Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Remember that Glitch???
Remember that glitch I told you about?? Well......
Funny thing happened on the way to Hiawassee. As we were breaking camp at McKinney Campground our little Shih Tzu, Nick had a sneezing episode. Now he has these quite often because he has really bad allergies. This one though produced some nasal bleeding. Not much but some. We went ahead and drove in to Doll Mountain Campground and a little later that day he sneezed again and once again it brought some bleeding with it. Not much but still...some. So we decided to call our vet in Alabama. He told us what to do and we did exactly what he said. The third time this happened we decided to take him to a local vet.
So first thing Thursday morning we broke camp hooked up the camper and drove into Ellijay to see Dr Redman. He took a look at Nick and gave us an "A to Z" of what it could be. The worse being a tumor in his nostril. He felt like we should take him to a facility that could do CT and MRI scans as well as scope procedures. He recommended the Auburn University vet school. He would call to get us in.
We immediately decided to drive back to Auburn and await our call. On our drive home we both were a bit bewildered. He's our furbaby!! Our 11 year old four legged son!! We also started thinking about how you go from a sneeze ( which he does regularly) to a wicked tumor??
Nick sneezes when he's excited, when he's stressed and when he's been outside awhile. He just sneezes a lot. He's done this for over 3 years and our vet in Lagrange diagnosed him with a bad case of allergies. He takes Benedryl when they get bad.
So we decided to see our new vet in Alabama before going to the "big" hospital. Dr. Wagner examined him and asked a plethora of questions. He went through the same "A to Z" of what could be going on. He also said a nasal tumor could be the issue BUT he really didn't feel like that was it since there wasn't a lot of bleeding with the sneeze....only a small spray.
He drew several viles of blood and we should know those results tomorrow or Monday at the latest.
One thing it could be is an infection or bad teeth causing an infection. Nick has already had issues with an abscessed tooth and had five teeth removed. The Dr did notice the front ones were loose. The other thing is a blood clotting disorder. So now we wait....
In the meantime he's on a high powered Benadryl called Hydroxyzine and an antibiotic called Clavamox.
He has not had anymore bleeding.....sneezing yes, bleeding no!!
Could we have ignored these signs and went on to the rally? Yes, but we would not have enjoyed things and worried about Nick. He's our furbaby and we chose to be good parents to our four legged boy!!
There is always another rally and the mountains aren't going anywhere.
If all goes well and the blood work helps to diagnose this issue we will be heading back to our......
Beloved North Georgia Mountains!!!