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.

When we last left off, I was getting ready to start Summer Semester, and Huckleberry was about to have surgery to have a large bladder stone removed.

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.

10 Responses to Obligatory “Long Time, No See” Update

  • Just keep doing your best!!! I’m proud of you. Olivia sounds like a great kid. And I hope Huck is feeling better. My eyes teared up reading bout the little fella. Sending prayers. *hugs*

    • Thanks, Cherri! Your support means a lot. <3

      I have done plenty of tearing up over Huck lately. I hope for the best. I think he will be alright. He's happy, at least.

  • A’s get scholarships is what I told multiple people while I was in high school and college, so I definitely get it. Hopefully your dog gets feeling better.

  • I am happy to read from you again! 🙂
    I really feel for your dog, mine is really sick now and I know how a sad, sick dog can influence one’s mood. I just hope my dog will be fine and yours feel completely good soon!

    • Thanks, Andi! I hope your dog gets to feeling better soon.

      Huck is ok! He seems happy and healthy other than the disc issue. Might just have to be something we learn to live with.

  • Wow, thankfully he is not dying. It would have been terrifying because those kinds of signs would make you think of the worst. It’s a hard decision to make when they are older and operations are considered. Even the risnk in itself is too much. In the end, you can only do the best you can and make sure that they are not suffering.

    That’s great you have an A and will have a break. 😀 When you work hard, the break is soooo good. Ahh, that would have been awful being hit. I am glad that they found it was not your fault.

    I hope it goes well tutoring for the charity. What a great way to help other people, especially children that are growing up in a home. Having that support from someone who has been there would be so important.

    Congratulations on the scholarships! When you have worked hard, you have every right to feel proud because you have earned it. 😀 I think when you enter school at a different age and through different circumstances, that you have a different appreciation for what it means, or at least that is how I feel.

    • Thanks so much, Kassy! All around!

      I ended up asking the vet about a steroid a friend recommended, and she was okay with me trying it, and Huck is night and day better. It’s unbelievable.

  • Well done on the scholarships, Todd! I definitely don’t think you are tooting your own horn. Scholarships are not just given out. They are given out to people who work really hard.

    I’m sorry to hear about Huckleberry especially after you spent so much money on his surgery, that definitely would have been a huge shock for you! I hope he starts getting used to his IVDD condition, and I am glad that for now he’s still with you ❤️

    It’s a shame about your car but good you have one for the time being. I am sure your car will come back in tip top shape 🙂

    • Thanks, Georgie! I am proud exactly for the reason you said. I worked really hard.

      Thanks for the comments about Huck! He is actually doing so much better! I’m so relieved.

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