Ah, it's good to be back! My two weeks of clinical service were exhausting, as usual, but good. I had an especially talented team of trainees, and we took care of some of the nicest kids and families. I was on call over Thanksgiving weekend, and Thanksgiving itself turned out to be busy. Thanks to sweet Daisy, however, I was still able to celebrate the day, enjoying a delicious (if late) dinner in the company of friends.
I realized that I failed to note another important occasion: November 13th was Maisie's two-year adoption anniversary and third birthday! (Because she was found as a stray, no one knows her real birthday, so we celebrate it on her adoption day.) I can't believe she's already been with me for two whole years, but I also can't imagine life without her. To celebrate, I gave her a wee portion of a cupcake, and she purred through the last crumb. For those of you who don't know her, Maisie, who seems unaware that she's supposed to be a fearsome carnivore, adores baked goods.
The other stupendously fabulous news is that Izzy had a follow-up ultrasound a couple of days ago, and things looked ever so much better! The swelling of her right kidney and ureter have completely resolved, and the kidney stone that was seen previously has passed. The medications have worked! I'm ecstatic that she won't need risky surgery. Thanks to all of you who expressed sympathy and good wishes.