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Waylaid But Will Be Getting Right Back

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Having lots of grand children means lots of Christmas programs to attend. Thursday, Friday and Sunday with a birthday party in the middle of it all on Saturday! I’m so tired from all the dressing and running around. I’m glad that today with the last of the programs we will be attending until next year when we start all over again!

Buddy Update:

DH and I arrived home after lunch and Buddy was happy to see us. The past 2 days we’ve seen a remarkable improvement in Buddy’s interaction with us and his eating. The new medication is taking affect, and we can tell he’s feeling much better! Thank the Lord! The only drawback with this new medicine is that his thirst has increased which means the peeing is much increased, but I can deal with that!! My prayers are being answered for my Bud.

Then Buddy went to his dish, as if he was waiting for us to see him, and he ATE ALL his food! We haven’t seen this happen for almost 3 weeks!! He actually licked the bowels clean!! I could put them back into the cupboard! LOL!! OH… MY I hope this means that we have passed the crisis and he will begin to put the weight back on that he lost.

My walking got a little waylaid this past week due to the rains and Buddy being so sick ... he didn’t want to walk. But that’s OK; we’ll be getting right back at it soon!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 12/23/2014 6:02AM

    Wonderful news about Buddy. Enjoy your Christmas activities.

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TWEETYKC00 12/23/2014 5:50AM

    I am so happy that dear little Buddy is feeling better, it is so hard to see our babies sick or in pain. I hope all goes well for everyone there.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/23/2014 4:46AM

    Great news about Buddy. I too hope he his past his hurdle. Give him a hug for me!

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KAYTIE22 12/22/2014 10:20PM

    Really happy to hear this update on Buddy. Glad he is responding well to his new medication and is doing a lot better. A very special Christmas present!

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KALANTHA 12/22/2014 1:58PM

    Glad to hear Buddy's feeling better! Hope his crisis is over and you're both back attacking Killer Hill soon!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/22/2014 1:39PM

    You are an excellent grandmother and fur baby mommy. I am so glad Buddy is getting better. It really made my day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/22/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon yaaaaA Buddy!

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MARCIAC10 12/22/2014 8:19AM

    Glad to hear Buddy is doing better!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 12/21/2014 9:04PM

    Relieved to here that Buddy is getting better, that means you will be back walking soon.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/21/2014 6:50PM

    I am so glad to hear that Buddy is doing better. I know that is a load off your mind. I know you had fun going to the shows, even if they all fell on the same weekend. It sounds like a wonderful time.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May it be the best one ever.

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ALLENJOSEPH 12/21/2014 6:38PM

    So, so happy to hear your Bud is putting many smiles on your face. I'm happy to hear of all his improvements. Where would we be without medicine? So happy the medicine is working in his favor.
It sounds like you have been on the constant go enjoying your Grand Children's plays and other activities with the Christmas Season. It sounds wonderful!

emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas, Becky! emoticon Janis

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Update on Buddy

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.

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RONDARC 12/14/2014 1:52PM

    {{HUGS}} to you and Buddy!! emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 12/13/2014 11:55AM

    Sorry things are not going good for you fur boy hope he will enjoy his new food

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EMSSBEARS 12/12/2014 8:55PM

    I am so sorry for all you are going through and all I have to say is that you are one awesome and amazingly strong woman that I admire so much. Please keep the faith I am praying that things will get better for you and little Buddy soon. emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2014 11:58AM

    I'm sending prayers for Buddy. I have IBS too and hope that they can do something simple to get this straightened out. I hope the new food spurs his appetite. Please keep us informed. emoticon

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LOVENHWOODS 12/12/2014 5:46AM

    So very sorry to hear about Buddy. He is in loving hands and he knows that! Be strong and don't forget to take care of yourself as well!
emoticon emoticon one for Buddy and one for you!

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RORYLYONS 12/12/2014 12:18AM

    So sorry to hear more problems have surfaced for Buddy...Hang in there my prayers for things to turn around for him... emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/11/2014 10:34PM

    Awww, poor little Buddy. I hope they can figure it out. Sarge had blood work done a month ago, and his liver count was up some. They tested him for Cushings Disease, but that came back negative. The Vet put Sarge on a all natural supplement called SAMe..Spelled just like that. It is good for the liver, and the Vet is hoping his liver count will be near normal by next month. You might want to ask your Vet about it. We buy the SAMe at Walmart. Sam's Club also carries it. Rawhide chews are very tough on the stomach. We buy the nylon dog bones. Nylon is a harmless plastic used in dog bones for its strength. If your dog ingests small pieces of nylon, it simply passes through the digestive system and is eliminated in the stool. Hope this helps!

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KALANTHA 12/11/2014 9:38PM

    I'm very sorry to hear Buddy's having such a rough time of it. I know you love him and this must be upsetting. I wish him and you well. emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 12/11/2014 9:34PM

    Poor Buddy, things really don't seem to be giving him a break. Merlin's is sending him a big old kiss. Slurp.

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ALLENJOSEPH 12/11/2014 8:15PM

    'm so sorry to hear about your Buddy having all these health problems. I will keep your sweet Buddy in my prayers, Becky.
With love & prayers, emoticon emoticon Janis

P.S. Most often Becky, I don't even see blogs. I wasn't aware your little Buddy is so sick.

Comment edited on: 12/11/2014 8:17:44 PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/11/2014 8:03PM

    I am so sorry to hear that Buddy is having a set back. But you have a diagnosis and medications to help. I hope he's feeling better soon.

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BARCELONAME 12/11/2014 7:48PM

  Be strong and take good care of buddy and yourself

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Colors to Start a Great Day!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I was sitting in the living room this morning around 6:30 drinking my last sip of coffee before heading off to get my day started, when what seemed like all of a sudden, the room was filled with the most glorious color of orange!

I went outside to take a look. The source of this fabulous color was the sunrise! This beautiful sunrise!!

I would like to share it with you, and hope that you have a wonderful day!

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RAESUN54 12/10/2014 9:03PM

    Beautiful pictures. Love watching the sunrise. Thanks for sharing these pictures. emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 12/10/2014 1:54AM

    Very beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

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NEKOCHARM 12/9/2014 10:40PM

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing your morning colors! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/9/2014 9:08PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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JEFALLEN 12/9/2014 7:40PM

    What a great way to start a day!

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MEADSBAY 12/9/2014 6:06PM

    Why, thank you so much!
I rarely, and by that I mean never, get to see them.
I am the opposite of a morning person.

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    Really pretty!!!

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KALANTHA 12/9/2014 5:33PM

    I hope the rest of your day was as glorious as this sunrise, Becky!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 12/9/2014 4:29PM

    Thanks for the wonderful sunrise. Our day has been cloudy all day, no on sunrise and there will be no sunset either. I mean there will, but we won't see it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/9/2014 4:12PM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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WIFE49 12/9/2014 3:23PM

    That is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing.

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I'll Tell You My Story

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!!

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DIETERSJOY 12/10/2014 11:03PM

    You have a wonderful husband and you are happy now. Then the journey is all good because it takes us to where we are to go. And you are there. Thank you for sharing your story. It is inspiring to me. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/9/2014 6:14PM

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your life story with us.
So many of us have had pain in our lives or were just not happy with our lives, or our bodies, sometimes for no good reason, but, like you said, we didn't have the tools and the knowledge (and I will add, the wisdom) to do what had to be done.
I am one of those people who always exercised and ate healthy, but apparently a bit too much, as I gained 2-3 lbs a year or so (think how little that is!) for 20-30 years
you do the math-
I ended up 50 lbs overweight!
I am working on getting back to a healthy weight, which, as you know is a lot harder the older we get.
BUT emoticon

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SRWYLIE 12/9/2014 2:37PM

    What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing your story - it was really powerful. Keep up with your bright attitude! And thanks for commenting on my blog post. Your words of encourage mean so much! And it's nice to meet another Northern Californian! (We currently live in Sacramento, but will be moving to Clearlake in the spring.) I hope these rains help raise the level of the lake near you!


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NANA2PRINCESSES 12/9/2014 7:23AM

    Great blog. I am always amazed when I realize how many folks out there share my same frustrations and challenges when it comes to healthy living and weight issues. We all have a story and it's healing to share it. Loved the bottom photo particularly.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 12/9/2014 12:06AM

  I'm aalmost 68, and still struggling with weight I gained 30 years ago, lost and regained, lost and regained. In the past two years I've been in Spark People I have learned so much, and finally it's beginning to make sense to me. I have had so many insights in the past month as to how my past evolved into the present. I am also still above ground and it is not too late! Thank you for sharing

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RAESUN54 12/8/2014 11:03PM

    (((Hugs))). This is very teue and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    I totally agree. It;s never too late to adopt healthy habits and there are plenty of studies to prove that it is beneficial at any age. I am not giving up and I know you won't either. We have people who love and need us.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/8/2014 5:17PM

    So true. We are all here because of one reason. We want to be healthy (and lose some weight). We are all the same journey at different stages. I am so proud of you my friend.


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No Stopping Today!

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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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/8/2014 11:43AM

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So proud of you. Not stopping is HUGE! Enjoy the accomplishment.

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RAESUN54 12/7/2014 4:32PM

    Congratulations. Proud of your accomplishment.

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    Good job!! You are doing fantastic!! emoticon

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LOVENHWOODS 12/7/2014 4:07PM

    emoticon Proud of you!! You go gal! You've got this!!

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

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