Yesterday I had a mental ticker over my head all day as I ticked off one chore after the other. I got both dogs to the vet for their yearly shots and new supply of heartworm pills. I got my car washed and vacuumed. Got the license plate light repaired on the Teenager's car. Went to visit my mother at The Glen. Sat in 100 degree heat while she smoked four cigarettes. Went to the grocery store (forgot half my list...) then came home and made shrimp primavera for dinner (wild caught Gulf shrimp!).
Meanwhile, I noticed that Checkers, the Boston Terrier, either had an allergic reaction to her shots (never happened before, though...) or got stung in the backyard, or poisoned by a frog. Her whole little face was swollen like nobody's business and her muzzle was red, red, red. She acted fine and was breathing fine, but I called the Emergency Vet (mine was closed) and they told me to monitor her breathing and to give her half a Benedryl. She stayed swollen all evening but by midnight it had started going down some. However, then her fur started looking lumpy and weird and her belly was all red; maybe the poison was working its way out of her.
This morning she still acts fine, is much less swollen, and her coat looks back to normal. I gave her another half a Benedryl to work on the remaining swelling in her face and she seems fine. I'll never know what happened but it was scary. The other dog, the Lab, keeps coming up to check on her while she's sleeping.
Drudge, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette which tries to clarify some of the misinformation.
Other officials, asking not to be named because the first family considers it a private matter, said some reports of the trip have been exaggerated. Mrs. Obama is not traveling with 40 friends, one official said, but with two friends and four of their daughters, as well as a couple of aides and a couple of advance staff members.