Saturday, May 14, 2016

Keeper was awake and restless all night. I took her out to go to the bathroom twice in the middle of the night. Neither Heidi nor I are sleeping. This is going to be difficult on us if Keeper’s sleeping doesn’t improve. Heidi and I may have to sleep in shifts.

We stayed in the house for a large part of the day. It’s been raining on and off and decided watching a movie would be a good late morning, early afternoon thing to do. Heidi made us all popcorn so that made it even better.

Mid afternoon we went for a walk toward El Centro. We decided to eat at a place called Chill and Grill. It was good food and not expensive. I enjoyed the music…American Rock and Roll. In fact many of the bars, coffee places, and restaurants in Cuenca all play American music.

In one of the bars we had been in, I commented to Easton that we could be at a bar in downtown Salt Lake City with the food we are eating, beer we are drinking, and music we are hearing. It creates a weird sensation in my brain when I know I am in Ecuador feeling like I am in the States.

We have decided we need to get Keeper to the coast to see if her breathing improves. Every breath of hers is labored, she can’t walk more than a few feet without stumbling, and she has stopped eating. She can’t continue like this.

We are thinking of going to Salinas, a town closest to us on the coast, and stay there for a week to see if Keeper improves. If she does that means we will need to leave Cuenca, and find a place to live along the coast. If she doesn’t improve at sea level, then we have a hard decision to make.

I put a request out on fb this evening, on Ecuador Expats, asking if anyone knew of a place that takes pets we could rent for a week around Salinas. I immediately started getting responses from people in the group trying to help us.

I want to say thank you to the people in this fb group who give of themselves in such a helpful way. Anyone living in Ecuador, or thinking of coming to Ecuador, should definitely consider being part of Ecuador Expats on facebook.