Yesterday my father-in-law had gallbladder removal surgery. We all went to pick him up so that Joe could drive him home in his car and I could drive Joe back home after we took him back to his house. It was, amazingly, an outpatient surgery. They made four small “scope sites” and somehow sucked his gallbladder out of one of them. A nurse told us that before they came up with this new method, they used to have to make a huge incision and it required a week-long hospital stay. I think it’s amazing what they can do these days! The surgery went well and he should be good as new within a week or so.
Camryn and Summer had fun playing with the puppies at Papaw’s house.
We got to see my nephew and SIL for a few minutes before we left. Xavier is getting so big! His little brother is due in a few weeks, so stay tuned for cute newborn pictures.
Summer is still sick. I feel bad that we had to have her out and about yesterday, I know that didn’t help. Her temperature last night was almost 104, which scared me to death. Luckily it came down right away with some Ibuprofen. She doesn’t have a fever this morning so far. We’re thinking it’s just a cold, but if her fever comes back I’m going to make a doctor appointment tomorrow to make sure it’s not strep or the flu. She was really mad at me for not letting her go to preschool today. Her Valentine party is Friday and I’d hate for her to miss that, so we’re hoping she’s all better by then.
And of course, I’m starting to feel sick with a sore throat and body aches. I took vitamins, drank orange juice, and ate an apple this morning to help my immune system out. Hopefully it helps.
In other news, we bought a fish tank and stand from our neighbors for about $400 less than what it would normally cost.
We got the pump, heater, and substrate a few days ago and set it all up so the water could get to the right levels before we add the fish. We’ve decided to go with African Cichlids. There are so many varieties and colors, and they have little personalities that will be fun to watch.
We’re going to try and get the inside set up and get the fish in the next few days. I’m excited!
While we’re on the subject of animals… Last week, my Leopard Gecko, Dora, passed away. I had gotten her back in high school when I worked at a pet store, so she was around 8 years old. Their life span is 8-10 years, but I was hoping she’s live longer. She has started to have trouble shedding, and ended up with an eye infection. She stopped eating but let us hand feed her for awhile. Eventually she refused her food all together. She was a great pet… so pretty and neat to watch. I won’t miss having to buy crickets every other week, but I will miss her. I wish I had a picture of her on here, but they’re all in photo albums.
When Dora got sick, we brought her and our ball python, Patches, upstairs. We made them a spot in the office/guest room/middle room/whatever it is so we could check on Dora more often. It’s been nice getting to watch Patches more closely.
When people find out we have reptiles, there is usually one of three reactions… A. They tell us about their own and think it’s neat. B. They say they will NEVER EVER come in our house. C. They ask us why we have them and say they don’t understand the point. Reaction B always confuses me. Why would you tell me that? Do you think we are going to force you to touch them? Do you think we let them crawl around the house? Weirdos. Reaction C usually leaves me stumped as well. We LIKE them, they are our pets. We find them interesting. I don’t ask you why you keep your grumpy, antisocial cat around, do I?
I think I just accidentally vented.
Anyway… Here is my sick girl. (And her mullet)
…And here is my cuddle monkey who will inevitably be sick within the week.
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