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It has been an expensive day...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cooper and I both went to the doctor today. Well, I went to the doctor, and he went to the vet. Turns out he has an infected anal gland. Poor puppy could not get comfortable last night. He was fine in the morning, but on our afternoon walk he was booty-scootin'... a sure sign of something wrong. By the time we got to the vet today it had ruptured. Now he is on painkillers and antibiotics. Plus I needed to get his flea medicine. Between all the meds and the exam it set me back a pretty penny. He is now sleeping in my lap. I don't care if he is oozing... my baby is suffering, so he gets my lap! emoticon

My doctor visit was much better. He finally realized how much weight I have lost. Sheez, I have been seeing him for about 2 years, and he is just now noticing? Maybe he is overworked. My A1c was phenomenal (5.1), and my cholesterol dropped again. My LDL is still higher than he wants, but it dropped another 6 points, so I stood firm on not going on statins. He did give me a referral to a dermatologist for my dermatitis, which is rather out of control once again. So, next week I have to drive 40 minutes for the dermatologist to prescribe me ointment. oy vey. My doctor was impressed with my weight loss though. emoticon

I am not walking Cooper as much today. I did some yoga earlier, and I will do some ST in a little bit. I have been slack on the ST since Spring. It is past time to get back to it! I don't know what my hesitation is about. I can walk or run everyday for miles, but I can't make myself get consistent with the weights. Any ideas?
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BUNNYCATS 11/1/2013 2:05PM

    Great job on the cholesterol and A1C. Keep up the good work. I am motivated to do strength training because I want to be a strong, healthy, independent senior citizen. Plus, muscles make everything easier. The more muscle, the more calories you burn. Sorry about your poor doggy. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/30/2013 12:22AM

    Ouch - sympathies to Cooper. My Papillion, Samurai, had an infected anal gland last month. He'd booty-scooted until it opened, too. Antibiotics for a week. And, this Sunday, the young (under a year, I think, but a big boy) pit bull next door got under the fence into my yard and jumped my fluffies. Samurai got the worst - just skin punctures that didn't go deep. I hauled Rascal off of him and Samurai ran off - then Rascal got loose again and slobbered al over my Pom (no broken skin on her). My neighbors acros the street came rushing over and the guy picked Rascal up and threw him over the fence. Samurai didn't want to go out of the house that night, but he's been able to walk yesterday and today. He still avoids that side of the yard. I remember how you said Cooper was hesitant after he was jumped.


But, for you - hey, terrific! Did you have to slap your doc on the back of his head to finally get him to look and listen?

Comment edited on: 10/30/2013 12:24:18 AM

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2WHEELER 10/29/2013 3:58PM

    emoticon on a great dr. visit. Drs. seem so rushed these day--just get through this appointment and move on to the next patient. I remember "the good old days" (a sure sign I'm getting older) emoticon when you went to a family doctor that new the health of the entire family and had time to really visit with you during the appointment. I miss those days/doctors.

Get well emoticon for Cooper. I think we spend more on Daisy's health care than we do our own.

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/29/2013 2:50PM

    Poor Cooper!

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HAKAPES 10/29/2013 6:41AM

    Congrats on the weight loss!
I noticed that people next to me also see less the change, but people whom I haven't seen for long, they are surprised. I think this is due to the incremental change effect, it' s harder to see.

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COLLEENROSTE 10/28/2013 9:24PM

    emoticon the doc finally sat up and took notice.
emoticon for standing firm about meds you don't need to be on
emoticon healing hugs and pats for Cooper
emoticon and emoticon time to add them into your routine 10-15 minutes morning and/or evening-a ritual just like brushing your teeth

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DOGLADY13 10/28/2013 9:17PM

    I got nothing for you on sticking with the strength training. I'm paying an extra fee for the class to force me to stick with ST. When I first started, I used Coach Nicole's videos and they kept me going. Now, not so much.

You are much more patient with your doctor than I would be. I would have given him a dope slap by now. How could he not notice that you've lost 160 pounds? Or more? What a dope. Great news that your health indicators continue to improve. Do you have the dermatitis because of the weight loss?

Poor Cooper. A ruptured anal gland sounds very uncomfortable. At least he is able to sleep. You will take very good care of him, no doubt about it.

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KARIDIAN1 10/28/2013 8:50PM

    What a good doggie mom. Hope Cooper is better soon. Glad your doctor finally noticed your weight loss. Where has he been the past two years?

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REBELBLITZ 10/28/2013 8:18PM

    Hope you and your sweet dog are better soon.
Cheryl

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BIGPAWSUP 10/28/2013 8:01PM

    Glad everyone is ok!

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TXGRANDMA 10/28/2013 7:46PM

    Poor Cooper! That is quite a painful thing. Did the vet tell you you can give him some aspirin to help with pain? emoticon on your weight loss! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 10/28/2013 7:43PM

    I find it difficult to do weights also unless I take a class at the gym. That helps when you have a trainer leading a group and putting the routine together. If that isn't an option for you then I suggest having weights and/or stretchy bands in the living room so you have them close at hand. There is also a variety of workouts posted on Pinterest that you might find inspiring.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/28/2013 7:39PM

    I hope you and your dog get better!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 10/28/2013 6:40PM

    I've been through the anal gland issue with a number of my dogs, and they had to have it lanced and emptied at the vet. That always (permanently) cured the issue, but was expensive. Anything for my babies.

Congrats on the progress you've made with your labs. And, I agree with you about putting off going on statins.
emoticon without those drugs!

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EWL978 10/28/2013 5:50PM

    Poor doggie!! Congratulations on your weight loss...isn't it just wonderful how all those items go down with the weight loss??

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/28/2013 5:42PM

    I do weights while I watch telly ! Poor Cooper give him a nice pat for me.(I'd let him on my lap too !) Congratulations on all the progress you have made.You are really doing a brilliant job.

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