Thursday, May 03, 2012

Dog Attack

Besides my usual busy-ness I have been preoccupied with healing from being attacked by a dog. My husband is against me talking about this at length on the Internet lest I wind up being a plaintiff in a lawsuit. But how can I keep such a thing to myself and off this blog?

It's been a week and a half and the summary is this. I was taking a fitness walk and about a hundred feet from my house I was attacked by what I'm told is a pit bull and border collie mix. Yes, it was on a leash but no, the dog walker did not control it. There was no warning, no bark, no growl, nothing, just a big chomp into my thigh muscle which shocked me to say the least.

So far I've ridden in an ambulance to an ER and received treatment. It got infected and my doctor referred me to an infectious disease specialist. The healing is not over yet.

Oh, and the dog was past due for its rabies shot so a quarantine occurred. The dog was said to be negative so I have been spared the expensive rabies vaccination.

I also won't have to worry that the neighbor's dog will attack me again as the family has surrendered it to the county to be euthanized as "they feel it's a liability risk to their family".

I have had multiple days on full bedrest as I was unable to stand up, and other days where I sat down in certain comfortable chairs all day. This week it flared up worse and different than what was happening before, and after the doctor checked it he said  it will be another month of recovery and I can't do full physical activity, must limit standing and absolutely no exercise for fitness. I can't even lay on my right side or sit in certain positions.

The doctor said at any moment it could infect. I have deep crushing injury wounds with three-dimensional internal bruises and blood pools that my body needs to either expel or re-absorb. Wonderful!

So that is one of the big things I've been dealing with in the last two weeks which has taken me away from being in front of my computer writing and blogging. It's a good thing I had a bunch of blog posts ready to publish before that bite occurred.

Meanwhile I'm taking it easy, chomping down vitamins and supplements to boost my immune system and praying that my body heals quickly.

13 comments:

christinethecurious said...

I had minor dog bites once when I was a teen, nothing to what you are going through, but, oh, I remember the adrenalin shooting through me when I got bit.

I'll be praying,
Christine in Mass

Mental multivitamin said...

Oh, Christine! I am so horrified and sorry to read about what must have been a terrifying experience for you -- for your whole family. You have described one of my biggest fears, and now I know that it doesn't just happen to people "on the news." So sorry. So worried on your behalf. Sending you healing thoughts.

Melissa

Postscript: One possible benefit of bed rest? All of the reading you can do! *smile*

ChristineMM said...

MFS, I am reading more!

I also have decided to finally take the time to write a children's picture book I've had an idea that popped into my head about 3 years ago.

I also hatched an idea for a nonfiction ebook for homeschool moms.

We'll see if I can slow down enough to actually get that work done....my husband gave me an iPad3 last night for Mother's Day and my birthday so now that means I can be anywhere resting and be on the net. Maybe too convenient and more intrusive than a PC???

Thanks Christine and Melissa for your well wishes and thoughts.

ChristineMM said...

MFS, I am reading more!

I also have decided to finally take the time to write a children's picture book I've had an idea that popped into my head about 3 years ago.

I also hatched an idea for a nonfiction ebook for homeschool moms.

We'll see if I can slow down enough to actually get that work done....my husband gave me an iPad3 last night for Mother's Day and my birthday so now that means I can be anywhere resting and be on the net. Maybe too convenient and more intrusive than a PC???

Thanks Christine and Melissa for your well wishes and thoughts.

ChristineMM said...

Oh, this is my 3rd surprise attack. First at age 5, our pet dog adopted from shelter, my parents got rid of it after that.

Second age 9 or 10, attacked by an insane newly adopted from shelter mutt who was physcially abused prior, bit me all up and down my ribs and back while sitting on the floor playing with my best friend's dollhouse.

Dogs hate me, apparently.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! I have had a couple of minor bites by my now-deceased aunt's very temperamental poodle, and I remember his painful they are. I pray you recover quickly!

scimum said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I hope you make a fast and complete recovery.

Jaloney said...

Gear up for National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20-26); DogsBite.org releases safety flyer http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/safety-flyer-is-it-worth-the-risk.pdf

Share this flier widely ...
maybe on your blog too. More people need to know Pitbulls are the pits.

mommieakin said...

Christine, So sorry to hear about your ordeal. Prayers for quick healing! On another note, I cannot wait to see your ebook for homeschool moms! My children are younger than yours, 8 & 9 years old, and I have loved reading/searching your blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Brenda

KC said...

How horrible! This is the stuff of nightmares! I hope the rest of your recovery is infection free!

Krystal

Xa Lynn said...

Oh Christine, I just got internet access back and read this - I hope you are healing and not feeling it too much tonight... You are in my thoughts and prayers this evening.

Xa Lynn

Karen said...

OMGOSH!
It happened to me once when I was a kid...
To this day, I'm sorta dog-phobic...

I hope you are WELL and Running again!

Nannie Leick said...

At the very least, you were safe and the dog was vaccinated. That should make things easier. Plus, the owners knew what their obligations were. However, it is the emotional injury that I’m most concerned about. Like any other accident, it is what lingers longer. How are you feeling about the incident now, about dogs, particularly?

-->Nannie Leick