Hope and Acceptance

There are times when it is difficult to know whether to hold on to hope or to focus more on acceptance.

We are going through this challenge with our dog Ginger.  The test results came in today.  The good news is that she doesn’t have a tick borne disease. Unfortunately, the results point towards problems with her liver, which could be caused by a variety of things.  Depending on why she’s having liver problems, the treatment is different, so tomorrow she goes in for more tests.

Based on her current symptoms, she’s quite seriously ill.  It’s hard to know what could happen. Our veterinarian said liver problems can even spontaneously  cure themselves.

The problem is that some of her symptoms look neurological as well possibly meaning that a disease could have spread.  She was shaking again at 4am this morning, and I held her in my arms for about half an hour until she could sleep again.  I wasn’t sure she would make it through the night.  But today, she’s eating better and walking around.

It’s time like this, when it’s hard to know whether to be hopeful and think positively or be in a more Zen like  frame of mind doing all that you can and accepting whatever happens.  Death is a part of life that also needs to be embraced at times.

When I pulled a healing angel card for Ginger the other day, it came up with Divine Timing, which didn’t necessarily give me hope for her outcome.  This is one of those times when I have to trust that something bigger than myself is also at work.  We’re doing everything we can to help restore Ginger’s health, but it might not be enough.  Sometimes healing does not end up meaning curing.  That is of course, heartbreaking.

If you have cared for pets throughout your life, you know that they have shorter lives than us humans do.  It’s so important to cherish them while they are here.  And of course that applies to everyone in our lives.

Sometimes, illness helps us to take the time to cherish our loved ones more.  It’s this cherishing those we love as they are now, in this day, that seems to be the best approach to meld hope with acceptance in the wisest way.

I cherish all of you for lending us your prayers and kind thoughts in this tougher time for us.  Thank you so much.

22 thoughts on “Hope and Acceptance”

  1. Oh no!!! But she’s only six!!! I am so sorry you are going through this. I hope divine timing simply means that you are meant to pay attention during a close call. She is too young. I’m thinkinng about you and Ginger lots. Give her lots of cuddles and treats!

  2. Oh dear Karen, it saddens me to read this, though it reads very much like what my bonnie just went through: the shivers in her were diagnosed as a convulsion for which she will be in a month long treatment with vet prepared medicine, this came about from intoxication by cleaning solutions that some way she ingested which did damage her liver, she is also taking meds for the liver damage as well as a change in her diet with hepatic dog food…she had about 5 lab analysis done to dismiss blood and neurological problems…it is indicated that we spay her after she’s done with her treatment…please don’t lose hope Karen…and maybe Divine Timing is in reference to the moment when you noticed and took her to the vet…my bonnie is doing good after having spent a week in the hospital and now 2 weeks in treatment…my thoughts and prayers are with you…Alexandra

    1. Alexandra, your story gives us hope, thanks for sharing it. Ginger is going into exploratory surgery later this morning, so we’ll know more then. Thanks for your prayers.

  3. Karen, Susie, Jake the Wonder Dog, and I would like to add our support. We completely understand the love that develops between the four legged and two legged members of a family. We wish Ginger, your family, and you only the very best…you all continue to be in our prayers.

    Be encouraged!

    1. Stephen,
      That means so much to me. Thank Susie and Jack for all of us in my family.
      Ginger pulled through some exploratory surgery today. Fortunately, our veternarian didn’t find any major organ damage or obvious cancers, which was a big relief. We’re not really sure what has caused her illness, which the vet said is common with liver disease in dogs.
      We’ll know more from biopsies in a few days. With the holiday this week, we may not know more until Friday, but at least it looks like she doesn’t have irreversible damage.
      I believe all the positive thoughts and prayers from everybody have been helping her, and hope to have some better news to report soon!

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