It rained in the desert the day I took Isis to her doctor. She wasn’t interested in eating or drinking. She did perform her daily ritual of snuggling her body next to mine when I sat or reclined. She continued to offer her furry head to my fingers for scratching. She didn’t complain or demand attention. She was happy to just be with me.
Her doctor examined her blood and diagnosed terminal kidney failure. There was not any procedure or medication to stop the process. She was dying. He suggested we easy her transition. Her eyes told me she was in agreement.
I stroke her soft body. Her breath exhales in a soft growl. She lowers her head onto her paws gazing at me with unconditional love.
Kicking a Bedpost ….
I found this account in my file of medical receipts and was struck by the language of its presentation. It reads like a police report – especially the use of the word ‘accidentally’ – implying no harm was intended.
XR TOE 1ST GREAT TOE LEFT
IMPRESSION: Fracture of the proximal phalanx of the fifth toe as
indicated. No obvious extension to the articular surface.
INDICATION: Left 5th toe pain for 3 days after kicking a bedpost
accidentally. 729.5 Pain in limb.
TECHNIQUE: Three views of the left toe(s) were obtained.
FINDINGS: Oblique nondisplaced fracture of the mid distal portion of the proximal phalanx of the fifth toe. There is no definite extension to the articular surface. This is best seen on the frontal view. There is soft tissue swelling.
No additional fractures.
The bedpost was replaced with prejudice.