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It feels so good to be home!  Mom and Dad are spoiling me rotten.  All I have to do is whine a little and mom comes over and rubs my back, gives me treats, and kisses me so nicely on my head.  Dad keeps sneaking me food from his plate.  Mom knows but she just smiles at me.  He would never do that before, I would even get in trouble if I begged for some of his food.

     I am sooo hungry.  I can eat a horse right now, just about anything sounds good.  I ate pizza, I ate cheese, I ate all my own food and most of what mom and dad had on their plates.  It was a long time at the hospital and I didn’t eat the day before either.  I was in more pain then I was going to tell mom and dad about. 

     I have this weird patch on my back leg that keeps itching me, but mom says to leave it alone cause it has medicine that helps keep the pain away.  I can’t help but lick at it though, it is bothering me.  When I came home last night it was raining so hard that I didn’t want to be outside at all.  Even to go potty.  Mom and Dad stood out in the rain with me, covering me with the umbrella while they got soaked.  But would I go potty?  Heck no, I just wanted in the house!  I cried a little off and on last night because I was so uncomfortable.  The medicine makes me pretty loopy, something called Fentynal patch?  Wow, I could cross my eyes without even trying.

     After 2 days I finally got to take the patch off.  Whew, what a relief.  I licked and licked the area on my back leg where the patch was.  Mom got a wash cloth and it was warm and wet.  She helped to clean it up but I needed to make sure it was clean myself.  Mom finally had to tell me to stop messing with it, I think maybe she thought I was going to lick my way to the center, like a tootsie pop!

     I can get outside pretty good now, I can go pee, but I am seriously not ready to do the other yet.  Mom keeps looking up stuff on-line, and calling the vets office to make sure I am not going to blow up or something.  It had been 5 days since I did that, but I am tougher than I look. 

     One of moms favorite movies is Forrest Gump.  She likes it because it is about somebody using 100% of what they got.  She says it is a great lesson for everyone.   I like it because of my favorite line, “Jenny and me, we’re like peas and carrots.  We’re meant to be together.”  I feel that way about mom and me.  Peas and carrots!  Mom and I are so much the same.  We both like to smile, we both laugh out loud, and like to greet new people in a good way.  We also both like hugs and kisses.  We both don’t like Dr.’s.  We both are happy most all of the time.

     Something funny is happening to my shoulder.  Not funny ha ha, more funny strange.  It keeps twitching and hurting me.  That patch has been off for hours and mom gave me new stuff for pain but it isn’t helping.  I start to cry which freaks my mom out.  Just a little howl.  It is getting towards nightfall and there is no one my mom can call to get help.  The pain is getting more intense, coming every half hour or so.  I start to scream because it hurts more than anyone in the world has ever hurt.  I scooch up to mom who has put her sleeping bag on the floor by me.  I lean up against her, my back to her chest, and throw my head back on her shoulder and shake and howl.  After each time it happens my heart races and I breath real hard for awhile.  Mom holds me close and pets me.  She cries too, but really quietly, not like me.  Dad comes out of the bedroom to help when I get really loud.  He holds me and tells me it will be okay. 

     It goes on all night, and I am so tense now because I know it will keep coming back.  Mom gets on the phone first thing in the morning and calls and calls.  She is white faced and shakey too.  I am sorry to scare her, I keep wagging my tail when I am not in the middle of it, and I put my ears back.  I try and tell her I am sorry for the fuss.  Mom is not mad at me though, thank goodness.  She is mad at someone though.  It has been days since either of us got any sleep, and it just got worse with this insane pain that sneaks up out of nowhere. 

     Finally while she is crying on the phone she gets a hold of a really nice person.  I hear her name Dr. Pam.  Oh no, not another Dr. !  Mom tells me not to worry, when she comes home she will bring me some good stuff that will make this go away. At least I don’t have to go see this doctor.  I spend several hours by myself before dad comes back.  We wait and wait and dad calls mom and tells her to hurry, that I keep having bad ones.  Mom eventually rushes through the door and stuffs something into some really good cheese, and down the hatch it goes.  I keep being in pain all through the night, but it gets less and less.  The next day is less even then before.  The day after that I don’t have it anymore.  I am feeling so much better!  Finally mom and I crash out, sleep, sleep, sleep.  It feels good, like peas and carrots.


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40 Responses to “I’m home, I’m home, Yea for me! Mom and I are like peas and carrots again.”

  1. etgayle said:

    sammy, we love that movie..we are peas and carrots too!! glad your shoulder pain is going away. i didn’t have it..but then they took my shoulder with my leg..so i never thought about it..geesh… keep looking ‘needy’ or the treats will slow up (just a hint)..and don’t forget the medicinal napping!!

    gayle & charon

  2. Fortis'dad said:

    I’m so happy your home Sammy that nasty pain is starting to subside. I went through a couple of nights where the pain was really bad. Dad and I were alone and I hated to worry him but the pain was just awful. You know Sammy, your folks could have stuck a finger under that patch and left you holding the umbrella:-) My pawrents use dad’s “Great Big Bertha Umbrella” when it’s rainy. I stay perfectly dry but I’m not to sure about the nuts I have as pack leaders.
    Sending you lots of positive thoughts for a quick recovery. My thoughts and prayers.

    Fortis and Dad

  3. fightingforsammy said:

    You sound smarter than my pawrents. They couldn’t take the hint. We stood outside for 10 minutes before they figured it out! I do love them though, they are special I guess. Like Forrest Gump…

  4. fightingforsammy said:

    etgayle, to the “peas and carrots club” long may we reign!

  5. Chloe's mom said:

    I went to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company last weekend for lunch and so the first thing I thought of when I read your title was Forrest Gump!!! I love the line “I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is”. I feel that dogs think much the same way about love.

    Glad to hear his phantom pain is getting under control!

    -Chloe’s mom

  6. fightingforsammy said:

    I like that one too. I had no idea that there really is a “Bubba Shrimp Co”.

  7. Chloe's mom said:

    The restaurant opened after the movie. It is partly owned by the producing company of Forrest Gump, which is why they can use the movie references all over the restaurant.

    Apparently the first one opened in Monterey, CA, which is the one I went to last Monday! The only other Bubba Gump I have been to was at Universal Studios, Hollywood. The one in Monterey is much better because it is perched over the water. Ocean view all over the restaurant!! Food was god too!!! Check out more history at wikipedia and you can find out where the other 30 some restaurants are located!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubba_Gump_Shrimp_Company

    -Chloe’s mom

  8. Chloe's mom said:

    Forgot to add this too!

    http://www.bubbagump.com/

    -Chloe’s mom

  9. fightingforsammy said:

    Oh my goodness, I wish there was one close to me. The website doesn’t have one within 3 states. Super bummer, I would love to visit! I hope you enjoy Chloe’s mom, I am jealous, LoL!!!

  10. admin said:

    Thanks for kicking off Sammy’s blog with such detailed posts!

  11. Carmen (Catie's Mom) said:

    Oh Sammy you had some brutal nights. So sorry to hear that but glad things are getting better.

    That’s a sweet picture of you, by the way. And your avatar – that’s a million-dollar smile. 🙂

    Keep on getting lots of rest, Sammy (your mom too).

    Sending lots and lots of positive, healing wishes.

  12. fightingforsammy said:

    Thanks Jerry’s pack, it helps in keeping mom focused on something other than if I am breathing alright. Did I twitch my leg in my sleep? Was I having bad dreams.. you know.

    Hi Carmen, it was bad, really bad. Mom and I are sleeping well now. Just one more day until our stitches are out then maybe mom can get back to sleeping in her own bed! Thanks for the healing wishes, I definately need those. Lots of healing going on here..

    Elizabeth and Sammy

  13. anyemery said:

    Sammy, keep up the good work! We’ll keep fingers and paws crossed that you continue to get better and better! We moms sure do know how to worry, though, don’t we? 🙂 We’re hoping you both get plenty of sleep tonight.
    Sending hugs,
    Holly, Zuzu and Susan

  14. jerry said:

    Oohhh Sammy, I know you’re gonna start to feel good again soon. This is all temporary, and pretty soon you’ll be hopping around and feeling grrrreat again. Hang in there OK? Hope those drugs made you feel reallllllly swell!

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  21. Fortis'dad said:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I just wanted to check in on Sammy. Hows the pup doing this weeks. Thanks for checking in on Fortis. It means a lot.

    The movie,Forrest Gump, was super. Have you ever read the book? If not, you might want to. It’s beautiful!

    Brett and Fortis

  22. fightingforsammy said:

    Hi Brett and Fortis!

    We are doing pretty well. Sammy had his first fall, right into the water dish. It was pretty intense and took some of his confidence. Tomorrow is his first chemo…
    About the book, I ALWAYS love books more than movies. I will find it asap, thanks for letting me know it’s out there 😉

    We hope you guys are well and happy. Of course we’re checking in with you, your one of our favorites!

    Elizabeth and Sammy

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  24. cometdog said:

    WOOHOO Sammy!
    The famous prat fall right in the water dish – that’s great one! I bet you gots lots of attention after that! You’ll have to do it again when everyone is okay with you falling, it’ll be good for laughs!

    Cool Cat “How was your trip?” Comet

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    Ginger and her pack

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