3rd baby quilt done
Life has its ups and downs and I guess I’m on the up side right now. I’ve been to all the doctor appointments, physical therapy, been under and over medicated and given medicine that didn’t do a damned thing. I wore a black back brace (that was only missing the sleeves to be a strait jacket) over one blouse and under another blouse for a month. (Do you know how hot that is in Texas? Too damned hot!!!!) So the amount of clothes I’ve had to wash has gone up by leaps and bounds.
Last week I had the follow-up appointment with the pain specialist. I brought him up to speed on all the things ordered for me by the neurosurgeon. Here’s what he said: 1. the reason the pain pills are putting me to sleep is because they are giving me too damned much. He prescribes 300 mg/per day until the patient gets used to the side effects, then increases as necessary. The NS (neurosurgeon) was having me take 300 mg 3 times a day (and I wondered why I was falling asleep sitting up!). 2. NS sent me to physical therapy which had done nothing but cost me and the insurance company money. Pain doc says: my pain is caused from a cyst pressing against a nerve & no amount of PT will help that. Quit immediately and save my PT visits for when I really need them. 3. stop wearing the back brace because the more I wear it the weaker my core muscles will become and then I’ll really have problems. 4. if the medicine isn’t helping just don’t take it 5. come back in October and we’ll reassess. ……I love my pain doctor!!!!!!!!
So I went back to sewing. We have another baby shower to go to on the 26th and I hadn’t started any of my baby gifts. I had another baby quilt to put together, too. In the past week or so I’ve finished the quilt and made 3 simple blankets (2 receiving, 1 fleece). I’ve got several dog blankets hemmed waiting for embellishments and stuff to make another personalized baby blanket for Ronnie to take to work. I have 6 bandanas for dogs completed and more yet to do. They’re cool because you slip the collar through the top and the bandana doesn’t have to be tied on, so it doesn’t fall off. There is a multitude of designs. This is one of them:
no-tie doggie bandana
This week we babysat for a Chihuahua that belongs to our housekeeper while she & her husband drove to Tyler, Tx, for the birth of her grandson. They are over the moon! I’m so happy for them. Since they had been planning on taking their other grandkids to San Antonio for 3 days this week, that trip had to be postponed. So we’ll get to spend some more time with him in 2 weeks. Freckles is about to become the permanent property of his new mom. She’s going to come get him tomorrow and keep him for a whole week. If it works out, she may not bring him back until time for him to go in for his heartworm treatment in August. He’s on his premeds right now so it won’t be long now. When Freckles and Conway aren’t with us we will be down to 8 dogs (counting Jolie, who isn’t ours but we are medically fostering her and she’ll be with us for life). For a while I’ll get a rest and a bit of time for myself.
This is a picture I embroidered & mounted on a stretched-burlap board for my grand-daughter’s birthday. She likes giraffes.
Giraffe in Pajamas
I have all kinds of ideas for more things. Besides the baby and dog blankets, I’m going to learn to make burp towels, a different kind of hooded baby towel, pictures for both bathrooms, more dog beds, more dog bandanas or other donations, and a million other things. Finding the time and the energy at the same time is the stumbling point. Some days I have time. Some days I have energy. Every once in a while they both arrive in the same day. That’s the days I pray for. LOL What do you pray for?
This is the gift from me to me, my new car:
2014 Honda CRV XL-Navi Mountain Aire Metallic
Just what I wanted, the model and the color and the price. I love it. Nice vehicle and a nice thing to do for myself.
There is also sad news that Freckles’ human daddy, George who lived around the corner and was the owner of Buffy who passed away last July, has passed away. We currently have Freckles at our house but the caretaker/neighbor of George’s is trying to implement Freckles into her family. Her dog is totally happy with Freckles but her cat is fighting it tooth & nail. So Sandy is taking it slowly. Freckles is with us most of the time, then she takes him to her house from time to time.
Ronnie with Freckles, Jolie asleep in the background
Tonight is going to be an overnighter. Our fingers are crossed. Sandy loves the little sweetie so we hope she can get him on permanently.
The update is on my health. I’ve been to the neurosurgeon now and he’s given me a compounded pain cream to rub on 3-4 times per day (twice so far today), a pain pill to take 3/per day (haven’t yet), and I will start physical therapy on the 16th. He also mentioned trying to get me a back brace made to help with the pain but I haven’t heard from those folks yet. He said for me not to lift more than 10 pounds, no mopping or sweeping, and not to let Bandit jump on me. I’m doing my best to do that. The pain that I had prior to the nerve blocks is coming back so I hope some of this works. I don’t want to live my life doped up all the time so I’m taking as little of this medicine as possible without just stopping my life and taking dope all day and night. I’m not hurting that bad; I don’t know if I’ll ever hurt that bad, but never say never either.
Other than that I’ve been feeling very tired lately and found out my thyroid levels are low, so they’re supposed to increase my medication but there was a short between the doctor and the pharmacy. When I went to pick up my prescriptions today it was wrong. They’ll have to straighten it out on Monday. Otherwise I’m just making it from one day to the next the best way I can until something changes for the better.
WordPress bit the dust so I’ll continue today’s post from here. Miss Priss and Angie are so happy together. Every time I’ve asked about them Angie tells me “she’s so precious!!!!!!!!!!”. That’s exactly what we want to hear after an adoption. They’re doing great together. Priss gets all the attention and Angie has someone to keep her company. Two for two isn’t bad.
Today was my follow-up with the pain management specialist. Good news and bad news. Good news is that the nerve blocks have been 80% effective which is wonderful and may be hard to beat. Bad news is per the MRI results I have a 4MM synovial cyst on the L5-S1 disk and some bulging between the vertebras. They’re sending me to the Neurosurgeon to get his opinion (not surgery, just his opinion and we’ll meet afterward and discuss options before anything else is done to my spine. That’s kind of scary at this time but I will get more than one opinion before I’ll let anyone go slicing on my nerves or spine. They gave me a script for muscle relaxers which have helped more than anything else so far. Wish me luck.
On a bright note I’m about to get started on the dog bandanas, etc., I’m making to sell. This will be a first—to sell my handwork. The only thing I’ve sold so far was doggie blankets to a few people on Facebook. It’s time for me to open an Etsy account now though. I’m going to need a storefront very soon. Kind of excited about it. Wish me luck. I’ll post photos of what I’m making and my address on Etsy.
Miss Priss hard at chewing her new bone that her mommy bought for her
Yes, Miss Princess has found her forever home with my youngest sister, Angela, in Galveston. It was love at first sight; I don’t know who was the happiest.
Angela snuggling with Miss Princess (AKA Priss)
Angie & Princess Day 1
I’ve had a good week. On Tuesday I had the last of two nerve blocks and the majority of the pain is now gone. When I get up in the morning I don’t hurt at all. After I’m on my feet all day I can feel pain in the back of my thigh and calf, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was. Just getting rid of the pain has made me excited about life again. So I’ve been working on organizing the sewing room (again—still). Ronnie got the 2nd armoire put together and moved into its place and I finally finished getting everything firmly in place this afternoon. What do you think?
Ronnie doing his building thing in the middle of the living room
Both armoires seen from the sewing room door
General view of cleaner room
I’ve also spent a little time out shopping, sewing, got my hair cut, finished a baby gift and started the next one, and got a job offer. LOL It’s been a good week. Got the car washed yesterday because the dog hair was taking it over. The weather has been so bright and beautiful lately and no rain was forecast, so don’t you know that by yesterday afternoon it rained? Of course! But it’s still nice and clean inside.
Today (after cleaning both fish tanks and doing 3 loads of laundry, then finishing the sewing room) I made spaghetti sauce that smelled heavenly for hours before Ronnie got home from work so we could eat. It was hard to keep away from it. I’ve only cooked a couple of times since the treatment Tuesday allowed me back on my feet, but I’ve really enjoyed eating at home and not all the fast, fat food. I love to eat out but when that’s all you do, the excitement pales quickly. Hope I can keep this up for a while. I go back for a follow-up at the pain management doctor’s on the 12th and I want to see if I have limits and need to do a 3rd nerve block, but I don’t want to overdo it so badly that I get back to where I can’t do anything again.
The old clock on the wall says it’s heading toward 2 A.M. so I’d better sign off while I’m ahead. Goodnight.
The first set of injections on my lower back are done. The pain is still there but I had an MRI today and the 2nd set of injections are next Tuesday. I do think it’s more manageable than it was. The pain in my lower back is gone but the pain down my leg into my thigh and calf is still there.
Things are going better around here in general. We still have too many dogs but Jolie’s health seems a little better the past 48 hours; she had me worried there for a while. I did get some sewing done and some blankets made for a baby gift I’ll deliver tomorrow. Ronnie’s helped me move some furniture around in the sewing room and we’ve ordered a second armoire so I’ll have a place to store fabric without using multiple totes of various sizes. I’ve asked for a pegboard to put the things that really need to be hung up so that may be in the works soon. Just getting organized has been a chore. I’ve bought so much “stuff” that I’ve run out of places to store it all, and if I don’t sew regularly, when I do go back I have trouble remembering where the hell I’ve put it. This has caused me to buy some “stuff” more than once so it really needs to all have its own place. I’m labeling things as I organize it so maybe I’ll be able to find it a second time. LOL
The weather has gotten gorgeous lately even though it’s bringing the heat back with it. Now that the weather is nicer I need to get back in the habit of sitting on the patio with the dogs and taking pictures of them doing all their cute little things. I really enjoyed that last year. Once I get my back healed I’ll be able to drag the garden hoses around and start watering all this green stuff that’s so beautiful now. We’re not due to get much rain in the next month so it’ll have to be watered if we expect it to survive.
I’ve taken up reading before sleep again, or maybe reading myself to sleep is more correct. At least it gets me off the computer earlier than in the past. I have a Nook and a Kindle and plenty of books. Ronnie and I share the same accounts so we get more use out of the ebooks. Some are quite inexpensive but some are rather pricey. We both read so much and so fast that it just doesn’t pay to spend a lot on books of any kind. Fortunately we like the same type of books and most of the same authors so it works out.
It’s about time to go find those books and let the Internet rest. Until later…
I’m feeling yucky right now. Been nauseated since about 3 A.M. with chills and interrupted sleep. The stomach doctor changed my medication and I’ve been getting sicker and sicker so I stopped taking it yesterday; don’t know how long it will be before it’s out of my system, but I’m way past ready. I have good days then bad days but not too much in between. I just want to not be sick anymore!!!
Diego says he’s going to like summer in Texas if I keep buying him ice cream
Yesterday was a good day. I took Diego down to Mom’s to play with Pepper and they really enjoyed each other. She said to bring him back any time. On the way home, since we hadn’t eaten all day, I pulled in to Sonic and bought both of us an ice cream. Diego said he likes that ice cream stuff but if he eats very much of it he starts shivering. I put the rest of it in the freezer so he can enjoy it another time.
I saw the pain doctor on Thursday and they’re going to do some nerve blocks in my lower back on the 22nd and 29th, so eventually I ought to be back to myself and be able to do more. I’m looking forward to that…a lot.
We had an adoption event scheduled for today but I never could find out any details about when/where we were to meet or who was doing what. Then, after being sick all night I wasn’t up to going anyway. We were going to take Princess. I made her a blanket, embroidered her name on a new harness and monogrammed her new dress. She would have been the prettiest dog there. I’ll try to get some photos. I’ve been altering all the dog harnesses so they fit and the dogs stay in them, especially the tiny dogs. Even the extra small size is too big for the little ones.
We got our new fish tank put together when Ronnie got home from work last night. The other one was too tall for me to reach down into which made caring for it difficult at times. We bought some fish at the local shop and they had ich. We lost the entire tank in just a few days and I decided to replace it instead of cleaning and restocking the same one I’d been complaining about. Ronnie agreed with me. We bought some feeder fish to stock the new one with so we can get the tank cycled where it’ll support good fish. None died overnight but we’ll give it a week or so and see where we stand then. I’ll try to get some photos of that, too.
I’m going to go see if we have some Dramamine in the dogs’ medicine chest. Yuck!
Princess in Love Me Mode the night she came.
There’s a new Chi in town! One I wasn’t expecting and had nothing to do with, for once. We were supposed to get this dog for ourselves about a year ago. Then the lady who rescued her fell in love and we ended up rescuing Zoe and Keira instead.
So, now that we have a full house we get Princess anyway. OMG! Too many dogs!! She is the straw that broke the camel’s back! But she has no one else and no place to go. A long story short is she started going through some fear aggression and her family refuses to deal with what they’ve done to her so they’ve thrown her away. So we will find her a better home with humans who can be trusted….I hope.
I’ve fallen hopelessly, helplessly in love with Diego so he’s going nowhere! That little 4 1/2 pounds is a total love bug. Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! And he and Zoe are the absolute best of friends. Since they’re both tiny they spend lots of time running together and wrestling in the grass. It’s so precious! Since the weather is beginning to get gorgeous I’ll be spending more time sitting on the patio taking pictures of the dogs again. I can see the future already where my dogs are concerned! LOL
My back is not better. I have made another appointment with the pain doctor for Thursday so hopefully things will change for the better at some point this week. I voluntarily took the steroids again and they were not as effective as they were the first time…..and they totally fucked up my life! I was angry, exhausted, depressed, etc., etc., etc., until yesterday. I lost a whole week due to side effects. Crap!!!!!!!!! And I’m back on the sleeping pills because I’m not sleeping any better either.
Today, with Ronnie home from work I want to get to the grocery store because with the pain back in force I probably won’t get much done outside of the house this week. Good thing is that I’m about to get back into the sewing room. I have gone in and reorganized some stuff and bought fabric for a new summer maxi-dress I’m looking forward to making for myself. Spring is good! Getting my motivation back, I hope. Time to go. Got a lot to accomplish on this beautiful day!
Diego, 1 year old, 4 1/2 pounds of studliness
Same song. Next dog. This time his name is Diego (was Coco before we got him). It was one of those nights on Facebook when someone asked if anyone could take in this little Chihuahua male and I said, “sure”. Don’t know for sure if we’ll keep him or if we’ll rehome him but he’s a cute little critter. Just had him neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated last Friday so he’s still healing. He knows he’s a mama’s baby already. If I leave him he will find me wherever I am. If I leave him in bed in the dark and walk away he cries until I go back for him. Today when my housekeeper came over he tried to eat her alive in order to protect me from her. LOL I’ve known her longer than I’ve known him and trust her more….but he doesn’t know that. I crate them all when she comes so she doesn’t have to fall over them or deal with them while she’s hard at work. All 4 1/2 pounds of him sounded quite vicious.
Today I finished the steroids the GP gave me last week. It helped a lot while I was taking it but not long term. The pain is back so it’s time for the MRI. Guess they’ll set that up for some time next week. Oh. Joy. I made a point of making a trip to Kroger’s today because I knew I wouldn’t be able to walk again after today. Monday will be 5 weeks since I hurt my back and Ronnie’s been buying the groceries for us. Such is life, I suppose. Back to the drawing board. I’m sure they’ll figure it out eventually.
It’s 2:30 A.M. and I can’t sleep. Again. Back to the chiropractor tomorrow then I’ll take Diego down to meet mom and Pepper. Maybe they’ll play together. Hopefully it’ll be good for both of them. And it’ll get me out of the house for a bit as well.
I’ve got to get back in my sewing room. I need to set aside some time strictly for sewing because it’s not working out just expecting for the time to pop up by itself. I don’t know why I’m feeling so discouraged about my sewing right now. Surely this too will pass. At least I can sit down and sew so it’s something I can do no matter what my back decides to do. <sigh> Nothing like a little drama. I’m outta here!
Another day—another dog. LOL Mr. Pepper is indeed home with his new mom and they’re both happy as clams.
Mom and Pepper relaxing at home
I go down to visit about once a week and they’re doing great. Mom’s bigger, older dog, Dusty, doesn’t want to play with Pepper but they manage and haven’t butted heads over anything. So it looks like Heaven for this little one.
We had 3 big mix puppies for the past 9 days. It was a house full and they were only 11 weeks old so we spent most of the week teaching them to go outside to potty. And they were beginning to get the hang of it, too. Yesterday they went on to other fosters.
Meghan, Gabrielle and Joy
The Puppy Trio (as I called them) were rowdy and messy and happy puppies. I spent a lot of time mopping up oopsies. Bad part was that last Monday as I was mopping something in my lower back said “POP!” and I’ve barely been able to stand ever since. Well, that’s not right. I did get better and decided by Wednesday I could mop again because the puppies and Bandit went outside and made a mud hole then reentered the house and tracked all that mud right up into my lap. They were so happy with their discovery. All I could do was laugh!
I sat there looking at all that mud and knew that my sister-in-law was coming down that evening and would see all that mess. This is what I saw: And, of course, it got worse with time. So, I decided that I needed to let it dry, sweep then mop. And I did. And since then I can barely stand up and not for any length of time or without pain. So, Saturday we began chiropractic treatments and it helped but only lasted a few minutes. I’ll be going all week this week and can only hope for relief.
This was later when all was clean:
Sweet, full, contented puppies and their guardian, Bandit
This is why we do rescue…………