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A week in Review (3rd - 9th Oct 2010)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I am doing well.
I am sticking with the programme.
I am tenacious! :-)

NUTRITION

Fruit and Veggies
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5, 7, 7, 5, 5, 5, 4 = 38/35 (record 49)

Water
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9, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9 = 58/56 (record 67)

Nutrition Basics
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Calories in range 5/7 (record 5/7)
Fat in range 6/7 (new record 6/7) YAY!
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
plus only ten over one day and 4 under the other day, so really close to 7/7! :-)
Protein in range 2/7 (record 6/7)

Considering that I paid very little attention to my food choices this week, outside of recording what I ate, I am really pleased with the results. I haven't had a chance to play with my proteins yet, but as long as everything is recorded that's fine. :-) I am struggling on a seriously low income right now, which makes having a play with my food somewhat limited, but I'll get there. :-)

FITNESS
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STEPS
4000 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target rises to 4100.

Sun: 4775
Mon: 6779
Tue: 4207
Wed: 8209
Thur: 5271
Fri: 5073
Sat: 4926

Total steps for the week: 39240
Down on last week, but above my minimum every day, which is good! :-)
Average daily steps = 5605 (record 7858)

TOTAL FITNESS MINUTES
(warm-up, cardio, strength and stretches combined)

Sun: 50
Mon: 90
Tue: 55
Wed: 80
Thur: 55
Fri: 65
Sat: 70

Total minutes for the week: 465
Average daily minutes = 66 (new record 66) YAY!

MILEAGE

Sun: 2.17 miles
Mon: 3.08 miles
Tue: 1.91 miles
Wed: 3.73 miles
Thur: 2.4 miles
Fri: 2.31 miles
Sat: 2.24 miles

Total mileage for week: 17.84 miles (record 25.02 miles)
3 miles short of my aim of 21 miles per week, but it is still over 2 miles a day, which is great. :-)

WEIGHT
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Stayed at 13 stone 2lbs (184lbs)

My weight graph is starting to look like a pier stuck out over a precipice. LOL I think we can safely call this a plateau now. Mind you, as I am working on the strength training side of things, this could equally be the building of muscle, which is heavier than fat, so I can live with the weight stagnation for a bit longer. :-)

I have realised just how loose my current exercising jeans are. I have to hold them up when on Tigger now, which makes bouncing a little difficult. LOL. So I tried my tighter jeans (size 16 boot cut) on today, and they fit COMFORTABLY! Last month they did up but were a bit tight on the thigh and round the derriere. This month they are most definitely feeling very nice! What a pity they are old scruffy jeans with patches, so don't have much life left in them. What this does mean though, is that I can go on a size 16 jeans hunt at long last! :-)

Here's to a good week to come!
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Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 10/11/2010 2:29PM

    Congrats on the smaller jeans, Lex! You've worked hard to get there and your efforts are paying off. Yeah!

What a great week you had! I agree with CHEVY63...you've made a lifestyle change. emoticon

xoxo,
Carla
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/11/2010 10:19AM

    Lex,

What an awesome week considering you have been so distracted!! I wish I could do that while distracted...lol YOU ROCK!!

Gotta love that you have to wear new jeans!! Time to go on the hunt for a nice pair of 16's for everyday use not just exercise...Enjoy that is a wonderful accomplishment and so much better than anything the scale says!!

CONGRATS!!
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Rhonda

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JHADZHIA 10/11/2010 8:54AM

    The proof is in the jeans!! Very well done, you are doing AWESOME!!
Never mind what the scale says!
Keep up the great work!!!
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ZURDTA- 10/10/2010 1:27PM

    You are doing well... whoo hoo!

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CHEVY63 10/10/2010 12:50PM

    Wonderful! It seems that you are really in the lifestyle change, since you're doing so well with the food choices even when you are not concentrating on them. You're also doing great with the exercise.

Great news about the jeans, too. I love being able to fit into some of the smaller clothes I've kept in the closet!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/10/2010 12:10PM

    Woohoo victory when the clothes start to fit better !I am off swimming this morning working on that very same premise!

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I'm Wearing Sophie's Medication! + Starting week 8 of the Walking Plan

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It took her three days to figure out what was going on and to clamp her jaws shut when she sees me coming with the syringe. LOL. Yesterday a small drop escaped from her mouth and dribbled down my leg. Today most of it did. *grin*
I can see I am going to have to change tactics if I'm going to get the stuff down her instead of down me. :-)



CARDIO only today
Week 8, Day 1 Walking Plan
15 minutes walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 71
Steps: 1770
Time: 0:16:14
Distance: 0.79 miles

I also did:
20 minutes on Tigger
10 minutes on Roo

Off to work on my week in review next.

Have a good day everyone. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SUZIEGREY 10/12/2010 1:58PM

    My dogs would only take liquid medication in porridge. One can only be given worming tablet in a chunk of banana as well. He spits it out if I put it in a sardine or sausage or in a lump of pate. Still eats the food, though.

Hope you have more success with the meds.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/11/2010 10:23AM

    Well good luck with that. Liquid medications can be tricky, even for dogs...lol Hope the next round goes better!

Thanks for the cartoons, they really do make my day!

Make it a great one!
Rhonda

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JHADZHIA 10/11/2010 8:51AM

    It is strange they give cats a liquid medicine as they don't drink all the much, wonder why?? A tiny pill wrapped in some smelly treat would go down much faster.

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BOVEY63 10/10/2010 9:10PM

    They always seem to figure it out don't they? Good luck!

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ZURDTA- 10/10/2010 1:26PM

    I had something like that with my cat - now she was a very canny cat.

Held firmly by my son, jaws opened and tablet put on back of tongue, hold mouth and gently stroke throat to ensure a swallow. Those were the instructions from the vet and we did it... the cat spat out the tablet.

Second time. Held mouth and stroked for a longer time. It came back out.

Third time we chose the syringe method. Back of the throat and squeeze - hold mouth and stroke throat to ensure a swallow. YAK - it came back out...

Hiding it in food didn't work either. That cat never had a full dose of anything...



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CHEVY63 10/10/2010 12:54PM

    Good luck with the medicine. I always make sure that I'm not wearing nice clothes when I try to give medicine these days. I had a traumatic experience and ruined a suit with a former cat. Contrary to what the vet said, butter did not make the pill go down easier - it just left grease stains all over a nice outfit! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/10/2010 12:14PM

    My vet hasn't given me liquid medication since the time I told her a pill would be better and she said I was being silly no dog should be a problem and she would show me how,I am still wiping a tear from the hysterical laughter away 2 years later .She did look funny wearing that medication when True spit it back at her !!!!

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CARLA-216 10/10/2010 12:09PM

    Ah, that's a toughie with it being liquid. At least a pill would be easy to disguise inside a banana slice. With the cats, they always have liquid meds, and we somehow get their mouth open just enough so that we can slip the syringe in near the back of their jaw, then press quickly and hope for the best.

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NJMATTICE 10/10/2010 9:27AM

    I look forward to your tales of creative ways to give Sophie her meds.
Love,
Nancy

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BUBBLEJ1 10/10/2010 9:14AM

    Keep it next to the couch and when she is having a nice pat launch a surprise attack. Or you could do what I do with my cats, which is calmly explain that it is for their own good. That never works, because they are cats, but it makes me feel polite.

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Sparkpeople finally let me in to blog! :-) I have exercised, honest!

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.

So...

CARDIO
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.

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 21 minute mile
Calories: 126
Steps: 3158
Time: 0:30:14
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

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 21 minute mile
Calories: 92
Steps: 2300
Time: 0:21:45
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.

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 162 (new record)
Steps: 4051 (new record)
Time: 0:36:54
Distance: 1.82 miles

STRENGTH TRAINING


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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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My Hero! :-)


Some things never change when you go out for the day!


Sophie prefers to dig up a beetroot to play with!

  
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JHADZHIA 10/10/2010 1:44AM

    Glad to hear Sophie is doing better.. Good job getting your fitness in in spite of all that is going on.
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Linda x

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/10/2010 1:40AM

    My favourite is the my hero one.Al sent me some lovely jewellery boxes back from Afghanistan he sent them with special instruction since it was all carved wood I had to put them in the freezer for two weeks to ensure I didn't have any pets I didn't bank on LOL !Bugs coming out of the wood or rather eggs hatching into bugs. He is notorious for making friends with any dogs he finds anywhere around the camps .My husband is over 6'3" tall and he sent a picture ot him holding a camel spider that was up to his waist !Thankfully we only have an old dog at home LOL!I am so glad Sophie is doing better. Hugs,Cheri

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LINDABENEDICT 10/9/2010 11:28PM

    Yay Sophie and YAY you !!!!! Great pics....my laughs for the day.

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CHEVY63 10/9/2010 10:46PM

    You always have the best pictures in your blogs - thanks for making me laugh!

I'm glad to hear that the pup is doing ok for the moment. We've had some scares with our cat, so I do understand the emotions.

You are doing a great job with the exercise - so glad you've been able to keep it up.

Hope the rest of your weekend is also good!

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KNITTABLES 10/9/2010 2:26PM

    I am so glad sophie is doing better. So glad you managed to blog.Sparks has been real slow for me today too and I had problems accessing my friends blogs. Love all the pictures and enjoy the weekend.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/9/2010 12:13PM

    So very glad to hear that the medication seems to be helping Sophie! Making the most of the time you have left with her is exactly what you should be doing. I am sure she is loving all of the attention and finding the outpouring of Love a real comfort! She couldn't have a better family.

Nice to see that even with a difficult week you have managed to keep moving forward. You are an amazing lady!

((HUGS))
Rhonda

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CARLA-216 10/9/2010 12:06PM

    So proud of you for picking up and moving along after a few trying days with the emotions! Great job! I know for me in the past, that would have been the green light to mess around with the rest of the week and who knows when I'd get myself back together after that.

I've heard that when we yawn our brain is needing oxygen. So maybe you're not breathing through the moves when doing strength training? I think it's common for people to want to hold their breath when lifting weights, especially if the move is a bit challenging. Just a thought!

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BOVEY63 10/9/2010 11:58AM

    Glad to hear that Sophie is feeling a little better.
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It's so nice when you run into some of the same people when walking. There is an elderly gentleman that I run into regularly on my morning walk and we sometimes walk a block or two together until we reach a community center where he meets his buddies for coffee.

Great pics again - especially love the "My Hero" one. Sweet!

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The Giraffe Test

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?

Wrong Answer.

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.


  
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SUZIEGREY 10/12/2010 7:10AM

    I must have the brain of a four year old, though I'm sure it must be because I've done something similar before. Thank you for the laugh.

Sue

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BOVEY63 10/8/2010 9:24PM

    I didn't do so well.
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/8/2010 7:43PM

    LOL...Thank you for the evening chuckle!

Rhonda

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NJMATTICE 10/8/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks for the mental exercise. It was fun.
Love,
Nancy

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ZURDTA- 10/8/2010 2:52AM

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/8/2010 1:18AM

    Hah I answered all four right although maybe I made number one a little comlicated because I folded the giraffe neck first... I have heard the first before so I had a clue there, but the rest I could answer and it makes me happy to see that I have developed as a thinker because twenty years ago I would not have ha a clue...

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/8/2010 1:06AM

    I have the mentality of a preschooler LOL! I got all of them right I am not sure if I should be proud of that or not LOL!!! AT least you can tell people you have a friend so daft she functions on an entirely different level from most adults LOL!...... hugs,Cheri

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JHADZHIA 10/8/2010 12:08AM

    This is why I don't do well on trivia, I am too far gone on sleep deprivation, my brain is mush and those trick questions get me every time LOL.
Thanks for sharing!

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CHRISTURTLE 10/7/2010 8:17PM

    I was going to cross the bridge to get to the other side of the river, lol. Just kinda thought there may be one handy.

Failed on all accounts...what's that make me? Nah, don't tell me, my day's bad enough already, lol.

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KNITTABLES 10/7/2010 7:57PM

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LINDABENEDICT 10/7/2010 6:11PM

    hahahahahahahahahahaha. I must be demented !

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JAQUANAH 10/7/2010 5:47PM

    Funny! It looks like I have dementia.

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CITRUSPINE 10/7/2010 5:37PM

    This used to be called the dementia test! Doesn't matter--I still liked it!

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CHEVY63 10/7/2010 5:37PM

    So Cute!!!

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SELF-LOVE 10/7/2010 5:36PM

    LOL. i think i've seen that before AND i still flunked... the funny thing is that next week I have to go take that stupid compass test at the community college - looks like I might start studying! emoticon

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Emotionally wrung out, and it's not over yet. This is why I haven't been around much.

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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHRISTURTLE 10/9/2010 8:37PM

    I know just how you've been feeling, because my old dog Sam is almost at the end of his life. He has been in pain all night, and none of us have slept. He has severe arthritis, but because of his stomach problems can't take anti inflammatory medications. He is diabetic and epileptic, although his seizures only happen when he is stressed. When Mum was really ill with cancer, his seizures were happening several times a day, and they have left him with brain damage. He is almost blind, is completely deaf, and has skin allergies.

Sam was Mum's baby, she loved him and he loved her. He is our last physical link with her. I know the time is almost here, that tomorrow may well be the day, but the vet thas told me repeatedly even with all his complaints, Sam still enjoys his life. I always said when he no longer wanted to eat, to go for a walk, because the pain was too much for him, I would take him to the vet to have him put to sleep.

Enjoy what time you have with Sophie, and make sure you have lots of wonderful photos taken. You have an amazing friend to suggest such a wonderful thing. You did the right thing in giving Sophie some extra time, I am hoping for the same chance for Sam, although don't hold out much hope.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/8/2010 7:49PM

    Lexie,

What an incredibly difficult time you have been having. How is Sophie doing now??

((HUGS))
Rhonda

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/8/2010 1:25AM

    I had my dog put down in june and it is sad but this is the responsibility I accept when I get a dog.
I donīt think you were selfish to take her home. I do think that you will have to put her to rest, but with the medication I think she is okay and you will have some time to be with her before she goes.

Best wishes for you and your dog!

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CHEVY63 10/7/2010 5:36PM

    I'm so sorry you have to deal with this! It is so tough to see our pets suffer. They depend on us for everything, and of course we want to do the best possible for them.

I hope your Sophie is doing better, and I'm glad that you found a vet who understands how much she means to you. Please know that somehow Sophie understands that you love her and you're making the best decisions that you can.

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ZURDTA- 10/7/2010 2:54AM

    First the attitude of that RSPCA place - OMG! I must say that a lot of animal charity places I have contacted have been less than polite to me. I had a whole load of cats in the garden, a couple tried to move in with me and they littered. I called several animal charities about this - and they seemed most put out that I didn't want to keep them all! I kept two and found homes for two sets of kittens... what more did they want from me! I was also on Tax Credits at that point and there was no financial help except for neutering... oh yes and being asthmatic and not really wanting any pets... they viewed me as being Lucifer himelf!

Anyway, so sorry your dog is so ill... you did what you thought was right at the time. I don't think there is a right or wrong. The vet would have said there's no point in meds, if there was no point. It won't cure, but will give you more time together and will improve her quality of life for a while.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/7/2010 1:52AM

    I don't think you are selfish at all .The first vet clinic needs a bloody whipping.True is 12 years old which is older than normal for a dog of her breed and she also has a growth that started two years ago they have watched it and it hasn't changed she is happy and healthy.You will know when she is suffering I give True glucosamine biscuits and arthritis medication but otherwise she is fine. I am just sorry you had such a painful journey to get help.My vet here is a sweet heart .

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LASARRE 10/7/2010 12:19AM

    OMG, I know how hard it is. I have had animals my whole life. My mother recently had to put her dog down and the vet had to come to the house. My mother bounced the check to her, but she was so nice about it. This is the worst time in a person's life. These people who are supposed to be here for the animals shouldn't care what you can or can't afford; they are here to do what is best by the animal. At least you know you did that. I am so sorry for what you had to go through. I have 2 cats, a dog, and a horse. I have had to put several family members down through the years and it is never easy. Right now, I have to decide whether or not to put down one of our Mares which we bred and raised. I'm not liking that decision, but she has no quality of life anymore. Please know you are not alone. This is so hard.

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BUBBLEJ1 10/7/2010 12:08AM

    I'm so sorry that you are going through this! My nana was in a similar position a few years ago with the family dog JJ. She had hip problems and all the other issues that come with being an old dog.

I think having pictures taken is a lovely idea.
Thinking of you and Sophie!

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JHADZHIA 10/7/2010 12:06AM

    So sorry your precious Sophie is struggling :( I don't understand that first vet's office either, but at least you found this much better alternative.
All you can do is enjoy every single moment you have with her.
That is a great idea getting some photos of you and her in the park.
Unfortunately, your situation is reminding me too much of my Mom's Bendix -13 years old, bad arthritis in his shoulder, so much so, he struggles to get up the stairs and is limping quite badly. He also has a large growth, but its just on his leg, but who knows what else the poor dog has. There are days he has very little appetite and he throws up his food fairly often. Its sad to see how he is now when he used to be such an active dog, running all the time and chasing everything he can. He perks up every time I visit, he is my best buddy!
Just know I understand what you are going through, and that I am here for you..Please keep us posted how Sophie is doing..
Big Hugs,
Linda x

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KNITTABLES 10/6/2010 11:54PM

    I wish you and Sophie lots of love. I pray and hope that the medicine will work woek. We did the same for our budgie Blue berry. Enjoy the time with her.
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BOVEY63 10/6/2010 11:15PM

    We are here for you in both the happy and the sad. I wish I was there to give both you and Sophie a big hug.
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I would have done the same as you and given the medicine a try and then shower Sophie love each and every day. She is lucky to have had someone rescue her and give her a good life.


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WVREDNECKHOTTIE 10/6/2010 9:23PM

    I'm so sorry you and sophie are going through this. It's hard because we love our babies so much and they become such an integral part of our lives. It's so heart breaking when they are sick. I will keep you and sophie in my prayers and no matter what at least know she has had the best mom possible!
*hugs*
Jen

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LINDABENEDICT 10/6/2010 8:19PM

    Oh wow. What a tough situation to be in...poor Sophie, but lucky Sophie, since she has you in her life. And the nerve of the first vet to give you a hard time. Cruel. I have been in very similar situations with my dog Toto a few years ago, and very recently with my cat Jr. I know it is pure torture. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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LIFEISSWEET2 10/6/2010 7:22PM

    Offload anytime, blogging isn't always about the rosy, perfection in life. As a "mom" to furry babies, I completely understand the mixed bag of emotions that you are feeling. Don't feel bad about the decisions that you made today. They are the right ones for today. You will know when you might need to make another choice. Sophie will tell you.
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NUGGAN 10/6/2010 7:14PM

    Oh I came across your blog, and I tell you I am just coming back from a couple days' hiatus due to having to put my 12 year old kitty to sleep.

I know what you are going through, and I'm so glad that you have some more time!

I spent $240 Friday night for the vet to give my kitty some vitamins and tell me to take him home and love him for as long as he had left. His liver was shutting down.

Sunday night I had to spend $130 to put him to sleep. He was as yellow as you can get. My poor Flirpy..My husband and children were devastated.

Enjoy your time with your Sophie!

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DONNARAEJ 10/6/2010 7:08PM

    Bless your heart. Going thru these troubles with a beloved pet is so hard. Sophie is lucky to have someone who cares for her so much. You will make the right decision when it's necessary. Maybe it's just not time yet.

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NJMATTICE 10/6/2010 7:08PM

    Lexie, you may "offload" anytime. And I will feel free to "unload" on you. (the subtleties of the dialects of the English language. I love it.)
I will send up some positive thoughts, prayers or incantations for your dear Sophie and for you. It is very disheartening to be treated poorly by a business that you have supported. That's an ouch to be sure. Take care. We're here for you. And we take you as you are.
Love,
Nancy

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CARLA-216 10/6/2010 6:49PM

    Lex, first of all BIG, WARM HUGS to you! You've been on my mind all day, knowing you had something stressful going on. I'm sorry Sophie's health is deteriorating. It is difficult to watch at best.

I think that no matter what you chose, you would question whether it was the right thing for Sophie. Personally in that situation, I would have done the same thing you did.

xoxo,
Carla
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