Sam Glinsmann

Just a boy and his dog. And the things we like to do. We live in Minnesota.

http://samglinsmann.com/

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For the last month I’ve been thinking about the concept of sharing my life on social media; what to share, how much to share, and what to keep to myself. I think there is definitely a line, and I do value my privacy, but on this occasion I’m going to share something more intimate. I recognize that by sharing myself over social media, I’m giving people the opportunity to invest in my life. And I believe the correct response to y’all’s investment is to trust y’all with a piece of me.
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I will start by saying that I strive to be a positive impact on others lives, and that requires portraying a bright atmosphere, but today I have some sadder news.
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A few weeks ago Finn was admitted into the ICU at the veterinary hospital. It turns out he contracted a bacterial disease in his kidneys. The doctors told me that he had a 50/50 shot of surviving. It was the worst day of my life, hearing that news and leaving him at the hospital. I felt like I was abandoning my best friend, even though I knew there was nothing I could do to help.
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I got to visit him for two hours twice a day, making sure to be as positive around him as I could. And luckily with his unstoppable cheerful attitude and the prayers and thoughts and vibes sent his way from friends and family, he was released and the bacteria was eventually flushed.
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Unfortunately though when he was released, his kidney levels were still quite high. With that disease, about 20-30% of dogs die from chronic kidney failure.
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I took him back to the vet last week to rerun a diagnostic, and his levels are still a bit high. In about a month we’ll go back to take another look. Essentially we’re in a period of unknowns. He may just need time to improve, or perhaps the damage to his kidneys is permanent. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
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At the end of the day all we can do is live our lives to the fullest. Any given day, you never know what could happen. True, that knowledge will always be in the back of my mind. But my plan is to enjoy all the time I’ve been given with my best friend, no matter what.
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I just thought I’d let y’all know what we’re going through. Finn appreciates all of y’all’s love.

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