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Friday, February 03, 2012

Hello my long missed friends here on Sparks. I've been very ill, both Blue Basset and I. Even more severe symptoms on my part. And Blue Basset is in need of much prayer and like myself, we just keep doing what we can do, each day. Though I admit, Blue Basset has been the better trooper. His poor bottom has to bother him tremendously, it has gotten some worse and the Vet still is putting off doing anything for fear of his not making it through the surgery. We tend to him as any would an elderly family member. Keeping him clean and as comfortable as possible. It involves polyps and bulging external hemorrhoids now. Fighting off potential infection is our greatest worry. He's almost as stiff getting around now as I am. I have had a re-diagnosis of potential MS or Parkinson's. Unbelievable, that I am still under going further testing after all this time. But it is, what it is.

I've also gained almost 20 lbs. And haven't been able to "wog" with these hounds in almost 2 years now. Yes- we still have my other boy's Ever-Ready and Bandit too. Even now, they look so pleadingly at me at our designated "wog" time we had kept to for all those years here on Sparks. Hard to believe I ever did all those fitness minutes now. I'd like to share more, but the pain and numbness is growing too great. I will try to be more regular here again soon. AND try for those famous "10 minutes of fitness a Day". Even if it's nothing but walking in place. Which I've already started trying for a week now. Take care, and hope to be back here soon.

Shellpro and The Hound Pack.

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SMORSEBVR 2/7/2012 7:14AM

  Glad to see you back on. I have missed your updates. 2011 was a bad year for all of us.

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PEPPYPATTI 2/3/2012 4:16PM

    It is frustrating when you don't feel good & the doctors cannot figure it out. I have going through the same thing for the last 7 years. Hang in there. And great that you are doing your 10 min Sparks. Every minute counts!
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    I hope you and the dog are better soon.

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Not out of OZ yet- there's some light around the Forrest?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Well, I'm trying 2 pick up where I'd left off. More Storms R on the way as I type, both literally and in Life...

Blue has improved so much that he's almost his old Grumpy Self. We go into the Vet for re-check Monday. We will cover what costs for his issues with glands and cysts.

Now, about me? I have MRI scheduled for Monday, 23 May. Seems I've done from bad to worse- disc out of alignment of neck, lower spine, with Sciatica, degenerative bone disease, and possible nerves involved. The Ortho called some of it- Scoliosis? Haven't had time to look into it. I had a bad experience at the Cardiologist with the Hubby. While worrying over his Treadmill Test. I started having pains in my Left Arm, this being my "good side"? I mentioned it to the Receptionist- she had me rushed to the back, the Dr came in and the rest was another Nightmare. Dr said I had a Blockage in the left side of my neck. They all started racing around hooking me up to a Heart Monitor, etc. Meantime, Hubby comes in and without going into details? He threw a childish FIT- it almost got him into jail and me into a mental home. It got really ugly- he was escorted out. And the Medical team finished with me didn't want to send me home, I insisted- knowing the Hubby was really Whack-O; it was bad for us for 2 days- worse 4 me. Thinking I'm dying and he doesn't care and had threatened to throw me out. He's still convinced I'm Hypochondriac? Despite all the tests, Dr's looking him in the eyes and telling him all my health issues- the man is definitely either in denial or crazy? I just have to pray that I get straightened out and that we 2 can resolve it or end it. I can't keep dealing with crisis after crisis alone and still put up with him.

I had to do an Ultra Sound the next day. Drove myself despite the Severe Storms and came back home and napped until I had to return the Heart Monitor- surprisingly, despite an all night of listening to the Hubby rant- the Test came back fine. Blood Pressure is too high, wonder why? LOL And the Cardiologist is convinced I'm Depressed? The Cardiologist even blamed ME for the Hubbies actions. He reported me to the Insurance (or someone in his offices?) Insurance CALLED me, and interrogation me for about 2 hrs. Questioning ALL of my Health and was I taking care of myself or possibly suicidal. I was- I wanted to go after all of THEM... Be ready people, you are being watched and reported on about everything to everyone that has anything to do with your Health and Mental welfare. And probably things we don't even know. There is no longer any freedom to have illnesses anymore without being blamed. And the Hubby? Not (1) called him. Funny that I was the one chosen and not him? The Cardiologist actually sympathized with his actions and put it off 2 his being possibly Diabetic. THAT by the way- wasn't reported to anyone and he didn't refer him to any other Specialist either.

The Ultra Sound did come back with nothing found- as most of my testings do. Funny though, the day I went into the Cardiologist- he insisted he still heard "something", even had several Nurses listen to confirm his finding. He finally just sent me home with a script for Zocor- High Cholesterol and screwed up Thyroid levels is all they found wrong. I get tired of defending my every thought, deed, and action. And am just as always, taking one day, one step at a time. I almost wish that stupid preacher had been right? Rapturing me may be the only way I'll ever find all those answers and finally have peace and happiness. Sorry to sound so glum- but not much Light in my Forrest. AND I'm gaining weight, just trying to maintain would be enough right now.

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MERRYROBYN 9/8/2011 2:06AM

    Im confused with the doctor's response. Why did the insurance company investigate? There was proof that you needed medical attention. I hope the MRI sheds light on the situation so you can get the help you need ASAP.

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    At least Blue is better.

I'm sorry about this entire ordeal. It sounds like you and hubby are responding to a lot of stress and I hope you can support each other and get through this. emoticon

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MELAPHANTN 5/23/2011 7:44PM

    Glad Blue is better. Sorry to hear about your ongoing medical issues. Hope the storms weren't to bad in your area. Saw some horrible tornado footage today from the storms. So sad.

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SMORSEBVR 5/23/2011 6:58AM

  Sometimes you just have to let go and let the bad times wash over you until you can be free of them.

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SEWMOM73 5/23/2011 12:06AM

    Sorry to hear about your storms :( Just have faith that there's a light at the end of the tunnel (I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure it's there) Hugs to you and good luck with the MRI.

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This is horrible and undeserved treatment from the medical staff and your hubby. Maybe some of the medical issues are related to the stress of dealing with all of them. It is VERY possible as our body will take the stress to weak points and make them even worse. My husband is a walking testimony of that! So tomorrow is the MRI....let's just pray they find something to give you some relief.

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When do I get 2 Wake Up & leave OZ?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I hardly know where to begin? I've missed Sparks and all my Spark Teams & Friends so MUCH! But the land of OZ is still predominant right now in my life. So I'll try to start at the most recent and work backwards. Forgive me- if I repeat any thing unnecessarily.

Mothers Day- around 5PM that afternoon, I decided to venture out with the Hounds. We've missed our routine so MUCH! And my body is showing it! It was finally a beautifully warm day and windy with more Storms predicted in the week. So I grabbed the younger Basset Hound "Bandit" and took off. I had some struggle getting out with him- both older Basset Hound "Blue" and Ever-Ready were very upset and acting up. So we made a quick exit from the house asap! We got out and was hoping to do our short Loop of the 3.0 mi. total with all being done. We got about half way- and DARN, that stupid viscous Chow that got Bandit about 3 yr's ago was lose- AGAIN! Not being up to my usual "fuff spark shape", we made a quick reversal of the route instead to head back home without any dog confrontations. When I got to the front door, I couldn't open it. The handle worked, but the door wouldn't fully open. Its a double door with huge paned windows and I could clearly see Ever-Ready standing by the stairs of the living room, but he wasn't rushing us like usual. And there was no sign of Blue at all. Being frustrated that walks weren't going as planned- I gave the door a shove. And peaked around it. And Oh my God! Blue was lying there looking DEAD! I immediately just "hauled Bandit" inside, don't even remember doing it or closing the door either. I remember the sound of the leash hitting the floor and Ever-Ready and Bandit trying to get to Blue and me on the floor pushing them away- I soon realize I was kneeling a huge pool of wet? I looked around and saw a trail fo water from Blue to the bowl I keep by the kitchen and I smelled "pee". Blue was lying against the middle of both doors in this and it was horrible! His body was rigid and lying almost upside down. His eyes were open and rolled Up and "flicking" side to side, like he was reading. I tried to roll him up to his feet and realized he was "wet and still drooling" all over. I remember sounds of the dogs in behind me and getting up to "throw them OUT"! Trying to get room and stop from possibly stressing Blue further. I had grabbed the Cell Phone on the way back to Blue and called the Hubby- luck would have it! He was about 1/2 way home! Time being about 45 minutes to an hour due to (by the way FLOODING!) TN, Shelby County is officially historically hit by the Flood of the Century! And we are an island just between all the other counties and towns that are so, so terribly stuck in this mess. So traffic and roads being terrible BAD and some places and things just can't be gotten too- meaning WHO is open and above water in my area to take Blue to?? Frantically getting on the PC, I messaged every Rescue and Friend I had on Facebook and got nothing but lots of Prayers- which I thank them ALL 4! But I needed a VET! My vet- out of town! There are 2 ER Vet's I could find. The one is in a BAD area of Memphis, BTW about an hour of so away! Last visit there with Bandits dog attack was miserable, costly, and scary. Nothing but owners with Pit Bull pups puking everywhere. Scared silly that if Bandit made it- whatever these dogs had he'd get it!

Back to Blue- we ended up still making an hour trip round flooding to one in Cordova. Bad memories as its the one I'd had to use to but a previous Basset Hound to sleep at yr's ago. But they we're wonderful! We were only patients at time and they got Blue back fast to be evaluated. Not good news though. $1200 to do all the Test to "possibly" find what was wrong. A terribly funny story now, but sickening of how we got Blue to the car between my very out of shape husband, me with no arms or hands that work right any more and one very dead weight 100 lb Basset Hound in a fitted sheet? Funny now, scary when we did it. Its a long trip from my front door to that side Garage! So Vet leaves us to talk it over-

A) Blue had a stroke- CAT scans may prove it. And there'd be nothing that could be done if it were.
B) Blue had a Brain or other unfound tumor. Again, there'd be nothing we could do or afford to help him.
C) A disease or side effect I'd never heard of- Vestibular or "Old Dog Disease". Stupid name, as it effects dogs all ages and is caused by a Middle Ear or deeper Infection. We'd been fighting ear problems on ALL the dogs for months. I grabbed onto this diagnosis. The problem was, testing for it too was expensive.

So I begged. The Vet came back and I begged him to just "treat" Blue for the Vestibular. He wanted to run those tests and keep Blue until morning. BTW this is now 11PM that same Mothers Day now. Hubby filthy and still in uniform from work. Me, looking like a bag lady in my scruffy walk/run clothes. I guess the Vet felt sorry 4 us. He made us sign a "denial of care", yeah animals get those too. And gave Blue the shot. He told us that if it worked Blue may or may not get able to be Blue again. This still could make him unable to be a dog and do doggy things. If it worked it could be hours, days, weeks, or never. I just had to go on faith. We finished the paper work, re-wrapped our Blue Burrito into that sheet, and back into the car we went. Still $200 broke on a CC. And into the back seat with my still paralyzed and drooling baby. All the way I've been crying and only just then realized it. It was getting hard to breath for me too by then. So I tried to relax, breath more evenly and whisper to Blue how all was good in our world; all the way home. By home it was starting to build Storms again- the kill storm for the final max Flood Line expected. Lightening was terrible! And we needed to get the dog inside quick. But as men are men- the Hubby had to stop and get Supper! Pizza being the only thing opened still. Waiting in the seat with Blue and praying the Storm would wait too.

I'm sorry- I'm tired! And the hands and arms aren't working right. I have to stop now- I pray that all of my friends here are OK and safe. And I'll be back asap my body will allow me to 2 fill in the rest of this story. Just know- Blue is UP! and making his way back to us. HUGS, Shellpro

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    Totally scary story. A pet owner's worst nightmare. emoticon

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MELAPHANTN 5/16/2011 2:54PM

    emoticon emoticon I don't have a dog but I have a canine niece. My sister's 'daughter.'

So sorry you went through this. Take care of yourself also while you are dealing with all of this. Keep those flares at bay as much as possible.

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SMORSEBVR 5/15/2011 11:05AM

  I just had the diagnosis on my one cat that she has kidney disease. Her other health problems cost $50 per month for medicine and now the food the vet recommends is $1.50 per 5.5 oz can. But what can you do? They are like children and are loved.

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STEPPYSUE 5/14/2011 11:48PM

    Yaayyy, you're a very good mommy Shell!

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GGMOM06 5/14/2011 9:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon so glad he is gaining ground.

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    Wow! Glad the vet listened to you and that you are seeing signs of recovery for Blue. Hugs & Drooly Prayers!

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ENUFF81020 5/14/2011 6:16PM

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness... What a horrible, horrible thing to experience. I cannot imagine seeing this or dealing with it or anything. I am in shock just experiencing what you described.
Praise all that is Good and Holy that he is up and around, coming back to you. I know what you pups mean to you--I know what mine mean to me as well and I couldn't have managed what you did. Somebody else would have had to have did the errand as I sat and panicked and made myself ill. Praise the Lord that you had a clue once you heard your options because some of those costs are simply too far out there to wrap our heads (and bankbooks) around.
I'll keep Blue in my prayers as he continues to recover. Do you need to take him for any follow up treatments? What is next for him?
Take care of yourself too, my friend. When you get a moment check out my more recent blogs about my wonderful, new doctor. It is amazing what some hope and action can do from a doc who actually listens to you!!
Gentle hugs,

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Another Scary 24 Hr's in Kansas-

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It lasted almost 48 hours this time. Winds, Watches and Warning of Tornadoes, Thunderstorms, driving rains- almost 10 inches and major damages with 14 deaths across two States at last counting. Many like last years floods have had to be relocated, even the MS Casinos are closing and may not open for 2 weeks! A first of this happening. One area of MS will probably no longer exist when the waters finally recede- it will simply be swept away this time. Homes lost forever, as many will be with this death blow to their struggling with the economy already- most couldn't afford Flood Insurance. So we were lucky and only damages is lots of soggy lawn with standing water up to our ankles, and a cracked wind-shield to my DH's car. An expense we sorely could have gone without. But the car is in one piece. I'm worn out from the stresses and long hours without sleep. We've eaten terribly wrong hours, having at times to wait until sirens stopped to fix food. And little exercise gotten in. On the good news, we got in a small pre-fab vegetable garden just the day that the Storms started. I feared the rains and wind would kill it all! Another expenditure we'd lose that we'd hope would help our food budget. Instead I've gotten some wonderful growth and already seeds have sprouted up! Now if the standing water recedes, we may be saved after all.

I pray that all of my Spark Friends are doing well and safe too.

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    This has been one horrible year for weather and it seems to never end. emoticon

Good luck with the garden.

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ILOVEGRAY 4/28/2011 2:17PM

    We flew home last nite with tornado watches...and prayed the whole way. I am sorry to hear you are in such a state there.

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MELAPHANTN 4/28/2011 8:33AM

    I'm glad something good has come out of all of that. We are actually experiencing tornado watches and warnings here in Central Maryland also. Not typical for our area. I have heard this is going to be the record month for tornado activity. I'm glad you and your home are ok.


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ANOTHERMOMOF2 4/28/2011 8:00AM

    Good you don't have "much" damage! We've hardly had any rain this spring here in Wichita. The damage and scope of the storms last night in the south is unreal!

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CAMILLAVILLA 4/28/2011 2:14AM

    I live 30 minutes north of Kansas City, so I've seen all of this first hand on the news' stations. It's been a scary month. Over 600 tornadoes have touched down in country this month. Right now the eastern side of the country is getting hit hard, and I pray for all of those families.

I'm glad your family is safe and I hope that you guys stay strong and no more bad weather comes your way. This almost makes me wish it was winter again with snow.

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HEAVNLIVNAGAIN 4/28/2011 12:56AM

    SOOOO TOTALLY RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!!!!! Our garden hasnt been planted yet (THANK GOD) but many of my flowers took a heckofa beating today. Thankfully no appearant damage to anything that we have noticed so far. I saw on our news site that over 125 tornadoes touched down TODAY!

It was a really really hard day here for us too. Food and exercise seemed to be the furthest from our survival mode minds. I am so glad that you are ok tho....Tomorrow...I hope you will feel more normal. ((HUGS)) I for one, am looking forward to some SUNSHINE!

~Becky in Tennessee~

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OK Oz, get me out of Kansas!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My area of TN and Tri-States, have had such terrible Tornadoes, straight line winds, lightning, flash flooding that communications of any kind- providing you have still got electricity? Has thrown most of us out of the loop and back into the Dark Ages- literally. No power for a lot of home and business owners. Travel is precarious and at times dangerous. Asking 4 Prayers on the Hubby who is still driving Fed Ex when needed. That is always an IF situation that sometimes can't be known driving conditions until you get there. Luckily, our power outage didn't last long. But since the DH had to work I have had almost 48 hr's straight of just cat-naps. Ever-Ready the might Storm Predictor and me the Storm Watcher. A few close calls with all of us ending in the Laundry Room (safest room) for all of us for hr's at a time with Sirens Wailing. No damages on our property either, thank goodness no lives lost or injuries to anyone in these areas involved.

Internet and Power are still If-y as repairs are made through out the area. So between the body being racked with all these Weather Changes, and the on- off power... I'm on and off the Internet indefinitely. It got so bad weather wise, even Cell use is on- off. Be safe my Spark Friends. emoticon Safe Travels if U can still afford it and a Happy Easter 2 all-

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MELAPHANTN 4/26/2011 8:27AM

    We have been praying for all of the families in your area. What kind of crazy tornado season is this?

I hope all works out well for everyone!

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ENUFF81020 4/26/2011 12:36AM

    We are in the midst of a lot of rain, not so many storms--but if you read my blog about the Mississippi taking over Iowa, you know that rain is the last thing we need. I know that you have the Mississippi in your neck of the woods too, and unless something serious happens between here and there, she is really worked up and spilling over her banks. The wet weather needs to calm down for a while. Our new saying will be "April showers drown May flowers," lol.
Our youngest son is very afraid of storms, so I am very aware of the dangers they can bring. Please stay safe and snuggle up with those hounds when the wind howls. I'll keep your hubby and you in my prayers.
Gentle hugs,

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    We are having tons of storms too and flash floods, tornado watches and warnings. We have had little damage. A limb hit our grill shelter and our old car.

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JLBRIGHT3 4/22/2011 7:59PM

    Sorry to read of the weather issues you're having to ride out. Is it 'the season' and typical of this time of year? Regardless, I'm sure it's not something you get use to. I hope for your (and your family's)continued safety. Hope we hear good news from you soon.

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LEANJEAN6 4/22/2011 12:12PM

    Oh no---- You really do have storms don't you?--I always figure people from Kansas--BUT NOW PEOPLE FRoM TN, are used to these storms--like have storm cellaRS ETC---BUT NOT THE CASE! --gOOD BLOG--MADE ME THINK OF YU! sTAY SAFE! emoticon

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