02147: Yoshi Schedules

Ever since Yoshi's kidney disease had been diagnosed last December, our lives were changed quite significantly given his additional care needs. It seems that we can't afford to stay away from him for more than 12 hours given all the medications he needs and how important regular urination is for him now. At this point, I can't imagine how Tobie and I would manage leaving the country at the same time given all these requirements.

I'm not complaining - Yoshi's health is of the utmost importance to us and so it's a sacrifice we're more than willing to make. It just gets a little tricky at times figuring out how to arrange our events and commitments in such a way that Yoshi remains factored in the plans.

Case in point - after a fun night at O Bar to celebrate the birthday of the fabulous Dee Dee Holliday, we ended up staying awake long enough to get Yoshi over to his vet in BGC to administer the last shot in his latest series of hormone treatment to address his anemia. We were both tired but thankfully not hung over and it seemed the most practical thing to do at the time since we have a game day planned this afternoon. Thankfully traffic was light enough at that time this morning so it was a quick trip both ways. And since he was also due for his saline injection, we opted to pay the extra cash to have them do it as well versus us managing things ourselves at home.

The game schedule is already starting but we're still addressing Yoshi's needs before we go. I've just finished his medications and Tobie took him for a walk so he can pass out all the extra liquid in his system. And this way we should be okay until later tonight when we get home - although I think we'll need to walk him one more time just in case. We'll see.

If we could bring Yoshi with us to the game day, we totally would. That's always something that we check on when we need to leave the house for extended periods of time. Otherwise it becomes a matter of making sure we map out how to address all his meds, his special diet and his bathroom walks while still making it to the game.

It's a heck of a lot of work and his continuing treatment is costing a pretty penny but I will repeatedly state it's all worth it. We love Yoshi and if all these efforts ensure that he lives the longest, healthiest, fullest life that we can manage for him, then it's all more than worth it.