Well, Emmy has been out in Colorado for 3 1/2 weeks, now. Seems longer, somehow. But that’s what the calendar shows. So far, the wonderful family she is staying with, reports when she’s off the diphenhydramine, she still demonstrates serious itching by scratching herself, licking and gnawing at her feet and legs, and “burrowing” behavior to scratch around her eyes. It really distressed me when she was doing that here, and I was hoping she wouldn’t still be doing it at this point. The family she is staying with has put her back on the diphenhydramine (25 mg in the morning and 50 mg at bedtime). It only works for a few hours, then she is back to all the allergic behaviors she has had for the last 4 years, and which have grown in intensity over time.
I’m hoping another week or two will make the difference. At any rate, she will return sometime in January – as soon as the flight can be arranged through US Airways’ Pups-in-Flight volunteer program. All flights are blocked out over the holidays, so the soonest I can expect her to return is the 2nd or 3rd week in January.
In the meantime, Himself is performing most Emmy’s tasks. He uses the reachers I have problems using (because of finger and hand weakness and pain) to pick up the small and medium-sized items I drop. He helps me dress and undress, and helps me with the laundry. But it is taking a toll on him and his heart and lung problems. So, cured or not, we NEED Emmy back in January!