Thursday, July 2, 2015
It took a bit of trial-and-error, but I persisted, and I figured out a way to give Jewel subcutaneous fluids that worked for us.
In the beginning, Jewel wanted nothing to do with the whole ordeal! She'd try to run off during the administration, and it was hard for me because I felt guilty about sticking her with that huge needle! I actually accidentally stuck myself with her needle the first time I gave her the fluids on my own, and wow, did that hurt!! I always imagined that when I stuck her with the needle, she was cussing me out as she'd let out a loud, "RAOW!!!" every time I had to stick her. I wouldn't blame her one bit if she was saying HBO words at me.
Though I hated sticking her with that huge needle, I had to put my own feelings of guilt aside to help my little angel. Though giving her the fluids was tough, I knew it helped her live longer and have a better quality of life while she was here.
Over time, Jewel laid on the floor and allowed me to give her the subcutaneous fluids without much fuss. I think she knew that they were good for her. She also knew that when we were done, she'd get treats - her favorite thing! Sometimes she'd get so excited about the treats that she'd try to run off before I was done holding her little hole shut so she wouldn't leak her fluids. We developed a nice routine that worked for both of us, and I think she appreciated all the care she was given.