Thursday, January 14, 2010
As you know I am a very happy person, though to be honest I have not had much to be happy about the past few days. LOL.
I have been busy, busy, busy though.
On the positive side the sun has been out and the temps have warmed up so it has been really nice and I have been able to ditch my coat and insulated coveralls. The snow has not completely melted yet but it has gotten muddy and slippery.
Squeaker started having a lot of symptoms related to her dental problems Saturday so we had to start syringe feeding her Sunday. My son and and I got up early Monday and drove the 100 (+or-) miles to a town west of St. Louis so that Squeaker could have dental surgery at the Webster Groves Animal Hospital. It's a great animal hospital and we like our vet who is a renaissance man.
Most of the way there, except the last 30 miles, is very rural. It takes about 2 hours to get there as you have tiny little towns to go through. The biggest "town" before I hit the interstate is around 1355 people. I am limited in where we can eat if I intend to eat on schedule. Most of the villages don't even have anywhere to eat. I take snacks that don't have to be refrigerated and water with us and I have even tried taking a cooler in the past but it has never really worked out. There is really no convenient place to eat as you can't pull over in someone's driveway or on the side of a state highway. And I won't eat while driving. So I try to plan ahead as I know what is available. I preplanned my lunch at one of only 3 places to eat by going to a website. It didn't work out. LOL. I had chosen a salad with Reduced French dressing as the carbs were okay but they didn't have the Reduced French nor any other dressings that I liked that was on plan. Grrrrrrr. I despise places like this and there are too many in this area, places where the dressings are mostly Ranch, Reduced Calorie Ranch, Chipotle Ranch, Peppercorn Ranch, Bacon Ranch, Three Cheese Ranch, etc..................... I mean Ranch is Ranch. Offer some other choices. I don't like buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese so anything with those in them is out for me. Other than that they had Thousand Island - Ugh. Honey Mustard - too many carbs!! Blue Cheese - Ugh. No Vinaigrette. No Italian. No French. I can't gag down a salad without dressing and nothing else on the menu was even remotely okay. It was too late to go somewhere else so I ended up having to blow my lunch and cutback on calories and carbs the rest of the day to stay within my ranges. But I vowed to be happy. Yep, grinning ear to ear through gritted teeth. LOL.
The hospital hired an internist vet so the exotic vet was moved downstairs to a room that is the size of a closet. Like our vet says the other guy has more letters at the end of his name. I hope our vet doesn't end up leaving. You could hear dogs barking nearby and this upset Squeaker so she sat shaking with me trying to comfort her. She came through the surgery just fine with no post op complications this time. So my motto for the day was - Don't worry, be happy.
We stopped in the metro east area in Illinois and my son stayed in the car with Squeaker while I got some supplies from Petsmart and Sams. In Sam's, a morbidly obese woman got stuck in the bathroom door with me trapped behind her. I can tell you more about that later if anyone is interested. It was a freaky total mess. I was............ahem............happy......
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We headed home and got there in time for me to warm up some homemade soup for supper. It was a blessing that I wasn't hungry because I had no calories or carbs left to speak of. Nothing for my snack. Oh happy, happy. Joy, Joy.
Tuesday I did 3 loads of laundry and put up all the Sam's stuff, then went to town to the post office, newspaper office, bank, and 4 grocery stores. My son is eager to try some new foods so I bought a savoy cabbage, acorn squash, papaya, mango, kiwis, starfruits. I have no idea what to do with these things but we did like the rutabagas I tried a couple weeks ago and I bought another. Trying new foods makes me really happy. I was a tired happy from all the running.
Wednesday I tried the internet and it didn't work AGAIN, not at all!!!!! CAN YOU SAY HAPPY??!!!! I was so "happy" that I called Alltel and was transferred to the potential Alltel terrorist holding tank. I was happy - for real this time - when the person who answered was not Pimp Stick but an intelligent female. I have only had success with female tech help. So the lady was nice and I asked her a bunch of questions. She had me do a few things and said that - lo and behold - they had set me up using the wrong cell phone tower. No joke!! I have no idea if this will help or not but I have vowed that from now on I intend to drive Alltel up the wall calling if this problem continues. I'm a long suffering person but when I've had my fill I've had it. But, of course, I am still happy. If not a little insane. LOL.
Squeaker is getting stronger every day. She is eating some on her own and some snacks plus we are syringe feeding her. Chinchillas like to be babied and spoiled and some of it is that she is child-like and wants to know she is special. I'm truly happy to endulge her.