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Yum and Yuck

Had a lovely lunch with neighbors/friends in celebration of Henry’s upcoming arrival.  Here’s a scary thought – three healthy ladies, with 8 kids between them.  Guess how many vaginal births?  One.  One vaginal birth, and seven c-sections – and this was 20 years ago!

Can you say: “NYC is the U.S. capitol of c-section-happy doctors???”


But that little aside, aside, it was a very nice time.  They brought yummy food and presentses and we talked dogs and kids and donor eggs and what IVF entails and recipes for cookies and all about the NH house and Italy and the economy and retirement age and all the good gossipy stuff that makes for a fun afternoon.

Nellie’s doctor appointment also went well – I like her new vet a lot.  However.  Remember me talking about the sores the Wonder-whippet brought home from the kennel of doom?  The ones that were diagnosed as a bacterial skin infection and duly treated with oral antibiotics and that were, ultimately, so much less upsetting than the flea infestation that I didn’t pay too much attention to them?  Well, they came back and so I took her in this morning and while it now seems apparent that she was certainly harboring bacteria, the vet thinks it likely that there’s an underlying ringworm infection as well.  *sigh*  So now we have to be on the lookout for ringworm infections on OURSELVES as well as any new outbreaks on the long-suffering whippet.  Oh blech.

Actually, given that she’s been home for over a month, sleeping in our bed, and in our laps, and we haven’t developed a case yet, it’s likely that we won’t – that this strain isn’t super-contagious to humans.  (It’s also possible that it’s not ringworm, but since the lab results take 10 days we’re treating it as if it were definitely the case just to get a head start on it.)  And I’d rather deal with ringworm than fleas again.  This isn’t the end of the world. Still.  Yuck.  Again with the yuck.

Going to go wash the sheets.  Again.  Going to try not to let my squeamishness affect how I treat the dog.  It’s not her fault she’s been colonized by a fungus. Going to try not to feel like an utter failure as a housefrau/dog owner.  It’s not my – or my housekeeper’s – fault that she picked up some nasties in her time away from us (though I suppose I should have taken her to the vet as soon as we brought her home, to get a second opinion on the ‘bacterial infection’ that the kennel’s doc diagnosed – which wasn’t a wrong diagnosis, per se, just an incomplete one…)

And yeah, it’s still pretty damned yucky.

Maybe it’ll be a GOOD thing if Henry isn’t born for another couple of weeks.

(I can’t believe I just typed that…)

12 comments to Yum and Yuck

  • Indeed yuck. Is the dog being turfed out of your bed when the baby arrives?

    Susan Reply:

    Well, that’s the plan, but I’m not sure how well that’s really going to work out. I think I’m going to resort to hoping that Henry doesn’t arrive for *gulp* another 6 days so at least she won’t be communicable… She’s very sly for a dog whose toe-to-toe length is almost as long as I am.

  • We are dealing with roundworm here, so I am very sympathetic. The only good news is that it’s giving me an excuse to avoid the dog poop. Good luck getting everyone clean and healthy before Henry arrives!

  • Melissia

    Susan, once Nellie has been on meds for a while I doubt that her ringworm will be contagious. Be sure to check your hairline if Nellie likes to cuddle around your neck. Years ago we adopted a feral kitten who had a bald spot at the base of his tail. We and the vet treated that kitten for “exzecma” for weeks until one day my daughter had a patch of hair the size of a half dollar fall out. We named the kitten Exzy and he lived to be 14. We finally had to have him vaccinated for ringworm to get it cleared up as he was chronically infected. This may be an easy solution for you as there is now one approved for use in dogs if this becomes a problem or is difficult to resolve.
    The ringworm fungus lives in the dirt around us and is very easy to pick up, especially when Nellie was feeling low and not eating. Now that you know what it is I am sure that you will get it cleared up in no time.

  • Oh, ick! Poor Nellie! I hate to even bring this up, but…did the vet do a skin scraping to confirm the diagnosis? Because otherwise you might want to consider demodecosis…we’re in the midst of treating our girl (a.k.a. Isis, a.k.a. the pitbull princess) for that and all dogs harbor the mites in small quantities. Stress (physical or even psychological) can trigger an infection by knocking their immune system down…it causes repeated secondary bacterial infections until you treat the root cause (Isis is on round two of antibiotics for one of those and just had her second dip on top of daily Ivermectin–demodecosis can be tough to treat and hopefully once she gets over her rough start in life and we get her spayed she’ll be done with those wretched mites). It’s expensive and icky, but at least demodecosis isn’t communicable to humans…

    Susan Reply:

    Yeah, we did scrapings of a few of the spots for just that reason. I’ve dealt with “squirrel” mites before with a previous dog & well-remember what a tedious pain in the ass it was to resolve. Poor Isis! Yeah, mites were the first thing I thought of because of the fact that she was so run-down – though I’ve learned that ringworm can be a stress-reaction as well. Ah well. We’re fungiciding her til the results come back, and if it’s a mites issue, we’ll deal with it then.

    I’m pretty sure she’s doing all this to assure we never ever ever ever kennel her poor, overly sensitive self again.

    And I hope Isis gets better soon – pitbull rescues are among my favorite dog-stories in the world, and it sounds like she’s off to a (second!) good start.

    MFA Mama Reply:

    Aww…I love reading your blog for lots of reasons, but one of them is that you make me feel a little less ridiculous over the fact that this dog is totally my fourth child. Hee! Poor Nellie…I felt so bad for her (and you!) when you came home to find her so run-down and am glad her new vet seems to be on top of things.

  • Ha! Now that you’ve typed that watch Henry decide now is the time to show up, just as the rinse cycle is starting on the washer.
    Poor Nellie! Hope this does the trick for her. And I hope the crappy kennel owner gets covered in ringworms for not taking care of your doggie the way they should have.

    Susan Reply:


    In all fairness, I’m sure the root cause of all of this is the fact that we spoil our Nellie-Princess to the point that even staying in a doggie-spa is extraordinarily stressful for her. I think if she were a little more mellow about being away from us, she wouldn’t have picked up most of these problems – I’m pretty sure they’re all reactions to stress being an immuno-suppressor, one way or another.

  • Yay for nice gatherings of womankind getting gifts and talking about life and BABIES :)

    I have been meaning to ask you forever, do you plan to do a post someday about DE? I know you talked about it before in the past, I was curious what your thoughts are about it now. If its too personal ignore me. It’s just out curiosity since I remember you shared a lot of thoughts about it and the emotions that come with it back in the day, was wondering how you feel about it now.

    Susan Reply:

    I do intend to – actually figured I’d write it after I have a chance to meet this little guy of mine. Which I figured would be by now. Oh well…

    Short answer, though? Donor Eggs made it possible for me to have a child, which made it possible for me to be happy again, and basically, made it possible for me to have a real life again. Therefore I love donor eggs and feel blessed beyond measure that it was an option for us!

    But yeah, I’d like to talk more about this – but I’ll wait til I’ve got some concrete examples other than, you know, viable pregnancy… :)