Monday, July 25, 2011
Thank you my spark friends for your continued care and concern for my little dog Kirby! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your prayers, support and love.
We are starting to decrease his Steroids and pain killers, as directed by our vet. Steroids once every other day instead of twice a day. Anti-inflammatories stay at three times a day. Pain killers reduced to twice a day, can increase if we need to.
We have not noticed a big difference, but there are some things for the better. He is able to move slowly and lie down on his own. He is no longer crying (quiet whine) constantly, it is only once in awhile. We carry him up or down for bathroom or in the house, as he cannot do stairs or anything like that. He is starting to try to lift his leg to wee, without falling over. Granted it is not lifted far.
There are other minor improvements, but any improvement is GOOD. We hope he continues to improve. We will have another vet appointment in approximately a week (or two) when the medication is getting low, and see what can be determined.
Thanks again my friends.
Hugs & Love,
Angela & Kirby
Friday, July 22, 2011
What happened? I am just not sure!
Went for my Lap Band fill (tightening) today, as I am getting closer to my sweet spot. I can't wait for that...
So based on all that I am eating and doing and weight loss, my Weight Loss Team and Surgeon decide to add 0.2 cc to my 6.4 cc's currently in my band. I figure baby steps are good, I don't want to overshoot my goal and back track by removing liquid from the band. All is good.
Well, he put it in and they always draw everything out to ensure the correct amount is in it and that all is well.
No instead of 6.6 cc's in my band, I have 5.6 cc's!!
Where did it go?
.... I went to AZ did it evaporate?? It was pretty darn hot....
or.... .... did I Leak??
Oh I hope not!
I think this could mean surgery to replace the tubing from the band to the port. I am really not sure, but I sure hope there was an error in withdrawal of the liquids and that the next visit shows no loss at all and that I am back where I should be.
Oh well, that is minor compared to what is happening with my puppy dog.
He is only 6 years going on 7. We love Kirby so much.
Yes, he is a dog. Yes we know .
However, he is part of our family and we took on a commitment to look after the little guy. We have had so much love back that we are truly blessed.
He has had back surgery 3 years ago, we came up with the money and had it done. He has been fantastic! We were so glad we did it and still are.
Well, the problem is that he is now having back problems again. We cannot do the surgery again for a number of reasons. He is in quite a bit of pain and we are doing our very best to relieve it, before we run out of options.
My heart is breaking.. .
We are trying steroids. He has been on them for a week now and no improvement. WE have one week left, before we see if there are any other options. They are looking slim...
I (we) want to cry at a drop of a hat. We don't want to have to let him go.
Yes, we are selfish (especially me). I will try to deal with it, it will be hard. You see he is my shadow; my baby dog...
Rest assured we are doing all we can to help him be better, and ultimately will do what is best for him.
This is very hard to write. I am afraid I am crying a river here and it is not pretty. Be thankful you can't see...
Love you little guy.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
It was nice and hot in Arizona, just beautiful!
And what made it even more enjoyable was I did not see one reptile (not counting the gecko)!
Had a great week with my Girlfriend's. The time went by very quickly, no awkward moments or awkward silences.
We definitely worked our a$$'s off. Had Bootcamp girlfriend style. And NOT the kind where we sit on our booty, oh no we worked our booty off. We encouraged and raged at each other to move it and lose it. We worked out every day. One hour of Cardio, AB's and then alternate days adding weights into it.
Come to think of it the only silent time we had was after we had dragged ourselves to the pool floaties after our workouts...then we were so exhausted that sleeping in the sun, in the pool was great. Baked our sore muscles until they relaxed.
I took water pills this time so I didn't blow up like a balloon before I even got there. It helped tremendously! I was able to do some running and keep up with the girls. Especially shopping!
OH the Shopping!
I love the outlet malls, and the deals and all that goes with it. Great to have your friends with you too, advising you on choices and how it looks. It was so much fun. In fact one day we were at an outdoor Outlet mall and it was hot! Don't forget AZ in summer @ 45*C each day! We were finding deals left right and center! Before we knew it we had been shopping over 7 hours...OMG! I have never shopped that long. EVER!
But I needed clothes to fit my changing body, and I got them.
We also found time for not one, but TWO Limo rides. Wow! What an experience!
Sightseeing one day and a birthday celebration the other. So much fun.
Of course I was my usual graceful self....!
Just starting out on our first limo ride and as it turns the corner....I go a$$ over teakettle upside down! Yep, my friends thought that was hilarious and afterwards I did too. It certainly wasn't my last moment of falling over in the limo. I think I need my balance checked....also my hearing.
We had an awesome time! I laughed so hard, that my abs ( probably also from the workouts ) felt like they were bleeding. OUCH!
I melted in the heat, as I lost 2 lbs since I got back. And I don't think I have lost all the retained water just yet.
But the thing is that since I have been back ( and I am glad to be home with my family ), I am freezing! It is in the 20's *C here, but I need a sweater! In fact, who changed my thermostat!
Love you my friends!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
I am going to Laugh and MELT it all off!
Yes I am!
I am heading out on my Girlfriends get away. We went last year and had so much fun that we are doing it again. You may have heard me talk of having friends so close to the heart that we are more like sisters with out the fighting. Well that is us.
We will have a week of just girls, laughing, talking, crying, sighing....
.... maybe even dying .... of heat!!!
We are off to sunny hot Arizona! You lucky friends who already live there, watch out! The white, soon to be red Canadians are on their way!
While from what I understand, most residents fly to colder realms at this time of year, we are flying in to soak up the heat. It is expected to be @45* C.
You know why? Because I am going to melt off this fat and laugh my way to rock hard abs!
Of course, lying in the pool, shopping and downing margheritas, may slow down the rock forming....
And guess what?! I had bought new swimsuits last year size 20.... this year I had to buy a new one size 14! Yeah!
So my friends, I will miss you. I won't be so dilegent about logging onto Spark over the next week, but I will be thinking of you!
Will catch up with all your news and let you know mine when I get back.
Friday, July 01, 2011
Yep, sore AND tired...
Had day 2 with my personal trainer yesterday with us starting to amp it up, now that I sorta know what I am doing.
I feel pretty good, a bit sore (know I worked those muscles) and definitely tired (I slept over 10 hours last night and could go for a nap!).
We are doing strength and interval training, with a one minute to one minute ratio at present working up to 3 rounds.
This is what my strength training looks like with cardio in between each set plus a 10 minute cardio warm up and cool down. Don't forget stretching too!
Dumbbell Chest Press
Dumbbell Shoulder Raises
Lying Dumbell Triceps Extension
Seated Dumbbell Biceps Curls
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Dumbbell Triceps Kick Backs
Wall Squats with Dumbbells and Ball
Knee Raises on Captain Chair
Plus I do my 30 minutes of cardio in addiition (if I can move!!) 6 days a week.
And one more thing, in order to really kickstart my fat burn and metablolism, I am now instructed to at least one time throughout the day to either go for a walk or on the treadmill...are you ready for this?..... warm up slightly then RUN full out as hard and as fast as I can, as many times as I can.
Let me tell you I did this last night... twice....for a bout 5 minutes.... I thought I was dying.... I think I have exercise induced asthma.... I wheezed for a good hour after.... oh well...
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