12:30 am I was driving home from our vacation in Saskatchewan. I was on I94 heading into Bismark ND when I was night dreaming and thinking about Norman as I do every time I am driving. When nothing else is going on I just think and think but mostly I plan and prepare, I plan for Norman leaving and try to have everything set for that dreaded day. I think about what songs are “his songs” ok he doesn’t have any songs but I have my favorite songs and they are all sappy and some parts of the songs remind me of Norman. I plan which songs I will post with each post to come. I plan for what story I am going to tell and when. I have lost a lot in my life mostly as a young adult so I have some experience in it. I lost my dad when I was 23 years old. He died before I could say goodbye to him. I had no idea he was dying that night. 3 years later I lost my mom. I was 26 at the time and I knew she was going to die. She had ovarian cancer and the doctor told us she had 3 weeks to 3 months to live. I took a leave of absence from work and moved in with my mom to take care of her. I had 3 weeks to plan her death and to say goodbye, she died 3 weeks to the day the doctor gave her. So I’ve had death both ways. I have learned so far that even know I am preparing myself for that day like I did with my mom, I don’t think I can ever be ready or prepared enough for it not to hurt. Thinking back I am now very glad I had that time to say goodbye to her, so I am thankful that I have this time to spend time doing things Norman loves to do and to say goodbye.
1:28 is when I saw it, I saw a falling star. I knew it was a sign, at that moment I didn’t know what sign it was until I kept driving and then it hit me and I cried. It was a star falling to earth where Norman already is, he is alive and happy and not planning on going anywhere’s anytime soon so I was to stop preparing and being sad when doing so and enjoy my time with him now. It wasn’t a shooting star as that would of been a sign that he was being shot up to heaven and my time was close to coming to a end. I then decided I wasn’t going to be sad anymore until I got home Sunday night and my in laws told me Norman seemed weak. He did seem weak, his right hind leg was really weak (his right front leg is the cancer leg), he was breathing heavier than he was before we left and he defiantly was slower. That night when I got up to go upstairs to bed Norman was behind me and he had a hard time getting up the steps, he made it, I lifted him into bed and then I cried again. I cried because I thought his time had come. And here I thought my falling star sign was a good sign? I took Norman to work with me and had him checked out. His right hind leg is weak because it has a lot of arthritis in it from his TPLO surgery done on his ACL. He has lost more muscle mass so he is lighter. We xrayed his lungs to see if the cancer had spread and his lungs were clear so far. We did get his shoulder on the film and the cancer in his bone has gotten bigger. He is slowing down and breathing heavier because he is in more pain now than before. I don’t think it is time to say goodbye yet so we added Gabapentin to his pain relief regimen. He has been on it for 3 days now and he is feeling better. He has his spirit back. I know this is only a short term fix and one day I will have to say goodbye but for now that star is falling not shooting.
Pet Bloggers Blog Hop
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Welcome to the new and improved Pet Bloggers Blog Hop the Original and longest running pet blog hop going strong since April 2010! This is is a weekly event to help you connect with other Pet Bloggers. Whether you are a seasoned blogger, one who loves reading pet blogs, or if you’re just thinking about starting your own blog – there is definitely something here for you. Acquaint yourself and enjoy – this is your resource, so use it as you see fit!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
You only need to add your link once to be seen on all the Pet Blogger Blog Hop Linky Tools for that week. If your blog is not pet related your link will be removed. Also note that only one post per blog is acceptable, and links promoting giveaways that are unrelated to the pet blogger hop will be removed. This is a weekly community building event and not a promotional vehicle.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Grab the NEW “Pet Bloggers Blog Hop” button and include it in your Saturday Blog hop post so that your readers will know what is going on.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Follow your co-hosts Of the Pet Bloggers Blog Hop listed in the first 3 slots of the Linky Tool.
Follow as many other blogs on the Linky as you’d like.
Following could mean via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, their daily newsletter, or any other place they happen to be interacting on the web.
Take a moment to comment on the other blogs that are linking for the Pet Bloggers Blog Hop telling them you’re visiting from the blog hop.
Make friends learn new things watch awesome animal videos and grow your blog.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Powered by Linky Tools
Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…