NOVEMBER 22, 2019.

Here I am at just after 6 in the morning. Campbell seems a bit calmer this morning and he appeared to rest better last night.

I usually get up for the bathroom twice. Each time I did I looked in on him and he was sleeping. I was glad to see that.

I’m almost willing to bet a paycheck that he does better today. Today is his full medication regiment day, which means he will get not only his thyroid med that he gets twice daily, but his arthritis and stomach meds as well. I really believe that we need to up these meds to every-day. I think he is in more pain than he was when we first started him on these a year ago, and I think his stomach bothers him more too.

I’m going to have to be more diligent with keeping spills cleaned up and about making certain he doesn’t scavenge at all while we’re out walking.

I don’t know what to think about the way he sometimes simply doesn’t seem to be connected into what’s going on around him. There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to this, and it’s been getting steadily worse over the last few months. At first it was gradual. Now, it seems to be sliding downhill at a faster rate each day.

This all started around the end of 2018 and for a while was really ramped up in the beginning of 2019. After much testing and finding nothing conclusive, we made a food switch, put him on these meds, and as the weather grew warmer though he still had bouts of disconnected behavior and stomach upset for the most part things leveled out. Now, just a week before his 11TH birthday I feel we’ve backslid badly.

I’ve noted during a 7-day period he has on average 3 good days and 4 bad. I don’t like those odds.

I hope Dr. Hyatt will have some ideas of easing these problems when we go in on Monday. Honestly, I wish I could have him seen today, but getting a van out there today and getting him worked into the schedule at the vet’s office would be quite hard. As it is he doesn’t appear to be in any real danger, and he has an actual appointment on Monday which means they’ll have more time to spend with us. I don’t mean to say they rush us but when we go in as a work in sometimes it’s a bit crazy.

I’m very fortunate to have the veterinarian I do. They provide top-notch care, and they love Campbell as if he were their own. I’m just stressing and wanting to fix this right here and now.

I’m supposed to go to the store this morning and I hate leaving him, but it cannot be helped. Since I’m catching a ride with a friend, and I only have a few things to get, I should be home in just a couple hours.

Well, off for now. Got some other things to get done before the alarm to take Campbell out at 7 sounds.

*** Photo from ‘Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye:

pups x two snuggling

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About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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