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Cody

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tonight was the night we went to visit Cody at the vet to see how he was doing and what tomorrow will bring. We took his sister, Prancer to visit and all of my kids were there.

When we went in, Cody was incredibly happy to see us. He scooted all over the entire animal hospital, every where we walked he followed by scooting. The vet says while he does have some feeling back, now he's in pain now (he was numb and feeling no pain) and he's been giving him narcotics all day. His hind legs are still unable to hold him up at all....although he did try to stand when he saw us. He said we could take him home tomorrow with steroids and pain killers, but he would need to be where he is on level ground only and isn't allowed to do steps (every entrance we have to our house has a lot of steps). He has no control of his bowels or bladder and just goes wherever he is at the moment. He's not sure if that would improve with time or if he would ever be able to walk. He said on the slight chance that he did improve with weeks of drugs and not being able to move anywhere, it would be highly likely (almost 100%) that the problem would recur again....in a day, week, month or a year or more. Soooo....I'm left with the decision. Everyone agrees that we should put him down tomorrow. In reality, I know this is best for Cody and for us, but a part of me keeps thinking maybe we could build him some sort of shelter on the deck and make him comfortable out there and let him go to the bathroom whenever he needed and just clean it and him up. I could put a gate up at the steps so he couldn't try to go down and hurt himself. What if he did get better? Then I stop and think how unfair that is to Cody. What kind of life would he have just laying around outside, unable to go down to the yard, unable to play, on pain killers and laying in his poop and pee until someone got home to clean him up? That's no way to live..... SO, I have to agree that putting him down is best for him. I can't allow my feelings to play into the decision because I don't want him gone. I need to remember all the good times with him and just let him go. I know it's always a hard decision as I've had to make it before, but the other times were different because the dogs were old had a lot wrong with them. Cody is only 5, still looks good, eats well, drinks well so that makes it much, much harder for me. I went to Petco a while ago and bought him a pig ear. Now I feel awful giving him a treat he loves right before he leaves us. I feel like I'm betraying him and not doing what's best, although I know in my heart it is the best thing.

Tomorrow is going to be awful.....thanks again for all of your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. Once it's over tomorrow, I'll be better as long as I keep telling myself this was best for him.

  
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DIGISCRAPPY 1/24/2010 9:37PM

    Thoughts will be with you tomorrow.

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SPARKPIXIE 1/23/2010 8:02AM

    I am so sorry that things didn't work out for Cody. I think at this point, you have made the most loving decision for him. I pray that God will mend your heart.
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HICALGAL 1/23/2010 1:25AM

    my heart goes out to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMSTRAW 1/23/2010 1:09AM

    My heart aches for you, having to make this tough, yet brave decision. My love and prayers to you all.
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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/22/2010 11:43PM

    OMG!!! I've been thinking about you on and off today!! Worried that you have to go thru that horrible painful decision. May God be with you and your family as you say goodbye to your beloved Cody. And whether you choose to stay with him the whole time or not, may you all find peace in your hearts as you make that dreadful choice. (In case you're wondering, we stayed with our cat until his body started getting cold. We just couldn't bear to part, even then!!) I'll check back on you tomorrow; but know that your family will stay in my thoughts and prayers.

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CHANGE4FREEDOM 1/22/2010 11:41PM

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Carla. I know how heartbreaking this is. It sounds like Cody is blessed to have such a wonderful family.
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AVEARE 1/22/2010 11:33PM

    “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
~ A. de Saint-Exupery

Our pets each have a special place in our lives. Their passing is the loss of a true friend and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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MONSTERLAURA 1/22/2010 11:16PM

    How horrible! My thoughts will be with your family.

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My doggy, Cody

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What a day with a whirlwind of emotions. Thank those of you who sent me comments and goodies about having to have my beautiful 5 year old lab put to sleep today. That is on hold for the moment.

After Emily (my oldest daughter) and I spent a long time talking with the vet, we decided to wait and not have him put to sleep today. He said it's a disc problem (I thought it was his hips-but he said his hip XR is completely normal) and that the inflammation was pinching a nerve causing complete paralysis of his hind legs. He gave him Valium this morning while I was there and he was resting nicely when I just left again. I've been back and forth 4 times asking questions and trying to decide what to do...the last time with Emily when we really thought we were going to say goodbye. He said with IV steroids and pain meds and total rest there, there is a slight chance (15-20%) he will recover fully. There should be marked improvement by Saturday if it is going to work. As long as he's comfortable now and not in pain, I can't not do it. Cody deserves that chance. This gives me time to think and time to prepare in case it doesn't work. I couldn't just say yes and not try everything available to help. He was very blunt and pretty much said he didn't think it would work, but the choice was up to me. I still feel horrible, but I'm happy he's there, safe, comfortable and getting every opportunity available to him at this point.

Cody is a 5 year young black lab. He and his sister Prancer have been with us since birth (mostly). We adopted their mom, Angel from an ad in the paper, only to get her and see her getting bigger and bigger and then obviously pregnant! Just about 2 months after Angel's arrival in our home, she had 10 beautiful yellow and black lab puppies! Two were stillborn, leaving us with 8. They were born Dec 1, 2004, so we named them after the 8 reindeer :-) We chose to keep Prancer and found homes for all others once they were weaned and had their shots. Cody's original name was Blitzen, but he was renamed Malikai by his new owner. A month down the road, he was returned to us because his new family found out they had to move and didn't want him anymore. He found another new home and was renamed yet again to Cody and when he was a year old, I got a call that he wouldn't stay in their yard and that he kept getting into doggie jail. As much as they loved him, they couldn't keep him. So, at one year of age, he came back to us. I didn't have the heart to rename him again, so he's been Cody ever since.

Thanks again for all of your good wishes and please keep Cody in your thoughts.

  
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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/22/2010 3:59PM

    I've been meaning to stop by and thank you for your kind words of comfort you left on my cat's photo following the trauma of having to put him down 2 weeks before Christmas. But now I see you have sad problems on your side as well. I hope Cody is recovering and if that horribly painful decision has to be made, I pray you all can find comfort in knowing Cody had the joy of sharing the best years of his life with your wonderfully loving and caring family.

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DIGISCRAPPY 1/21/2010 8:30PM

    Sending you good thoughts for Cody - hang in there!

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SPARKPIXIE 1/21/2010 7:06AM

    I believe in miracles so I am praying for a miracle for Cody.
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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 1/20/2010 3:33PM

    Cody really wanted to be with you and your family and I can see why!

We are sending Cody lots of positive, healthy, loving energy and hoping for a full recovery. You are all in our thoughts.

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LLTS01 1/20/2010 3:17PM

    What a great story. I am hoping for the best for Cody but at least you'll have time to digest all of this a little.
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DASSCHUS 1/20/2010 2:48PM

    Oh wow. What a day of emotions! I bet you are drained! At least you don't have to worry about putting him to sleep right now. I'm hoping for improvement with you.

I retract my sympathy goodie and change it to a smiley face. LOL Or a hug!

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CHRISTMASRAIN 1/20/2010 2:45PM

    I love the reindeer names:) emoticon

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Got to meet 2 of the Biggest Loser's-and tomorrow, Jillian!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My two daughters and I along with one of my co-worker's spent the day today at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. We got to meet 2 of last BL seasons contestants: Shay and Abby.

They were both phenomenal, very personable and talkative and full of tips on what works for them. They talked about the calories they were allowed to eat each day (1200 each) and how many calories they were required to burn each day (Abby 5000 and Shay 6500!!). They told of favorite foods and their tricks to slimming them down. I even got to get a picture with them, although we missed the part where we could have been right next to them.
and this is my coworker in her shot:

I wore my Spark WooHoo shirt
and passed out SP cards, trying to spread the spark the whole day.

One of the best parts of the day for me was all the running organizations and groups there. I learned a lot and got info for lots races in my area throughout 2010. I also signed up to be a volunteer at a half marathon in May (since I would never be ready to run one by then!)

We're going back tomorrow. Jillian will be there doing a casting call for her new show from 9-5. You have to have 50-80 pounds to lose. Since I don't have that much to lose any longer, I can't try out for the show, but hopefully I will get to meet her as I met Shay and Abby today.

It was a fun day, full of lots of walking and exercise. They had DDR set up to use and tons of dance and exercise exhibits where we got to actually participate. It got my motivation really moving up...thinking about how this is the year I will reach my goal and how healthy and active I plan on staying!

  
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FIT2BME2010 2/6/2010 8:51PM

    How exciting!! I just love Abby, she looks so happy now!!

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SUKIE40 1/19/2010 2:07PM

    What a wonderful experience for you and your daughters! It must have been exciting to meet Abby and Shay - they look great (and so did you - flaunting your SP shirt)!!! Way to spread the spark!!!

-Sue

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LORIAPO 1/17/2010 8:22PM

    That is SO COOL!!! Loved the pictures and the info...
Thanks for sharing!
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GINA7249 1/17/2010 5:58PM

    i went last year or the year before to boston and met ali as well as others,].i net the brothers too. mark and jay once as well. they came differant days. ebery year we go to see differant ones. love it.
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CATHY_G 1/17/2010 5:01PM

    What an exciting day! Maybe next year I will go to the Health and Fitness Expo. It sounds like a great and exciting day.

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TERMITEMOM 1/17/2010 4:30PM

    Wonderful! And YOU look great!!!

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DASSCHUS 1/17/2010 12:24PM

    That is totally awesome!!! Oh I'm so jealous. :)

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BEARSSTEF 1/17/2010 11:01AM

    Wow, awesome, I'm jealous! Abby and Shay look so great too :)

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BITSY0516 1/17/2010 10:45AM

    That is GREAT!! I am so jealous you got to meet them and that you get to meet Jillian. :-) That is just too cool...

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CHATERJOY 1/17/2010 10:05AM

    How exciting! Love Biggest Loser. I am so glad to hear Shay is doing well. Thanks so much for posting the pics and the info. Good on you for sparking all day! emoticon

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SWEETCFO 1/17/2010 9:18AM

    That is so awesome!! Those two still look fantastic!! And so do you. Way to ROCK the Sparkpeople Whoo Hoo shirt!! Please post your photos of Jillian. I just LOVE her!!

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DONNAEDA 1/17/2010 9:17AM

    Wow, were you lucky to have this event in your backyard. They should come to Wisconsin. We,unfortunately, have the heaviest people in the US. I guess all that cheese and ice cream custard.

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SOPHIEBBW 1/17/2010 2:26AM

    How cool!
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PINKNFITCARLA 1/17/2010 12:40AM

    The calorie info was from when they were on the ranch. They said most days they worked out for 8-10 hours and they were a lot bigger and burned more calories while there. Abby said she eats 1800-2200 cals daily now that she's maintaining her weight. Shay didn't say what she does at home.

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TIFF38 1/17/2010 12:37AM

    Well I am confused! The each are allowed to eat 1200 calories, but they have to burn 5000 and 6500 calories each day? HOW would anyone be able to burn that many calories in a day? I can spend an hour on the elliptical and I burn about 600 calories, and that is high because of my bmi, so if I stayed on the elliptical for 8 hours with no break, that is still only 4800 calories burned, so how could anyone burn that many calories in a day?
Im glad you got to mrrt them though! lol

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/17/2010 12:37AM

    Shay said she's lost a total of 172 pounds now. I believe she had lost just over 100 when she went home because she talked about losing 100 pounds in 9 weeks and then 'only' 72 in the 4 months she's been home. ONLY 72...that's incredible for 4 months at home! I'm pretty sure she'll make the Subway challenge and get the whole $100,000.



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LIS193 1/17/2010 12:26AM

    How exciting!

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    Sweeet! The ladies are looking emoticon too!
Hope Shay wins buckets of money at the Final this year!
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ANEWHEALTHYLIFE 1/17/2010 12:19AM

    Oh! You have no idea how jealous I am! That's an amazing opportunity! :) I hope you do get to meet Jillian. :)

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Meghan's wrist

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today is Meghan's wrist surgery. She has a ganglion cyst so it's a minor, short procedure but because of her age, they are using general anesthesia. While it's a minor problem, it's on her right (dominant) hand and has caused her pain and limited range of motion for almost 2 years, since it involves the tendons in her hand. She hasn't been able to do a lot of things and has missed out on a lot of fun activities. The surgery is successful 94% of the time (the cyst returns 6% of the time after removal) so we are hopeful after the six week recovery period she will be able to have full use of her hand again. She's more worried about not being able to write at all for 1-2 weeks and how she'll do in school, but I think the trade off of knowing she will soon be able to bowl and use her hand normally again makes it worth it.

  
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PINKNFITCARLA 1/12/2010 5:58PM

    Thank you all. She did fine. She isn't feeling the pain much yet as he filled her up with local anesthesia during the surgery that will last about 8 hours. He gave her Percocet for when that wears off. The general anesthesia has made her very nauseated and she's spent the last couple hours vomiting, but we have Phenergan for that (and to use with the Percocet as it makes a lot of people sick). I know kids are extremely resilient! Unlike us adults :-) She's sleeping now. Thanks again :-)

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CATHY_G 1/12/2010 5:43PM

    I hope the surgery went well and they she has a complete recovery. Kids tend to bounce back pretty quickly. My daughter has had a tumor removed from her heel and surgery on both knees. Although it was very painful for the first few days after the surgeries, she did very well.

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DONNAEDA 1/12/2010 2:01PM

    Megan is in my prayers for a full recovery. Mom, don't worry she is good "hands" or wrists. llol llol

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KIRKSADIE 1/12/2010 9:11AM

    Good Luck today! I presume Meghan is your daughter....it is hard to sit back and watch someone go through a surgery, esp. if it is your own child! Our daughter had a MAJOR hip surgery about 3 years ago...it was one of the hardest things I ever had to sit and watch! But she is doing much better today and with God's good grace and her doctor's Meghan will pull through with flying colors!

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A new streak

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thanks to a post in one of my teams, I have picked a new streak. For the rest of this month, my goal is to track every thing I eat, every single day. I have not been 100% with tracking, but will work hard to make sure all gets tracked each and every day. I use the food tracker on Weight Watcher's and am not as familiar with the one on Sparks, but I will learn it quickly!

  
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DONNAEDA 1/11/2010 8:36AM

    I use both. Good luck. If everyday is too much then try for 5 days out of the week, or if the weekend is your difficult time, track only during the weekend so you are aware of what you are consuming. Don't try for perfection, It is better to track sometimes than not at all

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LOOSEINGIT 1/10/2010 11:56PM

   
I started out using the tracker for weight watcher meals too, it very easy..a lot of weight watcher meals are already there, just wright ww on it first and then pick what you ate.

Good luck with your new streak
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SPARKPIXIE 1/10/2010 11:10PM

    Good luck with your streak...you can do it!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/10/2010 10:38PM

    I totally believe in being 100% spot on with the food tracker -- and be sure to include EVERYTHING!! Then you can better analyze what is going on. I think you'll like it!!

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ANNIE2341 1/10/2010 10:36PM

  Food tracking is a wonderful way to see if you are getting the proper amount of nutrients in your diet. Good luck on tracking and it is very easy.
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