Good Morning -
Joe - Seems like you have a busy week planned for yourself. Hope work is kind to your today.
Life . . . It's been a challenge these past couple of days. Because of all of the rain that we received last week, our basement flooded with nearly 2 inches of water from wall to wall. Although most of the stuff that we store down in the basement were elevated on crates, we lost some things (including old audio equipment, and a really old television set) due to the flooding. We spent $$$ to have a company drain out the water, and help dry out the basement. Unfortunately, the next day the basement flooded again. Again, this company helped drain out the water. In the meanwhile, Amy and I FINALLY got smart and purchased a 1/4 HP pump, put it together (which was a first for me!!), and got our dehumidifier working (which survived the flood!). Currently, the basement remains dry. This is despite recent rains that we're currently experiencing.
In the meanwhile, our puppy seems to be "regressing" (for lack of a better word). In other words, she's more nippy and bite-y. Also, it seems to take her longer to follow through with commands that we taught her throughout the past several weeks; her attention spam seems to be shorter. Both Amy and I have not been in a "good place" ourselves, either with the puppy or with each other. So, it seems that the puppy is picking up on our negative energy. We went from calm, soothing voices, to the sharp loud voices when she does things like nip & bite, or chew on her bandaged leg. Without a doubt, raising a puppy is a challenge! Still, we love her, and continue to do what, apparently, we're supposed to be doing. . . teaching her, teaching her, and re-teaching her, over and over and over again. Amy and I have been verbally "nippy" towards each other, as we get in each other's way dealing with the puppy. This doesn't help matter, for sure. We just spent a good portion of this morning talking, venting, and coordinating our efforts so that we don't get in each other's way. (For example, it really seems to confuse the puppy, and rile her up, when we both go outside during "potty time". This also seems to be true with training, which is both weird and very frustrating.)
At 2:00 PM this afternoon, we have an important appointment with the Vet. They're going to do a follow-up X-Ray of her leg to determine how much longer she'll need the splint. The puppy shows NO signs of any discomfort to her right hind leg. Our hope is that she won't need the splint anymore. She's zooming (like a normal puppy), jumps up and down (despite GREAT EFFORTS to prevent her from doing this!!) and acts like there's nothing wrong with her. How can that hairline fracture NOT be healed at this point, with her being so physically active?!? If she still needs to wear a splint, hopefully it won't be for longer than a week's time.
Then there's work. Staffing EVERY WHERE is in a crisis mode. Heck, I received an email from work, Sunday night (!!!), asking if I would consider picking up an extra shift as Shift Director for this coming Friday. I am already doing an extra shift Thursday night!! I said that I would provided that I NOT work this coming Sunday in the ICU. . . which is an extra shift due to the staffing shortage that the ICU is experiencing. They would need to hold census in the ICU, which is a pretty big deal. (Although rarely, the census has been held before in our teeny-tiny ICU.)
I see light at the end of the tunnel for everything. Our basement remains dry (so far!). The puppy's leg will heal, and she'll eventually grow into an adult dog. People are being hired for the ICU, and I'm hired as full-time Shift Director, which significantly helps with the low staffing issues. (The Med/Surg still needs help with staffing!). It's just that the tunnel seems long, and the light a bit dim now.
Apologies for my venting. But, I really need to vent. Life has been crazy.
But on a brighter side. . . We're still alive!
Hope all is well. . . and all keep well. . .