Monthly Archives: July 2015

Venomness, Update.

Luna is home. Our vet let the Husbear bring her home today.

Both the Husbear and Luna were happy to see each other. And I was happy because the Husbear wasn’t all twitterpated any more.

Luna even had kisses for me when I got home. That, or I had something in my beard.

Leftovers in my beard...
Leftovers in my beard…

She has a little necrosis going on where the snake bit her, but the vet wasn’t overly concerned with it. She said dogs tend to recover fairly well in these cases.

The aftermath.
The aftermath.

We just have to keep feeding her the medications and monitor her foot. But she does seem to be almost back to her not yet old self.

Until next time...
Erik

Venomness

We had a wee bit of an incident this Sunday. Well, the Husbear’s doggy, Luna, did.

The Husbear was working out in the yard, and I was working on the barn, when we heard Luna start barking at something. We keep her on a runner when we are out in the yard, and she was in the bushes barking at something. It wasn’t the normal bark, but one that made both the Husbear and I know something was up and we ran over to check on her.

We pulled her out, and she was favoring her front left paw, and was shaking a little. Then she just flopped over and started panting.

We knew something was up. We tried to get her up to walk into the house, but she wouldn’t. I picked her 50# self up and carried her into the house. Robert called our vet, but since it was a Sunday, the answering service told us to go to an emergency vet located about 25 minutes south of us. Ugh.

We never saw it, but we both know the signs of a copperhead snake bite. We couldn’t see bite marks on the paw she was favoring, but it was starting to swell. And she was lethargic. She didn’t even move when milli (one of the kittehs) walked right up to her and sniffed her nose.

So the Husbear and I get Luna in the car, and he’s sitting with her in the back, while I’m driving like a madman. Apparently no ones knows what emergency flashers mean on a car anymore, because there were several times people wouldn’t even get out of the fast lane so we could go around. *grumble*

We finally get the emergency vet, and they get her in right away. By now, her paw and lower leg have swollen to about twice their normal size. She’s just occasionally whimpering, but we could tell she was in pain.

The emergency vet started her on an IV flush to help work things out of her system, and started her on morphine as well for the pain. They said they could administer an antivenin, but it typically wasn’t necessary unless she had been bitten in the face, and it was very costly. They did wanted to keep her overnight to continue the IV flush and antibiotic treatments and monitor her health. So we left her there.

We called several times that night to check on her. The swelling was continuing up her leg, but they felt that she was at least stable. They noted some necrosis had started around the bite (which they found between her toes), and were continuing to clean the area as they could.

The Husbear picked her up early Monday morning, and took her to our vet here in Pea Ridge. They wanted to keep her for the day and overnight, for more monitoring and continued flushing of her systems.

We’ll know more in the morning.

Ugh.

Until next time...
Erik

Dear Allstate: since you put this up in Bentonville, are you saying you’re giving us the finger on rates?

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Dear Allstate: since you put this up in Bentonville, are you saying you're giving us the finger on rates?
Dear Allstate: since you put this up in Bentonville, are you saying you’re giving us the finger on rates?

Hi-Fi Friday: July 17, 2015

Previously…

I have this method of ranking music in my library, which currently consists of 34,968 songs: By default, all new songs in my library get ⭐️⭐️⭐️. As I listen to them, I sort them as follows: ⭐️ means it’s “rubbish” (as Dr. Spo would say) and I’ll probably delete it from the library, ⭐️⭐️ means it’s just “meh” but I’ll probably keep it, ⭐️⭐️⭐️ means it’s okay and we will probably talk over it, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ means I really like and may potentially sing at random, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ means everyone better shut the fuck up because my song is on! You know the kind of songs I’m talking about. We all have them.

These are mine, one post at a time.

I’m starting my approach to this with songs I’ve given ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to in iTunes. There’s only 90 of them at the moment. I’ll probably sneak in an occasional ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ as well.

Another Friday, another drinking song. Or a song about drinking, rather.

This one is probably too obvious and easy. But it’s fun, and apparently annoying to a lot of people. But I’ve always liked this song since it was released in 1997.

I present Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”:

Until next time...
Erik