Unanswered questions about an uncommon illness

Forgive me for whining, but lately I've been feeling  alone in my struggle with my recently placed Power-Port,  the grape-sized catheter in my chest, that I need for monthly IVIG infusions. The surgery was 3 months ago, and it still hasn't healed. When I showed my inflamed port to a doctor a month ago, I…Read more Unanswered questions about an uncommon illness

Goodreads Book Giveaway

I'm a little late announcing this since I was hospitalized,  but since I'm still here(ugh!), I have time to do it. I've never done a book giveaway,  but if you visit this link, they'll walk you through it. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/260132-giving-paws-having-a-service-dog-for-a-hidden-disability Giveaway dates:Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2017   Thanks from Martha and Henry!!

Processing the week’s events

So much has happened in the past week. It was very exciting last Sunday when my book became available. Thank you to all my friends and family members for placing your orders! And thank you to all my new online friends, who, without even knowing me, bought the book and expressed their congratulations. How cool…Read more Processing the week’s events

My Plucky Pup

 Adenocarcinoma is a malignant tumor originating in the glandular and epithelial tissue (the lining of the internal organs). This type of malignant tumor growth can take place in many parts of the body, including the gastrointestinal system of dogs. It may invade any part of the gastrointestinal system, including the stomach, the small and large…Read more My Plucky Pup

Healing Henry

Henry let out an anguished screech as I tried to move him into a good position on the couch. I was hoping he'd let me apply a warm compress to the bandaged surgery incision on his tummy. “I’m sorry Henry,” I said, gently scratching him behind the ear. His crying sent a shock of empathy pain through…Read more Healing Henry

I’ll be Henry’s Service Person

  Early this morning I took Henry in for his ultrasound. I had the privilege to be in the room the entire time. I even got to hold Henry in place as the doctor did the test. I’ll call him Dr. Kindheart, since he was very welcoming and  communicative. He explained everything as he explored…Read more I’ll be Henry’s Service Person

My heart is aching. For the past several weeks, Henry, my service dog, has been waking up between 3 and 5am, jumping off the bed and vomiting. He goes straight to my side of the bed, rounds his back and starts heaving. Some mornings he lets out a little whimper, like he’s trying to tell…Read more