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Oh What A Week

I have so much to fill you guys in on. It’s been quite a week…am so it’s only Wednesday morning.

I’m drinking all the coffee right now as I juggle responding to about a gazillion Facebook messages about furniture I’m selling in the marketplace. Have y’all ever done this before? It’s convenient but a good bit of work answering questions and negotiating prices and times for people to look at and pick things up.

Side note: I found this mug as I was unpacking a bunch of boxes of china and crystal that my parents gave me a few years ago that were in the closet of our old house. It made me super happy and reminded me of my childhood. 🙂

So…this week. Moving has been a beast in itself. I felt pretty good, organized and sane during the packing process but this unpacking is a totally different story. We’ve been working so hard and it’s taking us forever to get settled. The kitchen is done as well as the master and guest bedrooms and bathrooms. Dining and living are 80% done and den and office/3rd bedroom are complete clusters. We also need to reorganize and optimize our attic and outside storage spaces.

On top of the move, on Monday I had the “Monday to beat all Mondays.”

First, I spilled an entire mug of hot tea down my chest and stomach, leaving me with second degree burns on my chest and first degree in a line down my stomach.

*warning, graphic photo coming*

I have this mug that someone gave me as a gift that is slippery and oversized…but I like the quote on it. :p I’ve almost dropped it while holding it multiple times before.

On Monday I made my afternoon tea in the microwave. We have a new microwave so I’m still trying to get used to the temperatures/times. I heated the tea for 2 minutes, put it down on the table and then picked it up to take a sip. As I was bringing it up to my mouth I lost my grip on it and the hot tea went straight down my sports bra. I stood there in shock for a minute and then stripped and started hosing myself down at the kitchen sink.

The pain was so, so bad for about an hour. I had to lay in bed with a wet towel over my chest and stomach until the burning subsided. I was shaking and couldn’t really focus on anything but the pain. Tanner was in the middle of a doctor’s appointment and having a test run so he couldn’t come straight home. It also wasn’t an emergency, I was just in pain.

Luckily, we have lots of doctor friends/students so I texted one of them a pic (she’s an ER doc) and she forwarded it to her husband (who is a plastic surgeon). He said he wanted to see me in the office to dress the wound. His nurse put this awesome burn covering over the second degree burns that protects them and allows me to do things like sleep, shower and wear clothes without pain.

He says as long as I take good care of it and keep it out of the sun this spring/summer, I should be able to avoid bad scarring.

It was TERRIBLE. Burning yourself is the worst.

Even worse than the burn was our evening trip to the emergency vet. After I got home from the doctor, Tanner and I headed to the studio for our weekly management team meeting. He stayed after to take class and I went next door to get my nails done. I thought I’d earned it after the move + burn extravaganza. We were gone for about 2.5 hours.

When we arrived home, I noticed that there was shredded cardboard all over the floor. Zoey likes to rip up paper sometimes so I wasn’t too surprised but when I went to clean it up I realized that the boxes of cardboard were rat/mice poison and that there were little granules of it on the floor.


Somehow in our move a basket of really old cleaning supplies from our previous rental (that were not ours, they were on the top shelf of the laundry room out of reach for the 1.5 years we lived there) made it to our new house with the movers and was set on the floor. Apparently in that basket was rat/mice poison. We had no idea.

We rushed both girls to the emergency vet. While we knew Zoey was the one who had ripped up the box, we had no idea if Sullie had eaten any of it. Arnie was in his crate while we were gone.

When we arrived and told the front desk what happened, they immediately called a stat and rushed the girls back. They had me sign something that gave them permission to do whatever necessary to save them. It was terrifying.

Less than 10 minutes after arriving, the doctor came in and showed us a picture of Zoey standing in front of a huge pile of bright green vomit. They said she, “seemed like the guilty party” (haha) so they induced vomiting in her first. They give them an injection that makes them vomit super quickly. They were correct. We would later discover that she ate not one but TWO boxes of it.

Poor Sullie had to get the injection and throw up for nothing. She did not ingest any of the poison and got to go home (feeling a little woozy) with us. Zoey had to stay the night. They fed her a ton of food and kept making her throw up and then gave her activated charcoal, 24 hours of fluids and Vitamin K.

We were all so worried about Zoey but Sullie did love some one-on-one time with me yesterday. I took her for an off-leash walk on the new trails and she was in heaven. I thought she deserved it after what she had to go through.

Tanner picked up Zoey around 8 last night. I have never seen her so wiped out or tired. I can only imagine that the 24 hours in the hospital were stressful for her. I just called our regular vet and we will do a follow up with her tomorrow afternoon to re-check her blood work.

The doctors feel good about her recovery since we caught everything so quickly but please say a lot of prayers for her. Also a PSA to do a thorough check of your home to make sure you don’t have anything dangerous/toxic to your children/pets. And one last PSA not to buy rat/mice poison in general. It’s extremely inhumane and a terrible way for any living creature to have to die. I won’t go into details here but google it if you you’re not familiar.

That ended up being a rather lengthy post. I’m off to meet someone to sell a couch. 🙂

Have a good day everyone.



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  • Heather West March 22, 2017, 11:14 am

    Keeping Zoey in my thoughts! My dog is a 5 year old lab/hound mix who eats everything! The most fun was the summer she ate about a cup of dry grits, a 2 lb. bag of rice, and a box of protein bars (wrappers and all). The vet bills that summer were a lot of fun.

    And even if you do scar, it will fade over time. When I was in 4th grade, I was eating one of those microwavable Chef Boyardee bowls. When I pulled it out, the bottom fell out of the cup, and the stuff landed on my leg. It was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. I had a second degree burn about the size of an iPhone right above my knee. My mom rushed me to the ER, and while waiting kept alternating wet wash cloths on my leg. It scared for a while (I was 10 and it was June… Keeping me out of the sun was a losing battle), but after a while faded to nothing.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:09 pm

      OH MY GOSH! Dry grits and rice!? Crazy. These pups keep us on our toes, that is for sure!

      I am so sorry about your burn from childhood. That truly sounds so terrible. Good to hear that you’ve been left with no scarring though.

  • Bonnie March 22, 2017, 11:36 am

    I just got chills reading the part of this post about the rat poison and actual tears in my eyes reading about the girls’ trip to the emergency vet. I know the terror and fear that a trip to the emergency vet entails so I really felt for you and the pups. Thank goodness you got her there in time. And thank you so much for saying not to buy rat poison in general. It is so awful and inhumane. Wow, what a day! Sending positive thoughts and prayers to both you and Zoey for a quick recovery.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:08 pm

      Hey Bonnie – yes, the emergency vet is the worst and such a scary, scary experience. Thank you for the prayers. <3

  • Katie H March 22, 2017, 11:56 am

    I’m so glad everyone is okay!! Sending positive thoughts!!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:07 pm

      Thank you Katie.

  • tara March 22, 2017, 12:09 pm

    wow what a horrible horrible day ! lots of positive thoughts coming your way

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:07 pm

      Thank you Tara. xx

  • kate March 22, 2017, 12:18 pm

    oh my goodness, the vet experience sounds terrifying!! Luckily our pup that’s about Zoey’s age only eats our couch (eye roll). Moving is so hectic, it’s an honest mistake, it happens! I’m glad she’s okay, hopefully her bloodwork in the follow up comes back clean too!
    I’m so sorry about your burn! In college I got a second degree burn on my palm pulling a mug for tea out of the microwave…it was the first day of finals and of course I had to go cry through a religion essay final after getting it wrapped up! Since then, I will only use a pyrex measuring cup to heat up water in the microwave! I’m so sorry you have to go through that, so painful!!!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:07 pm

      Oh no, I’m so sorry about your couch. 🙁

      And sorry that you have also experienced this pain. The worst.

  • Amy M March 22, 2017, 12:40 pm

    Yikes on both counts. Hope everyone is mending.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:05 pm

      Thank you, we are.

  • Sharon March 22, 2017, 1:08 pm

    Oh my goodness! Our goldens got into a medication of theirs once (Rimadyl) and had to go through a similar procedure. Just terrible.

    Sorry about your burn and hope it heals quickly.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:05 pm

      Oh no! I’m so sorry. It’s just so so scary when things like this happen. Especially since they can’t talk to you and let you know what happened.

  • Hillary March 22, 2017, 1:18 pm

    What a start to the week, oh boy!! I hope you have some much needed R&R in your nearby future. Hang in there 🙂

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:03 pm

      Thank you Hillary!

  • Sarah March 22, 2017, 1:38 pm

    Ugh I’ve done that with tea. Second or third degree burns on my thigh (where the boiling tea was trapped even longer because I was wearing leggings). Today, the texture of the area is completely normal and the only thing left is a slight discoloration that most people wouldn’t even notice. So, with medical treatment (which I didn’t have), you’ll probably have even more favorable results. Glad the dogs are okay.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:03 pm

      Oh I’m so sorry that you’ve also had to endure this kind of burn. Truly so so bad. Glad to hear you healed up well. Fingers crossed for that.

  • Joy March 22, 2017, 1:46 pm

    Oh Jen, what a start to the week! I’m so sorry to hear about your burns and then your sweet pups! I’m sending positive vibes to Zoey and hope she’ll be back to her regular self ASAP! That must have been so scary, but it sounds like the girls were in very good hands at the vet.

    Burns hurt SO BAD. I hope they heal up quickly!

    That trail near your new house looks amazing. I’m so happy for you that you have that so close by.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:01 pm

      Hey Joy – thank you so much for the comment and kind words. You’re so right about burns, they are just so painful. We are loving our new space and it totally feels like the right move for us.

  • maya March 22, 2017, 2:23 pm

    My goodness, what a difficult, terifying week you’ve had! I hope you and Zoey feel better soon, I know how tough and scary being sick and injured can be. All the best Jen, I hope you can have a break soon!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:00 pm

      Thank you Maya. xx

  • Nikki March 22, 2017, 2:24 pm

    Jen! What a crazy few days you’ve had. Unfortunately I also got a second degree burn once on my stomach while I was in a sports bra…. it’s the worst. So sorry that happened! Very happy to hear Zoey girl is okay… Unbelievable! Sending you a virtual hug and good vibes to wrap up your week! xo

    • Nikki March 22, 2017, 2:25 pm

      ….Also, I LOVE that classic mug you found! Very retro, and I’m sure brings up many fond memories of your past. Hopefully it’s not slippery! 😉

      • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:59 pm

        Yes, of my dad! And no, it’s not. I should have thrown that other one away long ago.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:00 pm

      Thank you Nikki. I appreciate the kind words. Crazy, crazy week.

  • Rebecca March 22, 2017, 3:17 pm

    Oh no! I hope the rest of the week is much calmer for you! Hope your burn is healing up quickly, that looks so painful.

    Poor Zoey (and Sullie)! I was at the emergency vet with my cat once when three dogs came in, they had gotten into their owners’ medicine cabinet somehow. The vet techs hustled me out of the back room so fast, but yeah, it was a LOT of vomit! I can only imagine how scary that must have been for y’all. Glad it was caught quickly!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:57 pm

      Thanks Rebecca. We are hoping for smooth sailing now that we got all of this out of the way. Definitely scary to have emergencies with your pets, especially since they can’t talk and give info on what happened!

  • Jennifer March 22, 2017, 4:47 pm

    Golly, girl. That sucks. I am so glad your girls are going to be ok. I hope the rest of your week is awesome to make up for your scares. <3

    Love that mug!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:56 pm

      Thank you! And yes, the mug is the best!

  • Barbara March 22, 2017, 6:23 pm

    Omg Jen, what a week! I hope you are feeling better and those burns are better now. How scary for your girls. So lucky that you discovered it quickly and the vet acted so fast. It’s over now, you guys made it through! make sure you all go out together for walks and enjoy each other, even in the craziness of the still to finish move 🙂 On a different note, I live in Australia and people here lost their minds when they found out people in the US boil their water in the microwave and not with an electric kettle, Twitter went OFF! It was pretty funny to be honest…you should totally get an electric kettle! It will change your life!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:56 pm

      Thank you Barbara. And I loved the note on the electric kettle. I boil my water on the stovetop for my coffee (french press) but I usually stick a tea bag and some water in a much and put it in the microwave for tea. I’ll consider a kettle! 😉

  • Lindsey March 22, 2017, 9:32 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I was burned in the same place as you and wanted to let you know that after the bandages came off I was told to put pure vitamin E team on it religiously. I’m talking when you think it’s too many times, rub some in again. I broke my elbow and it also helped with my scarring on that as well. no redness and barely noticeable.


    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:53 pm

      I so appreciate this tip. I am ordering some now!

  • Nicki March 22, 2017, 9:32 pm

    What an awful week! It can only get better from here right?! OUCH to the burn but hopefully it heals well. As for the pups…yikes! My boss thinks her cat ate a mouse that had eaten mice/rat poison and she’s been dealing with that all week though I don’t think they induced vomiting on the cat because they didn’t notice anything wrong with her until a few days after she had brought the mouse around so maybe it’s just something else. I ADORE that pic of Sullie in the greenbelt! What a wonderful place to move to!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:53 pm

      That is CRAZY about your bosses cat eating a mice that had eating it. That is just nuts. I can totally see how that could happen though.

      And yes, Sullie loves her nature time! Can’t wait for a spring/summer full of trail walks and swims!

  • Diana March 22, 2017, 11:29 pm

    Hope you and your pups feel better soon! <3

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:52 pm

      Thanks Diana. It’s been a crazy week!

  • Jenn March 23, 2017, 6:38 am

    Omg you were not kidding about a stressful week! Hope you are not feeling too bad now from the burns and wishing you a speedy recovery. Also thankful that the pups are ok <3

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:52 pm

      Thank you so much Jenn!

  • Michelle March 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    This is terrrible, Jen! I was so worried about Zoey after I saw your Snap story!! I am so relieved to know she will be okay…sending up lots of prayers for her full recovery (and yours, too! what a crazy day!!!)!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:51 pm

      We had our follow up appointment today with her regular vet and she thinks she will make a full recovery with no lasting side effects. These first 30 days are the big test. Thank you for the prayers.

  • Brittany Holtz March 23, 2017, 7:23 am

    Omg you poor thing!!! I’m so glad everyone is okay – what a week! Champ once swallowed a peach pit that he helped himself to from the counter. I immediately gave him a concoction to induce vomit and within a minute the peach out and everything else in his stomach came out. That couple of minutes of waiting was so scary so I can’t even imagine the emotions!

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:50 pm

      Oh my gosh! Smart mama. What did you give him? I feel like I need to have this knowledge on hand because I never know what Zoey is going to get into.

  • Melissa March 23, 2017, 8:39 am

    What a week! I’m so sorry for all you have had to go through this week. Here is to hoping the second half of your week improves! Glad you and the girls are okay.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:50 pm

      Thank you. It always seems like it all happens all at once. Hopefully we’re done with drama for now!

  • Nathaly March 23, 2017, 10:56 am

    Poor Zoey! I’m so glad you guys acted fast by taking her to the vet. I will pray for her recovery. I also hope you recover fast from your burns.

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much. <3

  • JennyV March 24, 2017, 6:59 am

    What a wild week! Trips to the mergenct vet are terrifying. I’m so glad you had a good outcome and that Zoey will be okay! Sullie sure did look like she enjoyed her off leash walk! There’s just something so awesome about watching your dog enjoy their freedom 💕
    Your burn!! Will be praying that the pain and healing move quickly.
    And that mug… reminded me of my late grandpa. Growing up just miles down the road from my grandparents from birth to ten years old helped shape the person I am today. Miss him so much — thanks for the smile!

  • Julie Running in a Skirt March 24, 2017, 9:05 am

    Oh goodness! What an awful week! I’m so glad they are ok– I’d be in total panic too.

  • Holly April 15, 2017, 8:22 pm

    The burn sounds horrible! I’m so sorry!

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