Hey all. Fantastic news. Kelsey has gone over a week without having to run to the bathroom or stay home from work. And she can hold down something besides baked potatoes and Chipotle, both of which dominated our dinner menus for the last eight weeks. It's a glorious thing seeing my wife enjoy being pregnant again. Thanks to all of you who volunteered earnest sympathies. Even you, Mrs. Shirley, who had to painfully endure gagging twice in your first trimester. Sorry.
More good news this week! After a solid twenty-four hours of grieving, we were convinced by others who have had to put dogs down that it would be cathartic and restorative to start looking for another dog immediately. So we did. And now we have one. Maybe we're crazy, but we knew we'd get another dog eventually and we wanted to make the transition from dog to dog and baby as smooth as possible, so we settled on sooner is better. Franny (given name Fran, but I like the J.D. Salinger reference, so we added an extra syllable) is an Australian Shepherd from Beatrice, NE and, so much as we can tell so far, awesome. She's just about as sweet as Maddie and twice as inclined to cuddle. So here we go again. Check her out.
There's one thing we could use some prayer for, those of you who are so motivated. We got Maddie's blood work back from the lab and it looks like one of the contributers to her kidney failure was something called Leptospirosis which dogs get from drinking unclean water. It's also one of the very few things that can be transmitted from dogs to humans through fluid contact. It's pretty rare- Kelsey's uncle Dr. Mark said he's never actually seen a case -but one of the effects in women is spontaneous abortion. None of the professionals we've talked to seemed too worried about it, but Kelsey is on antibiotics just to be on the safe side and we're trying to not submit to the anxiety. That's really the more pressing deal that needs the most consideration at this point- not freaking out. So thanks, friends.
We'll try to keep up on the frequent posting; these past two weeks have been kind of crazy, but we should have more news in the coming weeks. Short Round is the size of an avocado now, which feels surreal, and we'll know on the 30th if he's a he or she's a she. Although everyone seems to have their money on boy. If it's a girl I don't think we're going to see one cent of that, though. We'll just have to see. Feel free to throw a prediction our way via our poll on the right. Peaces.
UPDATE: I spoke with our vet Thursday and he clarified some things about Leptospirosis. The two traces that they found in Maddie's blood are too old to have been transmitted at this point. So we're in the clear. Thanks for asking Kelsey about it and for your prayers. You rock.