|Friday, October 18th, 2013|
Yesterday I spoke with Heide from Southereastern guide dogs letting her know the current situation with Flora.
This morning started out wonderfully with a call from the lion's saying they'd pay for half the ultrasound. Then about ten minutes later I got a call from Jenifer from the school. The school is coming to get Flora on October 28th. They want to evaluate her down there they are are pretty sure retirement is n her future.
I have all these thoughts and questions and regrets. I don't knowhow I feel right now.
just wanted to let you know.
|Saturday, September 28th, 2013|
just sent this to the southeastern list and thought I'd post it here. i'm not sure if I ever wrote her the Flora was diagnosed with the autoimmune the same thing Ellie had now on to the updateits been a while since I wrote here so here goes a long update.
Flora had been on the auto immune meds an antibiotic and a vitamin for about a month. I had to increase the antibiotic at that time because I found out I wasn't giving enough. At that time I added in a anti inflammatory/pain med. About 5 days later Flora became very ill eventually being diagnosed with pancreatitis. She slowly improved but relapsed as soon as I had her completely switched over to the new food the vet wants her on which is rabbit. Right now she is getting a mix of the bland diet she has been on and her new rabbit dog food. By Monday she should be totally back on the rabbit. I hope and pray she stays well.
Then I have have to start her back on the meds I consulted with the school vet and my own of course. One thinks it was most likely the antibiotics and one thing it was the pain med. Unfortunately she needs both. I looked in to an herbal supplement for the pain but can't afford it. So, I'll put her back on the pain med and add in the other meds with a week spacing in between each addition so we can see how her body reacts. I feel like I'm playing God.
She's finally feeling better back to her energetic self and I'm gonna possibly set her back, but what choice do I have. She hasn't worked in almost 3 weeks. i am surprised how much I miss working her. Flora can get distracted by everything and is often a handful to keep on task though when she is her work is great. But I'm even missing the distraction level LOL.
I'll stop rambling though I could go on and on about the emotionalness.
|Wednesday, July 17th, 2013|
good evening LJ. I'm waiting for the show I wanna watch to come on TV and decided to post it was gonna be a voice post but I didn't figure anyone would listen and maybe someone will read. I'm so bad about posting anymore I don't know if I'm still on anyone's friends list.
I feel bad that its been so long since I wrote here and that I left everyone hanging in regards to Flora's health situation.
So here's an update.
It was determined that the problem with Flora's paws was not the auto immune disease but is most likely allergies with maybe some boredom also going on. She is no longer limping while working. She is currently dealing with a middle ear infection, I'm hoping we are getting it under control. She seems happy to work and I'm hoping the slowness in the past couple routes is just the heat.
I've got providers 4 days a week now. That may change in the Fall. i have 3 2 hour shifts and 1 3 and a half hour 1. I have 2 new providers new as of the past couple weeks.
I was able to work out transportation so I could participate in the therapeutic riding program this summer and I'm really enjoying it.I'm riding a horse named Chance. I'll miss it when it ends in August, and hope to continue with private lessons in the Fall.
Otherwise there's not much going on just a lot of reading, watching TV and netflix and sleeping LOL.
|Thursday, May 23rd, 2013|
I took Flora Flora to the vet yesterday for the slight limp. I want to know why things just can't be simple all of Flora's claws are traumatized. Some are fractured and falling apart. Every claw on every paw is a mess of some sort.
I knew she licked her paws, but had no idea she was chewing them! But my parents caught her several times yesterday doing it which I was not able to hear.
So the claws are screwed either because of chewing probably caused by allergies or because she has the same autoimmune disase Ellie had. This was a big reason behind reason Ellie's Crying! We are treating first as if she is chewing because of allergies. She is on 50 MG of Benadryl twice a day. So far today there has been considerably less chewing/licking. I will try that for 48 hours. If no improvement we will assume its the autoimmune and start treating for pain and most likely the other meds too. I'm encouraged by the slight improvement but I'm very upset and fearful right now. I could sit here and try to write to write my swirling thoughts about how can I handle this if its the autoimmune. And my questions about the allergy thing. But a careprovider is about to show up so I'm gonna go.
The bedbug people sprayed and now we have to somewhat put the house back together. I say somewhat because much stuff is remaining packed as they will spray again in 2 weeks.
|Monday, May 13th, 2013|
|Saturday, March 16th, 2013|
|podcast and skipe
Can you believe it a text entry?! Now if I don't get at least ten comments I'm not gonna do anymore LOL not really. I'm just posting to say I put up a podcast. i took a short but fun trip down to Portland to see friends. The podcast introduces them and has bits of the other activities I did during the weekend. It is about a half hour long. http://mlturtle.podomatic.com/player/web/2013-03-14T21_09_04-07_00
also Flora has a new blog post up about the triphttp://floraguidedog.livejournal.com/
also wanted to say I've installed and will be learning how to use skipe so if you want to add me I'm lturtle1976 or send me your info and when I learn how to add people you'll get added LOL.
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|Tuesday, January 1st, 2013|
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|Thursday, September 6th, 2012|
|Monday, September 3rd, 2012|
|podcast with Heide
I wanted to do an interview with Heide some on a couple of the routes where she was more observer than trainer I handed her the Olympus and asked her questions about her experiences as a trainer. The first 20 mins or so are a discussion of segdi's programs for dogs who don't make it as guides and the last 20 focus on her and some of her thoughts on training http://mlturtle.podomatic.com/entry/2012-09-01T21_14_01-07_00 Current Mood: good
|Tuesday, August 28th, 2012|
here is a long post combining messages written to my guide dog list I'll cut it since most of you are on there. ( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: happy
|Thursday, August 23rd, 2012|
|podcast and stuff
I put up the podcast of the interviews from Joni and Friends retreat. It is here
There's not much else to say most of you are on my guide dog days list and know about the rough walk with Flora. We worked again today same route. She ran the first curb and driveway but after that stopped far short including a few times in the street. My friend said she spent a lot of time looking around at everything but where she should be looking.
Heide will be here Saturday morning. She'll be here all day Saturday part of Sunday and Tuesday. I hope she can help us figure things out. I know this dog can do wonderful work and I want to get things back to where they used to be. I love this dog. And I just want things to get back to normal. Current Mood: sad