Daily Prompt Study Abroad If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?
As I have said to the innumerable young people in my life, “Why are you talking to me? Just GO!!!” One of my students got that tattooed on his arm. As for where I’d go? Anywhere in Europe or the middle east, thanks. Vietnam would be fun.
My old dog has night terrors. I figured that out yesterday. After I got that idea, I did some research to find out if this really happens to dogs, and it is a common symptom of canine senile dementia.
I haven’t had a whole night’s sleep in a month. She wakes up about 1 am or 2 am (and about every hour following) screaming. NOTHING is happening to her. She’s not unable to get up; her leg isn’t stuck under her (very soft and lightweight bed); she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. None of the problems that can happen to her have happened to her. She’s just screaming. I get up, naturally, and check on her, console her. She relaxes and sometimes goes outside to pee, sometimes she goes back to sleep. I go back to bed. An hour or two later, she wakes up again screaming. Everyone in this house is tired — me, Dusty and Mindy. Dusty loves her so much that he’s afraid for her. Last night I got two or three hours of sleep; the best between 6:30 and 8:30 this morning.
She calms down when the sun rises. I sleep an hour or so and get up to a dog who is as happy to know I’m there as ever. Sometimes she’s playing with Mindy or Dusty. She is the same dog, just slower and older and more confused and terrified in the night. In the daytime, the dementia shows itself as pacing back and forth to her water bowl or pacing back and forth in the yard. Physically, that’s probably pretty good for her to go on all these “walks” in harmless places where I can watch her.
We’re going to the vet this afternoon. I’m prepared to do the deed even though, except for the night terrors, Lily is doing pretty well for a dog in her 16th year.
My Aunt Martha suffered human senile dementia. At a certain point when she was — I’d say — about where Lily is right now, she asked me why she was still alive. Would Lily ask me that question if she could?