6.20.2013

Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You

I know I've been scarce the past week around the blog world. 
Brandon's mom had surgery last week and I went to be with her for a few days and when I got back in town I went straight to work at our practice for the next 4.5 LONG days.
We are so blessed to be so busy, but when you are the only doctor in your practice and you take emergency calls 24/7, you get weary in a hurry.
Plus, in the midst of all the appointments, we have been doing some long overdue updating and remodeling in our practice.
Saturday evening Brandon and I were at the practice hanging some cabinets on the walls when an emergency call case (the owner ran over the dog) showed up an hour early.
I won't get into the details, but long story short Brandon got bitten pretty badly as he was starting to take x-rays.
He was getting ready to put a muzzle on the dog, which we hadn't done earlier because we had to give oral medications.
The entire situation was ugly and I saw the whole thing, but there was nothing I could do because of where I was standing.
I have never seen Brandon in so much pain. He was screaming. It was awful.
The worst part was that we still had to get a muzzle on the dog and take x-rays, which we managed to successfully do.
Then I had the joy of getting the patient back to a crate, tending to my husband, and cleaning up the mess.
Blood was everywhere. 
He had the good sense not to pull away from the dog, or else his arms and hands would have been shredded.
He has puncture wounds on his left forearm that resulted in 2 large hematomas and bruising as well as a puncture would in the joint on his right thumb, which is very painful and has been infected.
These pictures don't look nearly as bad as it really is because these were taken about 10 minutes after the bites and after he had been soaking his arms and hands.
It was about 11:30pm by the time I got everything scrubbed and mopped and cleaned up and Brandon had been sitting in the truck waiting on me for 30 minutes.
When we got home he soaked again and I helped him dress his wounds.
Needless to say, I let him sleep as late as he needed to on Sunday morning.
This man works 12-14 hour days every day except Sunday and he is on call 24/7.
He isn't just sitting at a desk, he's diagnosing and treating and saving lives.
His mind is always working overtime and he usually only eats lunch on Tuesdays at his Kiwanis meetings because he doesn't have time to the other days.
Every time he uses the restroom someone knocks on the door.
There is always a call to answer, a call to return, a case to review as well as all the business aspects that come with owning a practice.
Unless you spend a day in our practice you really can't begin to grasp the intensity of what his days are like.
When he finally did wake up I made him homemade pancakes with fresh raspberries and blueberries.
One of our best clients is a retired MD and he looked at Brandon's wounds and made a few phone calls to a hand specialist and got us in first thing Tuesday morning to check out his right thumb since the teeth went right through his joint.
As of now, the orthopedic hand specialist doesn't think he'll need surgery, but we are having to watch out for increased infection and redness and fever.
He has already had to have one major surgery on his right ring finger for a torn flexor tendon, so the last thing we need is another one.
 
It's so scary to see someone sustain injuries that could potentially end their careers, especially when it's your spouse and so much has been invested in them.
These pictures were taken during the past month and I probably wouldn't normally share them, but it just makes me happy to see him doing things that make him happy outside of work.
He either listens to or watches every Braves game.
He bought Sanford a Braves cap and he was so excited to find such a cute little gift for our Pug.
Who could help but smile when you see these two?
He still spends time training Bayla and Beauregard at the pond.
We stop for turtles crossing the street in our neighborhood and he relocates them to a safer place.
He obsesses over his garden and specifically, his tomato plants.
He has already been stocking up on bacon in preparation for BLTs.
I have always been fully aware of the importance of Brandon's physical well-being for his career.
In fact, when he started Veterinary school I taped a note to his bathroom mirror with this verse and we've always prayed for God to guide his hands each and every day.
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands."
Psalm 90:17

23 comments:

  1. God bless him. You can see how badly that must of hurt just from the pictures. I sure hope his wounds heal quickly & painlessly as possible.

    Karen

    p.s. your pancakes look scrumptious :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! That means a lot to us! Thankfully he is on the mend! Blessings and Love! xoxo

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  2. God bless the both of you. Praying for healing, both physically and otherwise.

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    1. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Meme! Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. We appreciate your prayers so very much! Blessings and Love! xoxo

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  3. Oh my word Cherish! Getting bit is one of my biggest fears so of course this freaked me out! I will pray along with you that Brandon continues healing with no complications. Geesh!!!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Nonny! We so appreciate your prayers. Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. He was able to start performing surgeries again this week and has already done 12, so that is an answer to prayer! Love and hugs to you! xoxo

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  4. Prayers that this injury heals quickly with no issues. Owning your own business is no easy task you easily work twice as much compared to a normal job, since you never really leave it!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Meredith! You are so right about the workload! It's a blessing and a curse, but mainly a blessing! Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. He was able to start performing surgeries again this week and has already done 12, so that is an answer to prayer! Love and blessings to you! xoxo

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  5. Prayers for a quick and infection free recovery!

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    1. Thank you so much, Emily! That means the world to us! Love seeing all you sweet pictures of Lillian-she is just beautiful-just like her mommy! Love and hugs to you! xoxo

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  6. Oh I know how painful that can be I got bit in the mouth by a dog once and it took a while to heal. Sending prayers that it heals quickly and hope he feels better soon. I admire Brandon's dedication and hard work in helping animals. You both seem like such lovely people and souls. Love reading your blog it is so inspiring!

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    1. Thank you so much, AM! I am so sorry you got bit in the mouth-how frightening! Thank you for your encouraging words-they mean the world to us. Truly, the do. Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. He was able to start performing surgeries again this week and has already done 12, so that is an answer to prayer! Love and blessings to you! xoxo

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  7. Prayers to your hard working hubby for a quick recovery, and you too as you're his support system. I can only imagine the stress you both must continuously be under and admire you both in so many ways. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Megan! Thank you for your encouragement and your words-that means the world to us. It is so scary when things like this happen, but I know it could have been so much worse and God was truly looking out for him. Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. He was able to start performing surgeries again this week and has already done 12, so that is an answer to prayer! Love and hugs to you! xoxo

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  8. praying he will be ok. he seems like a great vet - wish yall lived closer to us so he could be ours! enjoy your weekend!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie! I wish we lived closer, too! Mainly so we could get to know each other and hang out :). We will have to meet up someday! Have a fabulous day! xoxo

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  9. Cherish
    Sounds like you're doing a great job being a nurse:) I'll pray for no infection to set in. Thank the LOrd it isn't worse than it could have been. Not minimizing what has happened, cuz it looks bad and like it really hurts. For sure praying!! In being self employed it seems like it's feast or famine. My husband has a business.
    God Bless!!
    Luv-
    Jamie

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    1. Jamie, here you are blessing me yet again with your words and your heart. Thank you. You are so right-it could have been so much worse. The prayers are being heard! Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. He was able to start performing surgeries again this week and has already done 12, so that is an answer to prayer! I didn't know your husband owns a business! Good for y'all! :) Blessings and Love to you, Jamie! xoxo

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  10. How scary!! I hope everything turns out well with his wounds.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara Lynn! It was scary, but I realize that it could have been so much worse and I am so thankful it wasn't. Have a lovely day! xoxo

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  11. Justin saw Dr. Waldo Floyd at Ortho Georgia when he had his finger amputated. He did a wonderful job. I hope all goes better for y'all!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I still can't get over Justin having to have his finger amputated. We saw Dr. Foulkes and I was NOT happy with him. After waiting for almost 2 hours he spent less than 2 minutes with us. I was furious when we left. He was in between surgeries and basically didn't have time to waste on us, I guess. The PA was much more concerned and his thoughts were exactly the same as the MD who initially looked at it. Brandon was prepared to have a local and have his thumb joint drained, which means he hadn't eaten after midnight the night before and so on...we still think it really needed to be drained, but I guess Dr. Foulkes had other things to do. Thankfully he is on the mend. He had a bad spell late last week with fever and chills, but is much better now. He was able to start performing surgeries again this week and has already done 12, so that is an answer to prayer! Thanks again, sweet friend! xoxo

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  12. I am so glad that he is ok & was not injured worse then before! Goodness I feel bad for him.. It could have been so much worse god was with him during that moment that is for sure! I do not see how in the world you stayed calm sweet girl, I would have been freaking out..I love those rare photos of Brandon that we rarely see! Its nice to see a whole other side to him...

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