Whereupon we discovered that the doggie had eaten half a block of dark Lindt chocolate. Umming and ahhing resulted in a call to the vet - the dog had no symptoms - who decided we should induce vomiting just in case. So we raced down to the vet's and as Benji was being taken in, a poor little puppy was rushed in by a woman in tears - that puppy had been stung by a bee and was in anaphalactic shock. It was really awful being in the waiting room with her, I was quite emotional about what she was going through and also glad I had not hesitated with my puppy. What if that had been Benji? We'd opted to stay - inducing vomiting would take 30 mins - which was just as well when the emergency came in because I had to step in and watch Benji instead of one of the nurses doing it. I'm not sure what they would have done otherwise. So I had to take Benji out the back and watch him throw up. 12 times. There was a lot of chocolate. It was revolting but poor thing was feeling very unwell. And then it was finally over, he got a second injection and I took him home. And it was like the whole thing had not happened.
And then I rushed off to Karrinyup where my family were waiting - we'd organised to have lunch. They had lunch before I got there. And they watched me drink my coffee and finally have breakfast at 3pm. And then my sister and I went off to run errands. I grabbed some more stuff for Aussiecon4 that I need and also grabbed food, knowing there wouldn't be any here tonight (at the boy's). And then ... it happened to me - the very first time I had not enough hands and a crying baby. My sister rushed off to the toilet and left me with the bub whilst I did my own check out thing at Big W. I had two bags of shopping from Woolies, the pram with babe and was bagging about 3 or 4 more bags of shopping and the baby started crying. I was trying to pay and pack and calm her down. My sister came back just as I was wheeling out a pram full of bags and holding a teary little person and she says, "Why was *that* necessary?" And I thrust a small thing with overflowing eyes at her and she said, "Oh." Was seriously a challenging thing to get it all together and I could feel people's eyes behind me and their annoyance for me to just hurry up.
And then I drove down to R'ham to sit and watch the election.
What a day, but I'm so roiled up now with tension and anxiety that I have no idea how I will ever sleep.