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Beignet: Itching, Scratching, Open Sores, vet, shots, and medication. Flea Allergies. Oh My!

For about a week now, my poor Beignet has been itching and scratching with no relief. She has always had really bad skin problems but never to this point; open sores. She has a suspected chicken allergy so we have her on Poultry free dog food that we coat in coconut oil and fish oil. She is also on a daily antihistamine and she was on a flea preventative but I had lost track of it and hadn’t been keeping up with it.


The other day I did find 1 flea on her and didn’t find anymore so I figured it was probably just a “straggler,” and nothing to worry about. Boy was I wrong!


I noticed she was scratching more than normal and I would go brush her/comb her to try to offer so relief but as soon as we came back in the house, her itching and biting would resume. Then yesterday, I noticed an open sore near the top of her tail bone.


Today, we took her to the vet; According to the vet, “dogs like her,” (I am guessing with skin allergies issues) “one flea bite is all it takes for contact dermatitis and sores.”
Long story short, Beignet was put back on her Bravecto (last 3 months)- which if I had stayed on top of it, would’ve only cost me about $50-$60 tops, but now because I had let it slip by the waste side, A normal $50-$60 ended up costing me $113.88 because she also now needed a shot plus antibiotics.


Why do I always have to learn lessons the hard way? LMAO. Anyway, baby girl has gotten so much relief and is currently sleeping peacefully (even though it is raining outside and she normally hides in rainy weather; that shot must’ve knocked her out!)

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One Mountain conquered, but life dealt me another summit to excavate.. *Latest Update*

People often say “The world is a rainbow of different communities spreading love and good, frolocking with others. There are the ones who are the pessimistis who see their world as a never ending burden of turmoil and misery, and then the type that are the “fakers”- The ones who walk around all jolly and happy and wearing a complete “mask” in public. That is me.

I guess you are probably wondering “what is this going on about? The title says ‘One Mountain conquered, but life dealt me another summit to excavate.” What I mean by this is, I had my surgery to fix the broken rods and it was a major success, however during that surgery another issue was discovered; an infection in my rods.

Below are my newest X-rays.

To combat this infection issue, a pic-line was placed in my left arm while I was at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis, Missouri, and put on antibiotics via IV infusions for 6 weeks and then will be switched to an antibiotic pill indefinitely until the doctor sees fit to get me off said antibiotics.

A week after my surgery, on Aug. 21, I was discharged from the hospital to go back to my home in Louisiana so that Medicaid would cover my IV antibiotics; if not, We would’ve had to pay out of pocket for the treatments and it was $120 a treatment (6 weeks of treatments, 2 x a day- so $120 a treatment x2 times a day x7 days x 6 weeks = $10080, and then if we stayed in s Louis but not at the hospital (haven house)= $50 a night x 6 weeks at least = $2100..yeah, I think we made the better decision by coming home…LOL)

Now 2 weeks and 4 days post-op, I awoke to my IV tape rolled up, the pic line area exposed (I am thinking that I was scratching in my sleep). When my fiance went to clean it up and re-tape it, he noticed that the pic line was out more than the doctors like, so we rushed to our local E.R., Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Once there, they were swift about getting me to the back; a nurse, however,┬ádecided to remove my pic line from my left arm (which was covered in red splotches due to allergic reaction to the tape) instead of leaving it for the specialist to push it back in. Hours later, the specialist showed up and had to re- stick me for a new pic line in my right arm now, when she said that had the nurse previously not removed it, they could’ve just pushed my other one back in. Now I am back home and my right arm is sore and throbbing because the lidocaine sedative is wearing off and my muscles are aching.

Oh well, I did what I needed to do and I will “grin and bear” this burden I have to deal with for 6 weeks until I can switch to my pill version of antibiotics. I cannot wait for this darn pic line to be out of my arm, but all good things come to those who wait. I will pray for God to grant me patience to deal with it.