Friday, December 9, 2016
Sophie has now dispensed with her collar and is enjoying life en plein air. The pre-schoolers head off in the bus to the kindergarten. They wave at her and shout out, almost in unison, Bonjour Sophie. The mayor drives by in his Renault, stops, winds down the window and chats to her. Sophie takes adulation in her stride.
After the pre-schoolers and the mayor go Sophie turns on her back on the grass and falls asleep. Not even the arrival of the gardeners ( unannounced ) wakes her. From the state of Sophie's coat a month of grooming is in order.
'The Font' takes Bob to Toulouse for his tests. He is a perfect patient. The staff at the reception desk ask if he's Sophie's brother. He is fussed over - which he loves. Bob observes the other dogs in the waiting room affably but is 'aware' of the cats. While they wait for the specialists 'The Font' chats to him. From the sullen glares of the other pet owners chatting to your dog is not a French thing.
Bob trots off with the surgeon and doesn't complain as his head, neck and shoulders are manipulated. Lights are shone in his eyes. Things are dropped in front of him. Instruments are poked in his nostrils and ears. The family fellow takes it all with good grace. The neurologist asks if he bites. '' Only his sister " replies 'The Font'. This humour does not translate. The MRI machine , which had been working perfectly, decides to break down. X-rays are taken but are inconclusive other than to show there's nothing wrong mechanically. Blood tests should provide further clues to the puzzle. From Bobs perspective the good news is that with the MRI down he doesn't have to be sedated.
A meeting with the three specialists. The sensory nerves are fine. The motor nerves aren't. The eye lids on one eye don't work but the eye probably does.The nose is functioning perfectly. The ears and the neck are 'sensitive'. Perhaps the drooling points to a problem with the ear canal although none can be seen. In the absence of the MRI scan no further progress can be made on determining whether there's a tumour on the spine or brain stem . The senior surgeon very sensibly says that we should wait for the results of the blood tests before jumping to any conclusions. ' There are many things it could be '. A very sensible attitude to adopt. More specialized blood tests are scheduled.
In the absence of any information to the contrary we will take the view that there is nothing to be alarmed about. Bob will continue to enjoy leisurely walks on soft ground, long drinks from running streams and visits to the croissant dispensing bakers. A drooly and slightly 'tipsy' big brother and a lame little sister manage to play together for the first time since September. Bob is of course completely oblivious to the fact that his health is a cause for concern.
Those little things about life with dogs that don't make it into a diary.