A low key weekend with 21 miles

This weekend was extremely low key.  Because Hank had surgery on Thursday we were worried he would be in pain and we wanted to keep him as comfortable as possible so we stayed home and didn’t really leave the house at all.  Well, I didn’t.

I work from home and realistically I could stay in my pajamas for days and it wouldn’t bother me a bit but once I realize that I can’t leave for whatever reason, I get stir crazy.

I can't leave!

For the most part MacGyver and I took turns watching Hank.  I watched him when MacGyver needed to work on the lawn tractor and he watched him in the mornings so that I could run.  It worked out pretty well.

Surprisingly, Hank hasn’t lost his appetite at all, he’s been eating regularly since he came home but he doesn’t really want to drink so I’m giving him water with a syringe.  I think he secretly likes it because truth be told, he might be a bit spoiled.

dog with bottle

Not that spoiled, yet.

On Sunday I asked MacGyver to watch Hank for a bit longer because I wanted to cut the grass and weed eat the lawn.  As much as he hated to, he said ‘sure, no problem.’  I know it killed him inside though.   I could tell every time I passed by the front door and saw him lying there on the sofa watching TV.   (Surely you detected the sarcasm there right?)  Because we haven’t mowed our lawn since before Christmas…

high grass

Don’t worry babe, this shouldn’t take long.

Actually it really shouldn’t have taken more than an hour or two.  I got the grass cut in 45 minutes but unfortunately it took me 3 hours just to weed eat the grass because our weed eater is a MacGyver special and it kept shutting off.

weed eater special

I am not even kidding you, we have a weed eater head just like this…

MacGyver can fix anything so all of our equipment is either souped up or modified and that’s why I had to blow in a hose every few minutes and then stick my finger over it to keep the weed eater from stalling.


I kid, I kid, that’s how I keep my ATV from stalling  (Not kidding.).  I’m pretty sure at least one person out there knows what I’m talking about, perhaps Mrs. Inspector Gadget, AKA my sister in law.  She gets it.

But let’s get back to the weekend, shall we?  I ran 13.1 miles on Saturday morning.  I did not have another hydration fail and even though I was home with Hank all day, I got a ton of cleaning done around the house.  The most important thing to tell you though is that I did not get a migraine after that long run.  Not even a slight headache.   Except for the one I got last week, that’s about 3 months of long runs without migraines and my longest run during that time is 15 miles so I’m extremely happy about it.


I am really looking forward to sharing with you this week a few changes that I made  back in November.  In doing so I’ve been able to do continually increase my long runs and prevent the migraines that I had become accustomed to getting afterward.  I’m going to share the first of those things that I changed tomorrow and then more during the week so I hope you come back to read.  Maybe some of them might work for you.

On Sunday, I wasn’t really sure how many miles I was going to run.  We were playing everything by ear because of Hank but MacGyver told me to run as long as I wanted to so I ran 8 miles.  It was a beautiful morning here and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  I love the weather we had this weekend.  It’s was in the low to mid-sixties in the morning and the low eighties by the afternoon.  It was absolutely perfect.  It won’t last though, summer will be here before we know it.  Hopefully by the time it does, I’ll be acclimated.

Last week I ran 38.5 miles and walked 2 miles.  I ran 5 days and my longest run was 13.1 miles.  My strength training this week was yard work and believe me, it counts.

Hank is getting his drain removed this morning so I’m off to the vet.

How was your weekend?

Did you run?

Emergency surgery for Hank and spiders suck y’all

Last night was rough, really rough.  It’s heartbreaking to know that your baby is suffering and there is nothing you can do about it.  I had to crate him because we have to keep him as still as possible.  He doesn’t like the crate.  That’s why I stayed with him for most of the night, sitting there and talking to him.

He did sleep for a little while and I slept on the sofa beside him.  It wasn’t a long sleep.

sleep time

I took Hank back to the vet yesterday at 4:30.  The vet was still in surgery but she asked her assistant to shave Hank’s leg so she could see what was going on.  Once they started shaving I knew instantly that I had been right, it was a spider bite and there was already some necrotic tissue.

Warning:  If you have a weak stomach, don’t go any further.  I am purposely posting smaller pics that you can click to enlarge in order to spare those of you who are squeamish.  I debated posting any at all but I want this to be a wake up call about the dangers of spider bites and why it is so important to get to the vet immediately.

I took Hank into the vet within a day or two of him acting not so much ill but a bit off.  There were no visible signs of injury at all at the site, only swelling.  That was Wednesday.  By Thursday afternoon when the vet shaved the area, this is what we saw:

necrotic skin from spider biteThat is necrotic tissue, where the spider toxin has killed the skin cells.  I didn’t know what the treatment would be since he was acting almost normal again but I expected the vet to come in and recommend high dose antibiotics and to keep him on the steroids but instead she recommended surgery, and immediately.

Hank before surgery

It’s okay Momma, I got this.

I had to leave my baby with the vet and trust that they could get all of the dead tissue out and prevent it from spreading.  It was so hard to leave him there but I knew we had to get it out or he could get very sick.

An hour after I left the vet assistant called to let me know that they had completely prepared the area and that they had found additional injuries.  She texted me a picture so that I would not be shocked at how much tissue had to be removed.

Necrotic tissue on a dogJust so you know, those are not additional bites, those are areas in which the skin is dying from the spider toxin.

I was expecting to see a big area removed but I had no idea.  No flippin clue.  The surgery ended up taking much longer than the hour they initially told me.  He wasn’t ready for pickup until around 10PM.

I anxiously drove up there and ran in and when they brought him out to me he was groggy and covered in blankets.  The vet explained that they needed to keep the would uncovered but that he needed blankets to keep him him warm after surgery.  She said I may even need to use a heating pad but stressed that he needed to warm up.

She also gave me lots of warning about how bad the wound would look but as much as she tried, I was still shocked and MacGyver even more so.

This one is bad so don’t enlarge it if you are squeamish.

Hanks spider bite post surgeryI cannot believe how much tissue was lost.  I did everything I could to get him to the vet as soon as I knew he was hurting and I followed up immediately when I realized the initial diagnosis was incorrect but I’m here to tell you firsthand, it didn’t matter.  The toxins were already in his little body and the vet assured me there was nothing more I could have done.  She also said they have another dog currently undergoing treatment for a brown recluse bite and he has already had 3 surgeries and lost most of the skin on his back.

These spiders are horribly dangerous.  They  hide in dark places and are so small that you may not see them.  They are often called fiddle back spiders because of the violin shape on their back.

Brown RecluseMacGyver and I are researching the most effective and pet safe treatments that can be used in our home and we will be spraying both houses and the cabin but the most important thing you can do is to be aware that these spiders are out there and if you notice that your pet is acting off or not feeling well, see your vet immediately.  The vet said because I got Hank in so quickly and because I had given him benadryl in the days leading up to his visit, it may have stopped the toxin from spreading any further.  It’s the only time I’ve ever been happy my dog has allergies!

Let’s hope this is the end of the surgeries because Hank is a little dog and he doesn’t have a ton of skin to lose.  They stretched the area as much as possible to close the wound but it may not hold so we are being diligent about keeping him still for as long as we need to.

He seems to be feeling a bit better this morning but any prayers are certainly welcome as the vet has informed us this will be a very long road to recovery.

Hanky Poo after surgery I will do my best to label this post with warnings when I include any pics and also to tag posts regarding the bite in case you don’t want to read them.  I am going to document this journey though because when I suspected a spider bite, I couldn’t find a lot of information pertaining to bites on dogs and I hope this will help anyone who experiences this type of injury in the future.

Hank wanted me to make sure everyone knows, spiders suck but just in case you should really know about them so you can go here to learn more.


Demssew Tsega Abebe has a marathon PR of two hours and nine minutes and a half marathon time of one hour and one minute.  He was expected to run in the 2016 Olympics for his country of Ethiopia but that was before.

Demssew Tsega Abebe

Before his own country imprisoned him for a peaceful protest and then cut his heels and his feet so severely that he wasn’t able to run for a year.

Abebe escaped to find freedom in the United States and yesterday he was finally reunited with his family after two long years.  Abebe is also running again and I’m looking forward to hearing more about what this talented runner will accomplish. You can read about his story here.

Not too long after a tortured runner and his family became whole again, seventeen other families lives were ripped apart.

parkland school shooting

More and more reports are coming out to suggest that many people saw this coming.  If that’s the case then why?  Why did it escalate to this end?  It’s heartbreaking and I cannot even imagine what it must be like to be a teenager in this day and age.  I would never have in a million years expected any such thing to happen when I was in school.  It’s tragic and unfortunately I don’t believe the answer is a simple one but if we don’t start working toward a solution, I fear this is our new reality.

Yesterday I took both dogs to the vet.  Boomer is already getting better but Hank still seemed very lethargic all day yesterday.  I wanted to chalk it up to the cocktail of drugs that he’s on but I knew something wasn’t right.

This morning the swelling in his hind quarter started to subside and as it did I noticed something in his skin.

Dachshund bite

bug bite

It looks a lot like a bug bite to me.  I do know that his back gives him problems  from time to time but I’m fearful this is a spider bite.  His vet is in surgery this morning but I am taking him back in this afternoon.  It’ll probably cost me another few hundred bucks but I’d rather be safe than sorry and we need to get hm on the right medication if it is a bite.

Someone is looking out for me though because I went on a seven mile run this morning and about two miles in I saw something on the ground.  It was cash, and then I found another, and another, and another.  When I got home I pulled it all out of my sports bra and threw it on the counter.

found money running

I made two bucks a mile today.  Fourteen dollars total.  Not bad.  If I could find money like that every day, I’d never stop running!

What’s the most money you’ve ever found while out running?

Has your pet ever been bitten by an insect?  How could you tell?