Tag : Veterinary Medicine

Written on Apr, 04, 2014 by in | 4 Comments.

As Big E’s care­giv­er I could not deter­mine his fate with­out ask­ing him what he  want­ed. Should we autho­rize surgery, com­mit to drugs and fre­quent feed­ings, or end his life? Under the influ­ence of a high dose of steroids his eyes were glassy and unfo­cused, he avoid­ed phys­i­cal con­tact, and pre­ferred to sleep.  This sen­tient and sen­si­tive being could not …

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Written on Apr, 01, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Big E came home from the Emer­gency Vet­eri­nary ICU on New Year’s day with a sup­ply of high poten­cy steroid pills, spe­cial high glu­cose food, and instruc­tions for feed­ing him every 2–6 hours.  Stress was to be avoid­ed and his activ­i­ties lim­it­ed.  At home Big E did noth­ing but eat and sleep. After two days  I called the  hos­pi­tal to …

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Written on Feb, 27, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

I have a very good friend, a world renowned edu­ca­tor and lec­tur­er, who likes to sum up her exper­tise as doom, gloom, and death. My friend is a dis­as­ter plan­ner and emer­gency edu­ca­tor prepar­ing cor­po­ra­tions and indi­vid­u­als for earth­quakes, tsunamis, and fires. Gloom defined as a par­tial or total dark­ness is some­times asso­ci­at­ed with melan­choly or depres­sion, and doom con­notes …

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