Saturday, October 09, 2010
Oh, this is nice! :-) I was beginning to wonder if I'd get to blog today. All morning I've been locked out, even when I'm logged in. Gotta wonder what's happening at SP sometimes. LOL
Thankyou for all the heart-warming support for Sophie and our predicament. She is doing ok, moving a little easier, so the anti-inflammatory medications and the pain relief seems to be helping her. We are making the most of the time we have left with her, and she is enjoying being even more the centre of attention than usual. :-)
I didn't blog yesterday, and didn't record my exercise from Thursday or Friday on my blog either. At least I remembered to jot down my walking stats.
Wednesday - no walk. Swapped with Friday because of the vet business.
Thursday - 30-minute Walk - slight delay because of bumping into my neighbour briefly but made up the time.
Pace: 21 minute mile
Distance: 1.42 miles
Friday - 20-minute Walk - bumped into my neighbour again, but we were going in the same direction this time so she cycled and kept pace with me while we talked. :-) Did an extra minute cos I lost track a bit. LOL
Pace: 21 minute mile
Distance: 1.03 miles
Saturday - 35-Minute Walk Pretty pleased with this walk, not least because I bumped into someone with an elderly male labrador that I see occasionally, and was able to have a brief chat with him both on my way out and on the way back, joking that we must stop meeting like this, cos the neighbours would talk. LOL His old boy is a little arthritic, but is otherwise in excellent health, and obviously enjoying life.
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 162 (new record)
Steps: 4051 (new record)
Distance: 1.82 miles
Wednesday - no ST, cos of vets and so forth. Couldn't think about anything else.
Thursday - no ST - cos of TOM zapping my energy, and emotional fallout from Wednesday.
Friday - Upper Body - 10 minutes - day 6 bootcamp video
Saturday - Core - Day 4 bootcamp video, 6 minutes on the Twist and Tone, and 2 sets of 12 reps of bed crunches.
Why do I yawn after doing strength training? I find that with most of the videos I get through to the stretching part, and then during the stretches I start yawning. Very strange. Does anyone else find themselves doing that?
It is Silly Saturday with the Positive Bloggers. Time to go find something silly to share. :-)
Have a great weekend everyone!
My Hero! :-)
Some things never change when you go out for the day!
Sophie prefers to dig up a beetroot to play with!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I answered two questions correctly. Anyone out there smarter than me? LOLOL
How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.
The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2 How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.
This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend ....
Except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. Didn't you just put him in there?
This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you
still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat.
How do you manage to cross it?
Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening?
All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.
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!
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