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Old 11-24-2015, 02:15 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:13 AM   #77 (permalink)
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So...this weekend, I took my pup to the vet. I adopted her two years ago from the Humane Society. At the time, she had been fixed per their policy, and apparently a hernia problem taken care of at the same time.

She is a Chiweenie. Chihuahua/Dachshund. At least that was the guess. Her history was a mystery, as she had been born of a less than scrupulous breeder in Cali. She also had numerous litters, herself. She had been flown here to Minnesota amongst many others as the odds of adoption were much higher.

All went well.

The last week or so, she had been drinking water like it was going out of style. Peeing, of course, too. She stopped eating her dry dog food. She was weak. I was very scared.

Took her to the vet on Saturday. Many tests later, it was determined that she has diabetes and was in acidoketosis. Her body is/was full of ketones. The vet wanted to send her to the weekend emergency vet clinic for the rest of the weekend and put on an iv, for a bit over $1k, with the already existing costs of $400. I told her I could not afford that, point blank,because I could not. I literally had no way to pay for it, but what can I do to save my pup?

She was given a fluid injection, and I was sent home with insulin, to be applied every 12 hrs, which I did. I was very worried that I was risking her life, as the weekend went on. She seemed to be even weaker, not eating anything at all, sleeping, and incredibly weak. I cried, asking for her to be spared due to my lack of finances.

Had an appointment again Monday morning. Her glucose levels were checked and so on. This time the cost for her to be put on an iv all day had dropped to $40 for the whole day. I, of course opted for that.

I brought back her insulin, checked on her throughout the day. She was eating soft food! Yay!

OMG...my girl dog...Sunny is her name, because she came from Cali, was SO much better as the day progressed. Previously any liquid she had went right through her. The IV helped get the liquids/potassium into her properly.

She went from a dog that had you scared to death for her to one almost back to normal, though it will still take awhile to get her stabilized completely. She was smiling and wagging her tail at me. She even ate a treat there. She hadn't been able to eat hard food.

So...now...whole new diabetic diet, two shots a day, glucose testings and so on. I still will have some difficulties with the bills, but I don't care.

It's worth it. Man's best friend, indeed.

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Old 02-28-2016, 10:19 AM   #78 (permalink)
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I started smoking when I was 14. I'm going to be 39 this year. Not a day went by in that time that I didn't have at least a pack of cigarettes.

Today I am officially one week smoke free. And I feel pretty fucking awesome.
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:40 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Congratulations! I also started with I was 14, and switched to e-cigs January 1 last year, so I can't quite say I've stopped my nicotine habit, but at least it's an improvement.

Again, way to go!!
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A follow up to my post up above. It's definitely not happy, but I figured it belonged here where my original post was at.

Sunday night, my pup went into seizures. They were really, really bad and violent, with her little body contorting in ways I didn't think possible. It was very unexpected as her diabetes regimen had been working wonderfully.

When we got her to the emergency vet, they continued and worsened and she suffered brain damage. Toward the end, her legs were just moving like she was riding a bicycle, and it didn't stop. Even sedation didn't quite end her misery.

On the advice of the vet, and of course my own desire to stop her pain, we had her euthanized.

In an attempt to turn this into "Something happy", I will focus on the time I had with this sweet little pup. She was such a good pup. She didn't deserve this end, though.

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Jolene <hug> There's nothing easy about death, but that one was terrible for your pup and you. It's heart-rending to see such suffering in a beloved one. It's only a small consolation that death puts an end to the suffering.
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Jolene <hug> There's nothing easy about death, but that one was terrible for your pup and you. It's heart-rending to see such suffering in a beloved one. It's only a small consolation that death puts an end to the suffering.
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For the past two years since I relocated back to my hometown I've been looking for local work in my field without any success. There's just not much 3D animation work being done here. There have been a few ads though from one local company that's right in my wheelhouse, using the software I've been using for 20 years, and doing precisely the kind of work I've been doing. I've sent my resume to them twice and never got so much as an automated thanks but no thanks.

So they recently posted another ad looking for contract 3D modeling and I almost ignored it, but figured just in case they never saw my resume because it wasn't making it past keyword searches or other automated nonsense that I'd just call them directly, do I did. I expected to get their receptionist and then see if she could direct me to their hiring person. Instead I got the founder of the company, on his vacation in Florida. He gave me his direct email to send him my resume. If he had seen it previously it serves him right to have his vacation interrupted for ignoring me, and if I get blown off this time at least I'll know it's not because they never saw it.
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For something quite beautiful, how about the Northern Lights in Iceland, as shot from a drone?

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ETA: Phooey, I didn't type fast enough; got distracted. I hoped to post it right at the turn of the hour. It's nobody in this forum and I'm quite sure the person to whom I was speaking will never see this. I just enjoyed saying it, you know?
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I heard a little 'article' on the news about this today. An ornithologist named Donald Kroodsma, described as a "... professor emeritus of ornithology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a world-renowned authority on birdsong." wrote a book about birdsong. It was based on a 10-week bicycle trip he and his son made from the Atlantic to the Pacific across the US, stopping often to record the birds as they went.

There's more to the story; you can get it all here: http://http://listeningtoacontinentsing.com/about.php

I was taken with the beauty of the idea itself; what a marvelous and wonderfully useful way to spend time. I wish I'd found out about it before Christmas, though.

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