|Proper Garden gift shop in Delaware, Ohio|
Actually, unlike the quote above, our Marilyn Monroe is quite a rule follower. She had a job to do as a seeing eye dog for 11 years and she did it well. For the past four years, she's been enjoying retirement with us. Last Friday night, she suffered three grand mal seizures-each lasting more than 5 minutes. This is a true emergency and so, Ron drove while I held MM and off we went to Lorain Animal Emergency Clinic where Marilyn was admitted and anti seizure meds were started. Little did we know that she had a brain tumor, pancreatitis, and liver cancer. And that all three illnesses were recent and unrelated. All of that was ascertained the next day at MedVet, a animal specialty clinic in Columbus. We planned to be in Columbus area for a wedding on Saturday and we took Marilyn straight to MedVet from Lorain. Marilyn was well cared for by round the clock shifts of vet techs in ICU and by Doctors Dudley and Lovett during her 7 day stay.
|www.welcomehomeinn.com Delaware, Ohio|
Married August 29, 2015 to Ben Dunnavant
|Ivona and Ben relax during the reception|
|Ivona pauses to give her dad a big hug at the reception|
|Both moms pose with the newlyweds|
|Modern cake topper|
|Welcome Home Inn|
Knowing that Marilyn was in good hands, Ron and I settled into our room at the Welcome Inn as planned after the wedding reception. Actually, we extended our stay by 5 extra nights! Our hosts, Forrest and Brenda Williams, were very flexible and we could not have asked for a more restful place.
|Fabulous screened in porch at Welcome Home Inn|
We were the only guests for several of our nights there and every morning we raced out to spend private time on the porch. After a few hours, we would then drive into Columbus to confer with Marilyn's team.
|We caught up on reading while waiting for news of Marilyn's surgery|
You can see by the smile on Ron's face that we had good new regarding Marilyn's prognosis. Her brain tumor could be managed via medication, her liver cancer could be removed, and her pancreatitis abated! It was about this time that Paulette called with bad news regarding Kate.
|Jack and Kate are best buddies|
|Just a hint about the meticulousness of our host, Forrest Williams|
Our host, Forrest, is a bit of a perfectionist, as you can see by his woodpile! We were properly impressed.
|The inn was filled with oak antiques, quilts, pottery, all beautifully arranged|
I loved the collections and displays that Brenda had created inside the house. She was the gardener as well! And the piano teacher, and the baker. Forrest, a Methodist minister, is a wedding officiant and building the home as a b&b keeps them busy in their "retirement".
|Garden sculpture on the Welcome Home 6 acre property|
'Kate's surgery was scheduled for Thursday. The Welcome Home Inn had some interesting activity that day as well.
|Ron hopes for his chance to be an extra in the TLC film|
A film crew from L.A. arrived to tape a TLC network episode. They had scouted locations and determined that the Welcome Home Inn was a perfect as background for an emotional film episode of parents meeting their child given up for adoptions 20 years earlier. (to be aired in January 2016)
|No dice, the film is a closeup of just two people|
|Marilyn perks up in ICU when I entered the room and tries to rise|
Marilyn was coming along fine and we spent some time with her each day. Since Kate was in the same ICU area, we stopped to check in our her following her surgery as well. Spending ( a great choice of words, by the way) time at MedVet, we discovered an outdoor memorial garden on the property.
|Memorial garden at MedVet, Worthington, Ohio|
Grateful not to be adding a brick this time around, I took some photos of the sculptures there.
|MedVet metal sculptures around the entrance of the Clinic|
You might have noticed that I don't have any photos of the visitors and their pets. Most were just too worried to pose, as they awaited news of their pets. Ron and I were there enough hours of the day and night to witness emergency admissions, talk to owners about their pets, and offer a hug when tears began to flow.
It was inspiring to be among people who love their dogs and cats as much as we love ours and it was a privilege to meet the techs, the vets, and the general admissions staff. On the day of our last appointment, we arrived late. The staff called to be sure we were alright! Actually, we were delayed by a Ohio State Trooper who politely issued me a ticket for speeding (60 in a 45, as they say) He didn't seem to think rushing to pick up our beloved dogs was reason enough to be speeding, I guess.
Family and friends offered encouragement and cheers with progress report and we are thrilled to announce that our pet family is doing great -it is wonderful to be back on our own porch again. Paulette, thank you for extending your stellar pet sitting from one night to six, and managing all of the ongoing household chores for us. And Bob, for making the drive to Columbus with our precious cargo, Kate.
|Convalescing on our back porch|