Sunday, September 22, 2013
Here's Radar, a sweetheart of a Mini Pinsher that landed in our laps about six weeks ago. Turns out he has a liver problem. We only found out after taking him in to get his teeth cleaned, and the vet did a blood panel and found out his liver numbers were in the 1000s instead of around 120 where they should be. He's the cuddliest little dog we've ever known. My HUSBAND fell in love him first, which is funny, because he was the most reluctant to let him in the house! (it does make sense, thinking about it: my hubby is a huge mush-head about dogs & would take them all in if we had the money and space for it). Radar is going in to the vet this Monday morning to see if his liver blood numbers have come down with the home IV & medical treatment. If not, we'll make him as comfortable as we can for as long as we can. :(
Fitness wise, I'm slacking big time. I've bought two videos recently--a Brooklyn Bridge New York work-out, and the first 10 Pound Down DVD by Jessica Smith. It hasn't helped that there's some wicked cold going around that hit my son, then me and then my daughter. Otherwise it's like my entire summer has been one blur of nothingness and upset routines.
Meantime, I'm here watching Supernatural with my daughter & son while we wait for the new season to start up.
PS. Here's what Baxter looks like now!
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Yeah, that classic Motown song is running through my mind right now. Gypsygoth just asked if I were still around, and I'm embarrassed to say, no I haven't been.
My participation siphoned off two or three months ago because I *FINALLY* got it through my head that yes, my therapist and doctor were right about me having ADD-I (that's ADD Inattentive). So, after avoiding that diagnosis, even though I had started taking medication for it months ago, I dove into the research on this...diagnosis. It's not a personality disorder. It's NOT a mental illness. It's simply a way that the brain is wired from birth that disagrees with modern life.
Plus I simply got overwhelmed for some reason. (easy for me) And fell off the work-out wagon. It doesn't take much for me to find myself chasing after the wagon or following a butterfly (squirrel!) when the wagon's already reaching the horizon.
So, a huge SORRY not only to the folks I've gotten to know here, but also to myself.
What's been going on? Since the New Year started, the hubby & I started couples therapy once a month for many reasons. And I started trying to focus on doing more of what I should do, which is support him at home by, well, keeping the place organized and clean so he doesn't stress out so much when he gets home. It's also for me, because I actually LIKE a clean home and no clutter, but it's one of the hardest things for me to deal with. Chalk it up to the ADD-I.
Also, here are a couple of pictures of our recent addition to our family. His name is Baxter!
Baxter's story is a post unto itself, so that's for later. He's been with us for slightly more than a week now, and wow, you can really see the bags under my eyes from taking care of him at night. *snores from sleep deprivation*
Until the next blog (soon, I PROMISE!)--
Friday, January 11, 2013
And I only did the first 30 minutes of his Tae Bo Bootcamp DVD (the first workout). I don't have his special rubber band thingies, but it didn't matter--I did 3 lb weights for a couple of the exercises and nearly died.
That's what I get for skipping out on exercising for so long! Tomorrow: Jillian Michael's Kickboxing!
(my kicks suck big time: no flexibility in my hip extensors. Damn)
Friday, January 04, 2013
The engine meaning me and my iffy starter motor, if you want to take the analogy further.
Level 1 of RIP30 just about knocked me out on Wednesday. So did my usual stretching routine with the 30 second plank--which, I have discovered, is much *easier* when I hold myself up from my hands and not my elbows! Elbows are supposedly easier! I guess not!
It hasn't helped I've had a three day (this is the third day) tension headache. There might be some visual migraine in there, too. But I'm not sure. Ah, what is a visual, ie ocular migraine, you ask? It's when you get the visual auras in your eyes, but usually none of the migraine *pain*. BUT, with me, when I do get them, my brain slows down, I speak slower, and my brain simply doesn't process information at its usual rate. Meaning, there's still a "brain storm" going on, but I don't feel it.
In any case, the extended tension headache/whatever it is made me cancel out on my very much looked forward to Dog Assessments volunteer hours at the local rescue shelter. Majorly bummed about that. Just couldn't get any good sleep last night because I couldn't get comfortable with the headache and neck tension. Ugh. (I'm starting to think I need a new eye glasses prescription...wonderful...that's going to have to wait)
Today, if I can recover a bit from the headache after taking more Ibuprofen, I'll do a workout. Maybe not RIP30. Maybe kettlebell with Paul Katami. Or kickboxing. I've no idea. Just trying to keep my interest up.
Okay, ouch. Need to go do piled up dishes before they drive me nuts.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
This is the corner with the Christmas decorations at my daughter's high school's office. They had Star of Davids, etc up in the window, too.
I'm smacking my forehead right now. Christmas was a good time. My almost-12 year son was practically jumping out of his skin this year! I don't remember him waking up before me in years. (I had some bubbly the night before. I am not used to drinking so much anymore!)
I'm not smacking my head about Christmas itself. It's that...okay, my husband always felt deprived in his childhood, apparently, when Christmas day came around. He's never sounded resentful about it. But it's led to him needing to give the Big Gesture Gifts every year. We're not exactly rolling in the dough, but he ended up putting together a new computer for our son. He gave our daughter a new iPad, and me an iPad mini. I'd have put an emoticon with its jaw hanging downward there if SP had one.
It's not just the money or the big gestures--his dentist & a dental surgeon told him he NEEDS to have oral surgery to repair a badly eroded gum in the back of his mouth. AND--I didn't post about this, did I?
Our daughter had an emergency appendectomy on November 30th after she had a CAT scan her pediatrician insisted she take. Good thing, too. The pain in her side was getting worse. Every time she did Jillian Michael's ab workout with the side planks, it would REALLY hurt.
So in short, we owe a bunch o' $$$ to the hospital. We have coverage. It just has a highish deductible. Which reminds me. I need to call their billing department soon. And he needs to have this relatively expensive grafting procedure done in his mouth, too!
PS-- And yes, the iPad mini is awesome! Except for doing digital scrapbook pages, etc, I hardly need to use my desk-top computer at all! Just wish I could 100% enjoy it without thinking "The money spent on this could have gone to fixing your mouth, husband!"
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