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Ringworm

Friday, August 14th, 2015 | Animals, Health with Comments Off on Ringworm

IMG_20150814_204624 Poor little Snowflake got a case of ringworm this week from stress. The HVAC dude had to come by twice because my A/C went out yet again without fail. It’s a brand new unit people. This shouldn’t keep happening but it does because the owner doesn’t fix the rest of the pieces parts that go with it. Well, more got replaced this time because the copper pipes started leaking through the upstairs bathroom ceiling and this is after it stopped working from the lines being clogged.

Anywhoo, Snowflake has a spot on her paw and a little bit on her tummy. She also has kitty acne under her chin because she isn’t doing a good job of cleaning that. She has earned herself some oral fungal medicine twice a day as well as a septic clean of her chin, paw, and tummy. She was very good at the vets though and they couldn’t believe how calm she was. Due to her fungal infection I have to postpone her surgery for spaying because we don’t want this to spread or her get anymore stressed and possibly break out more. You wouldn’t know she was stressed at this point because she is crawling all over the place as she is to be secluded for a week so the dog doesn’t catch the ringworm. I don’t think it will last because she doesn’t like being by herself. Just gonna have to make sure she stays away from the dog and vice versa.

Pepper is 15

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | Animals, Health, Nature with Comments Off on Pepper is 15

image Pepper will be 16 next month and just like my cat, Inky, she is now in kidney failure too. She was at the vets everyday last week for IV fluids and subq fluids and now I’m doing subq fluids at home everyday now that we got her creatinine back down to the normal range. The vet thinks we caught it early to be able to reverse it because I noticed she was sluggish which she usually isn’t when I took her in for her monthly polyglycon shot to help with her arthritis. So I made a morning appointment to see the vet and he did blood work which showed the kidney failure and the fact that her phosphorous was sky high. She is also now on a low phosphorous, low protein diet to help with both issues. Low protein will help in that her kidneys will not have to work as hard to process the protein through.

For whatever reason this always seems to coincide with my trip to kidney camp. So now I’m on the hunt for someone to be able to give fluids and watch them because I can’t put them in puppy jail as Pepper is deaf now and can only differentiate from light and dark. So puppy jail would cause her more stress. I found out one of my neighbors used to work at a vet so now I need to find out exactly what she did and to see how Pepper reacts to her if she was a vet tech and watch her give fluids because really I don’t trust anyone just from hearsay. I’m hoping that she won’t need them but maybe every other day or not at all as the vet wanted me to do fluids everyday for 2 weeks straight after last week to be sure it’s all functioning properly.

Chicken Pox x 3

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 | Health, Personal with 3 Comments

So apparently you can get chicken pox without spots. I finally went in for an eye exam apparently after 4 years I found out because I couldn’t see. My eyes were all red just like in the picture (even found some blue eyes which mine are) but I always attributed it lack of sleep since I don’t sleep at night. I’ve had red eyes for YEARS. They never itched though which they do now. It is actually only in my left eye and because of this I cannot wear contacts for at LEAST a month until this virus dissipates. Nothing to do but wait and let me tell you it is NOT fun wearing glasses. I DESPISE glasses. My eye sight is horrendous and my prescription jumped -0.5 in the left eye and -1.0 in the right eye so now I’m at -5.25 and -5.50 which is bad.

I had to get my eyeglass lens replaced urgently since I could not see out of them and you know what? I still cannot see out of them. The virus makes the left eye blurry so that cannot be fixed until after it is over and the cornea clears up. But my right eye? OMG. They are going to have to go stronger once I go back in a month to see if it has cleared up. Typing this right now I am so close to the monitor it is unreal. Driving is a bit tricky to say the least but you know what? I have no chauffer to cart me around. Working out sucks donkey balls too because the sweat drips down my face and my glasses fall down and then drops on the lens and because I have no peripheral vision anymore I can’t see the step sometimes.

Let me repeat…. I HATE WEARING GLASSES!

This better clear up before I have to take the kids to camp or I will lose it. This is like the worst time for this to happen and the worst season too.

Oh and by the way, yes I had the real chicken pox twice as a child. Lucky me.

Hearty Italian Sausage Soup

Saturday, February 4th, 2012 | Health with 1 Comment

Snagged this little gem off of a box of something. Probably pasta who knows but it’s fricken delicious.

1 lb Italian sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
1 soup can water
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed
1 can (14.5 oz) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup rotini pasta, uncooked
1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook sausage, onions, and garlic in oil in a large saucepan 10 min., stirring frequently.
Add chicken broth, water, beans, and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Stir in pasta until cooked. Remove from heat.
Stir in spinach, cover. Let stand 5 min. Top with cheese.

Now I didn’t have spinach on hand so I dumped in an extra can of beans and used Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano in place of the stewed tomatoes, because, well, I don’t like stewed tomatoes. 😛 I didn’t have rotini and used curly extra long macaroni. I also don’t like cheese on top of my soup so no cheese for me. Yummy to the core. The next time I make it I am going to toss in some squash and zuccinni.

Christmas Sickness

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 | Health, Personal with 5 Comments

So my boss was ill on Monday and could not get anyone to cover for him in clinic. I was with him all day Monday. I caught his illness :/ It started coming on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and by Wednesday night I thought I had been run over by a truck. I’m spewing brown phlegm now so hopefully this means it is going away. Just wish the coughing would stop because I feel like I have to pee every time I cough now. Nothing like being sick over the holidays *not*

I’m not sure the weather is helping any either since we have been having high 70s. Yesterday was actually 79. I had the back door open all day long. I opened the back door up this morning too when the dogs wanted out again around 9 AM. It’s still open and I don’t fore see it closing until it gets dark either. I’m staying housebound again today as I still feel like crap although I really want some orange juice so I may run out one time to pick some of that up as well as milk.

Hope you guys don’t get sick over the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Milk-Bone Soft and Chewy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | Animals, Health with 4 Comments

I’ve always hated shoving pills down animals throats when they need to take them. It is way easier on everybody if you hide it in food or biscuits. Since one of my dogs needs an allergy pill on a daily basis I was using cheese as the cover up while I searched for soft biscuits to shove it in. I swear soft biscuits are hard to come by for dogs. Soft cat treats no sweat but I really don’t want the dogs to have diarrhea from eating cat treats. I mean if they get diarrhea eating cat food why not cat treats.

Anywhoo, I finally found some soft and chewy dog biscuits. Milk-Bone to the rescue! I opted for the beef and filet mignon flavor. I swear the dogs think it is crack. I grab the bottle for the Claritin to open it and the dogs are all over me because they know it is biscuit time now and I need to be pretty damn fast getting my hands away from their mouths when they grab the biscuit because they essentially inhale them. I got the big container for about $15.00. I’m going to try the chicken flavor next but I have a feeling it may not go over as well as the beef flavor but we’ll see. It is a win win situation now though, one dog gets a free biscuit while the other one gets her medicine.

The downside is when I grab the bottle for my Zyrtec since Claritin doesn’t work anymore on me they think it is more biscuit time which it isn’t. You hear that dogs, one biscuit per day only!