Friday, October 15, 2010
I was standing on Tigger, trying to bounce, but I really wasn't enjoying it, which is unheard of for me. Then I noticed that it was just after 2pm. "Enough!" I cried. I can't take this torment any longer. Leaping off Tigger, I grabbed the phone and called the doctor's surgery for an appointment. The thought of a whole weekend of sinuses getting even worse than they already are was too much. It was 'get some pills or die in the attempt' time!
I got a 3.20pm appt with the nurse practitioner. Oh well, better than nothing, and if I had to collapse in tears to get my way I would. I'm not proud!
I left the house at three, arrived at the surgery ten minutes later, to find they had changed my appointment so that I would see my doctor instead. Win! Not only that, but I had only just sat down when I was called in ten minutes early. Win again!
My doctor asked some questions, then examined my nose, throat, ears, glands, and took my temperature. He offered me antibiotics and a few days of sudafed, which I gratefully took, amazed that I didn't have to argue to get it. It looks like news has finally filtered down that I need all this stuff plus the nasal spray I am already on when the sinusitis really gets a grip.
I was out of the surgery by 3.20pm, even though that was my appt time. Win Three! :-)
Ten minutes later I was in the chemist getting the scrip filled and chatting to one of the assistants who has also suffered chronically with sinusitis. She has had surgery so was able to tell me a little about surgical options. I will be brave and get the referral so that the consultant can check me over to see if I am a candidate for surgery myself.
The circuit - doctor-chemist-home - was completed in record time. I left at 3pm and was back in the house at 3.50pm. Tomorrow I am doing that circuit again. I have a forty minute walk, and think that without stops it should take around 35-40 minutes, so tomorrow, all being well, I'll find out. :-)
Of course I took my first dose of tablets as soon as I got them, so now I feel a bit sick to my stomach, which usually happens on this particular cocktail, but if it works, it is so incredibly worth it!!!
Sophie took her bread and meds mix again today when I got back. She just dropped it on the floor, sniffed it, licked it, then picked it up and munched it down. Yeehar!!! No more fighting her to get the stuff into her. I think we can safely say after three successful days that she is fine with these meds and this method of administering them. It will make her final time with us a lot easier if I don't feel I'm making her miserable with a daily fight to get the stuff down her. :-)
So, today I did a twenty minute walk, about 8 minutes on Roo, and a couple of minutes on Tigger, then the Doctor circuit. That will do me very nicely for exercise today. :-)
So here's to a few days of R&R!
Have a great day everyone!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I missed my blogging yesterday. My sinuses are so bad that I wanted to get as many work hours in as possible to try and give myself a long weekend of R&R. Mission accomplished! I have my hours done, so I can spend at least the next three days nursing my head, playing with Sophie, and chillin' while Sparking, catching up with everyone, and replying to some emails I've been looking forward to responding to. :-)
Exercise-wise I've kept up with my walks so far this week, yesterday was my rest day, swapped with Friday though, because we did a Tesco run, and I didn't feel I could manage anything else that day.
Today I did a 30 minute walk, followed by a Waitrose circuit.
Sadly my strength training went by the board yesterday and today. So did my step challenge. That has been hard to do this week, because I am just so tired with this perpetual headachy-stuffed nose-tiredness, which is also affecting my ears. But I figure that as long as I can keep at least my walking going, I'm happy. Do what I can when I feel up to it and see how it goes is the motto this week. I'd like to see this week's walks out if I possibly can, because it will complete the second section of the book I'm working through. Kind of a milestone. :-)
The heating is on as I sit typing this. We did so well to get halfway through October before giving in, but it got too cold for us last night, so we had the heating on to take the chill off before bed, and I'm warming us up again tonight. We can still get away with no heating during the day, as long as we keep the doors shut. Sophie doesn't like it, because all summer we have the back door open all day so she can go into the garden whenever she wants. Normally as soon as it gets cold enough to keep the door shut she becomes a perpetual 'I'm-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-door' dog. :-) Another symptom that shows she isn't herself is that she isn't looking to go outside at all. When she does go out, she is showing virtually no interest in her balls.
She has taken her medicine the last two days. :-) I tried Rhonda's suggestion and soaked them into a chunk of bread. Yesterday she licked at it and then munched the chunk down. Today she licked, took and dropped the bread on the floor, but when I picked it up and offered it to her again she ate it. Dare I hope that she will continue to take her meds this way? *fingers crossed*
I am craving chocolate, and I can't understand why. I can take or leave chocolate for the most part, only really feeling a need for it the day before TOM arrives, and even then a couple of squares will usually fix it. At the moment though, I'm craving it every day, several times a day. I'm wondering whether this is because I feel pretty down at the moment, and maybe I crave it because it is a mood-enhancer or something. Has anyone else had this happen?
The weather matched my mood today too, drizzly all morning. :-) It was that light level of drizzle that mists your glasses but doesn't get you obviously wet. I don't mind it really, and we did have a nice bit of blue sky and sunshine before the wet crept back in.
So, on the plus side:
I didn't get soaked on my walk. :-)
I'm nice and warm. :-)
I made a tasty pot of ratatouille tonight and had some on a bed of pasta. Om nom nommy! :-)
I have a sausage and bean casserole planned for tomorrow, using Borlotti beans for my first attempt. I couldn't choose between a tin of those and a tin of black-eye beans, so Tara shut her eyes and waved the electronic bar code reader at the tins, and it chose the Borlotti beans for me. LOL. I don't even know if I like them. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. :-)
My computer is randomly choosing nice music for me to listen to while I spark a little before heading for bed. :-)
I hope all is well with my friends here. I hope to catch up with you all over the weekend. :-)
I'm sure I've seen this gate. :-)
Look! A pile of leaves to jump in! Thanks Kittie! :-)
And the Mad Hatter approves! :-)
Monday, October 11, 2010
Yes, Sophie took her meds today without escaping from a single drop. This time I put some of her favourite food in her bowl and bided my time until she was sat back on the sofa, licking her chops. Then I sat down beside her, gave her a stroke, gently pulled her head onto my lap, fiddled till I found a convenient gap in her jaw, whipped the syringe round and slowly dribbled it in to her mouth while holding her head against me so she couldn't struggle. :-) Sorry to disappoint those who were expecting a laugh. Stand by though - there's always tomorrow. I doubt this ruse will work for long. I will wear the medication again. LOL
Today I did:
25 minute walk
Waitrose circuit - also 25 minutes
Day 2 Bootcamp video - Lower Body
While on my way to Waitrose today I bumped into one of the Teaching Assistants at what was Tara's first primary school. I had been the Deputy Chair of the Governing Body at that school, and had helped prevent the school's closure, even though the Chair himself was determined to believe the worst of the Local Education Authority, and kept saying the school was closing for sure, even going as far as to claim - quite falsely - that the LEA had already got an offer for the site for housing development.
Sadly, as happens when a school in special measures is re-invented, it comes at the expense of people you care about, and a lot of staff left the school during the shake up.
The emotional upset got to Tara very badly, which was why I had to move her to another primary school. She unfortunately overheard a very angry member of staff say horrible things about me to another staff member, and was convinced because of what she overheard that I would be hurt by someone if I stayed on as a governor. The staff member was reprimanded, which didn't help my situation because the resentment just grew. The sad thing was that the reason she was angry was because she got the wrong impression about what I was trying to do, thanks to the Chairman's lies. It took the acting head and the deputy head to sort out the misunderstanding, by which time the school was safe, and I had left. I resigned from the governing body once I knew that the school was staying open, because it was making Tara ill to have me still there, and nothing could convince her that I wasn't in danger.
Anyway, it was great to catch up with this lady. I hadn't seen her to properly chat to for a while, and she and her sister both work at the school still. They are both such lovely smiley ladies, and a real asset to the school. They really love those kids. I will always be grateful that at least they were able to stick there through the mess and come out the other side as happy to be working there as ever.
On a completely unrelated note, next time I make this sausage casserole I'm munching on, I shall omit the sausages and put beans in instead. The sausages are way too many calories and too much fat for the amount of protein I get from them, and the beans will work well, I'm thinking. :-) Or I could halve the sausages and add beans too, and get the best of both worlds perhaps. Hmmm...
I hope everyone is having a good day. :-)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
...is one of the funniest things I ever read, especially as I had to a certain extent lived it. LOL All this talk about Sophie and your pets and giving meds to them reminded me of it, so I dug it out so you can all enjoy it too.
How to Give a Cat a Pill
1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from yard.
6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink one beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.
11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of Scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
12. Call fire department to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.
13. Tie the cat's front paws to rear paws with twine and bind tightly to leg of dining room table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
14. Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15. Arrange for Humane Society to collect the cat and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.
How to Give a Dog a Pill 1. Wrap it in bacon.
Sadly, no info on giving a dog liquid medication. LOL
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