Category Archives: Personal Life

Attending Social Media Residency today

Learning more about blogging

I’m attending a sort of class on the use of social media, called the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Residency #MCCSM.  (See pics.) My blogs TheHutch and Monitor Duty have been quite neglected.  Now I’m learning about how to … Continue reading

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I Am Out Of The Hospital

Let’s back up a bit.  I haven’t updated the blog in a while, so you don’t know all that’s going on. (I’m so neglectful, you may not even know that we got a new poodle named Murphy last September.  Maybe … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chewbacca “Chewie” Hutchison, 2009-2013

Chewie’s final weekend convinced me that we were doing the right thing.  It was a weekend where he slept when he wasn’t painfully coughing, and his only bright moments were when he got to eat snacks or chow down on … Continue reading

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Chewie’s Farewell Tour

Chewie was doing so well that we didn’t pick up on the return of his cancer for a while. On July 3rd, I took Chewie out to the car.  He planted his feet as we approached the car.  That was … Continue reading

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Dealing with doggy renal cancer

Two months later, here is where things stand with Chewie. He is, to use my wife’s phrase after his checkup last week, “healthy as a horse.”  He has boundless energy, and he’s all atwitter that the long winter has finally … Continue reading

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Chewie one week later

I  wanted to let you know that Chewie is finally getting some energy back.  He’s had a rough week of recovery, but we’ve had a lot of encouraging signs recently.  After so many days of hard sleeping, weakness and wooziness, … Continue reading

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One week

It was last Sunday that Chewie threw up his food after finally eating a little, and I told Melinda that I thought he was sick.  The next day she took him to the vet and began the little adventure I’ve … Continue reading

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Chewie in Recovery

Or…The Adventure of Chewie Hutchison and The CONE of SHAME! On Thursday morning, I awoke to some terrible pain in my guts.  I called in to work and took the day off.  At first, I was worried that I was … Continue reading

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Chewie is out of surgery

Chewie’s anesthetic started around 4PM, and Dr. Corbin called at 4:10 to give us a final preliminary report before she started. At 7PM, she called us to let us know that his surgery went well.  While they had him open, … Continue reading

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Chewie: Good news and bad news

The bad news: Chewie has cancer. The good news: It is on one of his two kidneys.  Tomorrow, surgeons at the University of Minnesota will operate and remove that kidney, and so long as the cancer is confined to that … Continue reading

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