Sunday, May 13, 2012
Just a sample
A few weeks ago, he started being sick. It happened in the evenings and about 4 times in 3 weeks. He's always had a sensitive stomach so this wasn't THE most unusual occurrence, but his reaction, afterwards, was.
He spent over an hour, each time, pacing and shaking violently. He also started digging in the garden.
It was disturbing to watch as he was clearly in distress.
The Future Mr C and I were due to have a few days in Cornwall (where his son lives) so my parents were going to look after Eric. I took him to see the vet who gave us some antibiotics and some antispasmodics to help any cramping.
Once back from Cornwall, we went to see The Nice Man again for a check up. He had a good feel about and reassured me that Eric did not have an enlarged liver (I'd been worried about that as we lost Eric's brother, Edmund, last year to liver cancer and his liver had been grossly enlarged) and prescribed some more antispasmodics.
He also suggested that I get a urine sample from Eric as this was a non-evasive way (Eric is 13) of being able to tell if there is anything seriously wrong.
So, yesterday, I put on some disposable gloves, got a little plastic tray and followed Eric outside.
I'd been assuming that it would be difficult; that Eric would go to 'perform', see me bending down, gloved up, holding a tray and take offence.
But he didn't.
He went to wee, I positioned myself, he performed.
But then I had to transfer it to the sample bottle.
Aren't disposable gloves wonderful?
(Over on my other blog, I'm discussing the renal system, by coincidence. Well, I say 'discussing', I'm actually just saying how thick I am and how fabulous our kidneys are. It's not the same thing.)