9/01/2011

Of head colds, smoothies, and vets...

A cold Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
is perfect for a hot Arizona afternoon!
Michael always seems to be bringing home things from work. Unfortunately, they always seem to be colds or flu. This week has been no different. He's been sniffling and sneezing for the past few days. He seems to be sleeping pretty well tonight but the past couple nights have been rough thanks to a really bad cold. Of course, even though he was supposed to be off work today he was asked to come in. Also as typical for workplaces, no one wanted to work in his place although he goes in without fail when others are sick or have an emergency.

How well do I remember that behavior from when I was in the workforce! I was always far too nice in "switching" with people to accommodate their schedules only to find when it came time for them to "switch" back they just couldn't manage to do it. Eventually I learned just to say "no" when someone needed someone to work so they could attend their kid's ball game or because little Susie was sick and couldn't go to daycare.

People seem programmed to take advantage of the folks without kids or big families whenever possible. And at the risk of sounding misogynistic: Ladies, if you don't have a back up plan for when your kid is sick or if you anticipate all of your kids' activities taking place during your working hours do one of two things. Either change jobs to accommodate your kid's schedule or wait to have kids when you can afford to take time off to raise them. But don't expect everyone else to rearrange their lives for you or take up your slack at work. Hillary Clinton might think it takes a village to raise a child, but there's a reason I have a dog and not a kid!

So, Michael drug himself to work this morning. He had to cancel a voice student for later in the day because he knew working at the kennel and feeling ill would leave him too drained to give her his full attention later. We did have to take Lady Snow to the vet for her final post surgical check, though.

Let me fill you in on Lady Snow. We adopted her in January when her former family decided they no longer had time for her. She was 5 at the time (she's now 6) and she's become the light of our lives. When she came to us she was very excitable and a little headstrong. We've used Cesar Millan's techniques with her and she's much better behaved now. She's still excitable but a word from one of us can calm her down so she doesn't jump up at people trying to get their attention. She's also learned to be a much better leash walker.

Lady Snow was most unhappy wearing a cast.
She quickly learned how to squirm to pull it off. The sock
is to keep her from chewing it.
In late April she was at the dog park and was chasing other dogs around when she jumped up on a picnic table. Now, keep in mind she's about 25 pounds and pretty short. She hit the table running and flew off the end. She managed to rupture her PCL completely and shredded about 85% of her ACL in her knee. We rushed her to the emergency vet near us for X-rays and figure out what was wrong. They told us she would have to have surgery and quoted us a price of nearly $5K. Obviously, that price was out of the question. Luckily, our vets at Speedway Vet Hospital said they could fix the ligaments using a somewhat older procedure that was effective on small dogs. The price would be around $2K. As it happened we'd saved up almost exactly that amount over the past several months. Of course, I'd bought super expensive premium quality pet insurance too. Of course, it turned out to be a major scam and they wouldn't pay a cent toward her bills. So, it was all on us.

She went in for surgery in early May and did very well. Because of the severity of the injury she was on crate rest for several weeks and on very restricted activity for nearly two months. In the past month she's been able to get back to short walks. Today she visited Dr. Crawford for her final check. He was very pleased with her progress and said she should be fine for normal activity. There will be no more dog parks and rough housing in her future nor will be there back country hikes. But, she's not in pain and can take long walks and do most of the other things she loves to do. The folks at Speedway have been so great to her and she absolutely loves going to the vet and getting all the petting and attention. She also enjoys a doctor who doesn't stick her on cold tables but examines her by sitting on the floor with her and holding her in his lap.

After the vet we came home and Michael was feeling pretty bad. I decided to try out a new smoothie recipe because I'm trying to get more fruits into my diet. This was a banana and strawberry smoothie made with soy milk. It was very tasty and is perfect for hot afternoons! The recipe is over at Sugar Pies if you're interested. It's only 150 calories per 10 oz. serving and is packed with fruity goodness.

Since it's the first of the month my back has decided to do it's thing. For some reason around the first of every month I get this horribly sharp pain in the right lower side of my back that radiates through to my hip and groin. No one seems to be able to tell me why. The only thing that helps is a moist heating pad. So, I'm going to finish this up and go apply my heating pad and sip some Diet Sierra Mist and watch "Keeping Up Appearances" on Netflix. (I love Hyacinth Bucket! "It's Boo-kay, dear!")

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