First: The Dixie Dog is all better. I didn't want to say so before now (didn't want to jinx it), but it's been confirmed. No more symptoms and her white blood cell count is back down. I'm much relieved.
Next: Thank you all for the birthday wishes. They made me smile after having a pretty crappy day and feel less guilty for having a bad day. (The common question asked after a birthday "Did you have a good one?" is hard to answer when you didn't. I just fudged the truth.)
Last: Now, I have some sort of cold-type-thing. I'm using it as an excuse to take two whole days (the weekend) off from lab. In the end, I think the time off will be worth, especially if I feel better tomorrow.
13 hours ago