Our December So Far

December.  It's crazy how fast this month has gone by.  To think that Christmas is about a week and a half away is crazy!  There's still so much to do, like finish my final paper for class, complete my holiday shopping and making sugar cookies for Santa. 

I figured since there's so much going on and I don't really have a lot of time to spare for the blog, I'd entertain you with some pictures.  

Here's our first true snow of the season.  It didn't last for long, but there's still a spot or two in the yard that's more white than green.  It was pretty while it lasted...

Then there's been the challenge of caring for our dog.  While he seems to be improving a little every day, he's still nowhere near himself yet.  He's still walking into walls, furniture, people and the other dog.  He spills more food than he eats if left to fend for himself, which we attempt only in an effort to see if he's made any improvements.

We also had the big family Christmas party.  Yours truly, with the help of one of my sisters-in-law, was responsible for organizing the event.  Somehow, despite all the craziness in our lives, I managed to get the invitations mailed and the hall rented.  The rest of it just kind of came together.  Thank goodness!

Oh, and we got our Christmas tree.  We didn't bother with the hayride this year, much to the youngest boy's disappointment.  Instead, we snagged one of these pre-cut trees near the barn door before running inside to get our picture taken with Santa.

Then there was this.  I really wanted to see the Nutcracker this year, but the dates didn't work in our holiday schedule.  I was determined to do something unique, though, so I kept searching until I found that our local Youth Theater was running Dickens's A Christmas Carol.  I'm so glad I did.  It was a very unique interpretation, one presented from the author's point-of-view.  The entire cast consisted of three men.

There.  I think I've covered my December so far!

He's Getting Better

On Facebook I've posted a few comments about the outcome of the oral surgery our 3-year-old Yorkie underwent.  After a few days of perfectly normal behavior, he had what the veterinarian believes to have been a stroke caused by a dislodged blood clot that traveled to his brain.  He spent a week at the vet's being treated.  We were convinced that by day two of his coma, we'd have to put him to sleep.  Thank goodness he woke up when he did!  

It's been a week and a half since the stroke.  We're happy to have him home now - mostly because we missed him, but also because of the accruing expense.  While he's not exactly himself yet, we're hopeful he'll fully recover if given enough time, love, and attention.  Every day there seems to be some small sign of improvement.  

This video was taken a couple of days after he came home from the vet's office. 

He's doing a little bit better now than he was in the video.  He seems more willing to at least try to go to the right despite the difficulties he has with coordination and balance.   He's not whining or whimpering nearly as much as he was, which I take for a good sign.  He may not be happy, but I don't think he's miserable, either.  I may be projecting a bit here, but I really think he's more frustrated than anything else.  

Over the next few weeks we're hoping to see the following improvements: 
  • Eating and drinking by himself. 
  • Eating hard dog food again. 
  • Putting some fat back on his bones - he's so skinny!
  • Walking without running headlong into furniture, people, or the other dog. 
  • Letting us know when he needs to go outside to go potty. 
  • Showing interest in more than the basic bodily functions. 
If he continues to improve at his current rate of progress, I'm hopeful that we'll see some of this before Christmas.  What a present that would be!