I am currently in northern California. San Jose to be exact. I drove my son, Cole and his dog, Piper, up from southern Cal, yesterday. It should have been a six hour drive, but due to an incinerated vehicle in Los Angeles and heavy traffic all the way through, we made it up here in seven and one half hours.
Let me tell you, I am tired today!
We are again up here so Cole can receive the neurological acupuncture treatments from Dr.’s Zhu and Moyee. The plan is for treatments every day, except Sundays, for the next two weeks. I will fly home for this upcoming weekend and fly back on Monday. In my absence, my brother in law is taking charge. For you new readers to this blog, my son’s face is paralyzed, his balance altered, and he lacks full ocular function.
Anyway, today I took him to his appointment at 11:30a.m. I then took Piper to an, almost always, empty dog park. When I reunited with Cole an hour later, he could move the upper portion of his nose…bilaterally! It is just incredible and almost unbelievable…even when I’m first hand witness to it. We then took a break for lunch back at our hotel room. And while Cole finished his bento-box, Piper and I went down to the outdoor pool and jacuzzi area. Both of which are enclosed by a gate so I was able to take her off leash while I dipped my feet in the warmth of the jacuzzi and made a few phone calls.
The reasons I am so wiped out today is one, I was up working past midnight the night before we left. Two, I drove all the day in traffic yesterday. Three, last night I had crashing-the-car-nightmares which kept waking me with a jolt. Four, I had a dog on my bed the whole night. Five, I’m wrangling our luggage, my purse, the car and hotel doors, my son, his dog, my beverage, and the hotel room/door key. Shoot, that last one is enough to make me tired all by itself. I’ve decided I need to hire a “Rivka Wrangler”. Anyone looking for a job? I pay with “please and thank you!” 🙂
Well we finished up at the clinic today at 4p.m. Actually, Cole called it quits…his threshold had been met. So with us both being so tired I knew I needed to let Piper have one more go round on the enclosed courtyard grass before heading up to our room (where I hoped to land for a while). But as my life would have it, my full-proof, proactive planning, backfired. Piper spied a cute bird couple “twitterpating”… and then all of a sudden, BAM!! …one was in her mouth. She then paraded her kill while the other widowed avian spouse flew around quite disgruntled.
So here I was, just a few minutes ago, first day in our hotel and my son’s dog hunts, kills, parades, and then proceeds to eat one of the little birdies that lives here. I don’t even know what to say… After I once again wrangled Piper back onto her leash (after her first victory she was ready for round two, three, who knows probably four and five), we returned to Cole in our room and I told him what had happened. He asked, “Did anybody see?” “Heck if I know,” was my reply–because I nabbed Piper as fast as I could and pretty much ran back to our room.
I called Brian and told him. I also mentioned, “I am not much for ‘animal kingdom’. I don’t even know what or how to handle a bird eating dog!” To which he replied, “Me neither.”
HELLO SAN JOSE; THE BENTS ARE HERE!!
p.s. Still no migraine, even with lack of sleep, a stressful drive, a son, and a bird dog!