Thursday, May 16, 2013

After the Horror

The vet assistant who gave Honeybun her laser treatment #3 was a young, friendly girl. She was gentle and sweet with Honeybun, and chatted with me as she ran the laser over Honeybun's hurt hip. Soon I learned she was going to school to become a vet technician.
"Where are you going to school?" I asked.
"On-line," she told me, "I am kind of a home-boding person, family oriented so that works for me."
I smiled at her, "Were you home-schooled?"
"Yes!" she said.
I knew it! You can tell homeschoolers a mile away. All for good reasons. She offered to have Asherel tail her one day at the clinic. She told me if my daughter loved animals, a career as a vet technician was a good one.
"She hates the thought of the blood and guts," I said.
"Oh, you get used to that," said the girl.

Honeybun trotted away after the treatment. She is on day number two now of walking, even occasionally trotting. I think we may have turned a corner. As I left the vet, I glanced at my phone messages. A literary agent wanted to see my new book I have nearly completed! That was good news #2 for the day! I am hopeful good news #3 will be coming soon.

I pondered the vet assistant's words, about how you get used to the blood and guts. I had wanted to be a vet, as a young girl. I love animals, and I loved the idea of helping them, but then my dad took me to watch a live spay operation on a dog. It was behind a glassed in operating room at the NY state fair. I don't remember much about it except I decided then and there I did not want to become a vet. I didn't think I could ever get used to the blood and guts.

But life is full of blood and guts too. No matter what you do in life, there are the icky parts, the parts you can hardly bear, the parts you would just as soon do without. But then there are the rewarding moments, the moments of healing, of victory, of joy when the dog begins wagging her tail again. I guess you probably do get used to the blood and guts, and know that after the horror comes the healing.

These are good things to think about as I wait for good news #3.

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14 NASB)

-save a dog-

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