Thursday, July 5, 2012

three things thursday

1. I'm not sure how to say this without sounding like a total asshole (for once, a time where I'm not trying to sound like a total asshole), so please bear with me.  We've been hit hard financially this year for quite a few reasons.  I've spent most of my life generally being a frugal miser, but after a tax mix-up led to a five-figure bill in April, just moments before losing my job, we've had to turn to our savings - and that's why they are there.  But it left us more unprepared than we normally would have been to support Graham's medical bills.


When Amy and Liz asked me if they could ask for help for us, my intent was not to have his entire bill covered so I could go back to buying neon shoes, but rather to help us bridge the gap between what we were able to provide and the care that he needed.  I am happy to say with sincere gratitude and more than a little disbelief, that gap has been bridged.  This community has stepped in and considerably lightened our load, but I wouldn't be a good mama to my pups if I didn't want to carry some of the load myself.  


I guess what I'm not doing a very good job of saying is, please continue to send your love and prayers and support to Graham, but please use your financial resources to help out others that are more in need than we are as of today.  We needed, and you stepped in and helped and I am overwhelmed by it, but I feel that it would be selfish of us to continue to accept assistance when our burden has been reduced to something manageable.  The checks that I write every month as we pay off the rest will remind me of the help we received but also that I was able to keep my baby alive.  Thom and I independently came to the same conclusion before he wrote his blog post on Tuesday - Graham is no longer just our dog, he is everyone's dog.  But he is also our dog, and in a severely twisted way, I want to spend the next few months pinching and budgeting and figuring out how to pay off the remainder of his medical bills before we begin paying it forward.  This isn't a passive-aggressive plea from a martyr, this is truth.  


It may sound ungracious, or stubborn, or just like I have a lot of pride, but what I am trying to say above all else, what I will say over and over until you tell me to shut up, is thank you.  Thank you for making it possible for Graham to be laying on the floor at my feet right now, drooling on his tennis ball and thumping his tail.  Thank you for sending love and prayers and all of your emails about your pets eating shoelaces and towels and beanbags and fishing wire and rubber bands.  Thank you.  


2. As of this morning, Graham is seven days post-surgery, which is about six days longer than we all thought he was going to live.  There was a terrifying post-surgery window of 4-7 days where the likelihood of serious complications was extremely high.  The biggest likely complication was that his intestines had been damaged in a way that wasn't visible during surgery due to the inflammation, infection, and dehydration, but that as he rehydrated, they would perforate.  There's still a possibility that this could happen, but seven days was a bit of a magic number.  He has made huge strides over the past two days and if he makes it through this weekend, his chances of surviving will go through the roof.  I feel like I have remembered how to breathe.  


3. I wrote about 80% of my ironman race reports on the plane last Tuesday.  They mostly just need editing to drop in some extra f-bombs and add the pictures of my mom on the media moto (so many good stories to tell you guys), but for obvious reasons, I haven't been up to finishing them up since the race.  However, I hope it isn't crass to hop back on the triathlon blogging wagon at this point.  I'll likely start posting them (clearly I'm going to stretch it out over multiple posts with tons of annoying pictures) tomorrow or Monday for your snarking enjoyment.  
Until then, let's talk about what the hell else has been going on in your world for the past two weeks.  And apparently it's July?  

17 comments:

  1. I've recently found your blog and was rapt with attention for Graham's journey. I'm so thankful to hear that he's doing well and I think you have done an excellent job writing about your situation and being extremely realistic about things. I look forward to visiting your blog again in the future and reading regular updates about Graham!

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  2. Umm, yes, please post race reports TODAY. And multiple would be good for those of us that need distractions :)

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  3. I completely understand your want to provide care and pinch pennies to save your pup. I'm glad that you got the help you needed from this community but I don't begrudge you your right to pride in your ownership/motherhood of your puppy.
    I'm so glad Graham is doing well and I'm still praying and thinking of you guys often.
    I can't wait for your Ironman recaps!!

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  4. I can't BELIEVE you haven't even put up a "June recap" yet. Sniff.

    So glad you are getting back to normalcy in your house! And cannot wait to read all the blog posts on IRONMAN CDA. Squeee! So PROUD OF YOU Katie.

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  5. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear about Graham. I was distraught throughout the process of his getting ill and surgery and just happy to see him back to making you happy. Such an awesome sight to see and read about.

    Now as for the race reports.....yes please get back to them. I can't wait to read them over and over and over again.

    Thank you for sharing your Graham situation with us and allowing us to bridge that gap.

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  6. So so happy that Graham has pulled through and hoping that he is completely out of the woods soon with a 100% recovery. Enjoy the snuggles!

    Looking forward to those race reports.

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  7. Thrilled beyond belief at Grahams progress. I prayed for you guys to not have to weather that loss on top of so much that 2012 has brought. But like the others, I'm equally DYING to read about your beyond successful IM experience. Definitely time to snarl things up a bit.

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  8. So happy your dog is doing well. I've been following this...and am amazed at the wonderful running community. I love being part of it. I can't wait to read your IM recap, I'm so proud of you!

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  9. All most excellent news! And yes I'm very much looking forward to your RR.

    In my world, it's time for peak IM training. ZOMG. I've never been this busy at work at the same time as managing this phase of training. Someone is going to be a bitchy bitch for the month of July. I expect you to keep me laughing in the moments in between.

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  10. I am just so thankful to hear that Graham is doing so much better.

    The Kidless Kronicles

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  11. So so so glad Graham is doing better! Can't wait to read all those IM recaps and here what's next!

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  12. I'm glad he is doing better. It's july but only because it's hot as crap and the humidity is unbearable...oh Virginia..

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  13. I am so happy that Graham is almost out of the woods. So scary. I can't wait to read your IM reports!

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  14. Hurrah for graham !!!! Yeah July has arrived. Like Hollie said Virginia is nutzoid. Be well you guys x

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  15. You haven't missed much - I've sat on my ass every day since the Ironman and haven't even broken a sweat from anything other than the heat.

    I'm so happy Graham has made it 7 days and I know he's going to continue to do great. Can't wait to read the race report!!!

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  16. I'm so happy Graham is better. My heart was breaking for you while he was so ill. He's a tough puppy!

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  17. Well, it's not your ass, but that's certainly a back shot that we can all still enjoy! Finisher.


    We need to get Graham a Finisher's shirt. Because he certainly will finish this "race" he's in. So glad to hear he is doing well. Lots of hugs from Texas!

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