|John and Lucky Lucy|
The next morning John went on to work, my friend Judy was available to drive me there because with my splint I couldn't hold a steering wheel. He took one look and sent us both packing to the OLOL emergency room for further evaluation, x-rays, etc.--do not pass GO, do not collect $200, do not go home and pack a bag--or risk losing a finger, a, hand, or a life. I didn't see home again for 4 days, and didn't practice agility again for 4 months!
To sum up, I had no idea bites could be so dangerous! I've had multiple cats for most of my life and never feared them, never hesitated to restrain them for nail clippings, shots or any other thing. I'm not afraid to boss my dogs, either. They are all up to date on their shots and well tamed, sweet and trained, so what's to fear? But I have a brand new respect for the bacteria they carry in their mouths! Don't let any dog, cat, nor even any human bite you, if they do seek medical attention immediately, and be sure to renew your tetanus shot every 5 years! You just can't always predict what even a beloved friendly pet might do when frightened!
To help this lesson soak in thoroughly, let me review. I was in OLOL hooked up to IV for 4 days, with nurses checking my blood pressure and temp every 4 hours, me constantly checking to make sure my hospital gown was properly tied in the back, asking my husband to give me sponge baths, followed by several days of home health visits, restricted activity, Occupational Therapy, antibiotics and observation, and eventually another surgery to close the wound. Then more Occupational Therapy and doctor visits every week for 6 more weeks to be sure I didn't need another surgery, and wouldn't lose the use of my index finger. And the bill was $12,000!
At the time of this writing 15 months later, my scar has almost disappeared, but my index knuckle is still swollen and the area feels stiff. It feels like duct tape is stuck to my skin. I'm not "back to normal" and maybe never will be. But I am doing all things as normally as possible. Between this and my knee injury, Maxie lost almost a year in his agility training progress.