Sunday, January 04, 2009
I also posted this in the dog lovers group but wanted to share with others as well.
As many of you know, I'm a dog groomer with my own business. I make house calls in NYC. I have been doing this for close to 30 years now and have seen just about everything!
This past week I was working on a Shih Tzu that I groom every week. As I was drying him I noticed bruising all over his skin. I found this very odd (I know for a fact this dog would never, ever be mistreated). My gut reaction was some kind of auto-immune disease, my first thought Leukemia.
I called in the owners and showed them what I had found. The husband looked and said, "Oh, it looks like he may have gotten into something, maybe ringworm or an allergy." I was insistent. "No" I said, "I want him to go immediately to the vet."
Maybe it was something in my voice. I did not tell them my thoughts because I'm not a vet and I didn't want to scare them.
They brought the dog in that day and he had almost no white cells left at all. He was in intensive care for the rest of the week and they said he would have died had they waited even another day.
They called me and wrote me a thank you note but I didn't care about that. I was so happy that I caught it in time. This isn't the first time in my career that I've caught something serious but the feeling I get that he's ok now makes it all worth while.
It was a wonderful way to start the new year!! He comes home today!!!!!!
Remember, if you find something that's not right on your pet, get it checked out. What you thought could be nothing could actually be something!!!
Happy New Year to all my animal loving friends!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This has been quite a year for me. So many things have happened. Some good, some awful, some just, well, happened.
To recap my year a bit:
Lumpectomy (the bad), turned out benign (the really good). This brought me to a point that I realized I needed to get healthy and stay healthy. The last week in January, I started Spark/People.
By early summer I was down 20 lbs. Unfortunately, my mother passed away in June. (the really bad) but knowing that she was no longer in pain and went peacefully in her sleep made it easier.
Over the summer I broke up with my boyfriend. It had started to run it's course but it was difficult never the less. Now, in hind site, it was the right thing to do and he really did me a favor.
By the end of the summer I was down another 10 lbs to a total of 30.
In early October I met a great guy. I'm totally smitten with him as he is with me. We are still going strong and are very happy together. We will be spending New Years Eve together. Just the two of us. I can't wait.
As of today, the last day of 2008 I am down 35 lbs. I was really hoping to be in the 120's today but I am 3 ounces short!! Ha! 3 ounces!!!
I have come so far this year. I have no idea what next year will bring but I know it will have the great, the good and the bad. I will get through it just like I got through this year and hopefully, I will come out as strong if not stronger than when I went in.
I wish all the wonderful people on this site that I have become friends with over the year I've been here a wonderful, happy, healthy new year!! May it be the best ever!!!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It feels so odd to say something like at. A middle aged woman with a boyfriend LOL - but it feels really nice.
It's still so new but we really like one another and things are going along so well. Makes me smile every time I think about him.
Funny thing though. He has never known me any other way than I am now. He thinks that I want to lose 10 lbs! He doesn't know that I have already lost over 30, he just thinks I'm adorable and cute. Every once in a while I will say something about me being fat and he laughs because he just sees me as the size 6 I am now, not the size 14 I was!!! Wow - he even will make fun of me laughing because he "doesn't get it".
It's strange to think that everyone "new" I meet from now on will think of me as this way. Small(er) and petite. What I need to do is look in the mirror and think of me that way to. That's not as easy as it sounds.
I hope everyone is as happy as I am right now. That's a lot!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My son is studying the economy in school and they are talking about the American car industry.
We were talking about the pros and cons and what's happening and as I was laughing myself silly he said, "Mom, are you sure Harrison Ford didn't invent the car???"
Yeah, I'm sure!!! hahahahahaha
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