Thursday, December 11, 2014
Update on Buddy: We've had a setback.
He hasn't eaten again for another day. That is 5 days and he's lost another 2 pounds. I took him to the Vets last night for an emergency visit. She drew blood for a workup and took some urine.
The Vet got back the blood work & the urine test results back this afternoon, and then consulted with a specialist about my Bud.
Good news is that I've done a pretty good job with managing his Diabetes. He didn't have any Ketones in his urine. This is a huge milestone!! Yeah!
Bad news is: something else is going on. Looks like the Inflammatory Bowel Disease is flared up again. His liver count is up but not as high as it was last year... I guess that could be good news.
I'm thinking the rawhide chew he ate set his Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a flare up, but it could be anything. I also had been giving him 4 units of insulin 2 x a day... and that may have done it, especially when he started to quit eating.
He's back on 2 units of insulin 2 x a day and on 2 additional meds 2 x day. One medication is Cerenia to settle his stomach and the other is a replacement for Prednisone since Prednisone is a huge NO-NO for his diabetes! Prednisone would get his appetite back but it would put his blood glucose rocketing sky high. The new med is called Atopica, and it could upset his stomach if he hasn't eaten so with the Cerenia it will help settle his stomach while working to get his appetite back. (So we hope.)
This has been a huge thing. The Vets told me that with his Inflammatory Disease it makes it hard to manage the diabetes, and vice versa, and now we are taking a shot in the dark with this to figure out what is wrong with his liver without ultra-sound, etc. of his liver. But I don't feel like we can spend thousands of dollars on this to find out for certain, especially with the diabetes and it's prognosis. So shoot!
So we are just hanging in there. I've got new special diet can food to try to entice him... now he has potato with rabbit, potato with venison, and potato with duck! This guy is eating like a gourmet! That is IF he would EAT!
No walk for us today. The storm is raining literally buckets of rain!! Maybe tomorrow.
Monday, December 08, 2014
OK I’m making a confession. I haven’t been good at reading the blogs of those to whom I haven’t ‘friended’, but last night I changed that and chose to read though blogs of people whom I didn’t know from any of the teams I belong to… and it was so enlightening!!
I found that we all have so much in common. I guess I should have realized that, but somehow when you are trying really hard to make things right for yourself you (or rather I) get wrapped up in “me” and forget that we are a part of something so much bigger! The commonness isn’t necessarily by age, or gender… but by experiences. So much of what has made me arrive to where I am today is mostly by experiences that have changed my life along the way.
Weight gain is not an ‘overnight’ thing. It took time to get here. I could’ve stopped it at any time, but I didn’t have the tools or the knowledge at that earlier time like I have today to make those changes stick!
Years (eons) ago I was unhappy, I should’ve been happy. I was able to stay home and take care of my house and family. I didn’t have to work, I had three great kids, a new house and a new car, but I was unhappy. My weight management problem then was about loosing weight uncontrollably … not by choice but by my environment. My ‘what seemed to be’ the perfect environment was making me sick.
I went to see the doctor and he couldn’t find anything wrong with me, and yet I was sick almost all the time. I remember the doctor telling me, “Becky you know what the problem is… fix it!”
I was on the verge of being placed in the hospital for anorexia. Not eating and losing weight so fast that I couldn’t keep my clothes from falling off. (Now those were the days… right? Wrong!)
I look back and think, “Oh those were the days! Why can’t I do that now?” That may have seemed like the good ole’ days, but my situation for loosing weight so fast was just as dangerous as my gaining weight uncontrollably. Both are dangerous and have consequences.
So my situation then changed. I got a divorce. Not a happy thing, but it was what it was.
I met a great guy who took me under his protective strong arms and my situation changed. Oh, I had to go back to work, I didn’t have all the frills I did before, we put two families together the best we could, and I was healing.
I remember he would take me to dinner and I was so skinny he would say, “Eat!” Eat!” Now I think I can hear him say, “Stop! Stop!” But that is still my insecurities I hear yelling inside my head, and not him. He loves me, and I know he does. Now I need to love myself and stop the weight gain for my health.
Healthy weight doesn’t come on all at once, just like it doesn’t fall off all at once. There is a process. Calories in… Calories out… these are fundamental things we have all learned, but I don’t think we pay attention to the rules until we begin to think it’s too late.
One thing to remember: If you are still above ground and breathing… It’s NEVER too late!
I’ve been married to this great guy for 30 years and gaining weight for the past 20 of those years! I’m 70 years old now for God Sake!! If I can get off my duff and start moving … anyone can do it!!
Sunday, December 07, 2014
Sunday began its usual lazy way. I always get up before 6 or 7 to take care of Buddy’s needs for insulin, and then sit quietly reflecting with my cup of yogurt and cup of coffee while watching the morning news. DH gets up around 9 and I fixed our breakfast, or rather his breakfast and my brunch.
The day was slipping away - it was already 12 and I still needed to take Buddy for his walk.
Today I set a goal for myself to walk down and back up the lower half of the killer hill without stopping! So we began. Down the hill Buddy and I went at a steady pace. I could tell he was interested in slowing down to smell the roses, but I was on a mission and he kept the pace!
Down to the end of the street and around we went. Dogs were barking at us as we approached each house along the way, but still we were not undeterred. “No stopping today!” I whispered to myself, and then I gave Buddy a word of praise for keeping up.
As we headed back up the hill and the steepness began, I could feel my heart pounding in my chest and my breathing starting to become more labored. “No stopping today!” I whispered over and over to myself.
The steepness was increasing and we kept the pace. I was staring at the ground in front of my steps as to psyche myself out that it wasn't getting steep.
Almost home, and without stopping!! Now I began to whisper quietly over and over again, “Almost there! Almost there! We’re almost home!”
“Yes, we made it down and back today without stopping!”
One Goal for the Day Accomplished!
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