It’s a Murphy’s Law Time…

Sad looking single swan

Annabell had another seizure and was taken to hospital. She remained in  HDU for a day or so then was removed to a ward for a further four days. She was released yesterday (17th) Am going to try and have a quiet next few days and then a peaceful weekend before we head off to Adelaide.   There is still no determination of the cause of the seizures.  The Specialist she has been seeing is not at all convinced with the Idiopathic Epilepsy suggestion and maintains that for some doctors the term is an ” off the cuff” description for something with a yet unknown cause.  FMC need a blood test before we head down there, so we are going to get that done sometime today.  Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) are sending the forms directly to SA Pathology, so we’ll get that done this afternoon.

The way things are going it is getting more and more difficult for her to walk and walking, even with the walker, tires her out.  There was a sale on so I bought something I believe I might need in the not too distant future. Yes, I bought a wheelchair and right at this moment it is not even been unpacked. It is still packed, in its box and in the garage. Next time Annabell goes into the garage will be the first time – so it’s quite safe where it is. This afternoon we went over to the SA Pathology for the blood test and it was a painful walk -not just  for her but for me watching her. Every step was a nightmare.  Even with the walker she struggled to make a reasonably short journey from the car to the SA Pathology Clinic. These nurses are good at the pathology clinic. Of course they are doing blood drawing and injections many times every day, so it stands to reason that they should have it all down to a fine art.  First go, the nurse found what she needed and withdrew the blood without any drama.

There is always Benji!

Benji was concerned. Every time I come home from the hospital, he looked for Annabell. He misses his mummy. Anyway, yesterday when we both came home, he was overjoyed, and the tail was going fit to raise a storm. I had to be very careful since he was running around her, and I had to watch where she was walking. Anyway, I think he was pleased to see her home.  He won’t be too impressed next week when we are away from Tuesday to Sunday. Anyway, John James will be here to look after him.  — Which reminds me – one of the nurses looking after my Annabell was also called Annabelle. It has become quite a popular name recently.

At the hospital, one of the nurses asked Annabell how the dog was? Annabell was surprised, but the nurse had a big grin and told her that she sees me and the dog out walking most mornings. There you go – these days you don’t know who your neighbours are.

This has been one horrible week and everything that can go wrong has,  right up to this post, which somehow or other has been posted in another format and under a different title.  It has also over -written a post I had already published ages ago – complete with comments and likes. LOL – I am beginning to doubt myself and wonder if this coming back was such  a good idea.  :o)

On line today there was comments asking what we would consider a sad song that we carry around with us/ My contribution was ” Going Home” by Mary  Fahl    from “The other side of time”

They say there’s a place
Where dreams have all gone
They never said where
But I think I know
It’s miles through the night
Just over the dawn
On the road that will take me home


I like the music and I like the words. They just appeal to me  somehow.


6 thoughts on “It’s a Murphy’s Law Time…

  1. I am so sorry that it’s been such a difficult time for you all lately. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

    Being a caregiver is hard work, no matter how much love is put into it; so make sure you take care of yourself as well as Annabell and Benji. And don’t hesitate to ask for help when you feel even slightly overwhelmed. I know from experience how quickly “just slightly” can escalate to “beyond”.


    1. Thank you. Yes I will ask for help if it starts to get too much. The boys do what they can but they are working and cannot help all that much. But I am managing not too badly at the moment – still chief cook and look on the bright side – haven’t poisoned anyone so far :o)


  2. So very sorry to learn of Annabell’s latest setbacks. Yes, unfortunately the “idiopathic epilepsy'” diagnosis is a catch all when they don’t know what’s going on. I hope with some further testing, you’ll discover some answers. Sweet Benji, he truly loves his Mum, so precious and sweet a boy he is. What a small world that the nurse sees you and Benji out on your morning walks. So tender and sweet.


  3. Thank you. I think Benji is beginning to revolt against being strapped into the walker each morning. He goes so far then then starts to protest but I cannot let him out until we get to the house. At that stage I let him out, and we do the last part of the walk walking together and he’s quite happy. Annabell is sleeping a lot and she is fairly weak. The walk to SA Pathology yesterday showed just how weak she becomes after each seizure. I am starting to wonder if the cancer treatment has a part to play in all this.


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