Thursday, May 8, 2008

Look at me go!

Well, I finally did it. Okay, I only did it because Dan almost did it first, but still, I did it. I finally cancelled our Internet. I know, it isn't that exciting to most of you, but I am proud of myself because I had to call and talk to someone. Dan tried doing it yesterday, but they told him to call back or something weird. Anyway, he got me the number I needed to call. Just like I thought they would, they tried to change the price, "But we have a DSL plan for $14.99" "No, can't afford it" "But we have a DSL plan for $12.99" "Look, it is just not going to happen!" I might not have said "Look" but I did say the rest. I'm so proud of me. After that he cancelled it. I couldn't understand him, so I have no idea how long it will actually take to disconnect it, but whatever. At this point I don't really care. It does amaze (although not surprise) me that they can have a $14.99 plan one minute and then a $12.99 plan the next when we were paying $29.99. I know, I know, it sales and they do things like that.
I also got the car fixed today. Again, only because Dan called and got an appointment. Our brakes were squeaking like mad. Seriously, it was so bad that you could hear our car coming. But I took all three kids, dropped the car off, loaded the kids back into the car along with some car guy, unloaded kids and car seats at our apartment and car guy took car back to fix-it-shop. Again, I'm proud of myself. I did wake Dan up at 3 when the car was done and made him take me down to pick it up, but hey...Look at me go.
Enough about me. I think Dan is gradually getting used to the overnight stuff. His body must be adapting because he hasn't thrown-up anymore, I think he can eat, and he is getting to sleep when he gets home...plus he isn't incredibly grumpy when he wakes up. Which is more than I can say for myself. Anyway, last night was apparently really busy. They had two colic's come in (but they were mild cases) and a distotia? Dan has told me this twice, but I don't know if that is what he called it. A horse with a bad pregnancy. Part of the placenta had come away from the wall and the horses water had broke (again, big words that I don't understand) so they had to go in and get the baby out. Apparently it did really well for an hour (Dan says this is typical of baby horses..they get an epinephrine? rush) but then it had a seizure and they had to put it down. Okay, so I'm not sure if any of that makes sense, but I think that is what he told me. The night before another colic came in and Dan got to do the tubey thing that they do to horses. Did you know horses can't throw-up? I had no idea. Weird huh. That must be why they get colic a lot. Anyway, you put a tube down it's esophagus into the stomach and releases whatever is in there that is causing the colic (which by the way is a broad term that means just about anything from stomachache to....other stuff). I asked Dan how he knew he got the tube in the right place and he said that his mouth is on one side of the tube and if you stick it in the trachea (which he did) you can blow and it's in the lungs and nothing happens, but the esophagus will tighten around the tube and you have to wait for the horse to swallow to stick it down in the stomach. Anyway, he got it down in the stomach and his mouth was still on the tube when the gasses came back up. Luckily he had removed his mouth before the stomach contents came up to. Disgusting, I know, but kind of cool, and I think Dan was really proud of himself (as he should be). If you want to know what really happened instead of my extremely dumbed down version, talk to Dan. He isn't on call on weekends, so as long as you call after noon I'm sure he'd love to talk to you!

10 comments:

Andrea said...

Wow, sounds intense. So, I think I missed that Dan had been throwing up. Was this from his crazy schedule, or from horse stomach gases?

Jessica said...

I hate calling people too--especially people who are trying to sell me stuff or keep me from canceling stuff. I'm not assertive enough to deal with them. That, or I lose my temper.

Sounds like Dan's schedule is crazy but that he's doing really interesting stuff.

Catherine & Jared said...

Way to go Tarah!! I hate calling people too. I have been making Jared do it lately or just giving people Jared's number instead of my number. Cant wait to see more pictures of your kids!!!

Gayle said...

Maybe Dan can teach an "Introduction to Throwing Up" course to livestock. Keep up (or keep down?) the good work Dan.

Rorie said...

Go Tarah! I hate calling people too. Which reminds me, I need to call the billing office for the doctor's office. Sigh.
And I'm glad that Dan is finally getting used to his new schedule. And even more glad that he's not puking anymore. That probably was no fun for either of you.
I'll miss you on-line!

michelle said...

Hum...well I was just going to go get lunch. Maybe in a little while:)

Ma & Pa J. said...

I am so glad that you have made it through the week and it sounds like you have begun to thrive. Both of you are learning new things!

Loni said...

intense.

Beth said...

We had no idea that horses can't throw up...crazy. Sounds like Dr. Dan is the guy to see next time we need a tube down the throat.

Jeff + Rachael said...

Tarah you make me laugh :) I'm glad that I'm not the only one out there who hates calling businesses -- Jeff just thinks I'm silly