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Today

I debated posting about my day over things like pictures or lists, but today was weird so here goes. 

I’m a veterinary technician. I went to school to get certified, but was unable to compete the program so I started working without certification. No big deal in animal medicine. 

I was trained in the AAHA standards, which are what we strive to achieve in our practices. 

Which also NEVER prepared me for real world medicine. 

I was not shown how to hold 3 day old puppies for restraint while they get their tails docked, or dewclaws removed. Those procedures were elective and unnecessary.

I learned that today. While I have no moral or ethical rejections to either procedures, I found them distasteful. Would I do it again? If I needed to I would. I was proud that I amazed my doctor afterwards! He commended me for not fainting which is apparently what he’s used to with technicians on their first attempts. 

The second interesting case that came in was a pair of hound dogs that had been out boar hunting and got too close. Lacerations and puncture wounds abound!

Normally when I’m at work I have to wear a sleeve to cover my tattoos, but this time I removed it because I was literally getting covered in blood. 

Thankfully both dogs should be ok after getting stitched back up. They were super sweet!

While my coworkers were disgusted that these dogs were being used to flush out dangerous boar, I grew up around that and don’t really see the problem. They called the hunters cowards for using dogs to flush out the hogs, then blanched when I said there was no difference between what these dogs do and what bird dogs do. 

We disagreed. I agreed that we’d probably never agree with that statement. 

That was my day today. 🙂

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Christmas shopping

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It’s no secret that I have no use for my sister’s husband.

I don’t sugar coat anything either, so trying to find something to get him for Christmas is always hard.

This year, I think I’ll get him the Home Depot gift card staple and add a little airplane bottle of whiskey.

Just my way of saying bless your heart to him. 🙂

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Gilmore Girls 

4 episodes.

90 minutes each. 

I laughed, I cried. In the end, I found myself wanting. 

Wanting more. Perhaps even just better understanding…

I’ve been a fan of this show for the past 10 years, maybe more. I will re-watch the entire series from season 1 to season 7 happily and with popcorn, but these 4 episodes left me with more questions and some very heartfelt closures. I loved every tribute to Richard Gilmore! I cried a lot watching those. 

Now the biggest question remains, was it the wookie or Logan??

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Vet Tech Life

It was inevitable. 

Anyone who knows a veterinary technician can attest to this.

We love to share! The grosser the better honestly! 

While it’s not exactly a blood filled sebaceous cyst or tooth root abscess gone awry, I happen to find this pus filled ear incredibly satisfying. Every view gave a wave of neutrophils too pretty and unique to not admire, plus an insane amount of bacteria that was tamed in this viewing by clumps. 

Thankfully, this poor baby came to our clinic for a second opinion and better medications and treatment protocols. 

It truly is the little things in life that I enjoy!

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Post surgery

I took a Snapchat video yesterday of our neuter dog lamenting the fact that he lost his masculinity. Sometimes, when males come in, they like to serenade everybody in the building. 

This happens quite a lot haha!