Spring has finally made it to central Indiana. The sun has been shining for two consecutive days!! Indiana winters are very drab and dull. It's interesting how everyone's mood changes with the sun. I was in the grocery yesterday and everyone was smiling. I've gotten a little yard work done but it needs to be just a little warmer before I can plant some of the annuals Dan has purchased. He still has all of these great plans of things he's going to do in the yard, he just forgets that he can't walk. I try to make arrangements or assist him with what he wants to do but he gets angry with me and refuses to even try. It makes me feel sad when he plans all of these things when I know he can't/won't follow through. He wants to build a raised bed in the backyard for his vegetable garden. Jeff has said he'll do the physical work. Maybe with Jeff he'll follow through, I hope so.
I got a puppy two weeks ago! His name is Quincy and he's a 9 week old Shih Tzu. Dan insists his name is Buford Ray, lol He's a brat already but absolutely adorable. He's doing well with crate training; however the first week was absolutely HORRIBLE. He barked, whined, cried, and made little cat like noises all night long. Now he barks for 3 or 4 seconds and then lies down. I'm going to get him into obedience training asap. Dan has never had pets of any kind and I have never had a puppy before. Dan tolerates Quincy but won't pet him because the puppy always makes a beeline to lick him in the face. lol
Dan's surgery is scheduled for April 18. They will be removing his rectum but leaving the anus. The only stitches on the outside of his body will be on his belly. This will be a much easier recovery because Dan is either sitting on his bottom in a chair or lying on his back in bed. I was so concerned about how he could possibly recover with stitches in his back side when there's always pressure there. The only other treatment option is Remicade infusions, once a week for three weeks and then a maintenance dose every eight weeks. Remicade is a very powerful drug that lowers the immune system. He had two Remicade infusions in 2011 and a week later he was in ICU with dehydration, sepsis, and kidney failure. So I think this is the best choice. Rehab is a concern. He's already gotten weaker and doesn't help a lot anymore so rehab is a definite must have. I just hope and pray that I made the right decision. All I can do now is have faith that God will guide the doctors and nurses to do their best and that He will look after Dan.