Ok, so I'm a day late in posting this...
Happy Canada Day everyone! I am not out partying, or joining the over 300,000 at Parliament hill to see Will & Kate or the fireworks. In fact, fireworks are a large part of why I'm home. Not that I would have wanted to go downtown, but I might have done something. After last year's earthquake and Canada Day one week later, Hazel has been terrified of fireworks, storms, and loud popping noises of any kind.
Tonight, we are hanging out together, testing out her new thundershirt.
I'm finding that it's working pretty well. It doesn't completely take away her dislike for the noise but does seem to help her deal with her anxiety. During the worst of it, she wasn't panting or moving from room to room or stuck to my side, like usual. She did shake a little bit but she would take a deep breath once in awhile and calm down. It seems to help her deal with the anxiety herself, which is great because I certainly can't help her.
Life in the last week or so has been a little upside down. Alex left a week and a half ago, so I've been adjusting to the summer routine. I hate the summer routine! I hate missing my husband and being lonely on top of all the regular household responsibilities, which of course are multiplied in the summer.
I am happy to report that I got my laptop back a couple days ago which will mean I can post more readily. I have a desktop but don't particularly like sitting in my home office, so I've only been on the computer briefly each day. Come to think of it, that was probably a good thing!