BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BRANDI1809 BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ October 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803207 Had a swine of a day so far. I was out at 7.30 this morning taking Brandi to the Vets for 8am for a thyroid blood test but the traffic was so bad I didn't drop her off until 8.20, then back to the traffic jam to get home at 9.15 after a quick call in at the local shop for some oranges. <BR> I sat down to have a drink & then at 10.05 I got a call from the Vets saying that Brandi was ready to be picked up! Off I went again, by this time the traffic was a bit better but I didn't finally get back... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:34:30 EST October 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802582 Having a bit of a rest day today, I'm obviously taking longer to bounce back after my B12 injection. A bit of time out will do me good. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:28:15 EST October 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801921 Today I get my B12 shot in the arm. Can't wait. Hopefully I'll start feeling more lively. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:20:35 EST October 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801280 Had a good weekend & hopefully once I've had my B12 injection tomorrow the week will get even better. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:28:46 EST October 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800689 Had a lovely day yesterday with a visit from Petes cousin, husband & son who were checking out a local University then we went out with friends last night. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:52:54 EST October 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800293 Well I did it! Even though I was so very tired, I went to the pool & managed another 100 lengths. Mind you I wasn't worth a bean for the rest of the day. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>40</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:12:50 EST October 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799651 Okay, so I'm still feeling so tired & low again ( my B12 injection is due on Tuesday ) I've got my stuff together ready & I've got half an hour to decide whether to go to the pool or not. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:20 EST October 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799092 I went to the pool yesterday & managed 100 lengths! I was very pleased as I'd thought I'd not manage a mile (65 lengths) just shows that you should push yourself & see what you can achieve. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:03:13 EST October 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798467 Going to the pool later but not sure if I'll last very long as I don't feel 100% today but I must try. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:52:07 EST October 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797845 Had problems giving Brandi her tablet last night so I'm searching around today to find some more ideas to get her to take her medication. If she misses any more we may have problems. We've tried in her food, in ice cream, in her toothpaste & directly down her throat, the last of which has been working until now but she now runs from us & also took a chunk out of Pete's hand last night. Ooops! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:16:47 EST October 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797239 <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:07:27 EST October 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796794 Pete has led a 40 mile cycle ride today which has given him a boost towards his sponsored ride a week next Saturday. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:28:50 EST October 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796349 Been up for a visit with Mum today but didn't stay too late as we wanted to get back to give Brandi her tablet. Had a lovely time with her though. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:05:01 EST October 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795783 I think we're going to win giving Brandi her tablets, it was a bit of a fight but managed it in the end & she didn't hold it against us for too long. <BR> All is reasonably calm here today, I've been to the pool & done another 100 lengths so that's 3.5 miles this week. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:52:29 EST October 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795060 Took Brandi back to the Vets this morning for the results of her blood tests. Turns out that she has an over active thyroid which if we can get her to take 1 tablet a day for 2 weeks & if it brings her levels down, they will be able to remove her thyroid gland which will mean no more medication. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:48:25 EST October 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794447 Going to go to the pool for a swim today as I've not been since Tuesday last week. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:55:12 EST October 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793844 Brandi came home last night with a bald tummy & leg but was fine & immediately dived into her food even though the nurses had fed her earlier! We have to take her back on Thursday for the results of the blood tests & to see what the next steps will be. Meanwhile we're enjoying having her back. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to the pool today as I'm catching up on the sleep I've missed since last Wednesday. Def. will go tomorrow. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 06:36:52 EST October 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793221 Dropped Brandi off at the Vets this morning & the Vet has phoned me twice already. The first time was to tell me the results of her Ultra-sound which don't seem to be too bad & dependant on the results of the full blood test they've done today may or may not be the cause of the spasms. They then did a full x-ray & called me back again. This time they found that she has a large heart ( not surprising for her age ) & a small problem with one or two of her vertebrae. This may need a full MRI sca... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:23:21 EST October 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792607 Not looking forward to tomorrow. Brandi had 2 further episodes last night so it looks like the Vet was right in saying that it is seizures caused by Liver problems, rather than arthritis. It's just that at the age of 14 an 'op' can be dangerous & having only just lost her sister Cardi 4 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990532405.jpg"> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:33:46 EST October 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792085 Having a relaxing day today, we've been to do the weekly shop but now just chilling out & catching up with each other. Considering Pete was only in India for 3 full days 2.5 of which was 'at work', he's come back with loads of stories. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:00:51 EST October 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791546 Hubby is coming home today. He should be here in an hour or so. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:33:58 EST October 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790904 Had a bit of a rough night last night, Brandi, our dark Tortie suddenly started to walk very strangely on her back legs. I phoned our out of hours Vet by which time, she was walking normally again. The Vet said that if it happened again I was to call him back but otherwise I was to take her in today. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep last night because I kept checking that she was alright. She did have another episode early this morning so as soon as they opened I rang & booked an appoi... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:09:50 EST October 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790355 'Ecky thump' as they say in Yorkshire, it's October already & only 3 more months & it'll be 2015! Time is going so quickly. <BR> <BR> Pete's trip is going well, can't believe that he'll be home the day after tomorrow. Can't wait to see him. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:02:25 EST September 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789505 Spoke to Pete twice on Skype last night, the first time he'd just arrived in his room & looked sooooo tired after travelling for 25 hours with very little sleep. However when he called me a couple of hours & a meal later he looked much better. Can't wait to see him this evening to see how he got on work-wise. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:07:01 EST September 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788906 I woke up at about 5am this morning & checked Facebook to find that Pete had just posted that he'd arrived in Abu Dhabi Airport & was now waiting to get on the next flight to Mumbai. Once he gets there he has to transfer to another flight to Udaipur then he will be picked up & taken to his hotel. <BR> It was brilliant to be able to message him 'real time' using FB and look forward to being able to talk & see him via Skype this evening when he's at the hotel. Technology is fantastic, five year... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:44:36 EST September 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788242 Pete is packing his case & I'm just going to start cooking dinner. His flight isn't until 9pm tonight but he's got to pick up his boss on the way to the airport so he'll be leaving here about 4pm. <BR> Gonna miss him. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:22:36 EST September 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787857 Busy day today getting ready for Petes trip to India tomorrow. He's only going for just under a week & will be back on Friday but he wants to get a few things done at home before he goes. If this trip goes well it may lead to more work visits abroad. I'm so proud that he's done so well in a relatively short time since he was promoted. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:56:32 EST September 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787339 Didn't manage to get to the pool yesterday so went today instead. I was amazed & proud of myself because I did 130 lengths which is 2 miles in 2 hours. That's a record for me. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:05:48 EST September 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786544 Had to go & visit the Vets last night to hand in the insurance claim form for them to complete. We also had to pay them the policy excess & also the euthanasia and cremation fees which are not covered. <BR> The staff were fantastic, very caring & sympathetic, knowing who we were as soon as we went in. We have always insured our cats & from the glimpse we had of some of the items on the bill it would have cost us well over £1000 for Cardi's treatment! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:39:09 EST September 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786247 Went to the pool for the first time in weeks today & managed 70 lengths which is just over a mile so not too bad Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:01:40 EST September 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785325 Woohoo I plucked up the courage to weigh myself this morning & I'm so pleased to report that I've only put on 2lbs which is amazing after 2 weeks in Florida. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:48:53 EST September 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784599 Sorting loads of things out today. <BR> Checking up on banking. <BR> Doing a bit of washing. <BR> Sorting out an Insurance Claim form for the Vets <BR> Giving extra cuddles to Brandi & Abbi. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:43:54 EST September 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783978 Hiya, I'm back! <BR> We flew in this morning & after having unpacked & put everything away I'm now catching up with Sparkpeople. <BR> We have had a wonderful time in Kissimmee & managed to do so many things this time because we hired a mobility scooter. Although we've been there 4 times we keep finding more places to explore & with the scooter it was so much better. Pete hired a bike a couple of times in Celebration & we were able to go around both together & on our own. <BR> We were also abl... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:00:19 EST September 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773100 Everything is ready to be packed once Pete gets home this afternoon. One nights sleep & then on to a plane to Florida. <BR> This will probably be the last blog I do for a while so see you when I get back, Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:52:56 EST September 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772468 Getting stuff together slowly today for packing tomorrow night. I'll do a last wash tonight & iron it all tomorrow, then everything will be done. We have to leave early Friday morning to drive to the airport. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:50:00 EST September 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771666 All is peaceful again now that our Canadian relatives have moved on. We do love having people to stay especially Phil & Liz, but it's still lovely to have the bungalow to ourselves. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:44:09 EST September 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770924 We had a brilliant family day yesterday. Petes' Aunt & Uncle arrived & we had a lovely meal then were able to sit in the garden as it was so warm & sunny. Amazing after the cold weather we've been having lately in fact today it's pouring down. <BR> I was also able to take the 'ice bucket challenge' & was so grateful that it was warm weather. I took the challenge in memory of Petes' cousin who died last year from MND, hopefully I will be able to take some still shots from the video & post them... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:38:36 EST August 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770285 Meat is in the oven, fruit salad has been made & is in the fridge. All the veg is prepared & ready to cook. Now I'm going to have a shower. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:43:01 EST August 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769764 Everything is now clean & tidy, ready for our Canadian relatives tomorrow. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:08:35 EST August 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769161 This time next week we will be in the air & flying to Florida for two weeks. Can't wait. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:47:57 EST August 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768512 Pete worked out that if I can put off the Ice Bucket challenge until Sunday I can get Petes' Uncle from Canada involved. I checked with the people who nominated me & they are ok. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:17:07 EST August 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767833 Just about to go to the hairdressers but have found out that I've been nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:58:01 EST August 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767127 Another miserable wet day hope it clears up soon. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:40:33 EST August 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766508 Well it's a wet and miserable August Bank Holiday so we had a lovely lie in this morning. Now Pete has gone out to build an archway in the front garden in the drizzly rain whilst I'm doing last weeks washing & ironing (not able to do it on Saturday or Sunday because of visiting Mum & friends. Also I need to keep it all up to date because next weekend we have the Canadian relatives staying over & then only 4 days later we go away. <BR> Phew! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:01 EST August 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765840 Going out with friends for a late lunch this afternoon, haven't seen them for a while so it'll be lovely to catch up. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:01:03 EST Audust 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765551 Had a lovely day today, been up to visit Mum & mu brother & SIL came over. Because it's August Bank Holiday weekend in the UK the traffic was quite heavy despite the awful weather. When we got home Pete called me to the kitchen window, this is what we saw....... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434261281.jpg"> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:40:26 EST August 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764036 Having a rest day today & have a friend coming over this afternoon. She's going to be looking after our 3 fur babies whilst we are in Florida so she is coming to meet them. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:20:28 EST August 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763544 Decided to go to the pool again today & did another 100 lengths after the 104 yesterday. That makes just over 3 miles in 2 days. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:25:50 EST August 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762637 Just about to go to the pool, hoping for another 100 lengths. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:20:17 EST August 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761898 Not going swimming today as I've got a Neighbourhood Watch meeting at the local Police Station this afternoon. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:05:16 EST