Pawsitively Patchez

Practicing Patients

I have had lots of great travels the last few years, it’s been a great ride!  I have made lots of new friends in my travels and it is great to hear from you all when you comment on the blog.  A wise friend once told me that to HAVE good friends you need to BE a good friend.

Now, my friend, Maggie had a last minute surgery last December. This December she was going back for another one to fix her all up from the stuff they stuck in last time.  Even though Maggie has made lots of jokes about the procedure, I knew, as a bear could only know, that she was feeling very nervous about being in the hospital.  It was of utmost importance that I get back to Canada and be there to support my friend while she recuperated.

Jennifer and I discussed at length how we were going to get there, where we would stay and when we should travel. We were in a quandary as to what to do since it is very expensive for Jennifer to travel all the way back to Vancouver.  Well to our astonishment, our pug friends, Bugsy and Lola’s owners were leaving town the same time Maggie was going to be in hospital. Of course, Rebecca always pug-sits them at their big house when the owners go out of town.  The owners thought it would be nice for Rebecca to have company so they gave Jennifer a plane ticket to fly all the way from Houston to Vancouver.  AND! She would not have to travel in a box, the way I have normally been travelling. We got to fly first class. Oh I was excited about that, I could just taste the warm nuts served by the nice stewardesses!

Jennifer and I packed light and Max just did not get that he could not go. Too bad, he always has so many one liner jokes that brighten up any boring moments. He has kept Kitty-cat Master Rand and I in stitches when Jennifer has been working on the computer lately, I will miss the guys!

Max did his best to try and pack himself efficiently in the carry-on.

Max did his best to try and pack himself efficiently in the carry-on.

We left late on Tuesday morning. It was a long wait in the Los Angeles airport (Jenny kept talking about busting out and running to Disneyland). But we went to the Alaska Airlines boardroom and Jennifer and I just kicked back and enjoyed the comfortable waiting area. We arrived in Vancouver the next morning at 1am and by the time we got to the pug’s house it was almost three am. I am so glad Rebecca picked us up at the airport and even thought to grab us a Starbucks for the road, what a girl!!!

We got to the hospital the next day around noon. Maggie’s operation seemed a success but she was having a few complications. We knew the symptoms would pass but it was obvious I had my work cut out for me.  Someone had brought Maggie a little teddy to fill in till I arrived, and he was trying his best but this really was a task for a more experienced care bear giver like me.  I was happy to share my knowledge with little Norman and he was a very good teddy student.  I taught him how it is nice to warm up your human friends slippers for them by doing a little dance for them. A soft shoe dance was the appropriate routine for this particular case and it did put a smile on Maggie’s cute green face.

Breaking in Maggie's shoes

Breaking in Maggie’s shoes

I kept a close eye on the IV machine and taught Norman what to look for and when it would be time to alert a nurse.

Keeping a close eye on the IV is important. Have to stay hydrated!

Keeping a close eye on the IV is important. Have to stay hydrated!

Norman was an excellent student I must say!  He gets an A+ in. “Appropriate measures of comfort given to said friend.”

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Norman did have a hard time understanding the concept of the breathing exercise machine, but he is young and it was not possible for him to get everything perfect on his first hospital care bear giving assignment.

Sometimes you have to teach by example.

Sometimes you have to teach by example.

He caught on well to the most important job that bears do and that is to sit quietly and just be there for our dear friends.  Sometimes there just is not anything you can do for a friend other than just be there with a caring “I feel for you” look on your face.

My I <3 you look

My I ❤ you look

I am happy to report that after eleven long days and nights in hospital Maggie is home and is able to eat more than pudding.  A friendly nurse comes to the house everyday to fix the big band-aids on her tummy.  Maggie is getting lots of rest, a bit of exercise. Believe it or not, I got her to play her guitar for me yesterday, that was fun.

Jennifer had to go home and turns out it was a very long trip home. First her flight was delayed because of snow in Dallas.  Then, when she got on the plane someone broke the lavatory (the fancy word for bathrooms on planes) and they all had to get off the plane again. I hope Max and Rand are practising all the tips about caring that I gave them while they were in training with me down there in Houston, Texas.

Oh, I must tell you about the other new friend I made at the hospital.  Stanley was a lady bug that had arrived in room 539 about three months ago.  He was a great conversationalist and loved to discuss the his ideas on how to cure the patients. He said he is really enjoying his Dr training there and is working hard at becoming a surgical assistant. I tried to tell him that he might not survive in the surgery room but I don’t think he quite got what I was trying to say.  In my opinion he liked the juice on this ward a little too much.  One night after he spent a little too much time eating a bag of white sugar he kept babbling on about Maxwell’s Equations. He suggested I read the “Joy of X” that just came out to get back to basics.

Stanley hitting the 'juice'

Stanley hitting the ‘juice’

I’m home with Maggie but Rebecca is working hard and still looking after the pugs, I can not wait for her to come home on Sunday.  I like it when she is here, she always makes Maggie happy like both her girls do and I love how all her products make the bathroom smell so pretty 🙂

I think I will be here for a few weeks, Maggie needs to be kept an eye on for a good six more weeks, then we will be travelling again.  In the meantime, I would like to write a few blogs about past trips that I have taken, maybe share a few shots of my home town.

Back to bearby-sitting the patient now.
– Patchez

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Caribbean Cruise, Part Deux

What usually makes a good trip into a GREAT trip are the friends you make along the way. I already mentioned Jorel, Dwi and Minnie.  And of course, Bob and Jen were my constant friends on the ship. But there were so many other people who made my trip worth remembering.

Each night we sat with the same group of people for dinner. But we didn’t just see them for food, for example we saw Jason and Dustin while we were waiting for one of the big broadway shows to start.

Two new friends from the Disney cruise, Jason and Dustin

Two new friends from the Disney cruise, Jason and Dustin

The other couple were Julie and Brad.  None of them had bears in their groups, but they seemed to be having fun just the same.

Breakfast is always more fun with the appropriate hat.

Breakfast is always more fun with the appropriate hat.

It was a treat to have dinner with these new friends every night. Since we all did different stuff during the day, everyone had their own adventure to share.

Speaking of adventures, we had plenty of those to go around. One night nearly everyone on the ship dressed up like pirates. There was a big dance on the main deck and Captain Hook’s crew tried to take over the party. But of course, Mickey saved the day and we had fireworks to celebrate. After all the excitement, there was lots of time to pose for some pirate pictures!

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It's not a pirate party without a Sparrow!

It’s not a pirate party without a Sparrow!

When the ship docked in Costa Maya, the three of us piled into a cab and went in search of a restaurant Jennifer had heard of on the internet.  There we met Fernando, he brought lots and lots of tequila to the table. Jenny and Bob seemed very happy after lunch there.

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We learned that Agave is what they make tequila out of.

We learned that Agave is what they make tequila out of.

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Yum, tequila!

Yum, tequila!

It was a little cloudy but it didn't rain.

It was a little cloudy but it didn’t rain.

My new best friend in Costa Maya, Fernando!

My new best friend in Costa Maya, Fernando!

All of this fun was exhausting. We had a dress up night, a day where Jen and Bob went sailing (it was too wet for my fur so I lounged in our room).  We even learned how to make Mojitos and Margaritas.

That was a lot of margaritas!

That was a lot of margaritas!

It's important not to crush the mint leaves!

It’s important not to crush the mint leaves!

No matter how busy we got, there was always time for a little siesta or to just chill out on a comfy couch.IMG_1793 IMG_0759

After all, we new the big cheese was at the helm and we were in good hands.

Mickey!

Mickey!

 

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