A Decade Without Ivor

Tomorrow, Ivor, my first dog guide, will have been gone for 10 years. It’s amazing how that happens. In the moment, when the loss is fresh, you can’t imagine how you will continue. The pain is so raw. The hurt is so intense.

But time keeps going. Eventually, you start remembering the good times more than you focus on the loss.

The next thing you know, a decade has gone. Now, you almost always remember the good times. You appreciate all you got from your time together.

Then, something happens to remind you that time has gone. You become aware that a decade earlier was one of the worst experiences of your life. One of the things most important to you left.

Still, you have a decade of adjustment to help you keep going. You know you will never forget. You know it was, sadly, for the best.

You think of the love you lost and you realize in some ways that love will never be gone.


Personal Updates for June 28, 2019

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the National ADA Symposium. The annual conference brings people working in the disability field together to learn from and network with each other. I really enjoyed the conference. I hope I get to go again next year. I came back from the conference energized and excited to use what I have learned.

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Ufi’s Liver is Fine

As I wrote last week, Ufi has been having problems urinating more frequently. Thinking the problem could be caused by the steroids he is taking for his allergies attacking his liver, we greatly reduced the dosage of steroids he’s taking and made an ultrasound appointment. Today, he went for his ultrasound. As the title indicates, his liver is fine!

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A Scare with Emma

For a long time, Emma has been gaining weight. Even though she has always been lazy, I have been thinking her unwillingness to move has been getting worse. We have had her for more than four years, and we don’t have any idea of her age. Given that she had puppies before showing up in Mom’s yard, it’s likely Emma’s reasonably old. But today was scary.

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