Chairman Bao is a Shih Tzu. We travel a lot. I drive. He watches. We've logged at least 10,000 miles and he's never once said, Sweetheart, don't you think you should stop and ask someone?

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Bao is holding his own.

The big worry now is that it's all been too much for his heart. Although we seem to have beaten back the "perfect storm" of infections, this was truly an ordeal and there's a very real chance that Bao's dear little heart -- overly stressed by everything he's been through -- will simply stop. There's nothing much to be done about this. Atropine might help, but given his existing heart condition, it might also make things much worse. All we can do at this point is wait, and hope.

He's eating boiled chicken, and drinking diluted Gatorade, and tolerating medication. He's comfortable, and I think he's enjoying being pampered. He's still very weak. After all, he didn't eat for ten days! Improvement will be slow, I've been warned. But he does seem a little stronger, and little bit more alert. We've got to take it a day at a time.

On Friday night, I could barely feel his heart beating. That's when I truly thought he might slip away.

So I'm grateful he's still here with me. Every day is a blessing.


4 Comments:

Blogger Albireo said...

Bao is eating and drinking; that's a good sign. Healing takes time and time has a strange habit of speeding up when we're having fun, and slowing down when we're waiting for a favorable outcome.

6:38 PM

 
Blogger Betty said...

I'm sorry Bao is still not feeling well. I know you are giving him the best possible care, and hope he responds well and regains his strength soon.

8:53 PM

 
Blogger Lacy said...

w00fs, c'on Bao, me is wishing u get well soon..one day at a time...

b safe,
rocky

9:23 PM

 
Blogger Miss Poppy said...

We're thinking of you and hope that now Bo started eating again, he will get better, step by step, every day a little bit better !
A big hug from all of us for the both of you !!
Chris, Miss Poppy & Lily

2:09 AM

 

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