After 49 years and this happens-SO SCARED!
I haven't been on in a long time but there is something I need to talk about and only other groomers will truly understand. I have heard of horror stories in our business but not often.
This past Thursday I was bathing an Akita with the shop manager and we got all around his back and back end and underneath with no problems with the dog at all. I had the shampoo on my hand and bent slightly to put it on his shoulder and the next thing I knew I was trying to get his face from around the left side of my face. I am shaking even talking about it right now. There was no warning and there was no provocation that would cause this.
He tore a 6" long by 2" wide laceration from behind my ear down close to my neck. The doctor said if it had been another inch or so he would have gotten the jugular vein. He also tore off the top quarter of my ear and put 2 large deep lacerations above my left eye. An ambulance came and got me and took me to the local hospital where they irrigated it and gave me the medicine I needed and a tetnus shot. I waited from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for transport to come and take me to Washington Hospital Center because I needed a plastic surgeon and they didn't have one there. Finally got to WHC at 9:30 p.m. and they checked it out and irrigated it again and by this time it was 1:30 a.m. and they said the surgery would take place on Friday, and it did. Then they kept me from then until Christmas Even when they let me go home. Lot of antibiotics and pain meds although I don't need all that much pain medication. In the surgery there was a flap of tissue from the large tear in back of my head that they could attach my ear to for fresh blood flow and then later they can cut it out and around the ear to make it look like some semblance of an ear. God was with me that day or I could have been dead. My biggest thing right now is I keep flash-backing to it happening over and over again and I get panicky and frightened all over again. And now I am even dreaming of my good customer's big dogs that I did in the past attacking me for no reason. I have made the decision I will never do another big dog again. I know there are lots that might say well it was only a one time thing or most aren't like that and after 49 years of grooming everything I know that but I will never do it again. This one time horror story has negated any good that came of the 49 years of grooming. I have had a couple ask me if I am going to sue. I am thinking about it. These medical bills are going to be so high I am going to need help in paying them and I lost the money I needed to make to pay my new car payment and my increased car insurance.
Has anyone ever had something like this happen to them? How did you get over the constant reminder popping up out of nowhere? I was always been known to work with difficult dogs but you know or you have been warned but this came out of nowhere! I am just so scared and catch myself crying because of the way this has affected me. I have never been afraid of a dog in my life. And this is a different scared feeling; it is a panicky scared feeling.
Happy New Year to all!