Dear Unwashed (from a very clean Penny)
Isn't this a marvellous
cartoon - I found the smaller version on a jigsaw puzzle site and then
spent some time working on it to create this 3D look - and I think
it's one of the best we've done - if I say so myself. (but I think that about every new one I do)
FIRSTLY - there's
nothing wrong with Penny - she's just fine - and as
happy and healthy as any other spoiled, do-nothing, layabout, yachtdog
around - so don't be concerned and panic (like everyone
seems to do) at the mention of the word 'veterinary' in the
title - - it's just a funny cartoon - HA!
It's ME that needs the
VET. Not HER. I'M the one with
the sore leg - and she's prancing around and even running across it -
without a care in the world - in her neverending pursuit of fun and
flippancy (when awake).
But just to
bring you up to date - and if you didn't know because you're not a
'regular writer' - about 2 weeks ago I encountered a mishap with my name
on it . Now I'd like to be able to say that I was
injured on a pirate pillaging raid - or during a swashbuckling
sword fight - or even a wild mudcrab attack - but the sad and sorry
truth is . . . . . that I tripped on a milk crate on the back
deck and skinned my shin. Pretty ordinary -
Well it was a pretty good
knock - and there was blood - and there was swelling - and then there
was - h a e m a t o m a - a word which we like
to use frequently because it just sounds so good.
Well - to carry on further -
even after the 'usual' cleaning and treating with antiseptic -
p r o t o c o l s - (which is
another good word) - a few days later it
looked like this - which everyone knows - is a l l w
r o n g.
So then began a 2 week saga
- of repeated trips ashore - visits to the Emergency Department at the
Sutherland Hospital - for tests - and intravenous antibiotics
(Cephalothin) - - - t w i c e
a d a y - - - which are still going on
- and for the next few days.
A pressure bandage - and
keeping the leg elevated - and above the heart - all help - and when the
leg is raised - it doesn't hurt - which is a 'good'.
'Pretend' sympathy - from
And now - for all of this
week - and still twice a day - I've been attending the Southcare Health
Service - which is where they have about 30 Community Nurses -
who normally would come to YOU - but because we live on a boat - the
Nurses were not lining up for a 'bouncy boat ride on the bay' -
HA!. So I have been making the expedition, morning
and evening - by boat, foot, car, and pack mule - up there - to
get the IV injections.
Yesterday - Penny came along
too - to say hello to the Nurses.
Which brings us right up till now - and
today - which is the weekend - and it has been arranged for the Nurses
to come to Bill & Wendy's house - to give me the IV - which has to
continue for 3 more days. So this morning, Penny & me,
motored over to Bill's - and this time - we got ashore - without mishap
(we haven't been back there since the 'camera drowning'
incident) - and we all sat on the garden chairs under the
I am pleased to report -
that the leg has continued to improve - day by day - and with each dose
of medicine - and I'm sure that when I go back to the hospital on Monday
for a review - they will discontinue the IV - and I will just continue a
few more days taking tablets. The redness is nearly gone -
and the h a e m a t o m
a is nowhere near as sore - so it's all good
- so far.
In another hour it will be
time to go ashore again - and this time - we will drive there - and
afterwards - there is a 'Cranky Andy
Extravaganza BBQ' - or - 'bring
a piece of meat and a drink to the dock' - which Penny and
me will rousily and bawdily attend - and I will regale everyone
with the terrifying story of how my leg was gravely wounded in the
Battle of Botany Bay, while fighting off 6 scurvy rogues, and
a sea monster.