I have never been very good at giving blood. I have veins that absolutely don't want to do right. I only have the one, in my right arm, that will even pop up high enough for them to stick and then it completely, utterly and desperately closes up on itself as soon as they get the first drop of blood out. I ended up getting stuck twice in my right arm, once in my left and once in my right hand. It took two nurses and the office manager diggin' and stabbin' to get the six vials of blood they needed for my tests. I walked out of there wrapped in enough green medical tape to be the Hulk for Halloween.
Tabbie Hoffman had his yearly checkup and shots this afternoon and I dreaded it so much. He is so scared of every.little.thing. I've been using Rescue Remedy rubbed on his head and around his ears but it doesn't seem to be working yet. I had to just force him into his carrier even though we did a trial run yesterday. I put his blanket in there with him along with a couple of treats. He immediately hid underneath the blanket until I had to drag him out to see the doctor. And when he couldn't get back inside the carrier ('cause I zipped it up quick before he could!), he got underneath it. So pitiful.
They took his picture this time for his online account profile. They took him from me and he was so scared and shaking and shedding like crazy, had a temperature and was just freaking the hell right on out when they took the picture. But he looks adorable!!
I really like the doctors and staff there at Southwood Animal Hospital. Dr. Penner is so sweet and gentle with him. And the nurses and staff just kept saying how beautiful and handsome he is. His ears looked good and clean and I think we've pretty much beaten his chronic ear infections with flushing and cleaning them at home. She said his teeth looked great and I told her that we brush them twice a week! :) He weighs 14.2 pounds now and she commented that he has doubled in size in a year but she didn't say he was too big. She said he was healthy, happy, soft and beautiful. He's just a big boy. Now if we can just get him to be more comfortable around people. I know when Larry's home with us, that will help him. Bwess his wittle heart.
We came home and took a long nap and then made a pan of double fudge walnut brownies. We'd been stuck six times between the two of us and we needed some chocolate. Well, one of us did. :)