Friday, August 8, 2008

Thirsty (by: Lucky)

My dawg days of summer have been interrupted lately with some visits to the vet. Just because I was drinking a little water (ok, ok, a lot of water) and having a few accidents in the house (seriously, it hasn't been all that many!), my pal got all concerned. People tend to worry about EVERYTHING... especially my pal. And, she especially worries about me. Anyways, before you know it, she was whisking me to the vet for blood tests and stuff.

The longest vet visit was today. I was there ALL day. It really wasn't all that bad cause all the people at the vet's office are REALLY nice. Plus, today they kept taking me outside on short walks. The weird thing is that there was this guy with a bowl that stood behind me and caught my pee every time I went to the bathroom. I'm serious!!! People are so weird!

At the end of the day, my pal came and picked me up. She was waiting for me in the vet's office and gave me a big hug when she saw me. Then she and the vet chatted for a long time. To be honest, I wasn't listening all that much to what they were saying. I was ready to go home. Plus, I was thirsty. I was so thirsty I felt like I had just run a marathon. I wanted big ole bowl of water. But, every time I thought the conversation was coming to an end, my pal would ask yet another question. UGH!!!

Finally, my pal was done with the questions and we headed home. As we were driving, my pal looked in her rear view mirror and said, "Lucky, did you hear my conversation with the vet?"

Uh, no... because I was too THIRSTY! And, by the way, can you drive a little faster?

"Well," she went on, "The vet says you have something called diabetes insipidus."

That's great. But, did you have to stop at the yellow street light?!

"That's just means that for some reason either your pituitary gland or your kidneys are not doing what they should be doing... producing an adequate level of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), so you are not concentrating your urine."

Yada, yada, yada. The speed limit is 40 mph on the street, you know? And, I'm probably not concentrating on my urine cause I'm so dang thirsty! And, what's up with everyone's obsession with my pee?

", there is no cure for this. We can put you on meds (which have side effects). Or, we can do nothing and you are always going to be thirsty. And, as you know... what goes in, must come out. Also, it's important that water is always available to you."

Did you say water?! Now we're talkin'!!!

She sighed and her eyes, which I could see in the rear view mirror, looked distraught. "It could be dangerous if you don't have enough water."

Well, you might want to put the pedal to the metal then!

So, after the longest 10 minutes ever, we FINALLY get home. Yeah, yeah, 10 minutes may not sound like a long drive, but hey, I was thirsty! But, get this... my pal gave me rationed water. She said I couldn't drink too much at once. I tried sneaking a drink out of the pool, but she yelled at me to stop. And, I headed to the toilet (hey, I was desperate!), but, she was right behind me and said, "Lucky, don't you touch that toilet water... I promise I'll give you some more water in 30 minutes."

Sure enough, after 30 minutes I got more water... non-toilet water. Ahhhhh. I love water. Now, I'm ready for a nap. But, I still don't get people's obsession with my pee. People are so weird...

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