I don’t know if I believe in chance or fate or signs. I don’t know if things happen for a reason. I mostly believe things happen and we have to deal with them and that how we deal matters. I believe that what we put out into the universe, will in some way come back to us. That doesn’t mean that if you only throw out kindness that bad times won’t come your way. Bad times, good times, neutral-boring times, they will all come. But the goodness, it will come back too, hopefully when you least expect it but need it most.
We got a call on Friday that one of our vets (we have many) was able to get us TWO bottles of Apoquel. Not one, TWO. And not little bottles, we are talking the bulk bottles that vets use to dispense out smaller quantities. That means, and let me tell you I am still squealing with so much joy, that BOTH Melvin and Jake are now on it! I can already see a difference! Jake’s redness is fading. Melvin has a calmness that comes from not having to gnaw on his paws all day. I am filled with so much gratitude and even if this good fortune came our way because of something we put out there, we will still pay it forward. Above all, when good things happen for us, we want others to feel joy too!
Apoquel means that Melvin might be able to get off the prednisone. Might, we aren’t sure yet. But if he can get off it some or all together, his life could be longer. I mean I’m setting some pretty high hopes but when you think about our goals of his life being measured in joy, not time, Apoquel is something that could give both joy and time. And that option has not been a factor with him, ever. Now, the realist in me always kicks in, I know that Apoquel might not be enough for Melvin, prednisone might still be needed. But a door is open and we are going to walk through and see. And in the meantime, double-ear-infection-and-on-an-antibiotic-for-a-skin-infection Jake will for sure feel better. He’s been on this before, we know it works for him!