Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The last couple of days have been dreadful. Basically, my dog isn't well, and has been deteriorating for some time. Yesterday (Tuesday) I tried to book her into the nearest vet's honestly believing that we were at the end for her.
The nearest vet is at the back of our local RSPCA shop, a five minute walk from our house, and seeing as I've supported that shop for the ten years we've lived here, it seemed the right place to take her. I only work part time, and am basically living on tax credits only, because as yet I've made no money and it is a new business, and I get full housing benefit and council tax benefit, so I thought they would see her. WRONG! They refused to see her because I am not claiming Income Support or Job Seeker's Allowance. I was beyond words! What was worse, even though I described her symptoms, they said that I should have rung not just turned up and they wouldn't be able to see her till Thursday even if they could register us with them! The way the receptionist and the manager spoke to me and made assumptions was disgraceful!
First - I wouldn't have dragged her there on the off chance. I walked to the shop to book an appointment, leaving Sophie at home, purely because I didn't have a phone number to use. Secondly, we were registered with them before, via my cat who died a couple of years ago, but I was no longer on their system for some reason, which is not my fault. Thirdly, this is an animal charity that is supposed to put the animal first!!! What is it with these people who take take take, and the one time you need them to give, they turn their back on your pet? Furious? You bet your ass I'm furious!!!
So I went home, and found the phone number for the next nearest vet, Pets At Home - the pet store where I buy my birdseed has a veterinary practice at the back of the store, and is about a fifteen minute walk from our house. I rang the pet store, and they gave me the vets number. I rang them up, registered Sophie, explained the problem, and after asking about her eating, drinking and pooping, they discerned that she would be ok overnight and gave me an appointment for this morning (Wed).
So, I couldn't eat properly this morning, still expecting the very worst. I set off with Sophie, slowly, to the vets. When we arrived the receptionist booked her in, and we only had a few minutes to wait before we were shown into an examination room.
The nurse saw her first and took some more details, then she left and the vet came in. She took the time to let Sophie accept her before she started to examine her, and she was marvellous!
When she finished checking her over she explained her findings, and it was mostly what I thought. Sophie has arthritis, and is struggling particularly with her front joints. She has a good heart, and her lungs aren't bad considering her age, but the worrying thing is the lump in her chest, which is affecting her breathing, and sometimes makes her cough/choke when she over exerts herself. What had started as a small floating lump about the size of a penny now has a discernible mass behind it, and the only way they can diagnose it accurately is by operating to remove it, and sending it off for analysis. Sophie is about 13 years old, and the vet is as reluctant to put her through that as I am to let her. Given her age, it would be very risky for her, and given her nervousness, it wouldn't be fair to put her through all that. Sophie is a rescue dog, and went through hell before we got her, and she has been with us for eight years, with all her neuroses catered for. :-)
The vet said that given everything Sophie is dealing with, the only thing she could suggest was trying her on some anti-inflamatory medication for a couple of weeks, to see if it made her movement any easier, and if it improved her quality of life we could maybe look at keeping her on them for the rest of her life, with regular blood tests to check she's ok. However, this would have no effect on the lump and mass, which although mostly not bothering her as far as pain is concerned, will continue to grow, with no telling how long it would be before she couldn't cope with it.
So, rather than say what I had been dreading I'd have to say, I jumped at the possible lifeline and took the meds for her and brought her home - something I didn't think I'd be doing today. She took her first dose of medicine, swallowed the treats to take the taste away, and has spent the rest of the day being highly pampered. :-)
And now I'm sitting here watching her dreaming and twitching, and listening to her somewhat ropey breathing, and wondering whether I did the right thing, or whether I should have been stronger for her, and whether I have just been selfish because I don't want to say goodbye. I know that the meds are also pain relief for her, so we have a little more time with her, and every day is going to be precious. I just can't shake what I know is coming very soon. :-(
So, I didn't exercise or do any of my challenges today. However, my eating, though bad today, was at least on the low side calorie-wise for a change, and I walked a lot! Plus, my lovely neighbour Anne suggested she come round with her camera and take some photos of us with Sophie for a keepsake. Isn't that just a lovely thing to offer to do? I think we will try and get a nice day weather-wise and take Sophie to Highwoods for a little walk, and take the photos there. :-)
So, we have to take it a day at a time with Sophie, hope she doesn't react badly to the medication, and see how she goes.
Sorry to offload, but I really needed to talk!
Monday, October 04, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan,
Week 7, Day 2
25 minute Walk
Pace: 21 min mile
Distance: 1.26 miles
Walked the Waitrose Circuit.
Video 2 of the Bootcamp challenge
Two sets of 12 reps of calf raises on the step
I've been spending today sparking and emailing to try and catch up on all the weekend emails I never even got to read this weekend. Not that I'm complaining because I really enjoyed my weekend, catching up with my neighbour on Saturday, and then with a good friend in a very long phonecall on the Sunday. It was a very pleasant weekend all in all, just somewhat erratic in its execution. LOL
I normally don't do these memes and quizzes, but I liked this one, and you guys will get to know a little bit about me. Feel free to snag it and have a go yourself. It is doing the rounds of SP at the moment. :-)
~4 Things In my Life Quiz~
- Four jobs I have had in my life:
2. Tea Lady at a Nursing Home
3. Care Assistant (same nursing home)
4. Caravan Cleaner
- Four movies I have watched more than once:
(only four? Eep!)
1. Some Like It Hot
2. Pete's Dragon
3. Sister Act
4. The Sound of Music
- Four places I have lived:
2. Plymouth (Devon)
4. Colchester (Essex)
- Four Places I have been:
- Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chicken cooked almost any way you can imagine
4. Fish in pretty much any shape or form
- Four TV shows I watch:
1. CSI (any of them, but the original is still my fave)
2. Drop Dead Diva
3. Ghost Whisperer
- Four places I would rather be right now:
(Not 'rather be', but would make a lovely change)
1. Devon (with my younger daughter, my other daughter, and her fiance)
2. Venice (want desperately to visit again)
3. Egypt (never been, really want to go)
4. America (visiting all my friends in the USA and seeing the sights)
- Four things I am looking forward to next year:
1. Being secure in the knowledge that my daughter had a wonderful wedding in December
2. Having a holiday in Devon with my daughters and my Son-in-Law
3. Attending a Ways With Words Festival and meeting some of my favourite authors and celebrities.
4. Finding myself a nice fella would be good. :-)
Have a wonderful day everyone! :-)
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Fruit and Veg
7, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 6 = 44/35 (record 49)
8, 10, 10, 8, 8, 9, 8 = 61/56 (record 67)
Calories in range 2/7 (record 5/7)
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 2/7 (record 5/7) + 1 day one point over
Protein in range 6/7 (new record 6/7)
I keep saying it, but my protein successes always come at the cost of my calories and fat. I hope to find the opportunity soon to play with beans and pulses a bit more. I knew it was going to be a bad week this week. :-)
3900 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target rises to 4000.
Total steps for the week: 48082 A slight improvement on last week, which is great! I am a happy bunny! (record = 55009)
Average daily steps = 6869 (record 7858)
Sun: 1.9 miles
Mon: 3.02 miles
Tue: 2.3 miles
Wed: 5.22 miles
Thur: 4.17 miles
Fri: 2.88 miles
Sat: 2.36 miles
Total mileage for week: 21.85 miles (record 25.02 miles) Bang on my aim of 21 miles per week! Again! :-)
Total fitness minutes this week: 460, which is 66 minutes per day.
Total calories burned: 1958
Stayed at 13 stone 2lbs (184lbs)
3/4 inch off my waist - 35.25 inches (total loss in three months = 1.75 in)
1 1/2 inches off my hips - 42.5 inches (total loss in three months = 2 in)
Nothing off my thigh - 24.5 inches (total loss in three months = 1.5 in)
1/4 inch off my arm - 12 inches (total loss in three months = 1 in)
That is pretty good, when you consider that none of the measurements budged a jot last month. :-) This month it has been my weight that has become stagnant. In spite of the odd pound higher or lower as the month progressed, it has still settled at the same spot as it was last month.
I'm not a big fan of goal setting. I tend to get disheartened if I don't meet them because I was too ambitious, so I am very conservative in those that I do set. For October, therefore, my goals are not about losing weight or inches.
Goals for October:
1. To work on incorporating some lower calorie protein into my diet. It is a good time of year for casseroles and soups, so I plan to play with some recipes that include different types of beans. They will also be handy freezer fillers, because I am still in the process of restocking that. :-)
2. To play with squashes. It isn't something we do a lot over here. On the few occasions when I've been involved in scooping flesh out of pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns I've never seen the flesh cooked and eaten. We have acorn, spaghetti and butternut squashes and others too sometimes, available locally, and SP has some great recipes, so I am looking forward to trying some out. Stand by to receive questions about possible substitutions for ingredients we can't get over here. LOL
3. To organise my days/weeks so that I have a better idea of what I am doing and when. Currently my spiritual life is getting lost in the maze of other things I cram into my day. I need to evaluate my priorities and achieve some balance between my family, work, SP, fitness, nutrition, Spirituality, and fun, so that everything gets a fair look in. :-)
4. To build on my strength training routine. I still have the basics from following the bootcamp, but I need to be more consistent in building on that.
5. Kick through as many leaf piles as possible!!! *grin*
Well, that is it folks. My weekly review was good on the whole, and the monthly measurements are heading in the right direction. What I am seeing in the mirror also tells me things are improving. I'm starting to see definition in my arms, and I definitely have something I can loosely call a waist. *grin* And talking of loosely, the jeans I finally managed to do up about six weeks ago are now loose on me, to the extent that I need to pull them up a bit when I'm on Tigger! When I have a bit of spare cash I'm going to have to do a tour of the charity shops for some interim jeans.
The only downer in all of this is my health, which is still a problem. The Tietze's hasn't gone away completely this time. Instead it is sitting there, an intermittent source of low-level pain. My lungs are coping pretty well though, which is better. The sinuses are also improving, but I need to pluck up the courage to go to the hospital so they can take a closer look to see if an operation might help. I also might have a few unpleasant things to face this week, the details of which I can't share at the moment. Just wish me luck please. :-)
May October be a good month for everyone. :-)
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