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Topic: Directions (02/02/04)

TITLE: Final Directions
By Mamie Zook


Final Directions

As I held the bottles in my hand, I read the directions. 'Give one tablet by mouth once daily until gone', 'Give one tablet every 12 hours (twice daily) until gone'. The only problem with the directions is that the twice daily pill had to be raised to three times daily or else the fluid will start to build up around his heart and he coughs.

He has been on the pills faithfully for many months now. My life revolves around making sure he gets them like they are prescribed. I see the consequences if I deviate from the directions one bit. I can not take the chance. I feel as if his life is in my hands and I guess in a way it is until God decides it is time for him to go.

It is ironic how the words 'until gone' are on the bottles. We think in terms of until the medication is finished. If we really think about the metaphor it can mean 'until he passes' All my life, I have never thought of this until now but when you have someone in your life that is very important to you, it takes on a whole new meaning.

He is having at least one heart attack a day when I am with him. He sometimes cries with pain but other times it is as if he is in slow motion and falls down. People have told me to put him out of his misery. I tell them that I am NOT GOD and I can not make the decision that it is time for him to go. I feel that way now but may have to change my thinking at some point in time. I just don't know.

What I do know for sure is that we all have an appointed time and I know his is coming sooner than I would like for it to. I just don't want to give him up because he has been my companion for many years. He is like one of the family. If you have not guessed by now, I will tell you. He is my dog "Dewey"

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shirley shields02/09/04
Mamie, I totally understand your feelings. I had a faithful dog that had seen me through so many things, in fact at times I felt he was the only living thing around me that cared if I came home at night or would miss me at all. Finally one day I could see his struggles were so hard and felt that I was being selfish to allow him to continue being there for me,the Lord had given me a special companion for nearly 17 years and he was suffering so much, it was I who needed to let go and let God fill all those empty spaces I was dealing with at the time.Just release him to the Lord and thank the LORD for his love shown through your dog to you. God created and loves you and remember not a sparrow shall fall without His notice.God Bless you in this struggle.
L.M. Lee02/09/04
Dewey...great friend.
Jean Bremer02/09/04
Very hard decision to make. What is right? You show much love for this companion.
Donna Anderson02/10/04
Know that God knows your heart and that love and compassion for any of his creatures moves his own. He's right there with the two of you. :)
Glenda Lagerstedt02/11/04
Ouch! I went through this two years ago with our faithful beagle of 14 years plus a few months. The last night of her life I slept on the living room floor with her because she whined every time I moved from her side. Love and prayers as you go through this battle.