I am at the age where I feel like I am stuck between two different kinds of Halloween. I am over the stage where you wear a cute costume and go out partying all night while continuing to be shocked by the amount of skin some women choose to show year after year. I am also not yet at the stage where I have kids to take trick or treating. So what is a girl to do? I certainly don’t want to spend the night sitting on the couch.
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, but the last two years or so, it just isn’t as exciting. I love figuring out a costume and going all out, but then I don’t know what to do after that. This year my niece is staying with my parents during Halloween while my sister and brother-in-law are on a mini vacation and I thought spending Halloween with her and seeing it through her eyes would be a blast.
I had planned to go home tomorrow for the weekend to spend the holiday with my parents and niece and take her trick-or-treating for the first time. I got all excited about my costume, bought materials to make it, and ordered Sophie a matching costume. Then I got some not so great news from the vet.
Turns out Sophie has a nasty parasite that is extremely contagious, not just to other dogs, but to humans. She has been under quarantine for two weeks now, so as not to expose any other pets or people. We have already gone through one treatment, but the test afterward still came back positive. We just finished the second treatment, at a higher concentration of medication, and I am waiting for results. They may not come back until Friday morning. Obviously I can;t take her to my parents house and risk exposing my niece to the parasite, so now my Halloween plans are on hold. I am hoping the results come back late today or early tomorrow so I will still have enough time to get down to Mississippi in time for Halloween. I guess it’s a good thing I haven’t made my costume yet.
The good news is neither David, I , or either of that cats have caught the parasite (I have been using a lot of Lysol). I am told the symptoms would be unmistakable. The odd part is Sophie doesn’t have a single symptom herself, and never did. The only reason she was even tested was because it was part of a routine check up. two vets in the practice we go to (a husband and wife) are in disagreement as to whether she is contagious with no symptoms. Either way, we went ahead with the stronger second treatment, and I still don’t want to risk exposing anyone else.