Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The face that started it all....

Just got home from picking up Alyssa from Dr. Bookbinder's office. It isn't good news. My baby has bone cancer. It has started in her right rear leg by the knee and is working its way up to her hip. The x-rays were very painfully clear that my girl has been fighting against this evil and it is winning.

Since she is acting like her normal happy self by attacking her toys, eating and begging for cheese I couldn't bear the thought of putting her down today. Bill and Dr. Bookbinder agreed. We will keep her on pain medicine and take it day by day.

Alyssa is my first and she is the one that started our deep love of the breed. I will be forever grateful that she came in to our lives.

Monday, June 26, 2006

We had a good weekend. I started Lyssie on some pain medicine called Metacam to see how she would do. It seemed to help! She still wouldn't use her leg, but every now and then she would put it down and walk gingerly. But she was back to her normal self which made Bill and I very happy. Since she is acting happy and the medicine is working we have decided if it is cancer then we will keep her mediciated as long as we can. I just can't bare to think of putting her down at this point. The only thing that could change our minds is if her x-rays come back that the cancer is out of control and her leg is near breaking. However it may come back that it isn't cancer, but something else entirely. I really hope so. My suspicion is it all in her hip area near her butt.

Saturday was a lazy lazy day. Didn't do much around the house. Truth be told I didn't do shit and it was great!!! Sunday we took the boys for a nice long walk and when we got back the girls were so excited because they thought it was their turn. It was heartbreaking so we decided we take them for a very very very short walk. It was to the stop sign and back. Ha! We had the two gimps girls and the old lady. What a sight we must of been.

Later in the afternoon Bill and I went out to Fox Fire golf course to play 9 holes. It was soooo muggy!! We had a very nice time and man do we SUCK at golf. It was the third hole that I hit the ball and it hit a tree and bounced back on the green!!! Bill lost about 5 -6 golf balls in various trees, water, & brush. At the last hole we started to get a little better. Figures!! It was good husband and wife quality time.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Maggie had her appointment with Dr. Bookbinder and I am happy to report that the leg is healing! It isn't going as well as we hope, but it is going, which is better than doing surgery. Whew. They put her under for about 1/2 hr to get the x-rays and gave her a new splint. Much smaller this time around. We are to still limit her activities, but Maggie is coorporating with us on that! She is trying to get on the couch, bed and run around in the yard. We are going to have to get really strict with her. She will go back in three weeks and he will take the splint off and see how she does. Doc will have her walk around to see if the joint will support her and she isn't in pain. Please keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer.

This is for Alyssa:

Prayer for Our Animals Friends (With permission The Prayer Pet Line)

Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is a wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of yours.

They have trust in us as we have trust in You; We are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.

Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. Grant to our special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our petitions through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.

Monday, June 19, 2006

I just posted some pictures from the Triathlon this past Saturday. It was an experience I will never forget. Not only because I finished, but because I finished with some great friends.

The swim was sooooooooo brutal. I can't describe it, but it was the single most hardest thing I have ever done. When I got out of the water I was in a complete daze and could hardly breathe. Thank god I have a fast recovery rate. The bike was great and I got through the hills and my legs managed to get me through the run. The rest of my gal pals did fantastic and I am so freaking proud of them. The worked hard and did it and did it well.

The best part of the race was having friends and family there to cheer you on. It is wasn't for my friends pointing out where the shute was for the run I would of been S.O.L. It was so wonderful to see their faces yelling your name and smiling. It was what kept me going. Thanks guys!
Drum roll please....we are heading to the finish line!! We came, we participated, we kicked butt and we are ready for a drink!
Having a little too much fun before the race. I just love this picture because it shows are true jackass personalities.

Damn this water is cold!!!

Me, Jackie, Wendy and Trac before the start of the 27th
Annual YMCA Triathlon - June 17th 2006. Don't we look
optimistic?!
So much to post!!! I will make separate posts so this post isn't HUGE.

Maggie update --

Maggie went to see Doctor Bookbinder and he said that she dislocated a joint and broke a small piece of bone. The broken bone plays in our favor because that makes the leg want to heal. He said there is a slight possiblity that it will heal on it own so we are keeping the splint cast on till next week. We will take her in and they will do x-rays to see what is going on and if there is no healing then he will have to do surgery to repair the leg. It isn't a easy surgery to do and it won't be fun for little Maggie either. The plan would be to put in a very long metal plate and pin it to the joint. Once the joint heals he will have to go in and remove the plate because greyhounds have no skin to hold the plate inside their bodies. So anyone reading this please say a prayer, light a candle or do a healing dance that she won't need surgery.

Maggie is getting around great with her cast. It doesn't seem to bother her, but I did notice tonight a piece of the metal splint is coming through and scraping up her leg. I will call tomorrow to see if they can do a cast change. I don't want the splint to puncture her leg! That is all we need.

Alyssa, my other greyhound is also having leg problems. I have been putting off taking her to get an x-ray because I am scared to death that it might be cancer. Lyssie and I have a very strong bond and it is going to be devastating and I may have to move out of the country. She is my soulmate. Don't get me wrong I love my other guys a million times over, but Lyssie was my first and she is so full of personality. Not a lot of people see it because she tends to be a diva. But if you spend time with her you will know exactly what I am talking about. Tomorrow I am finally going to call to get her leg checked out. Oh god.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Well it is Thursday and I still feel like a great big pile of dog doo. If I don't stop itching soon and get some sleep I am seriously worried about totally cracking up. Amazing how sleep deprevation can total screw you up mentally and physically. How can people with insomina function!

Tuesday night I was so desparate that I downed two benadryl and two glasses of wine. Didn't work. Still was up scratching at my feet. I tried cold paper towels, anti-itch cream...nada. Nothing worked. Yesterday I went in to the Endocrine doctor to get lab work done. I told the woman taking my blood that I wasn't feeling very good. She said then it was a good day to get blood drawn. Afterwards I headed to work where I was still miserable. Later in the afternoon I gave up and called my doctor. Told them how miserable I was and that my next step was to break into my husband's leftover stash of Vicoden. Of course the nurse had a fit but who cares. They called me back and said all this is due to the thyroid medicine I have been taking for the past 3-4 weeks and to stop taking it and my itching should stop in a few days. A FEW DAYS!!!!!! Oh god.

Last night I got home from work and took 2 benadryl and laid like a slug on the couch. Artichoke called and made me laugh so that was good. She is reading a book about how females break-up friendships. Women are brutal when it comes to ending friendships. Anyway she had me laughing so hard when she made me promise to tell her if/when I wanted to break-up the friendship. I told her that would never happen. Face it. Arthicoke, Trailhoundz and I are going to be the three bitchist women in the nursing home, but we will still be friends. You don't meet friends like this everyday and when you do, you know to hold on tight because it is something special. See!! What did I tell you. Lack of sleep has turned me into a babbling bafoon.

Geez I got to go. Maggie appointment with Bookbinder is this morning.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I feel like shit. Actually I think a big pile of shit would feel better than I do right now. My allergies have been raging the past couple days. My entire body is one big itch fest. Especially the palms of my hands and my feet. Last night I didn't get an ounce of sleep because I was tossing and turning like a chicken on a rotessiure and consitently scratching at my feet. I tried to take a Nyquil to get me to sleep, but that didn't even work. Tonight after work I am buying some sleeping pills.

We have an consult visit with Doc. B for Maggie. The surgery is estimated to cost...gulp...$2200 - $2600. JUDAS PRIEST. It is a lot of money, but she is worth every dime. Unfortunately we do not have this kind of money so we will have to apply for Care Credit. Which is better than a regular credit card. You apply for whatever amount you need and pick a no interest payment plan. For instance say we pick 18 mths interest free and our payments are $160 a month, but it must be paid off in that 18th mths or else you will get sacked with interest from the beginning. OUCH!!! But if you are good about making your payments then it is a great deal.

Time to get some work done.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Maggie update. Bill picked up Maggie from the vets at 4 p.m. today. On the x-rays it showed a small fracture but that isn't what they are really concerned about. It is all the ligaments she shredded!! All of them are torn to bits and 90% positive it may require surgery. Doc put a cast on and gave her some Medicam for pain. Maggiepie feels much better and it getting around really good with her cast. However she looks pathatic :( We will get a call on Monday on when they can set us up to see the specialist, Doctor Bookbinder. Then we will know if she has to have surgery to repair the ligaments or the casting will do the job. All our fingers and toes are crossed for no surgery. Will post a picture of the patient.
Sucky DAY!!! Yesterday Bill calls me on my cell around 4:30 because Maggie hurt herself running the yard. She and the other 4 nimrods we own were going full tilt running out the back door to the woods. Next thing we know she is yelping and holding up her back leg. She can't put even the slightest amount of weight on her leg. Bill got her inside and found no blood...thank god and she was laying down and wasn't in major distress. Again, thank god. Bill was going to attempt to take her to a local vet who we just started using, but I told him there was NO WAY he was going to take her in his truck with a possible fractured leg!! I give them call and ask if they could wait till I got home so we could take the van. It was 4:40 and I was 10 minutes from the house. They said no we would have to be there at 5 or else we would have to go to the ER room -- well here is the kicker part that sort gets my nose out of joint. They don't close until 6 p.m. but ONLY take appointments till 5 p.m. and even IF we made it at 5 they would charge us a ER visit fee. WTF?!?! Screw that shit. I told I would just use Village Vets.

I get home around 6 p.m. and Maggie is resting and I gave her a Buffrin. Then I figured we should crate rest her for a couple reasons. To keep her resting and to keep the other dogs away from her. We pull out the crate, put a bed in it with a blanket. I get her up to get in and this is where is gets bad. Because she can put any amount of weight on her back leg she has to balance with her other leg, which for some reason she can't do. When she went to go in and to try to get over the little lip at the front she lost her balance, fell to her side!! I am trying to get her up, she is freaking out - hitting the top of the crate, falling back down and I couldn't get her out!! Bill is sitting on the couch totally oblvious! I wanted to kill him. Finally I got her backed out and settled down on a bed. Meanwhile I am thinking of fucking great!!! We probably just made it 10x worse now!!! I was so pissed. Now it is around 7 so I call Village Vets answering service to have a vet give me a call to see if we need to get her in that night. Dr. Brown called back and said that if she is resting comfortably then to get her in first thing in the A.M. but to keep ice on her leg since it is swelling.

Alright. So I decided to sleep downstairs on the couch so Maggie would be alone and I can keep an eye on her. In our household I am the alpha bitch :-) All the dogs were very confused as to why I wasn't going up to the den with the rest of the pack to sleep. Finally I get everyone upstairs to bed. I sneak back downstairs to the couch. I didn't want them in the family room because I didn't anyone accidently laying or running over poor Mag. Anyway, let's just say I didn't get a lot of sleep. Every time there was a slightest noise all of them came barreling downstairs!! They couldn't get to the family room because I put a baby-gate up and that just caused whining and pacing. Around 4 a.m. I was seriously considering driving them all back to the track!! Finally I resorted to just letting them all sleep in the family room with Maggie and I. So I got around 3-4 hours sleep. Great.

I have 3 minutes till the vet opens to give them a call. Bill is going to have to take her because I am subbing for a class. Figures!!! The one time I sub for someone and as my husband would say "all hell breaks loose".

Friday, June 02, 2006

So far this morning I have had 3 cherry scones, one raspberry bar and one brownie - it is only 11 a.m. But damn it was good!! But now I am paying the price with a stomach ache and I am craving a salad. Tee, hee.

Our household survived the heat wave we had earlier this week. The dogs are feeling much better. Now if we can only knock down the mosquito population in are yard! They are just awful now that it is damp. I hate to do it, but I am going to buy some bomb for the yard. We used it one year and it really helped. I just get really nervous with the dogs. I am also going to try to plant some of those citronella plants to see if they help too. Right now I am desparate for anything. There are few things on this earth that I hate with a deep black hatred and mosquitos are one of them!!

Yesterday I took Artichoke's cycle class and she kicked my butt!!! There was sweat flying everywhere. It was a really good class with hard hills. At one point I felt like getting of my bike and clubbing her with my water bottle. But it passed.

Then I went home and got sucked in to watching the Spelling Bee!!! I can't believe I stayed up to watch the end and enjoyed it. I was on the edge of my seat with some of those words. Part of me was in awe because half the time I can't even spell my own last name correctly...which is German. LOL!! I wonder though if those kids have any fun outside of academics.

Tomorrow I am subbing for Artichoke's beginning run class. They have to run 4 minutes and walk 3. They are not going to be happy campers!