Wednesday night before bed I went to take my dog out and to my dismay she peed blood. She had a urinary tract infection last September which resulted in me and Sawyer spending three hours in the emergency and $500.
Of course I realized that this was urgent but since I did have some meds leftover I started them right away and booked am appointment with our regular bet for Saturday morning, the earliest I could take her. The catch was hubs works Saturdays so I would have to take all three kids with me.
Well it’s am emergency, I thought to myself. I can do this.
Besides how long could it take since we already know what it is?
Well, let’s just say it was not pretty we were there for two hours. I stopped at Tim’s on the way and bought breakfast so that kept them occupied for the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately even that early the vet was already running behind. Then the vet thought the techs could get a urine sample. I told her to skip to the needle but no, they could do it. A half hour later as the kids grew more restless they had used the needle.
Then there was the eye tests, the insurance forms they couldn’t find etc. Etc.
By the end the kids were just gone. The girls threw themselves on the ground, crying and pounding their fists.
“It’s okay guys” I reassured them. “We are going home”.
But the girls were done and they wanted to walk and I couldn’t handle three kids, a dog, and a stroller in the now busy parking lot so I refused and tried to put them in the stroller. Fifteen minutes later as I finally got them out the door a wonderful man and his older daughter saw me and came to my aid.
As stubborn as I am I was quick to refuse but they insisted and I don’t know what I would have done. One took my dog and the stroller and the other carried a twin. I carried the other and watched Sawyer as we rushed to the car. I am so thankful for their kindness.
As I humbly thanked them the father laughed and said “don’t worry , eventually they grow up” and he smiled towards his daughter.
We got home around 12:00pm but I was so physically and mentally exhausted I felt like I was done for the day.
I am sharing this story with you for a few reasons.
First off, because I have no regrets. Even as my kids turned into a side show I knew it wasn’t their fault and never lost my patience or yelled at them. I look back with no regrets as to how I handled the situation.
Secondly the importance of showing loving kindness. For those strangers it was a couple of minutes out of their day, but for me they got me out of a hopeless situation.
Thirdly, to all you people out there who say you can’t have dogs and kids (all the time people would bring their dogs into the animal shelter because they were pregnant) as you can see, where there is a will there is a way. Excuses are just that. Excuses.
Fourthly, I am taking her for her recheck by myself LOL!