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Quick Rubin/life update

Quite a few of you have asked how Rubin’s been getting on after his surgery last week, so first of all, thank you for that, it really has meant a lot to Terry and I these past couple of weeks!


happily ever after

Look at that little face!

So, I’m relieved to say that Rubin has been MUCH better this week: not just back to his old self, but actually even livelier than he was before, so it feels like the surgery has really given him a new lease of life. As you can see, his scar is still healing (This photo was actually taken on Thursday, and he’s had his stitches removed since then, so it’s a little less obvious now), but the fur is slowly growing back in, and, well, he’s a scary wolf, as many of you know, so I’m pretty sure he feels the scar just makes him look even more TUFF than he was before. In fact, I know it.

His eating and breathing has also been back to normal this week, so we’re really hoping it WAS all just a reaction to the anaesthetic and not anything more serious. He has been on medication all week, though, so the next step is to wean him off that and keep a close eye on him, just to make sure he really is feeling better, but suffice it to say, we’re both a whole lot happier than we were last week, and I’m sure Rubin is, too. (Oh, and we had the results back from the biopsy of the cyst that was removed, and it was benign: we’d known that would likely be the case, but it was good to have it confirmed all the same!)

As for Terry and I, we’re both reaching the end of that cough/chest infection which I’ve had for the last week or so, and which Terry’s had for over a month now: because of the immunosuppressants he takes for his kidney transplant, when Terry gets ill it tends to last for much longer than it would for someone with a fully-functioning immune system, so between feeling ill for so long, and worrying about Rubin, he’s really had a rough time of it, poor soul. He has his regular transplant consultation on Monday, though, and even although it’s just a routine appointment, and there’s no reason to suspect there might be something wrong, I’m worrying about it anyway, because, well, 2016, you know? It’s been one helluva year: and not in a good way, either.

Actually,  I was talking about this with Terry just a few days ago: about how 2016 really has been a dragon year for us, and how it’s left me feeling like everything that CAN go wrong this year probably WILL go wrong. It’s so easy to focus on the bad things, though, isn’t it? And when you do that, you fail to take into account all of the good things that have happened, too: like the plane that didn’t crash, the bad news that didn’t come, the surgery that worked out just fine after all.

These things have also been part of our year, though, so I’m going to try to do my best to remember them next week, and not think of all of the Very Bad Things that have gotten me convinced this year is just a little bit cursed.

It can’t hurt, can it?

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  • Ewen McNamee
    October 1, 2016

    Glad to hear about Rubin and hopes all goes well with T next week.

  • Laura
    October 1, 2016

    So glad Rubin’s feeling better. 2016 has been a rough year in so many ways, at least the end is in sight now! Wishing you, Terry and Rubin all the best.

  • Call me M
    October 1, 2016

    So glad to hear that Rubin’s feeling much better! I hope you all get well really soon! 🙂

  • Anna nuttall
    October 1, 2016

    Hi Amber, it so comforting to hear that Rubin’s is ok now. Look at his little cute face. I also hope both you and Terry get well soon. xx

  • Delaney
    October 1, 2016

    I’m so happy the little guy is recovering! I have been following this blog for a looooong time (2007? 2008? The Fashion Police brought me here, and I remember when Shoeperwoman was new). Rubin has always been there and the last couple of posts were scary even for me–can’t imagine how scary it was for you guys.

    A couple of weeks ago, our mastiff had to have surgery on her tail. (There was a gruesome accident with a door, details better left unsaid.) The wound is healing abnormally slowly and I’ve been freaking out the whole time. Meanwhile, she is oblivious. I think pets are very good at soldiering on and resuming a normal life. But it’s terrifying for us because we can’t talk to them to know for sure. All we can do is trust and wait!

    Anyway, wishing you all the best. I hope 2016 finally turns around for you!

  • Maria
    October 1, 2016

    Good to hear about Rubin, and fingers crossed for Terry on Monday. X

  • D. Johnson
    October 1, 2016

    This is the post I have been waiting to read! Yay! I’m so relieved that Rubin is doing better. Hoping that Terry’s appointment on Monday goes well, also. A “Dragon year?” Yes, unfortunately some are just that way. Make an actual list of good things – – or at least disasters mitigated/avoided.

  • Lori
    October 1, 2016

    Amber, so happy to read that Robin is much better and that his cyst was benign. I will say a prayer for Terry on Monday.

  • Taryn Everdeen
    October 2, 2016

    Hi, Amber. I didn’t know how to contact you, but I saw your post on the green Joules jacket:
    I wondered if you still had it and if you were willing to sell it – I’ve looked for it everywhere, but can’t find it! Many thanks. <3 Taryn xoxo

  • Myra Boyle
    October 2, 2016

    Yay! Rubin is fighting fit again, I know how worried you have been.
    So Terry has a fully-auctioning immune system – don’t you just hate predictive text lol. I posted on FB, that a kind man gave me hiss ear on a busy train, the other day – well wasn’t it Mark Antony who asked the Romans to lend him their ears.
    Seriously, hoping that all is well at Terry’s next appointment.

  • Marty Drury
    October 3, 2016

    Look at that little face. He looks in that photo like he’s ready to do his own update along the lines of: “you will be pleased to know the star of this blog is back. The scar means I am brave like my ancestors the wolves. I cannot speak to my public for too long. My humans need me and I need to work out where they hide the dog treats. But just to let you know I’m okay”.

    Glad he’s doing okay.

  • Mana
    October 3, 2016

    I’m so very happy that ruban is better.

    I didn’t tell my puppy story when you were worried about him because it was so very scary and I didn’t want to give you anything else to possibly worry about. When howl was a puppy about 7 months old, he got a small bruise that the vet gave him aspirin for, it turned out that was the worst thing ever because he has a blood clotting disorder and it set it off and he was bleeding internally, and we rushed him to the emergency vet and he recovered there, which is amazing because the emergency vet didn’t think he would.

    Now he’s going to be 4 this February; and he’s fine, but I’m a bit of a helicopter around him constantly worried.

  • Mary Beth
    October 4, 2016

    I don’t comment often, but I’m so happy that Rubin is doing better!

  • Erika
    October 6, 2016

    I’m very happy to hear Rubin is doing better. I love seeing his little face show up in my Instagram feed. ? Hope you and Terry are 100% very soon as well.