I had planned to tell y’all about Ruby and how she’s faithfully alerting even though she’s sick, and I will tell you that in a minute, but before I could sit down to type, I was reminded that I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving…
It’s 1:15am here and the two oldest kids are up with me giggling and cooking. A few hours after Chuck and the two youngest kiddos went to sleep, Faith stumbled sleepily into the living room. She climbed up onto the couch and fell back to sleep. Grace noticed her and grabbed a blanket to cover her up. She got a tear in her eye and said, “Mommy, I’m so thankful to have such a sweet little sister.”
A while later, Ruby alerted and without being prompted, Grace grabbed the meter and checked Faith. When she saw the (lower than acceptable at bedtime) number, she went to the kitchen to get a snack and gave it to Faith while she slept. When she was done, JC walked over, picked Faith up, carried her back to bed, and tucked her in. I just sat watching all this, overwhelmed with gratitude. God has blessed us with the greatest kids.
This post is all over the place, but I just had to share that. Anyway, when Faith was diagnosed 2 years ago, I never would have imagined that He would answer my prayers for her by sending us the sweetest red dog. Ruby has been such an unexpected blessing for our family. She is always faithful to alert us to Faith’s high and low blood sugars, but last night she went above and beyond…
Yesterday evening I noticed that Ruby seemed to be uncomfortable when I let her out to go to the bathroom. It became clear that something was wrong, though, when she woke me up every hour overnight needing to go to the bathroom. Some of you may not know, but Ruby NEVER asks to go outside. She has always gone outside on a schedule, so its never been necessary. However, last night she woke me up whining at our back door (which is in our bedroom). Even though she was completely miserable, and needing to go out every hour, she didn’t miss a single alert. That sweet girl faithfully did her job through all that discomfort. What a dog.
The vet started Ruby on antibiotics for a UTI and will x-ray her for bladder stones if she’s not better by Monday. We’re hoping and praying she’s feeling better before then. Please pray for her if you think about it.
Our family has so very much to be thankful for. These past two years have not been our easiest, but we are continually amazed at how God has comforted, provided, and made Himself known to us. He really is faithful, y’all.
I am thankful for each of you that share in our journey. Thank you for all the times that you’ve prayed for us or commented here with sweet words of encouragement. They mean more to me than you know.