foxtail sticking out that I could pull it out. But it was infected. I’m so ill these days that I don’t have enough in me to even check over their bodies for ticks (though they're on Advantix) and foxtails before they become a problem. Lyme disease makes me so angry!
Luckily she had an acupuncture appointment that day. Since she was the last appointment of the day, the doctor could fit in a full exam. Juno had a small infection from the foxtail and the doctor recommended a 7-day course of antibiotics because foxtails also carry many bacterial infections. I had no idea. Again, Juno is saved by a simple early treatment of antibiotics. A short term course of antibiotics is preferable to a 5-day stay in the hospital she had in 2009 for an almost fatal, unknown-at-the-time infection that was 4-years later identified as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever tick disease.
Why can’t our healthcare system be as good as Juno’s veterinarians?