Walker’s World

Walker, the new friend of the Farmlet, has a voracious appetite for chewables.  To date he has killed Noodle’s squeaky plush toys; both the squirrel and the chipmunk!  He has also killed two of my good cotton anklets, and one pair of my favorite cotton underwear.

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If I am busy about the house, then he is in his puppy prison playpen.

It keeps him out of mischief.

Anyone care to guess who that photo bomber is?  😉

If I am seated watching TV he is attached to my little footstool/rolling table.  Even so, he tried to eat the corner of the couch, while I was sitting there.

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In my studio he is on lead and attached to the cutting table…  and you guessed it, he found something to chew;  my expensive Tutto Sewing machine buggy!  It isn’t bad, but it is irritating.

Walker!  This is not a toy!

So today I took one of the many pockets I have saved from Bob’s old blue jeans and stuffed it with leftover quilting fluff and one of the squeaky buttons from the killed plush toys, then sewed it shut and voila!  A new chewy for Walker.

THANKS, MOM!

So, how long will it last?  Who can say?

I know these bad-dog symptoms are a direct result of boredom (and teething too), but what he needs is to go walking with me.   I walk him on lead in the backyard, but we can’t go anywhere else until his last Parvo inoculation.

In only 2.5 weeks and I am counting the days!

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A word on dog/cat/human immunization:  There are some out there who are on the “no pet vaccine wagon”.  They are some of the same people who think that human immunizations are bad.  Well, I do not want to hear it.

  • I almost lost my little sister to Whooping Cough when she was about 4 years old.
  • I DID lose a dog to Parvo when I was a teen.

These two incidents were scary as hell and I will not skip an immunization for myself or my pets.  I can think of a lot of ways to die, but not from an unnecessary and preventable illness.

Nuff – said and OMSB now.

I hesitate to tell this ladies, but…

Hello Friends,

I have been very quiet this month because I have been ill and fighting a bacterial infection. The following could be offensive to your sensibilities, and I hope I don’t shock anyone by speaking about it, but it is good to know if, like me, your immune system is compromised by another health issue. (diabetes)

Somehow I have picked up a nasty bacteria out in the wilds of the public areas downtown.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised as in my observation only about 5 to 10% of folks around here bother to wash their hands after visiting the restroom.  (Although strangely, this isn’t the case with Costco shoppers.  They seem to wash every time!)  Through research on the web I’ve discovered that my bacterial invader lives everywhere, and in specific forms that can attack us, animals and plant life as well.  For humans it is most often caught in the hospital and attacks the lungs causing pneumonia.

I never worried about this because I always wash my hands. By doing so I always thought I was safe.   I have avoided using hand sanitizers and scary antibacterial soaps with “Triclosan”, because I felt this helped my immune system to build up natural defenses, that our society as a whole has been hell-bent to destroy for many years.

Not any more! I have no scientific evidence to back this up, but I now think that , at least for me, it has become a “when in Rome” situation.  The super bugs are out there and need to be attacked; at least when in public.

I asked my home care nurse how I could end up with this bacteria, Pseudomonas, when I am so careful about hand washing and using a paper towel to get out of the restroom in public places… and she said:

“You go into the restroom, use the facilities, wipe, and you have infected yourself because you picked up the germs on the way in.”

I guess in this day and age we need to wash before and after in public?

I am now on large doses of a strong antibiotic, administered  two times daily for seven days, which is delivered via a port put into my  arm. Why?  Because the regular antibiotics given via the normal oral route do not work!  At the end of the antibiotic series  another test culture will be done to be sure I am well. (If the bacteria goes into my kidneys it is harder to get rid of.)

Not so nice.

As I sit here and read what I have written I think I sound like one of those nut jobs who send out the chain emails you get so often.  But, hello!  I am seriously freaked-out about this.

OK – End of public health scare advisory

You can now roll your eyes and tsk-tsk at me if you like, I won’t see you, but I feel better for letting you know about this.  :mrgreen:

I can do this!

The following is being typed wiht both hands.  I will not make a correction unless it comes out rude.  😉

It would seem that zi was suffering a miscommunication when zi talked to the Dr.  When he told me 2 months it was for the WHOLE PROCESS:  Surgery, cast, and physical therapy!

This means that the 10 days in the temp cast counts as week one and now I only have 3 weeks of cast torture to go.  We also discussed the Castrophobia issue and I found out it is common.  It is thought to be linked to the strong pain medications as well as the swelling.  Glad I din’t take the pain meds longer than I did or I might well have gnawed of the temp cast!  😛

On typing wiht both hands… The hard cast completely covers my thumb but leaves my fingers wiht less coverage and therefor more mobility!  So, since I’m under strict orders to keep those four fingers in action I am gyping.  Albeit, not very good typing.  😉

Still unable to take any pictures at all.  The weight of the camera is too great.  Sorry. But I can show you what it looks like, though on mine the thumb is completely covered.

And yes, it is pink,  though I toyed with the pink camo option for about a minute….  Yes there really is a pink camo option.
https://i1.wp.com/www.orthotape.com/assets/images/camopic2.jpg
You can find it here at ORTHOTAPE

Maybe it’s a southern thing?

🙂

 

OK finger exercise session done for today.

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Castrophobia*

This will be short as I type with one finger.

Surgery seems to have gone well.  Pain meds had to be doubled the first two days, then only Tylenol, and since Friday no meds !  😀

Swelling was horrifying!  Fingers looked like Vienna sausages having no wrinkles at all!

Vienna sausage

Vienna sausage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Swelling is now gone.  😀

Post-op visit today to remove stitches and get new permanent cast…

I hope I survive two months of this.  The temporary one has had me in moments of delirium because of the suffocating feeling and immobility it induces… I find that to be totally ironical having had bouts of agoraphobia over the last few years.  LOL!

*ON CASTROPHOBIA:  The real term is cast claustrophobia.   I was feeling the need to rip the thing off with my teeth on several occasions this past week.  Thankfully it went away spontaneously, by the end of the week, when the last of the swelling went down! I hope it really was swelling induced and will not return.  😯

Meanwhile, Bob will continue to do all my chores that require both hands.

BIG CHEERS FOR BOB!

Comments will of course cheerfully accepted, but won’t be responded to.  I’m sorry.

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