Most weeks are filled with some sort of ups and downs, but this week was on steroids. I can't remember a week that was filled with so many high highs and so many low lows, but I will say, I think my heart rate would prefer a little more normalcy moving forward. Let's start out with one of the lows since it's always better to end on a high note.
Low of lows: We had a pretty big health scare with Jenny this week. I returned from my sister-in-law's wedding to a very sick Jenny. I left Friday, and she was perfectly fine. Saturday, my friend who was watching her noticed she was acting strange. There really wasn't anything I could do being a plane ride away, so I tried to just put it out of my mind and deal with it when I returned home. When I got home Sunday, Jenny was in so much pain. She hobbled over to me when she saw me, laid her head on my shoulder, and just stayed there. She could barely walk, and she couldn't sit or lay down on her own. I literally had to force her feet from under her to get her in a laying position. She was shaking, weak, and scared. What in the world happened to my perfectly healthy baby?! I was a wreck. Long story short, I took her to the vet, and praise God he was able to diagnose her. She had a bacterial infection that was making its way through her body, causing extreme soreness and pain in her muscles. Her prescribed an antibiotic, and she is doing soooo much better. I am so thankful for a vet who was able to pin point what was wrong and fix my baby.
You may be wondering how she got the bacterial infection. Let's back up to Friday afternoon. Jenny caught a cat outside, put it in her mouth, and shook it around. She's not so sweet to the felines. We separated them as soon as we could, and the cat was fine. Jenny had a few scratches on her ears, so we gave her a bath and neosporin and called it a day. Apparently one of those scratches was a bite mark. Our vet told us that cats have some of the filthiest mouths of all animals and that they are filled with bacteria. One little bite on the ear, and Jenny was instantly infected. Again, I am so thankful the vet diagnosed this right away and knew how to treat it. It was one of the scariest weeks of my life because I really thought we might lose her, but God is good and our story had a happy ending.
High of highs: I conquered 8 miles this week! The half marathon training continues, and I was so pleased with my last run of the week. Weather conditions were perfect, I had just found out awesome news for Parker (see next point), and I was just on cloud nine. Sometimes running is such a chore and I would literally rather do anything else, but sometimes there are those runs that just feel so good the entire time.
Highest of highs: Parker is a carrier qualified aviator! He has been getting ready for a month now to go out and land on the carrier, and he passed! I am so proud of him! One step closer to those wings of gold. I love getting to witness his dreams come true, and finding out he qualified was the best feeling. I'm a pretty big fan of that kid!
All in all, it was a really blessed week for the Phelps trio. It was stressful beyond belief, but God got us through it. I am ready for what I hope will be a very stress-free weekend. I wish the same for all of you!