It wasn't poor old Sedi's hips that were causing her to not be able to stand Thursday evening.
She had a stroke.
I didn't know dogs had strokes! Or any animal other than we humans, for that matter.
After we carried her into the house Thursday I noticed that she was tilting her head at a funny angle; and one eye was twitching. It seemed to be her front legs causing the problems, not her back hips. When she stood up, even with our help, she swayed, and eventually just fell over.
But what really triggered my unprofessional diagnosis, was that when she tried to drink she seemed to have trouble keeping her tongue and mouth under control.
We had a very sad night…. Even Emma just laid by her. (We like to think Emma was concerned about her companion of 5 years and was offering comfort; more likely she was just trying to snitch her food….)
Our vet does big animals in the morning (cows, horses and such) so we had to wait until after lunch to get her in. By then she wasn't able to stand or walk at all.
He did the exam in the back of our truck. I was right (Sometimes, I hate being right…. not often, but sometimes). The poor old girl had had a stroke.
As he explained it 'She needs oxygen in her brain to make things work'.
He gave her a shot to help and a sleeve of 24 pills. She's to take 4 a day. If they help, he'll give me more.
If they don't…. Well, that option wasn't discussed.
She hadn't eaten since Wednesday and had no interest in her dog food.
So, last night she had her four pills in a chopped egg and goat cheese salad.
Didn't appeal much to me, either, but she loved it.
Today, for lunch, I fried some sausage and mixed it with a tiny bit of dog food. She managed to eat the sausage and leave the dog food unscathed. That's a good sign.
This afternoon she actually stood for a few minutes and took a few steps unaided.
She also managed to stay upright long enough to take care of some other, er, needs.
After much Googling, I've learned that dogs have a better recovery rate in a shorter time span than humans (of course, they do everything much faster, don't they) so we're hopeful.
Once she's firmly on the mend we may see the humor in her staggering around the house like a drunken sailor.
Until then, it's just pitiful.
Poor, old girl…..
Maybe I'll share my sweet potatoes with her.
When she first adopted us she used to snitch potatoes from the basket I kept on the floor in the pantry.
One morning she went a bit over the top…. She also snitched a piece of ham mon mari was planning on having for breakfast. He left it a bit to close to the edge of the counter.
When I came down for breakfast she was on her bed (good girl) calmly having ham and potatoes for her breakfast.
Warning! Abrupt subject change ahead….
One of the things I love most about fall and early winter are the chestnut vendors. There is just something about exploring an old city on a crisp evening with a paper cone of hot chestnuts!
Imagine my surprise when, in Barcelona, I discovered the chestnuts sharing a brazier with sweet potatoes. Actually, the sweet potatoes were more popular with the locals than the chestnuts!
If you've never tried grilled sweet potatoes, you are missing a treat.
They are not at all like plain old grilled potatoes.
They get crispy and a bit hard on the outside and silky smooth and creamy on the inside….
Kind of like a marshmallow on steriods.
Grilled or Roasted Sweet Potatoes
2 sweet potatoes
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp herbes de Provence
salt and pepper
Slice potatoes in half the long way, then in half the long way again. Then cut into chunks 1 – 1 1/2" (4cm) wide.
Put remaining ingredients into large bowl and mix well. Add potatoes and toss, coating thoroughly.
Oven: Arrange potatoes on baking sheet with rim (I use my trusty, round pizza pan) Bake at 400F for 30 minutes. You can turn once if you like to fuss but I usually don't bother. Remove from oven and serve.
Barbecue Grill: Put them into an old metal pie plate or cake tin or foil barbecue container. Cook on barbecue (grill) for 30 – 35 minutes or until done… and you will need to stir them with a long-handled wooden spoon occasionally as they tend to develop 'hot spots' and can get a little crispy.
I really feel guilty posting a recipe that is this simple….
But these are so good, I really want to spread the word.
Sweet potatoes…. They're not just for Thanksgiving anymore! (And that awful sweet dish that graces so many holiday tables)