WELL --- HELL ya, I've fallen off the radar.
Excy had emergency surgery on Christmas Eve. As I mentioned, he went in on his birthday ( the 22nd) to see what this stomach trouble was all about, and ended up discovering his colon was twisted. They did a few icky tests in an attempt to keep him from surgery until Monday, but by Wed. he was in bad shape again. He woke me up Thursday to inform me after he went to get feed for our geriatric horse, we were going to the ER. (Excy always puts the horses first and I've learned the man is stubborn.) He went to surgery 6:30 p.m after a long day in the ER. We prepared for the worst and hoped for the best, and so far our prayers are answered.
He doesn't have a 'bag,' anyway. The real test will be in a day or two when his bowls 'wake up' and we see if everything will keep sewn up and working properly. It will be two weeks before we can breath easy. So he's lying in the hospital, a tube down his throat to his stomach, and an incision 9 inches long, unable to do much more than get in a chair. I am told to get him walking down the hall tomorrow.
Since I am spending most of my time there, then driving back to the 'ranch' to do the animal and other chores, plus taking care of his 87 yr old deaf dad (much like taking care of a 3 yr old), until he flies out Tuesday, I won't be back on for a few days or as long as it takes to get Excy back home, which could be a week longer.
So bear with me, and I will write and get back to you when life gets more normal.....I am hoping that we can celebrate his BD and our Christmas on New Year's.
PS: He found out on Monday the 21st he has a heart aorta that must be replaced. We see that surgeon January 8, and only hope it can be put off for awhile.......gadzooks. When it rains, it pours.....