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Much needed update

Sunday, June 23, 2013

So, how am I? Not 100% sure. Good I suppose.

emoticon I have been eating like a crazy person for quite some time now. Limited dinners but munching on everything. However, my weight seems to stay within a lb of my goal. Feel kind of like a whale though. Not good.

emoticon I think my walking has been my saving grace. I have been getting close or over 20k steps daily. This helps me so very much. It can just be difficult to do.

emoticon My man was in Vegas last week. He left Monday and back Friday night. I used my skymiles to book the first class trip. It was intended to relax him and get in the summer mood. It does not seem like he had as much fun as 2 years ago when he went. I think he may have actually missed me.

I on the other had was plenty busy. By Wednesday, I decided that I was going to go in a bit later every day so the pups would not be home so long without being let out. It worked out really well. I got in more treadmill time and walked them before work (longer walks than typical) and less traffic.

emoticon I of course walked them when I got home as well :) My good pups.

Friday was quite stressful. I realized that I was not meeting my boss's expectations (which are very reasonable). It made me realize that I am kind of treating this job as temporary and I really should be putting more into it. It is an 18 month contract. I should work harder not just longer.

And today I FINALLY started that stupid PMP application I have been talking about for months. That application that has been hanging over my head forever. I think I have decided that I am going to actually work on it. I feel a bit better about it now that I started. I have to write 300-500 works about each of the 5 phases of the 3 projects I have worked on and ultimately explain that I have spend 4500 hours on project management related activities. Fun fun.

I decided that I need to continue to move forward and work on this but If I do not get it in within the next week the world will not end. I wanted to take the test in June because I think it changes in July. I now figure if it changes I will simply have to investigate what changed, study it and take the most recent exam. My goal should be to take the test this summer. That is not so bad, right? I need to do it but not let is stress me out.

OK, enough of that. On to better topics. Utah emoticon
I FINALLY decided on a new grain free dog food. I did even more research if that is possible on what is good in lower liver enzymes and ease liver work. I called the Neurologist as well. I knew it was not necessarily appropriate but it is my boy after all. I was actually surprised that he called me back. He was wonderful. I shared Utah's liver levels and he told me that he would be concerned it they were 300.

In April it was 606, May 216 and June 225. Ideal is 118 I think.
This made me feel much better but I still want to get them where they are supposed to be. If the liver levels grow higher I may need to change the Phenobarbital dosage and I don't want to do too much of that. Tuesday will be 13 weeks and NO Seizures. This is HUGE.

Also, I did more researched on Milk Thistle and how it benefits the liver. I actually found where a vet says that if dogs are on Phenobarbital they should take it for their liver. I want to start Utah on it right away but something is telling me that I should stick with the food change for a month and test again and then made more decisions at that point. One change at a time. It is hard to wait though. Oh and did I mention, he seems to really like the food. It is salmon and potato based.

Oh and I almost forgot, last Monday was our 13th anniversary and my wonderful man bought me another charm for my bracelet. It is a flying Canadian Goose. I had mentioned home much I love them flying over and how comforting I think they are. He remembers everything.

I bought him stain glass equipment. I think it may have been the best gift I ever got him. He was totally surprised. I hope he gives it a shot on the hot summer days when he is not on the acreage. He took a class once and was real interested but never finished it.

Well, that's about it. My kids (pups) need attention. HUGS to you. Have a great week.
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    Hope the PMP is (or did) getting done well and not with too much difficulty. Congrats on 13 yrs, you picked a great gift for your guy- the thoughtful kind is always the best kind :)
    Glad you were able to choose a new food- I'm sure the desire to try milkthistle is overwhelming right now. I have Zeke on a grain free food also although it's Blue Buffalo dry food and I don't think it's salmon. I know people who cook for their pups for every meal- I'm not that good yet but I suppose it's always an option. Hope his levels get into a good range.
    Best wishes with your steps this week and I'm sure that even though you feel like a whale- you don't look like one. Cheers to the new week!
    1547 days ago
    I'm so glad that Utah is doing so well for so long without having a seizure, wonderful!!
    1547 days ago
    So good to read an update from you. I've been out of touch and feeling it by not keeping up with you and other friends here.

    Happy 13th! Awesome gifts you gave each other.

    I too agree that one change at a time is appropriate with Utah.

    All I can say about your application and test is good luck. That sort of thing gives me great anxiety and I'm in awe of your dedication to getting the certification that you need.

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    1551 days ago
    Wonderful update! Of course your man missed you when he was in Vegas! You should go together sometime and you could wear a little cute red dress and see some shows, gamble and have a fun time...just like in the movies!

    Great job on the PMP can do you tell step at a thing at a time.

    I am so glad things are gong well with Utah. You are such a good mama! It is good that you live in the US and have so much information as well as such support from the Neurologist. You are so wonderful to your pups!

    Happy Anniversary! Wonderful gift! You are blessed.
    1553 days ago
    Sounds like things are going pretty well overall. I thik you're right to try not to change too much at once with Utah's nutrition. If you did, you wouldn't know which change did or di not lead to improvement.
    1553 days ago
    The thrill of Vegas always seems to subside once you're not in your 20's any more. Glad your man missed you, as well he should. I am sure you're a great employee- sometimes bosses just need to take out their frustrations on someone and you may have been the closest target at the time. Sorry you had to deal with that. Smart call talking to the neurologist...glad he was able to put your mind at ease and that Utah is doing well. Good luck with your PMP application!
    1554 days ago
    Glad to hear an update & see what you've been up to! And, nice gifts! I felt so happy that I found a gift my husband liked for Father's Day... a book! I often don't buy him anything but a card because he doesn't 'need' anything. But, this was a winner!
    1554 days ago
    You haven't blogged in a while so I figured you took some of that well deserved "ME TIME".

    Great news about Utah being seizure free & liking the new food. Can you imagine if he didn't like it and what a nightmare that would have been.

    I like the little gifts you gave each other for your anniversary. emoticon
    1554 days ago
    I'm glad Utah's liver levels are down and he's been without a seizure - that is so good. That PMP test sounds daunting. Just take it one step at a time and you can do it. Sometimes it's just hard to get started.
    1554 days ago
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    Glad to hear from you and get a glimpse into what you've been doing. Take care!
    1554 days ago
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