Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Longest Week Ever

It has been quite a week.  I will attempt to sum things up as short as I can, thank god for blogs as they are great record keepers.

On Wed Nov 20 I left for work just like any other day.  I was happy & excited as I only had 3 days of work left & then my new puppy Lync was finally coming home !  If you have been following all my blog posts you know that I have been waiting for my Flatcoat puppy for 4 years.  In January this year Cava came in season & was bred, but she did not get pregnant.
In June Liz bred Cava again, as well as Kona, who is owned by Judy and bred by Liz.  Both of the girls got pregnant, Cava only had one puppy and Kona had 5, unfortunately one of the girls in Kona's litter did not make it.
I was on the list for a male puppy, and Cava's singleton was a girl, so a Kona puppy it was to be :)

When the puppies were about 4 weeks old Brad & I discovered that our finances were not as we had hoped.  Brad had just gone back to work after being off for 15 months due to a bi polar episode. Kort was diagnosed with Sponylosis in July and then Tate who is 11.5 got ill & we thought we were going to loose him.  Taking all of this into consideration Brad & I decided it might not be the right time for a puppy after all.  It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, I was heart broken.

A few weeks ago I got a call from Liz, she made me the most generous offer , and long story short, I was able to get my puppy!!! A miracle for which I am so very grateful to Liz & Andy  ♥

Then Nov 20th happened.  I was on my way home from work , I was just turning on to the off ramp when my van hit black ice.  I didn't even see it, the van slid sideways & hit the railing on the drivers side, I took my foot off the gas & concentrated on steering, there was nothing else I could do, the van was out of control & sliding all over the road.  It finally came to rest after hitting the concrete barrier on the opposite side of the road.  The air bags deployed, which I don't remember,  all I know is my chest hurt, alot.

So, I got a nice ambulance drive to the hospital where I continued to tell them the center of my chest hurt.  I finally went for xrays where they told me everything looked ok.  The Dr. in the ER came in to tell me they were going to send me home with percocets for the pain.  I mentioned again where my chest hurt, so the Dr. says " maybe I will send you for just one more xray on your breastbone "
Surprise, my breastbone was broken, along with the # 10 rib, yup, I could have told ya that lol!
So that became a whole new ball game, the impact of breaking my sternum would have been so great that they needed to worry about my heart & all the blood vessels in my chest being ruptured. I was sent for a CT scan which showed nothing ruptured but I needed to stay in the hospital for monitoring as I was now at risk for blood clots, as well as pneumonia, as I wasn't able to take deep breaths.

My  puppy is still with his breeder while I recover.  It will be a very long recovery but I am trying to take it one day at a time and not get too discouraged.  I will be able to have Lync come over to visit as soon as I am up to it.

My friend Amanda has organized an army of people to help out!  She has thought of everything from dog walking, poop pick up, to food!!  Dog people are so awesome & I am deeply touched by all the out pouring of well wishes & support!  I have been out of the hospital for 2 days & I can see just how much help I will need.  I can't lift anything over 5 pounds, my arms don't work well.  I need help getting out of bed,  and then there is the ever present pain :(

 Work is out of the question for at least 6 weeks I'm told.  My entire life turned upside down in a split second, amazing.  I am grateful it wasn't worse & that I am here to feel the pain.
When I got home on Friday I burst into tears when I saw Tate & Kort, to think I may have left Wednesday & not come back was hard to comprehend :(

Brad was a mess during my hospital stay,  I can't even imagine what he was going through.

So that is all for now, I will continue to update on my progress.  I have to do things while the pain meds are at their peak right now, I'm sleeping alot & making sure to do all my breathing exercises so I don't get any of the complications that are possible.

I will leave you with this picture of my puppy that my breeder sent me, she called it Runs with Tongs lol!


Doni Rottie said...

Nice blog :) Nice too meet Collie

Welcome to join my blog

Squishy said...

Oh man Jolene. I am again, so thankful you were not hurt seriously. I was so afraid to read the entire PM that Amanda sent me. I just don't know what I'd do without you. And everyone else and the doggies and Brad. So I am thankful you are here to feel the pain too. I can't wait to see when you get Lync. I know it must feel like forever......take care of yourself ok??? I love you lots.

onecollie said...

thanks my friend ♥

Collie222 said...

He is beautiful! Feel better soon! Wishing you a speedy recovery!