- The most recent report on baby Abigail is that today, Monday, is the best day yet of her nearly five days of life. It’s by second-hand report, but from what I heard, she’s off of antibiotics and oxygen, and is NURSING without throwing up!!!! Bless God! She still needs prayer — on Saturday, I was elated at her improvment, then she had some backward progress, so I don’t want to let up.
- Our dog is doing better, too! In case you don’t remember, she has Valley Fever, which is actually a fungal infection. In the blood test for Valley Fever, they measure eight levels, and Tally was at the 7th of 8 levels — very severe (I’m not sure exactly what they measure, but whatever “it” is, it doubles — 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256, which is often death, and anything beyond 256 is near-certain death; Tally was 128). The vet was pretty grim about her long-term health, and had us geared up for 1-2 years of medication to get her back on track. But less than four months later, she has been off of anti-inflammatory/pain meds for nearly two months, and she is down to the 4th level, or 16. Sixteen sounds WAY better than 128. She’ll still be on fluconazole for at least 3 more months, but we are so happy that we have our healthy, happy dog back. She has also gained four pounds back, which is a lot for a dog of her size. Yay! I used to think it was yuppie/stupid to spend a great deal of money on a pet. I still don’t think that pet = family, though I don’t look down on those who do, Kathy!! It’s just not my paradigm. However, we’ve spent well over $500 nursing Tally back to health, and I’m just glad that since we overhauled our budget this past winter, that spending money on Tally doesn’t mean we don’t have food for groceries or anything like that. I bless God that we’ve had the money to nurse her to health, and not just give her palliative care, which is sort of the view my parents had regarding sick pets.
- One of the things I got for this very-fast-approaching school year is Typing Instructor. I got version 16, which was a lot cheaper than the most recent version. Anyways. It came on Friday, and Ethan has been “playing” it as much as I’ll let him, ever since. He’s already boosted his average wpm from about 12 to 18. It’s a good sign, I think, when your child is begging to do more “schoolwork.” 😀