Around four in the morning, I heard a chirp. No, it wasn’t Kismet. About 20 seconds later, I heard it again. This constant intermittent chirping freaked me out. I started shivering. Where’s that “rough, tough terrier” that I’m supposed to be? Well, as some of you know, I have Addison’s disease where I don’t get enough of a necessary hormone-Cushing’s disease is where you get too much of the same hormone. Why am I telling your this? I think you should be aware of it so you know if it happens to you. It happens in Scotties, but also in other breeds and I personally know of a Beagle and a Rat Terrier who’ve had it. It first showed itself when I was about five or six. I simply started shutting down and if untreated, I would have died. JFK had Addison’s also, so humans get it. If I were in the wild like my distant ancestors, I’d be dead now. Since it shows itself after the time a dog has started to reproduce, Addison’s gets perpetuated. I have to take a shot every 25 days
It comes in this little bottle that contains 4cc of meds. The shot is 1cc so a bottle lasts 100 days. The packaging even has a picture of Kenzie on it! The price of the bottle keeps increasing and it’s now $213 and I hate to see what it will be next time. So if you find yourself slowing down and without energy, get your peeps to take you to the vet and think about testing for Addison’s.
One of the problems I still have because of Addison’s is I’m stressed easily. I take a Prednisone daily and if They know something stressful is going to happen (like grooming), I get a double dose that morning. This chirping had me stressed and shivering. Strokes from Them didn’t help. He found the culprit
See it way up on the ceiling. That’s how it looked to Him at four in the morning when he had to get out the ladder and remove the bad battery so we could get temporary relief. Now, I don’t want to hear any of this about changing the battery when the time changes in the spring and fall. He faithfully does that. The problem is that Arizona doesn’t go on daylight savings time and we never change the clocks. In the winter we’re on the same time as Denver and in the summer we’re in sync with San Francisco.
What is it with 4am and smoke detectors? In 2010, we took a trip to visit my relatives, Bandit and Digger (the dachshunds), in Montana. That’s from almost Mexico to almost Canada and back. We spent a night in Moab, Utah and at 4 in the morning, the hotel’s smoke alarm went off. We couldn’t use the elevator to evacuate, so we had to take the stairs with everyone else. Kenzie and I got carried by Them and once outside there was nobody to talk with-the rest of the hotel was crammed with a French tourist group and Their French isn’t THAT good (Easy, je suis navre). They always take us on trips-I’d be too stressed out without Them.