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Scoliosis Journey: Cough,Cough, first Summer Pneumonia

Due to the severity of my Scoliosis/Kyphosis, in summer after 4th grade, I had my first bout of Pneumonia. For those who may not be aware of everything that Scoliosis effects, here’s a health lesson; it’s not just the spine. Sure, the definition is “Lateral curve of the spine,” but it all depends on the severity. My Scoliosis became what is known as Kyphosis, “Hump Back,” and is multiple curves, whereas Scoliosis is just one curve. The more a spine curves, the more it can cause other internal problems in important organs such as the heart, stomach, lungs, etc. Before my surgery in 2012, my lung capacity was 18-20%, I had ribs twisted around my spine, a lot of stomach problems, and problems that were never diagnosed or discovered until my pre-op visit or after surgery; (How weird is that?) Anyway, I was almost finished with my week of Summer VBS (Vacation Bible School- a weeklong camp that is put on by local churches/religions), when the Wednesday night, I started to develop a cough. Mom took me in to see my pediatrician, and he said, it had started as a typical “summer cold,” and due to my hatred of shots, my doctor just gave us cough medicine. The medicines, however, did not work, instead, my cough progressed until I had a “popping” in my back every time I coughed. I say Pneumonia, but it might’ve been bronchitis that was turning into Pneumonia, I don’t remember exactly what the doctor had told my mom, other than the fact I needed a shot; that memory stuck with me!
We went down to the pharmacy that was in the same plaza as my pediatrician’s office and as soon as we got back to the doctor’s office and I saw that needle, I had a full meltdown in the doctor’s office, to the point where mom had to hold me down. Normally shots are given in the arms, or the butt, right? Mine was in my legs because it was the only spot on my body that had “any meat” on me. You should’ve seen it, mom holding me in her lap, me tossing and turning, her having to trap my legs under hers so I wouldn’t try to kick; I laugh now that I think about it because shots aren’t that bad anymore, sure they are unpleasant, but really a quick pinch and then it’s over.

After the shot, I was crying and telling my doctor “I hated” him and how “he was so mean,” being a total brat, but by that night, I felt like 50% better. Shots may suck, but you feel a lot better afterward because they work quicker than medicine. Life is a lot like a shot, there are changes we don’t like or can’t deal with, we cry and boo-day about it, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is going to happen; it’s a slight “pinch” (shock/anger/sadness, etc), but then we adapt to it and are over it.

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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!)