Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I have a special needs squirrel.
I don't know what happened to her, but I found her while walking my dog. She was obviously injured, unable to move the back half of her body, and trying to drag herself into some bushes using only her front paws. I took pity on her, went straight home, returned with a cat carrier, and took her home.
I'm thinking maybe a dog got hold of her. I really don't know. She was in pain (vocalizing it) and bleeding. I didnít know if she would live or die.
I called the vet and he didnít encourage me (clearly he didnít want me to bring him a wild rodent).
The next day, she was still alive and had eaten the walnuts I put next to her, and spilled all her water. I went to PetSmart and spent $150 buying her a ferret cage and accessories. She stopped bleeding (no idea where she was bleeding from, but she had left a few drops on the bedding).
Anyway, she was still alive several days after I found her. Mostly she stays on the floor of the cage or hides in her simulated hollow log house thing I got for her. She's absolutely terrified of us very pitiful.
I try to feed her a varied and interesting diet, including fruits, veggies, dog kibble, and nuts/seeds (her favorite).
I also try to put her FAVORITE food, walnuts, on the highest shelf in her cage, to encourage her to climb (my attempt at physical therapy).
Within a few days, Chippy was able to lift her tail over herself, squirrel-fashion. She soon started moving her back legs a little bit. Yay Chippy!
The first time I witnessed real progress, I had gone in there to check her water and put some walnuts on the top shelf. Before I left the room, Chippy scampered out of her log house, dragged herself up to level two, then all the way up to level three, in a matter of seconds! She went right to the walnuts and started chowing down, and I watched her trying to use her disabled hind quarters. Her legs were moving a little! I'm very happy to see that she may recover from her injuries. That means I can eventually let her go! Yippeeeeee!
This morning, I opened her cage as I do every morning, to give her fresh water and food. Well, she has chewed away so much of her 'edible rodent hollow log house' that it is not providing her with much shelter anymore.
She was startled and came bolting out, and I was startled and withdrew my hand, and she leapt from the open door and climbed up the side of the cage, and jumped onto the window sill. She is moving pretty fast these days.
Well, she had no idea where to go from the window sill, it is screened of course. I went to the door and asked my husband to bring me a towel, since I'm afraid she would bite me if I grabbed her, and plus I don't want to hurt her or reinjure her.
She attempted to get past me and fell to the floor, and scurried under furniture, with me and my towel in pursuit.
Long story short, I finally was able to throw the towel over her and she calmed down (maybe she just thought she was well hidden). I scooped her up and to my surprise, she didn't struggle or vocalize at all (she's usually very vocal and fearful) or try to bite. I faced her into the cage and opened the towel so she could see, and she went immediately back inside and to her log.
The bad news: blood on the towel. She's still bleeding! I have no idea what kind of injury she has, but now I'm worried about infection. I'm calling the vet again tomorrow.
And here I am, thinking she is getting around well enough to be released. I just don't want her to be doomed if I release her, and she can't find food and water, or is attacked by other squirrels or predators.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I got up at 6 and ate two mini bagels with PB, and had my coffee and vitamins. I walked the dog at 8am. After an hour of walking, my stomach started growling and I felt hungry. Very hungry!
I came home and had TWO CUPS of yogurt with protein powder, wheat germ, flax, and a banana. It's around 10am now; total calories so far: over 1000.
ONE HOUR later and my stomach is GROWLING SO INTENSELY, I would SWEAR that I had not eaten a single bite. I feel STARVED. Not like, bored starved, or 'I could eat a little snack' starved... like you can HEAR MY STOMACH loudly begging to be filled. It feels totally empty, as if my stomach is sinking back into my spine (it's not, I just looked and it's flabby and pudgy).
I do not feel mentally hungry. I know it's not time to eat yet. I feel PHYSICALLY very, very hungry. As if I can't think of anything else, and I have to quiet my stomach.
No, I have NOT increased my activity level. If anything, I am moving slower the past week, due to the heat. And so far today, my dietary ratios look great.
WTF! This is SOOOOOO frustrating.
It's only 11 am.
I have a whole lot of mind-over-matter ahead of me.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
This comes from another message board post to which I replied. I found the question very thought provoking, and tried to express my motivation for which ticker I display.
I like to see my starting weight and my goal weight.
I want other people who start out at a similarly obese state to KNOW that THEY CAN DO IT TOO!
I also want other people to see that 180 lbs is not too fat for some people. You can look great and be fit at 180 lbs, and don't have to struggle to get where someone ELSE might be trying to, if it's not right for you. Not everyone NEEDS to be 140 or 125 to achieve a healthy balance.
While showing a loss of 20 lbs, 40 lbs or 60 lbs on your ticker may be very meaningful personally to the person who has lost it, it is not in any context. When I lost 20 lbs, I was still over 300. When I lost 40, most people couldn't even see a difference. When I lost 60, I was finally about the size of most female contestants starting out on "The Biggest Loser", before they lose ANY weight.
I want other people to see not only what I've lost, but the full context of my loss... and I also want to post pictures of myself when I reach my goal, so people can put 180 lbs into context, and know it's a healthy weight for me (and it might be for them).
Friday, June 06, 2008
According to SP articles, "Eco-Running" or "Eco-Walking" is when you pick up trash as you run or walk for exercise.
Unbeknowst to me, I've been doing this for quite awhile.
Apparently the #1 most common trash item picked up by people who do this is plastic grocery bags. The planet is covered with them.
Eco- running protocol demands that we carry these bags to a waste recepticle, and dispose of them properly. I have a better idea: recycle them.
Since I own reusable grocery bags, and bring them with me to the grocery store when I shop, I find that doggie doo-doo bags are in very short supply. Sometimes, I am pretty desperate for little plastic baggies with which to clean up after my dog. So, I've long since started scavenging those little buggers when I see them blowing around the neighborhood.
Today was a record day. When I left the house today to walk the dog, I took three bags. I needed one, and I came home with ten.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I belong to a sparkteam called "We Lose, They Gain Challenge". Recently, one of our team leaders challenged us to post some personal goals. You'd think it would be easy, now that I've learned the power of goal-setting.
Today, I shared a triumph in the thread. Here it is.
Those pesky goals.
Those "one-day-I'm-gonna" ambitions.
Those "round tuits".
I have a few goals like that. They're always there on the back burner, waiting for me to get serious about them.
Well, I'm happy to report that I've been making progress on a couple of them:
1- less computer time, more outdoor exercise, and
2- an alcoholic beverage twice a week.
Don't laugh, those are really goals for me.
The first one, pertaining to the computer, is a serious health problem.
I became far more sedentary when my husband bought me my own computer. Prior to that, I'd been using the one in his office (when he wasn't in front of it), and nagging him to spend less time there. His response was to hook me up with lighting-fast fios and a super plush chair with wheels on it. That sealed my fate.
I started spending hours on end in front of my new flat screen. New shopping worlds opened for me, which was great because I was getting bigger than ever. I could spend the whole day sitting in my cushy new chair... and frequently did.
The second goal, pertaining to alcohol consumption, came about after reading a multitude of articles touting the benefits of a little light imbibing. Over the past 15 years, I've slowly become a teetotaler. Just remembering to buy wine, and uncork it at dinner time, has been a challenge for me that I never foresaw.
Folks, I'm getting better.
Not only did we have wine with dinner twice last week, but I'm back in the kitchen cooking again (to my husbands delight). I'm feeling courageous enough to risk the extra calories, and one of the reasons is the huge amount of time I'm spending outside, working and playing.
You see, my newly-built home office, beautiful as it is, just doesn't have the ability to suck me in the way my OLD office (a.k.a. the dining room) did. It's not conveniently located downstairs, beside the refrigerator and the television. In fact, it's pretty out of the way. So now when I go there, I go there to WORK, not to browse and click on plus-size clothing deals. My yard, which (I'm embarrassed to say) had fallen into disarray, is now looking gorgeous again, and strangers passing by actually stop and tell me so. For someone in the landscape industry, that's pretty big stuff.
So, I just wanted to say, thanks team, for helping me focus on these long-neglected goals.
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