Obligatory “Long Time, No See” Update
Let me get this out of the way: Long time, no see. I’m sorry.
Okay, I feel better. June has been, in the best possible word, hectic.
The little guy had his surgery on the 8th, and came out with flying colors. His mood changed drastically right away. He seemed happier, more energetic, and loving. I had my old dog back for a few days. Then, out of nowhere, he started losing control of his front legs. He would buckle under when walking, scraping his legs and chin up and bleeding. He would fall over after taking a few steps. It honestly looked like he was slowly becoming paralyzed. I took him back to the vet, and he was diagnosed with this thing called IVDD (Intervertebral Disk Disease). He’s on medication and extreme rest for two weeks. The surgery to correct the issue is too extreme for Huckleberry for several reasons: I just spent a ton of his last surgery, the surgery may or may not work, and the surgery is intense with a long recovery period. With Huckleberry’s age (eleven), it’s not something I want to put him through. Luckily, dogs live for years after being diagnosed with IVDD and can live pretty normal lives. His activity will have to be restricted (like no jumping), so he doesn’t hurt his back, and he will have to continue medication, but at least he’s not dying. I was really scared when these symptoms showed up because it all happened so quickly. I really thought I was going to lose my dog. I have Helo, but Huckleberry was my first pet. I haven’t had to lose an animal yet. I’m not ready. After his surgery, Huck looked a little like a handmaid from The Handmaid’s Tale. He wants me to tell everyone, “Under his eye.”
Blessed be the fruit, little guy.
School is going well. I have an A in both of my courses so far. It’s hard to believe that I have a little under a month left of the semester. I have a break next week after Monday. It’s desperately needed. I’m excited.
A couple weeks ago, while I was sitting at a 3-way stop, a woman started backing up her car because she missed her street. I thought she saw me sitting there, but I guess not, because she ran right into the front of my car. The highway patrol came out, and I was found not at fault, so her insurance is paying to have my car fixed. I’m taking it in on July 2nd and they’re giving me a rental car. It kind of bums me out because it was a new car, but the body shop assures me that I won’t be able to tell anything happened to my car when they finish. It’s also just been really inconvenient. I am beyond busy, and had to fit time in to catch up work I missed on the day the accident happened, go get the damage appraised, and now, drop my car off to be fixed. It’s okay, though. I wasn’t hurt. She wasn’t hurt. Praise be.
I am volunteering with a charity called Fostering Great Ideas which helps students in foster care and children’s homes. I grew up in a children’s home, so I have a connection with youth going through the system. I’m going to be tutoring a girl named Olivia in the upcoming school year. I’ve met with Olivia a couple times now, and I really, really like her. She has so much energy and spirit, and I’m excited to help her and hopefully make an impact some way, somehow in her life. After talking with and getting some ideas and feedback from her mentor, and I decided to buy her a binder (in sky blue, her favorite color) and dividers to start her school year off right.
This month I got notice that I was selected for two different scholarships for the upcoming school year. I feel really blessed, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but I feel proud of myself. I started school later than most, and I was at a disadvantage because of things that happened to me when I was younger, but I’m now at a point where I’ve earned things on my own with my own hard work (and the support of people who believed in me). To everyone who has told me to relax, because “C’s get degrees:” A’s get scholarships. I think I’ll keep doing what I’m doing.