Monday, February 20, 2017

Health Update

Last Thursday was a stressful day.  It was the first time ever, I think, that Chico had to spend the day by himself.  As I drove to work I kept thinking that I should have taken the day off to stay with him. I'm glad I went to work after all though, it helped keep my mind occupied.

I dropped Shiver off at the vet's office for a day of tests.  They were supposed to check for Cushings but after doing a blood panel, they decided not to test for that after all.  The vet could feel his enlarged liver and his liver levels were off the chart.  Everything else seemed to look pretty good.  He still has the raging heart murmur; he's doing as well as can be expected with the medication though.  The vet thinks the liver problems are related to the heart problems.  She suggested I could get an ultrasound to see if there might be another cause.  

He came home with two new medications so he's on a total of four now.  These meds are very expensive and I'm not sure how much longer I can afford them.  I'm just really grateful he's already doing better with the new meds and am determined to find a way to make sure he can continue with them for as long as possible.    

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Monday

Shiver's Cushings test appointment is this coming Thursday.  He has to stay at the vet's office all day and it'll cost about $250.00.  I'm very nervous about this appointment for several reasons and hoping that he won't actually have the disease.  Please keep him in your prayers.
My life is boring so I'm answering questions this week.  

1.  Curtains or blinds?

A combination of both!  I like how it makes the room darker at night when they're closed.  I also like that you can control the amount of light coming in with the blinds, depending on how much you open them up. 

2.  If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?  

I thought I might like to be a lobbyist.  I wanted to lobby on behalf of those who can't stand up for themselves for whatever reason.  I really tried to get into lobbying after graduation and it just hasn't happened.  I've only had one interview for a lobbyist position and it didn't go well.  I've networked with lobbyists, asking them for advice. None really had much to offer, although all but one were really nice.  I've pretty much given up on that dream.

I wish I could work from home so that I could be with my boys all day everyday or that I could have some kind of successful business where I could bring Shiver and Chico with me.  I don't know what that would be though, maybe a pet bakery or something.  

3.  Describe your personality in five words or less.

Sometimes fun, sometimes not...

Vague and probably describes most people but I didn't know what else to say.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
When I was in college, I took a biology lab.  It was awful and I'm still confused as to how I managed to pull off an A.  The only assignment that I actually enjoyed was to go to the aquarium and find an animal to write a report on.  I chose the seahorse!  Did you know that the males give birth to the babies?  This is just one of the interesting things I learned from that assignment.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Madness

I've taken half a day off work today to attend a Women In Leadership day at our Statehouse to watch legislation in action.  I interned there when I was in college and absolutely loved it, so I'm looking forward to going back again.  Plus I get a free breakfast and lunch out of it, so there's that.  I don't really care for the state of politics today, but I still think it'll be a fun day.  A couple friends are supposed to be attending as well, so it'll be nice to catch up with them.  My job is literally within a block of the Statehouse so it'll be a quick walk there once the event ends.

I have exactly eight weeks left at my job, which means only four more paychecks.  Kinda freaking out that I now have to start looking for work again.  I *HATE* job hunting!  I'm hoping that the experience I'm gaining now will help me find a high paying job elsewhere.  It's not really what I want to do but sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

I'm hoping to be able to get Shiver into the vet this weekend for the tests to confirm whether or not he has Cushings.  I'm really hoping and praying he doesn't have it.  He had barely been eating anything for awhile there and got so thin.  I've been feeding him green beans, yogurt, and tuna here and there just for the extra calories and he seems to slowly be putting some weight back on.

Most of our snow has melted from the rain this past weekend.  Now the back yard is flooding.  The front yard isn't though, because the driveway is kind of on a downward angle.  I forgot I actually had grass since it's been covered in snow for so long!

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