The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! We did it, today is Friday, January 14, 2022. Alvin and I had a good day although it is quite possible that he may not entirely be on board with that thought. I worked in the morning and took the afternoon off as Alvin had his regular vet appointment and I had the booster vaccine appointment. Alvin’s appointment was for 3:00 p.m. and my booster appointment was for 3:10 p.m. With the Pandemic our vet now has us wait in one of the two exam rooms until they are ready and then they escort the pet, Alvin to the back larger exam / surgery area. I made sure that we left home in plenty of time, we left at 2:30 and as soon as we left the house it started to snow, the wet stuff. We walked slowly and had no issues. The section of sidewalk leading toward the strip mall where the vet clinic is located and alongside the condominiums / apartments had been “sanded” with small pieces of gravel. We were about halfway down this long section of sidewalk with Alvin walking along the edge in the snow and ice and me walking in the middle on the gravel. He crossed over and not long later he wanted to turn around for home, I had to do some convincing to get him to come with me. But finally we were at the clinic. We always have to call when we arrive so that they can come and let us in, new policy for patients. Once inside I went over a few things – my appointment and that my son-in-law was going to pick up Alvin’s food but I was going to pay for it. We were fifteen minutes early so we were placed in one of the two small exam rooms where we sat and waited. Alvin was anxious more so than usual, not sure why. I decided as it was quite warm inside to take my winter coat and scarf off as well as his sweater so we would not overheat. I placed Alvin’s harness back on and we waited. I did my best to keep him less anxious. We seemed to be waiting forever but I think that they had a surgery in the back and that patient was coming out of anesthetic. As we were getting close to my appointment time, I called the Pharmasave to let them know and was told it was okay. A few minutes later Alvin was on his way to the back and I was out the door and onto my appointment. There was no one in the Pharmasave except for me and the Pharmacist. He is so nice. Very kind. I had to complete a list of questions before having the booster. I found out that if you were over 65 and immune compromised, then you had a full dosage of the vaccine and if under 65 and not immune compromised, then half dose. I got the half dose. He is so gentle, I did not feel anything. The Pharmacist allowed me to leave after 5 minutes as I was going to the Vet and if anything happened, I was close by.

Upon my return, I saw the staff and Alvin in the hallway, apparently he was missing his Momma and had been quite anxious, more so than usual.

I spoke to the Vet and poor boy had a bit of yeast infection once again in the usual ear. Not bad infection and she almost missed it as she said there was no smell which usually eludes to something wrong and then requires further investigation. So more meds for the boy.

We, er, I paid for the bill including his food and we were on our way. Thankfully the snow had almost stopped falling and we got home safe and sound. No slips on the ice.

We had a nice quiet evening. Now it is morning.

I wish you a great Friday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus and possibilities.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. be care out there, it is icy. Froze overnight. Also I feel good except for my arm is a bit sore.

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