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Shadowboxing - Great for Stress Relief!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thankyou for all your kindnesses over the last few days. It means a great deal to me.
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There were lots of fun furry friends for Sophie in the frosty foggy field this morning. There was Ti, a large Staffy cross, and Molly a small Staffy. There was Tigger, an amazingly coloured brindle whippet cross who - coincidentally - suffers from epilepsy, and with meds has a fit around once every six weeks. There were also two Yorkies - very friendly - whose names I didn't get. It was nice to see so many pets and owners about this morning. Made me feel safe having them there, because if Sophie collapsed they would all come running. They know how sick she is. She got lots of attention today and loved every minute of it. :-)

Meanwhile, I find that boxing exercise in some form or other is great for relieving stress, so I did this 40-minute Shadowboxing video from You Tube today:

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It is one of my favourite exercise videos. I get a good workout with it, even though I don't own the belt.

But, soft, what lightbulb above the brainbox brightens...

It is an idea, and Leslie Sansone is the source....

(sorry, Will)

I have a potential substitute for the boxing belt!

The belt from the Leslie Sansone Walk Away Your Waistline DVD and belt combo I bought last week!



So I tried it, and it was brilliant! My shoulders, arms, back etc, all got a terrific workout, never mind my thighs and everything else.

I actually got more use out of the belt with the shadowboxing than I did with Leslie Sansone. :-)

I do love it when a piece of exercise equipment becomes multi-use. :-)

Enjoy your day, everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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YJNANA 1/23/2013 4:16PM

    Oh my I love boxing on Wii, so this will be a Welcome addition
thank you for posting it, another one to look at, when I am on my own computer at home. I don't want to go on u-tube on someones laptop.

I have one of those belts too, YEAH :)



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BOVEY63 1/10/2013 2:10PM

    Nice that Sophie had such a good time!
Great job on the workout!
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CHICCHANTAL 1/10/2013 1:55PM

    You love it when a piece of exercise equipment becomes multi-use? Oo-er, missus!

Glad Sophie is bearing up. One consolation with animals - they usually don't know they are ill and they live entirely in the present so as far as Sophie's concerned she's just having a ball. In both senses : )

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CARLA-216 1/10/2013 11:28AM

    Aww, so glad Sophie got to see many furry friends today.

Great workout for you! Well done!

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NEW-CAZ 1/10/2013 10:22AM

    Fantastic that Sophie had such love and attention today Lex, you certainly are making sure he enjoys her last days bless her.
Exercise is my Saviour too when it comes to stress relief, it boosts the good vibes and banishes the bad.

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_LINDA 1/10/2013 10:13AM

    So glad Sophie is getting a good time and lots of attention in her final days and is still able to walk out.
I have always found exercise gets me out of any funk mood I might be in. Nothing beats it! I have always loved my Boxercise workouts, intense and fun! Thanks for the video link! I think I would prefer to use my weighted gloves as opposed to this belt idea.
Lots of hugs for you & Sophie
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 1/10/2013 8:28AM

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Not good news, sadly.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Not good news. Sophie had another fit at lunchtime, 4 1/2 days after the last one. The blood tests came back normal, and the vet is as sure as he can be, given her symptoms and indicators, and without the expensive brain scan, that she has a brain tumour. This means that the meds MAY give her a little more time, but not much. He says the fact that she took four hours to return to normal after the fit today is not good, and that each fit has weakened her back end significantly. He says that if she fits again it would be best to put her to sleep, and I have to agree with him. It would not be fair to let this carry on any further.

So, we are giving the epilepsy meds a chance, but are preparing ourselves for her last visit to the vets.

  
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-POOKIE- 1/10/2013 3:11PM

    I'm so sorry, my pets have always been a huge part of my life, and I understand the pain this sort of thing brings.

Please give her a big hug for me.

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BOVEY63 1/10/2013 2:09PM

    So sorry Lexie- and Tara too!
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CARLA-216 1/10/2013 11:28AM

    I'm so sorry for the sad news. Keeping you all in my best thoughts during this difficult time.

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So sorry to hear your sad news! Love her as much as you can while she is still with you and that is all that you can do!

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SENATOR9 1/10/2013 9:50AM

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CHICCHANTAL 1/10/2013 3:30AM

    So sorry to hear that. At least you have a little time to give her extra hugs.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/10/2013 3:18AM

    so many kind words already posted that tears are flowing all over Sparkland. She will continue to give you love, you will continue to love her even when you have parted company.
All your Sparkfriends send love to all the family

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NEW-CAZ 1/10/2013 3:03AM

    Lexie I am so sorry hun.
I remember the agony of the awful decision for our poodle who had womb cancer and a neurological problem that made her keel over every time we took her for a walk.
It is the one last loving thing you can for do for her to end her trauma but it is so hard, my heart goes out to you and your family.
All you can do now is take care of her and make her comfy.

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VAILIEN1 1/10/2013 1:22AM

    Lexie,

We recently had to euthanize our Dalmatian, Chocolat, after 12 years with her and 4 days before Christmas. I'm sorry Sophie is having such a hard time but you will know when the time is right to say, "Good-bye" to her. I'm sure she has had a great life with you and many people say that we will be reunited with our beloved pets at the Rainbow Bridge. Please continue to care for Sophie and yourself during this difficult time. My heart aches for what you are going through. Wishing you much strength now and in the future! emoticon

Peace,

Jeff

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JAMER123 1/10/2013 12:50AM

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What a difficult decision you have. I hope you get a little more time with her but it is not easy either direction you go!


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ANNIE924 1/9/2013 9:05PM

    So sorry Lexie. This has to be so difficult for all of you. She is such a part of your family. emoticon

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KPA1B2 1/9/2013 8:44PM

  I'm so sorry to hear that! Going through something similar with a fish, but there's even less you can do for a fish.

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CPATRICK9 1/9/2013 8:43PM

    So sorry to hear it. It's never easy to lose a pet.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 1/9/2013 7:59PM

    emoticon So sorry for both of you.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/9/2013 7:57PM

    I'm so sorry for you , your family and sweet little Lexie. I've been where you are (so many of us have) and it's so painful. There not "just pets"; they are family members. Prayers and hugs, Pat

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JLPEASE 1/9/2013 7:51PM

    I am so sorry for you and your whole family. This is such a hard thing to do.
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SHAWFAN 1/9/2013 7:06PM

    I'm so sorry Lexie. Praying for you.

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IDLETYME 1/9/2013 6:45PM

    I'm so sorry about your puppy. There comes a time when we have to give up for the comfort of our babies. We don't want them to suffer. Hugs and prayers for you and Sophie. emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 1/9/2013 6:31PM

    So sorry to hear about your dog. They really are a part of the family--once in a while, they are the BEST part. Hugs to you.

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/9/2013 6:16PM

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HUgs

Niki

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CHEVY63 1/9/2013 5:59PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. It is so hard to lose our furry family members - they give us so much love. You have been a wonderful mom to Sophie, and I know that she has been a lucky dog to have you and Tara for people.

I hope the meds help!

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So very sorry Lexie :(((
Big Hugs for you and Sophie
Linda XXX

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/9/2013 5:38PM

    Oh dear Lexie... that's one of the hardest spots to be in.

A couple of months ago, we had to put down our 19 year old cat. She would probably have lived forever, but all the horrible things she had to endure just to maintain life (blind, deaf, couldn't keep food down, and a slew of nasty stuff too graphic to relate), I had to admit that I was being selfish because I didn't want to lose her.

I think being allowed to come to the conclusion and making the decision has helped me immensely. Now when I think of her, and I have so many wonderful memories of her that I thought would make me sad, but actually they always leave me with a smile in my heart because I know she is no longer hurting.

You'll know when it's time and the right thing to do to honor her.

Cathy

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LOVESLIFE48 1/9/2013 5:36PM

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SASSYJAY 1/9/2013 5:21PM

    So sad for you... ((( emoticon)))

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P0KERS0PH 1/9/2013 5:20PM

    So sorry to hear this Lexie x

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Sophie Says Thankyou!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013



This was Sophie just before we left the field behind our house this morning. She is looking so much better - alert, happy. Still raring to go after a good romp around.



We will miss going to Highwoods for her walks, but as you can see from these pics, the field behind our house is actually quite big. Once she is up to it, and the worst of the soggy goes away (it is a veritable swamp in places), we will walk the entire circuit and see how far it is.

Anyway, here are a few pics. Those little white dots on the level area are seagulls. We have quite a sizeable flock. :-)





















She is definitely having 'moments', but in between she seems fine.

Enjoy your day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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    Great pics - so happy to see her getting back to herself. Thanks for sharing all the funnies!
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BOVEY63 1/8/2013 7:18PM

    She is so darn cute!

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CHICCHANTAL 1/8/2013 3:59PM

    I hope Sophie, is making the most. I'd be saying 'A nice fillet steak, thank you' and 'Just tickle the other side of my tummy, thank you' and 'I'll have all the sofa to myself, thank you'.

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CARLA-216 1/8/2013 2:54PM

    Aww, look at that face! I'm glad she's on the mend and getting out for walkies.

xoxo
Carla

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ANNEMAC5 1/8/2013 12:27PM

    nice to see both of you out for a walk. Glad she is on the mend emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/8/2013 10:51AM

    Good to read today's news

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SHAWFAN 1/8/2013 10:44AM

    Glad she's feeling better! Hugs!

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SENATOR9 1/8/2013 10:07AM

    She looks good and a good size field to play in.

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MAMADWARF 1/8/2013 9:02AM

    She looks good!

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-POOKIE- 1/8/2013 8:45AM

    ah bless I'm glad she is feeling better x give her a scratch for me!

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NOREGRET2010 1/8/2013 8:15AM

    Glad Sophie is feeling a little more perky! :)

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    I'm so glad Sophie is feeling better! She is so cute!!! You have a beautiful field!! My Sophie get better each day!! emoticon Love the pictures!! emoticon

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Devon and Cornwall Constabulary do it Gangnam Style for Charity

Monday, January 07, 2013

Please do read and watch this, maybe even donate a few pence if you can manage it. Such an awesome job these guys have done for a truly awesome kid!

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KAYELENE 1/8/2013 6:58PM

    Loved it. I hope they manage to raise the rest of the funds.

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_LINDA 1/8/2013 12:39AM

    They did a fantastic job! Hope they raise lots of money!!

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Sophie Update + Streaking

Monday, January 07, 2013

So far, so good. Sophie hasn't had another fit. She was quieter than usual for most of the weekend, but given what she'd been through it isn't surprising. Sophie is back sleeping upstairs on her sofa in Bry's old room, with the bedroom doors open in case she needs us. We are just blocking the stairs at night so that if she does have another fit she can't fall down them. I'm going to try and find a child safety gate to put there for the future (seen one online that is made of material), but we used a couple of laundry baskets the first two nights, and we have now exchanged that for a fold up bed frame that sits comfortably across between my bedroom door and Tara's. With a towel draped over it looks solid enough that Sophie won't touch it, and is soft enough if she knocks against it she can't be hurt. And it easily slides out of the way in a second if we need to move it.

It's weird. She never sleeps downstairs, because she hates being alone, but the night she had the fit, she seemed so reluctant to come upstairs that I put the light out and left her in the sitting room, but with the door open so there was a little light coming in and so that she could come upstairs if she changed her mind. I guess someone was watching over her that night to make sure she was in a safe place when she fitted.

Clare (K9 Ambulance lady) said that she probably sensed something and that was why she stayed put, but she has been more and more reluctant to attempt the stairs at night lately anyway, and I've had to really cajole her to get her up them in the last week or two. Maybe she had been having petit mal seizures up to this point. They would have been enough to make her feel wary I should think, even if they weren't obvious to us at the time.

Tara came up with an interesting speculation that I will put to the vet on Wednesday when he rings with Sophie's blood test results. The light in the sitting room was off, but the internet was on, and in the dark the lights on the modem flash very fast and seem very bright, so Tara wondered whether the fit was as a result of photo sensitivity to the flashing lights.

Sophie was quietly sick once yesterday evening and turned her nose up at breakfast this morning, but she gets like that sometimes anyway, and it may be a reaction to a bit of a change in routine. She has to have her dementia pill half an hour before food, so she is fretting that her bowl isn't on the floor. She is unusual in that she doesn't just wolf her food down. Instead she goes to her bowl and grazes at intervals through the day.

To try and deal with her not being able to do that this morning, I gave her the pill in a teaspoon of pate, got dressed, and took her for a 15 minute walk, which is about her limit currently, and by the time we got back and got dried off it was time for her food. She picked out a favourite piece of Baker's Complete from her food bowl, put it on the floor, stared at it for several seconds, then looked at me and walked away. Hmmm...

She curled up on the sofa, looking miserable, so I left her to rest, and when she perked up a bit later, I played with her food, rolling it along the floor for her to chase, and soon she was eating out of her bowl again.

And she loved her walk. Which is a good sign. :- )

This afternoon, Tara and I barricaded ourselves upstairs with Sophie and spent some time trying to fit-proof her room in case she fits in the night again. It is a small room about 7ft by 8ft and has a 3ft wide single bed and a two seater sofa in it, as well as a tall, thin bookshelf and a small dining table with folding leaves. Sophie gets up on the bed to look out of the window, but sometimes when getting back off she kind of gets one of her back legs stuck behind her, which can occasionally result in a bit of a limp, so that needed to be moved. Also, if she had a seizure in there the amount of floor space is so small that she wouldn't be able to stretch out, so could really do herself a mischief.

So, after some experimenting, we have put the bed base on end against the wall, and wedged the mattress lengthways between that and the table, with the last 1/4 of the mattress bent over against the bed base, to wedge it firmly and prevent it from falling even if knocked against. It is a very old bed and a pretty solid mattress, so I'm not worried about it getting damaged this way, and it means Sophie can clamber on it, sleep on it, and generally muck about without hurting herself. I've also used a couple of old pillows to pad out the table legs. She still has her sofa. It is nice and low to the ground, so easier for Sophie to negotiate. I don't want to change more than I have to so that she doesn't get disoriented. The room is now really safe for her, and if she does have a fit in there she should be well cushioned. Plus whoever is sitting with her while she recovers will have something comfy to sit/lie on.

I had to go downstairs during the re-arranging, to get the hoover amazing what accumulates under a bed when it hasn't moved in two years! I found a pair of nesting socks for a start! LOL I slid the new barrier aside, walked through, replaced it, and started down the stairs. As I reached the bend I turned round and could see the tip of a wet doggy nose and two eyes peering desperately over the top of the barrier to see where I'd gone.

I told Tara to keep an eye and continued down to get the hoover. When I came back up a minute later there was Sophie wagging her tail madly. She apparently had a good sniff at the edges of the barrier to see if there was a way through, quickly realised there wasn't so she stood and waited for me to come back. This is good. The big test will be when the postman comes. LOL

Incidentally, Tara is being very brave. She was terribly shaken up by the whole experience, and I was worried that she wouldn't be persuaded to stay alone in the house with Sophie, but she is coping. Hats off to her for getting a grip on her fears for Sophie's sake. She really does deserve a special mention. :-) It is so hard for her to cope with stuff like this, especially the total unpredictability of it all. I think that getting her involved in some practical efforts to at least minimize the potential problems should Sophie have another seizure has helped her feel like she does have at least some control of the situation. I know it has helped me. :-)

In other news...

Streakwise, I'm doing pretty well.

9/9 days spinning the sparkwheel.

9/9 days at least ten mins exercising.

8/8 drinking at least 8 glasses of water and well on track today.

6/8 eating at least 5 freggies. The two fail days I ate 3 and 4, so could have been worse, and as one day was caused by a diverticular blip and the other was due to Sophie being ill, I don't feel bad about it. Besides, after being up all Friday night with Sophie, and sleeping away Saturday afternoon, I simply didn't have time to eat all my meals that day. :-) As it was, I ended up eating my evening meal at 11pm on Saturday. :-) Mind you, I kept it lightish a piece of hake grilled, and topped with tomato salsa and melted cheese, with some broccoli on the side. Very tasty. :-)

Hoping for a good week.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 1/8/2013 7:16PM

    Sounds like you're doing great on the streak!
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Hope the vet has some ood answers for you and Sophie!
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_LINDA 1/8/2013 12:30AM

    You are doing wonderful looking after Sophie -great idea setting up her room for safety!! So glad Tara is coping, something like is so very frightening. It brings back memories when we were worried about Rio (died from brain cancer) was going to have convulsions. There is nothing worse to see then that :( as there is nothing you can do to help except wait it out.
Hey, how did my two missing socks get over there, you sock theif you!!
You have done fantastic with your program! Well done in spite of this trauma! Looking after your fur baby has to have first priority!
Thinking good and healing thoughts that Spohie will have no more trouble and that this med will help her out.
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHEVY63 1/7/2013 9:06PM

    Sending good thoughts your way! Sophie is lucky to have such loving people.

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/7/2013 4:23PM

    Sounds like you're making the best of the situation. Sure hope things continue to go well . . . and improve. Good for you for taking the extra precautions necessary to ensure her safety. (Well, as best as can be for the moment.)

Congrats on your streak. . . . keep it up!!!

Gotta go . . . my fur-kid is giving me the 'eye'.
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NEW-CAZ 1/7/2013 3:34PM

    I hope Sophie is on the road to recovery Lex , with you taking care of her she should be.

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ANNEMAC5 1/7/2013 3:28PM

    Thanks for the update, your love for that old mutt shines through. You have a great writing style you ever try sending short stories to magazines ?
Tara has done great and I think having a practice run of what to do during a fit would be great. You have been thoughtful on the room and great that Tara helped, what a team.
Doing well with your streaks keep it going ,
Anne :)

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CARLA-216 1/7/2013 3:12PM

    I just got caught up on your blogs. I'm sorry Sophie is having some difficulties. I hope for no more fits and for good blood test results. You are a good doggy mom to get things set up so that she doesn't injure herself if she has a fit when no one is around.

The K9 Animal Ambulance sounds like such a great service. I'm glad that is there for you. I don't know if we have such here, but I'm going to find out.

Sending hugs to you, Sophie, and Tara!

xoxo
Carla
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