Monday, October 19, 2009
Six years ago, when my eldest step daughter went off to college, I gifted Jenny with a six-month-old Yorkshire terrier named Oscar. I had read a great deal about the breed, and my hope was that our new Yorkie would attach himself to Jenny and fill the void left by Michelle's departure. What I wasn't prepared for, was how Oscar and I bonded (especially at meal time) and how the sound of his feet wherever I went brought me such joy. He has since become my best friend and constant companion, and he follows me from room to room - whether at home or the studio.
About 10 weeks ago, Oscar began having a great deal of pain and we thought it was joint pain from something like Lyme disease. He began a varied course of medicines in the hope that he would bounce back quickly. Needless to say, that didn't happen; and now 4 veterinarians later, he has been diagnosed with deteriorating disc disease and must face surgery to remove the deflated cushions in his spine and fuse the open spaces left behind in order to take away his pain and restore him to his usual personality (which has been spotty at best). The surgery takes place today (Tuesday) at the esteemed Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. It has been a hard ten weeks, and this coming week - and the ones in the future months - promises to be long and stressful. So, it is necessary for me to ask this great community to lend their positive energy, their love and prayers and send them Oscar's way this week, and for the next few months, as he undergoes the surgery and recovery to find his way back to comfort and good health. This request makes me feel like I am actively doing something to help him... something that will lend him some levity as he and I both deal with his recovery.
Like everything, this is not without risk; and as I watch him resting, I hope and pray that this course is indeed the right one for my best buddy. Thank you in advance for the prayers and positive energy.