September 7, 2022

More Life Updates

 


Surprise, here I am again... I wanted to continue with my last post so if you haven't read it you might want to go here and read so that this post will make more sense to you...

In my last post I updated you mostly on what's been happening with my health both mentally and physically, my husband is doing the best he can. For those who may be new here, my husband has had 12 back surgeries and has a lot of nerve damage from said surgeries. He also has a spinal stimulator implanted to help with pain. Unfortunately in the last six months or so that is not working as well as it used too. Also, the nerve damage in his back has caused him to lose most of the use of his legs now. For him and for me as well I guess since I live with him and love him each day we have to try and mange his pain as best we can since neither his medications nor the stimulator are doing a very good job at this anymore. It's rough, that's the truth...

Because he can't walk much anymore that ends up putting a lot of the responsibilities of our daily lives on me and it's hard most days. With the grace of God I get through it but it's hard and frustrating at times and exhausting all the time..

As for the dogs, all are doing well. In the last six months Sarah, she is one of my pit mixes has been diagnosed with diabetes. She already has hypothyroidism and now she has this as well. So each day she has to have her thyroid meds and a shot of insulin twice a day.. She's not too happy about the shots but she takes them like a champ because she has no choice and I didn't give her one. Mama can't compromise on the shots because she doesn't like them. I have to do what's best for her even if she's not happy about it. So there had been a lot of running back and forth to the vet for blood tests for her trying to get her sugar regulated on a certain insulin dose. I think, we have finally found her sweet spot but she will most likely have to be tested twice a month just to be sure. I am planning on getting my own glucose meter for dogs for her. Just have to figure out how to get her to let me take her blood. She's doing okay with the shots twice a day, taking blood? Not sure if I'm gonna lose a finger or two with that one. We'll see...

Alvin, one of our Chihuahua mixes had a slip and fall on the deck three weeks ago and managed to rupture the tendon in his knee. Poor thing has been hoping around on three legs and taking pain meds twice a day for weeks. He goes in this morning for surgery. Not something we can really afford, not sure how we are going to pay for it but it has to be done. We will be dropping him off at eight thirty this morning. Please keep him in your prayers.

Well, I think that's enough for this post. I will have more updates for you tomorrow.. Thank you for coming by and spending some time with me. I pray you are well..


 


10 comments:

  1. Oh my - sorry to hear about your husband - that is rough.
    WE love our fur babies no matter what - we committed to them, to take care of them even when it gets hard. I sure hope your little one comes out of surgery good and that his recovery is swift.
    I also lift you in prayer - it does seem it is all on you. Can you get any help? Like through the county? These are things that happen, but many times we think we have more time to figure it out and then all of a sudden it is upon us. I do hope you can find some help.

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    1. Hi Debby, Im not sure what kind of help we would be able to get?... Alvin made it through his surgery well but tonight is rough. He's crying a lot because he's still super out of it from the anesthesia.. Its going to be a rough couple days with him.. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment XOXO

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  2. I often think of you and how you are doing. You are so strong, I will pray for you and your husband and of course the sweet puppies.

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    1. Thank you so very very much that means a lot too me.. XO

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about your husband and everything he has been through with his back. I can't imagine how difficult it is for the both of you trying to just deal with the daily tasks of survival, much less anything else. Is there any chance there is any help available through your county or information from people through your church? Good luck with your dog. We have a cat with thyroid problems and now that she is on medication, she is doing much better. She is about 13 human years old, so not young, but not too old either. We hope she will be with us for several more years. I would think it will take both of you to be able to try and draw any blood from your dog. Thinking of you. Ranee (MN)

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    1. Hi Ranee, Debby had also mentioned about getting help from the county maybe in her comment but not sure what kind of help we could get?. As for my church, sad to say, no. We are Catholics and it seems like Catholics don't care for each other much so there really isn't anyone here but me...I had cats all my life until I was 27... Your baby should be just fine on her thyroid meds.. I'm sure the vet will check her levels every 3 months but I bet she will live a long time...Thank you so much for coming by Ranee XO

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  4. Chronic pain is awful - especially back pain. I feel for your husband. And you having to pick up the extra - wow. Just be sure to try to take care of yourself - don't over-do it. If you're out of commission, well then, that would really be bad for both of you!

    We had a cat who was a diabetic and we had to test blood sugar. What we did was put a damp rag into a ziplock bag, warm it in the microwave (maybe 30-45 secs?) and then hold it on the cat's ear for a minute or so - it draws the blood up. Then we'd do the quick prick and test it. Giving a treat after really helped. He came to tolerate it fine. Once he knew the drill, he was really great about it. So wish you luck getting the routine down with your pup.

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    1. Hi, Unfortunately I seem to have to over do it every day.. I guess one day I just won't be able to but until then, I don't really have too much of a choice.. Thank you so much for the advice on taking the blood! Can't thank you enough for that and also for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

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  5. I need back surgery as walking is hard and pain level high. I feel for him. It takes Tommy and I to get things done around here, so I know it is hard. Is there a meter for the dog like diabetics use so you don't have to draw blood? Just a stick?

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  6. Hello Robyn, just found your blog this morning. So sorry to hear about your husband 's back issues and your own health issues. I live with chronic pain and I can certainly understand what your husband is going through. Hang in there! I have to do everything myself and I don't get help. Is it possible for you to have someone come in a couple times a week to help out? You're in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs! You're not alone!

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