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Me: FBSHim: FWSKids: 23 & 27 Married for 32 years now, was 16 at the time.D-Day Sept 26 2008R'd in about 2 years. Old Vet now.

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2 comments posted: Saturday, October 28th, 2023

Dog update (sad)

For those of us that have participated in the however many pages of dog stories we have going currently I debated adding this update there or making my own thread. To not bring down the positive feeling in that thread I made my own.

As you all may know I have labs. 3 of them to date. My old girl Lucy has been living past an expiration date since July 4th 2022. She had a rapid decline this past week and we had to say good bye yesterday. It sucked. It was the most humane thing to do and it was clearly time.
The passing was peaceful and easy for her. She lived a great life. She would have been 15 on 1/1/24. So for a bigger dog she had a long life.

I was most concerned about my son. She was his dog and yah he's an adult and left home but I knew his sensitive soul would take this hard. He has to work this weekend which is probably good. He actually did better than I hoped. He was a mess but an appropriate mess. He made a beautiful post to Facebook with photos I had not seen in a long time.

Anyway this sucked on manyevels. Saying good bye to a pet is never easy. Even when you have had more than a year to prepare. It extra sucked because my H was in Canada on a bucket list trip. So he wasn't here to say goodbye and I have been home alone since as the pup is at sleep away camp until next weekend. My middle boy is with H on the Canada trip. So having a 3 dog home go to zero is really jarring.

Anyway I know my fellow animal lovers know what I'm going through and I honestly feel silly posting about feeling the loss and being alone with loss. Of all places I know you all understand.

Anyway cheers to a long and wonderful life for my Lucy girl.

26 comments posted: Saturday, September 30th, 2023

Happy news Share yours here!

It seems many of us here are not having a good go of things currently. Lots of stress in life.

I wanted to take a few minutes to share my blessings and happy moments and maybe you can too.

1. DD had her wedding 2 weekends ago, and it was marvelous. She was beautiful, they are truly in love, and so very very happy.

2. My Grand is now 5 mos old, and I get him all weekend this weekend. He is rolling all over the place, and starting to have some food. He smiles all the time, and is the sweetest snuggly boy ever.

3. I am down over 62 pounds from my heaviest in June and recently carried 3 30lb bags of dog food, and was shocked at how heavy it was. I lost that plus some. Awesome.

4. We have put a reservation for a new Chocolate Lab in the spring this week. While my old girl is certainly enjoying the twilight of her life, we continue to love her make her home made food, and make sure everyday is happy for her.

5 comments posted: Friday, December 16th, 2022

Weight Loss update

Good Afternoon Friends,

You may remember back in spring asking for feedback on anyone that had possibly had endoscopic sleeve procedure and that I had to make some serious life lasting changes.

I thought it was time for an update.

I got serious in April, and had my procedure in early June. I lost about 26lb before and another 32 since.
I'm down nearly 60 lbs. 40 to go to meet my goal. I have had a few false starts with getting on the workout train, but have had some other health issues (figures) preventing me from going to the gym regularly.
I am definitely more active, feel better, and have tons more energy. I also quit snoring, which my H was complaining about pretty regularly.

I am pretty happy with my progress, and am still measuring food, and eating low carb type diet. I am thrilled I did this for myself.

The only other time I have made the choice to do something medical for myself paid off 10 fold too.

So folks if you are struggling with weight, and getting on track, and considering bariatric care in one way or another.... DO IT!!!!

It feels good to be healthy. Even with my autoimmune issues, I feel good.

17 comments posted: Monday, October 17th, 2022

Baby Mockingbirds and other random thoughts on a Friday Morning.

We built our house in 2000. We live out in the country, and I have feeders up for birds year round, but don't hang hummingbird feeders due to having bee hives, and sugar water is not good for them.

We have never had Mockingbirds here, and I love to watch them they are such characters, and truly will mock just about any routine sound they hear. That is until about a month ago I noted that I had a couple visiting my big bird bath which is right outside the windows from where I sit for work. They bathe, and then flit up to a branch on my sand cherry, and preen and bicker with each other.
Well yesterday, I thought I saw what looked like a miniature Mockingbird. But when I rolled over to have a better look it was gone.

Then my younger lab decided he needed to be outside was being silly about the urgency of it. Well he somehow put 2 and 2 together, and we have 4 young mockingbirds hanging out in a bush at the other end of my porch, so of course, being a bird dog he was ready for game on. He was doing laps around the bush, the babies were flitting up and sitting on a bluebird box, and my porch railing while Momma was dive bombing him. He of course thought this was all a game. He is clueless that not every creature in the world wants to be his friend. I was a bit worried that they were being forced to fledge before being fully ready, but this morning I have seen 3 of them at the birdbath.

Which brings me to share another fun memory of my labs. We vacationed in FL in May, and took our boat so we could go to beaches that were less crowded, and fish as well. We took the dogs with us on early morning fishing adventures, and actually had the opportunity for both dogs to meet nose to nose w/ dolphins. It was amazing, the dolphin were as curious about the dogs, as the dogs were about the water puppies. My boy mentioned above, really wanted to swim with them, but we decided that was probably not the safest thing to do.

So pondering these thoughts, and memories, vs doing my work, which I don't want to do today, makes me stop to realize what wonderful opportunities I have had to enjoy nature in many ways.
When I was a kid it was rare to see deer in our area, and even more unusual to spot an Eagle. Now I see both almost on a daily basis.
When I grow up I want to work with animals in a meaningful way.

That is all, Have a Happy Friday everyone. Duty calls.

6 comments posted: Friday, August 19th, 2022

It's official, I'm a Grand!!!!

On Wednesday July 13th, at 1pm we welcomed our first grandchild a boy into the world. He came by C-section, and the kids did not find out sex prior to arrival, so we were very excited to welcome this little man into our lives.
He did get off to a rough start and had to be transferred from the community hospital to our Children's hospital which one of the top 5 in the world. He is doing great now, and most likely will come home today or tomorrow. Mom and baby had to be separated for about 24 hours. That was very hard, so I stayed w/ my son the new Dad in the NICU overnight, and all day until she could get there.
He is a perfect little bundle, and looks like momma. The only thing we see that my sons genetics had a hand in his long fingers and toes. LOL

Anyway, I know there are a few of us here that are entering this new and exciting phase of life. I can't wait to spend more time with him.

37 comments posted: Friday, July 15th, 2022

Weight Loss

Good Sunday, and Happy Fathers day to all.

Some may remember a post I made a few months ago about non-invasive weight loss procedures.
Well I bit the bullet, and got my rear in gear, and signed up for it.

I lost over 25lbs from April 1st until the procedure on 6/7. I am now at 35.5 pounds lost.
I have been on a liquid diet for 2 weeks, and start on pureed/mashed foods tomorrow.

I feel good, and am proud of the progress I am making. I ultimately decided to move forward with this due to the progressive nature of my autoimmune arthritis, and worsening back (My lumbar spine is a disaster). I have to get my weight down to a normal BMI, which I haven't had in almost 20 years.
I knew I would not get there on my own.

I have to say that while it wasn't fun the first few days, it hasn't been awful either. So if anyone here is considering something like this I would encourage you to start moving forward, and get evaluations. I am giving myself one year from procedure date to reach my total weight loss goal of 100 lbs. This will put me at a normal BMI, and healthy for someone my age, and height.

Slow and steady will win this race. I am hoping with injections in my spine, and another 10-15 lbs lost I will be able to tolerate some light exercise and weight training.

Anyway just thought I'd update. I realize obesity is epidemic in our nation, and I'm not the only one out here struggling.

19 comments posted: Sunday, June 19th, 2022

Dog Question - Yup I have one.

So had my 2 gorgeous lovely Labs at the Vet this week for annual exam. My female is 13.5, and has been doing some stuff lately that seemed maybe she isn't feeling 100%, and has also been wanting to eat dirt, shedding excessively, more than spring shedding, but also eating fine, and wanting to play daily, and swim when given the opportunity.

Well labs came back and she is has some renal impairment. I have been making her food since last fall due to developing a second food allergy that was causing ear infections, and skin sores. So she couldn't have chicken or corn, even kibble that was free of it, was causing some issues. So I did my research and started making her food, which consists of lean ground beef, rice, peas, broccoli, green beans, an egg in the evening and scoop of yogurt in the am. She lost some weight, but with increased volumes of this concoction she stabilized. I make batches for 3 weeks at a crack, and freeze in individual servings.

Now to my question. Anyone have any experience with making food for a renal/kidney diet for an elderly dog, and if so do you have recipes?


14 comments posted: Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Funny phrases that you learned from elders

My Grandma who was the most amazing person ever, had only a 3rd grade education but she always was willing to learn new skills and had a bunch of what we refer to as Grandmaisms

1. They will glad in the same britches they got mad in. Always when you were worried about upsetting someone else.

2. Be really upset by something...."Shit a green monkey"

3. If we teased her to the point of aggravation she would show us her fist and say "See this I got another one" which was hysterical because she was barely 5 foot tall and weighed about 100 lbs.

40 comments posted: Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Experience with Non-surgical Minimally invasive weight loss procedures

Happy Friday All!!!!
Well I have unfortunately continued to gain weight in a slow and steady fashion since Covid started and being placed on a medication for my RA and it caused a significant weight gain over a 6 month period.
My BMI is over 40 and due to my RA I really don't do well with any exercise right now. Like if I do much of anything I can't move for 5 days, and the last time we had significant snow I shoveled and ended up needing steroids because it sent me into a flare.

I have cut back on the food, focus on high protein, low fat, low carb diet, and since Jan lost a whopping 5 lbs, yup 5.

So the point of my post is this.... Has anyone had the endoscopy balloon, or endoscopic gastroplasty (not surgical but done through an upper endoscopy procedure and totally reversible. IF so what was the outcome, what was good, what was bad?

I'm heading out shortly for an evaluation and would love some thoughts on real life experience with this as well.

12 comments posted: Saturday, March 12th, 2022

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