in the continuing saga of ellie girl's kidney disease
she has to receive fluids under her skin (sub-cu fluids, in medical parlance)
so there are two ways to make it happen:
a. cart her off to the nearest vet 20 minutes away and pay them $25 per day to do it
b. do it myself
and since tricare doesn't cover sick chihuahuas...
i knew i'd eventually have to go with option bravo.
so for the last couple days,
i've been playing nurse bethie
and dutifully sticking the poor girl with this monster:
okay, okay....it's only an 18 gauge.
but i sure as heck wouldn't want to be poked with it.
and neither does SHE.
which she lets me know by screaming and squirming
so that i mess up at least twice and have to get a new needle.
by the second needle, i'm shaking like a leaf and my stomach is turning somersaults.
and i'm thinking,
good thing i didn't try to go pre-med.
it clearly takes a steadiness of nerves that i don't have.
so to all you nurses and medical staff out there:
this stuff is harder than it looks!