Survival Seeds

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Icky Sicky

So I started feeling bad about a month ago. I just wasn't feeling right. Well last Tuesday I went to the AM clinic that we have and got checked out. It only took me 4 different people telling me bout it!!! I went and was told that I had bronchitis and pneumonia and that there was asthma that was brought on by these. so I went to the pharmacy got and inhaler, antibiotics and cough syrup. So I went home and slept and then stayed home as well on Wednesday and slept. On Thursday I came in to work and promptly went home again, since I couldn't catch my breath. I did 2 breathing treatments at Lisa's house an hour apart and still didn't do any better. I went home to take a nap and about an hour later I got a knock on my door and the girls went crazy. Lisa had come to take me to the ER and they took chest x-rays and ended up changing all my medication, (except that wonderful cough syrup) and off I went again to the pharmacy. So yesterday was my first day back to work, I slept my weekend away. So now I am using her nebulizer and doing breathing treatments every 4 hours and trying to get better. I am soooo ready to be back to normal. One of my classes has suffered and I am guessing that I will have to take it again. Linguistics is a class that you have to be there to know what is going on. I have a test tonight but had to miss last week so be praying for me to do okay! If I can pass this class with a "C" I will be estatic!!! So I will have to update you on how I do!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Triton Team Trail Championship

Matt has a tournament tomorrow and Sunday and is super excited about it. He is in his "game mode" and we are discussing nothing but fishing. It is what we will be living for the next two days. We have been talking about where he is going, what he needs to throw, what he should take, which poles and all that other good stuff. So I will be up tonight, seeing where they are in the take off. They are 67 of 370. Only 270 of the 370 qualified so hopefully they will finish close to the top. I hope they do 'cause they owe me a steak dinner!!! Be thinking of them and help me with the hope that they place high!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

School is tiring!!!

So this is my 3rd week of school. Third of 16 weeks. Which leaves 13 weeks left.... I am soooo tired after the 3 weeks. Linguistics is soooo much work and English literature is too but I am loving it all! I am learning that my Wednesday nights are for relaxing at home and going to bed early.

I woke up last night with fur in my face and a wet nose pressed up against mine. Sasha was laying facing me and had her paws on my shoulders and was cuddling with her face against mine. It was soooo cute! I wanted to take a picture but couldn't really do that so you will just have to trust me on how cute it was!

We went out with a friend on Thursday night for her birthday and went casino hopping to get her birthday money (happy birthday again Jess :) ). Well Quapaw had bottomless cups on Thursday nights and I didn't have to work on Friday (vacation!!!) so Matt and I sat in the bar at Quapaw and drank. My problem was that I sat down. Not good. Not good at all. I remember why I had only gotten sick one time before this. You want to die!!!! So Friday was wasted trying to feel better. Sasha and Roxy were wonderful girls though and laid in the bathroom for me and when I was kneeling over the toilet they both were right there with the moral support!!!

Saturday we went to Branson and I stopped by my favorite winery. You should visit their website . I love their wine and make a point to go as often as I can. We buy the wine by the case as well as the grape juice. They have a fake cork with a wick that you put in a wine bottle filled with lamp oil and Voila! you have a fun oil lamp! I will get a picture and put it up to show you. I love it! And you also have the memories with each bottle so it is a sentimental oil lamp! We have tons of fun and although I had to come home early the other girls stayed out until midnight shopping and making me proud!

And speaking of coming home early, Matt and I had tickets for Rodney Carrington. I would pay again to see the man!!! I laughed soooo hard and we had tons of fun!

I have gotten home on Monday and Tuesday nights at midnight so the girls have been laying on the bed until I get home and then move for me when I get home. I was doing homework and they were in the bedroom with Matt and this is what I saw.

To think that in January when we brought Roxy home we weren't sure if the girls would get along or not! They love each other and are so protective of both of us, especially me. I can be trying to do homework and have one on each side of me, having to touch me, wanting to be thisclose. and it is okay as long as I can still type! But knock on our door and they come up off the couch and are going to get you!

Well, I get to go home to tonight and take care of Matt and rest a little bit. With the pollen count up we are both having allergy junk happening and both need some TLC and comfort food I think, and some serious sleep!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sasha, Roxy, Benedryl and Sleepless nights

Well first off, I am starting my second week of vacation and it has been super busy. I am hoping to get some more stuff that I want to do done this week!!!

I took Sasha in to have her booster shot and the vet told me that I could do her rabies at the same time after some discussing. Last year was horrible for us so let me go over it again to refresh you.

So when she was 4 months old I took her to the vet for her rabies shot. I took her at 10:30 Saturday morning. I then took her to the bank that I work at to show her off. I was going to go to Petsmart with her but she got sick 3 times at the bank. So on our way home (11:15 am) she was walking around in the front seat and shaking her head and messing with her ears alot. I pulled over to look at her and her right eye was swollen halfway shut and the other eye had started swelling. I of course turned right around and went back to the vet. She was throwing up, swelling and had bumps all over her. I went in and was upset (this is my baby) and they took her right back. They gave her a shot of Vetalog and put Tritop in her eyes for the swelling. As I was paying she was sick again so they gave her Cintrine for the vomitting. They also told me that she would be drinking lots of water and that I could give her liquid benedryl. A syringe full, which I was so worked up that I forgot to ask what size of a syringe. They also asked it she had been stung but it had been two and a half hours since she had been outside. They also said that they had never had a dog react to a rabies vaccine that they normal react to the other shots. On Thursday I was still worried. She just started eating somewhat normal again but she was still drinking lots of fluids. She was also urinating frequently which I would expect but is pooping alot, like everytime that we take her outside. It took her a couple of weeks to get over this and we had to work on the potty training again. She was well worth all the trouble but I felt bad for having to put her through it. I contacted a well know vet on the subject and then found a new vet. I spoke with him about everything and we decided to try it again with different measures and a different brand.

This time we pretreated her with Benedryl, waited 10 minutes and then gave her her rabies shot, the booster, drew some blood and did a fecal floatation to check for heartworms. she came back negative on the heartworms. Her blood work was fine. We sat in the office for 15 minutes or so and I stayed in town for another 45 just to make sure that she wasn't going to have the same reaction as last time. When I left for school at 2:30 she was fine. I have class at 4:30 and 7:20 with breaks halfway in between. I called to check on her everytime and she was doing wonderful. I left class at 10 and got home about 11:30. She was squinting at me when I walked in. I sat down on the couch and called her up to me. She jumped up and I looked at her. She was swelling around the head and neck. There were some bumps, though not as pronounced as last time. I started looking in my dog owners vetrinary handbook and it said 1 -2 mg. per lb of body weight. She weighs 13.6 lbs and I was trying to figure out the conversions since my only syringe was in mL. I decided to give her 3 mL every 5 hours. At midnight I left a message at the office of the vet. I slept on the couch with her and woke her up every couple of hours and made her get up and walk. Then at a little after 8 I called to make sure they had gotten my message. His receptionist said he normally got in at 8:20 and he would call me when he got in. At 8:20 on the dot he called and we discussed what I had done and what needed to be done now. I did the right thing by giving her the benedryl. I was giving her a weak dose and could have actually given her a full 5 mL or a single pill. We decided to give her a 25 mg pill twice a day for a couple of days. She went everywhere with me for the next two days and got super special treatment. Which meant Roxy did too!!! We decided to try a 3 year vaccine and see if it made a difference and as well as pretreating her, treating her with benedryl for up to a week after.

Roxy also got some news as well. She has been breaking out on her belly ever since we brought her home. The vet thought it was a staph infection so she was put on two rounds of antibiotics that seemed to help but she ended up breaking out again afterwards. We started watching and checking her belly every evening and after we would come in from outside. We figured out that when she would go out with us to mow that she would lay down in the grass and would start breaking out in hives and they would turn into scabs. So after making this discovery I spoke with the vet and she is on Benedryl 50 mg twice a day and seems to be doing wonderful. The breaking out doesn't seem to be happening. So hopefully this will take care of it and she won't have to go on a steriod.

I just want to let everyone know what was going on!!!! Keep my updated on everything that is going on with you!!