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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby bitchslapped » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:27 pm

Late start in the morning last week so a walk down by the river was in order to beat the heat. Toenails clipped, top & BOTTOM feet shaved (hairy little girl), all around haircut. All gussied up so HAD to go somewhere. :mrgreen:


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Chloe is on Tramadol 2X/daily due to degenerative arthritis. XRay of spine, doc says best looking spine she has ever seen in Doxie her age (15 1/2 yrs). So that's good to hear. However, tugs @ my heart the progression of age & the care required takes me back when I reflect to my caregiving days...or even my current self to some degree. We all age, but our babies...well, that's hard too sometimes.
My son got on me for trying to negotiate w/her doc over pain meds for Chloe. I wanted to give 2 doses on the days we walk, 1 on the days we don't. However I relented about 2 weeks later during conversation w/her vet knowing that staying ahead of the pain is key to management. Just reluctant to "med her up" into a zombie state. But I now see for the most part this has not happened, unless she is stuck in the house due to the heat. Easier to track as well.

So I give Chloe 3 injections monthly + meds 4X/day + Prednisone 2X weekly, glucosomine 3X weekly. Beginning to get stressed out that I might forget something. Even years after my DM passed I still wake up feeling awful that I forgot to give her this or that medication. She was taking 26 pills & vitamins, eyedrops, what have you a day, + my DH's meds. There are leftover scars from caregiving, the responsibility for others that linger even into your dreams. Not complaining...reflecting. Mostly quiet reflection.

I have asked for Trazadone to calm her before nail trimmings, something called Shen Calmer Concentrate for anxiety b/c for awhile there she was just wailing when my son would leave. Haven't used it, b/c her separation anxiety seemed to wain about the time i got the RX, but thinking of giving her some while brushing her teeth. Have to pry her jaws open anymore it seems. Really touch on my old fingers! She just plain doesn't want to be messed with on a personal grooming level anymore...& she gets treats for all of it. She just wants to party hardy all of the time. :lol: 8) For that I feel good about QOL for her re: symptom management thus far. I'm going to start having the vet clinic clip her nails b/c I clipped too close on a couple making them bleed, but she'll get the Trazadone just the same. I just don't see up close well enough anymore it seems & don't have a good set up for doing it this last year.

In addition to all of that I was told to cut down on her water. Apparently her urine was too clear. Something or another was "out of balance". Years ago doc was afraid of crystals in her urine as she was a "desert rat" as she called her. Not a water drinker. She was prescribed special food for that. That went by the wayside after her hair began falling out. Switched that food for skin support kibble. Always something. :roll: After her gall bladder surgery she wouldn't eat or drink, so I began brothing her (like the Alaskans call it "brothing the dogs"). Basically nuke her kibble in water makes soup. She loves it. Had to cut the water in half.

So that's my story on Little Miss Chloe.

Shana: There is a post on Page 1 of this thread w/some detail on how to post pics using IMGUR.

Hope to see more pics on here. Have enjoyed the postings so far!

BS
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Stent 9/'14
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby MissMolly » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:41 pm

BS:
Miss Chloe shines !

Miss Chloe looks stunningly BEAU-tiful, her coat radiant, and her soulful eyes glimmering with her experience of love and care.

Cowabunga to her . . . And to you. You are simply The Best fur-parent that any dog could hope for.

In looking at the photographs of Chloe, I cannot help but feel the gentle presence of my sweet tea-cup Maltese, Molly, who passed away this past December at the age of 16.

I think Miss Chloe and Molly would have been immediate friends if they had ever met, two peas in a pod.

I considered it a privilege to care for Molly during her final months. To care for her as she had so faithfully cared for me.

Molly was prescribed CBD oil to ease her pain, in conjunction with liquid buphenorphine. The CBD oil (coconut oil based) was tasty and to definately to her liking, easy to dose with a pediatric eye dropper. CBD has no psychotropic hallucinogens.

Miss Chloe will always be with you, an indelible pawprint on your heart.

I have a new little heartbeat - an 8 month old tea-cup Maltipoo named Abby. Abby is a petite 5 pounds, apricot and white in coloring, and an absolute gem. I feel whole again. I came to Abby by way of conversation with Molly’s breeder.

Thank You for sharing Miss Chloe’s photographs and update. Your postings and writings are heartwarming through and through.

Our companion pets offer immeasurable love and cuddles when facing a serious health challenge.

Sending a woof woof of friendship from Abby to Miss Chloe,
Karen
Dear friend to Bella Piazza, former Colon Club member (NWGirl).
I have a permanent ileostomy and offer advice on living with an ostomy - in loving remembrance of Bella
I am on Palliative Care for broad endocrine failure + Addison's disease + osteonecrosis of both hips/jaw + immunosuppression. I live a simple life due to frail health.

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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby bitchslapped » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:07 pm

Karen, You have to be the most compassionate person on the planet. Regarding pet parenting, there is no doubt you win the prize on that. Chloe & I had a "coming to Jesus moment" b/c, well, not only did I learn she had gone #2 @ my brother's house (not the 1st time ever), but started pottying inside @ home while on the way outside to potty! Or anywhere outside that was convenient. Enough not to be considered "accidents". Granted, she doesn't like it when I mess w/her potty area, i.e. overseeding the grass, peat moss, watering, etc. (every damn year :( ) She has been trained since a pup to potty in an certain area of the yard. I mean, 13 x 13 ft should be enough room! That way I wasn't hunting all over the yard for pet waste + no one stepping in it. I decided she needed to get checked out. Because she was "posturing" the vet believed she was in discomfort vs hormonal issues w/age.
Chloe's health problems began not long after my DM passed away, when Chloe was between age 6 & 7. Just about the time she was entering her senior years. It seemed about every 2 years she would get something very serious over a 6 yr period, probably due to autoimmune disease. The surgery she had on her paw last year not counting, nor her arthritis. So we've been at this awhile, she & I.
This info may help some of our pet-owning members sometime who stop in for a read.

But I have to say, I'm really glad this posting brings Miss Molly a little closer to home. After all, we did share pics of our furry little girls here & they being so close in age. Abby is darling. I believe peanut posted a pic of her for you. Cute as a button.:)

Speaking of peanut...is she MIA?

BS

BTW, I'll spare you a pic, but picked my FIRST, zucchini EVER yesterday! Now you say that anybody can grow zucchini. In fact so much that they might drop a bag full of it on someone's doorstep, ring the doorbell & RUN like H-E DOUBLE L. :shock: Well not me. Remember I'm container growing on the RV Pad. Gets HOT there. Anyway, I'm happy. :mrgreen:
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Stent 9/'14
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Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
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Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby peanut_8 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:59 pm

Did I hear zucchini? Reminds me of when my parents grew them. Somehow they missed the memo that some squash are better when harvested small. They were so proud when Dad rolled in a humungous specimen. Never mind that it was a tough old veg that was only good grated for zucchini bread. We did get some delicious tomato and corn however.

Miss Chloe is such a pretty girl. It's obvious from your pic, BS, how much you two care each other.

Karen send me an email if you have pics you'd like to share.

May have some to share myself, as it is the beginning of 'Car Week' here in Monterey. DH has recovered sufficiently form is auto accident a few months ago, and is gearing up to round the track in the Historic Races (otherwise know as old guy races). Pics of him and his Lotus 23b may soon follow.

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Postby bitchslapped » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:20 am

No joke. BFF sent me this pic in July of their harvest while ALL 6 grandkids were out. Talk about food porn. Told her to put some pants on that thing! :shock: I should have asked her where she bought her seed.
Not that I want to grow my own or anything :P :oops: :mrgreen: :twisted:



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Yes, I remember those huge zucchinis. Maybe I'll let one grow really big & stuff it w/hamburger & spanish rice or something. Have never stuffed one before, but have made lots of zucchini bread in years past. I like to stir fry w/onion, garlic, bacon, tomatoes, cheese.

Chloe is not into props too much, especially now that she is all doped up. I personally think her her coat shines, but eyes look dull. BFF was over the other day & she could definitely tell a difference in her. I don't like it one bit, but whatcha gonna do? Sometimes we don't have good choices. Probably hooked on Tramadol by now, so changing over to CBD oil, not only a LOT more expensive, but maybe not doable @ this point. IDK. One of my friends has her dog on CBD oil. They just went to the shop & picked it up on their own as it is legal here. Spendy though. She said she'd give me some for Chloe, but I'm not going to mess around where I don't know what I'm doing. I'd have to wean her off of Tramadol s-l-o-w-l-y & hope it didn't affect her heart.

I'm just really wondering where the years have gone. You know, when I first brought Chloe home she was 12 weeks old. My mother had recently moved in as I pulled her out of the residential care center. I was down there all of the time anyway it seemed, bringing her up to the house, day trips, bringing her laundry up so it didn't end up in "Al's" room again. With stroke, dementia, asphasia, etc, she couldn't speak, difficulty understanding speech. She wouldn't even know how to put a sandwich together. Strokes are very cruel. Robs you of your memory, self expression. She needed to be with family. So I pulled into the parking lot right in front of the pet store, left my mother in the car, went in & asked for a companion dog & they brought out little Chloe. She looked so bewildered, was cute so I said ok. It was that quick. Didn't even like dogs really, but had been thinking it would bring some activity in the house for my mother & I would be home to look after a pet. DH knew I was thinking of getting one. He always had BIG dogs, named Bear or Moose. You get the picture. He told me not to get one of those little tree ornaments, don't get a pure bred & don't get a female. So while he was out of town I picked up Chloe. :) She was everything he said not to get. Guess who was inseparable? Yep, you guessed right. :mrgreen: She'd ride bobcats with him, where he went when possible, so went Chloe. My mother was not happy because she didn't believe dogs belonged in town, but in the country or the farm. First 4 days Chloe wasn't eating or drinking much. Guess who got very concerned about & attached to Chloe? You guessed :D that one right too! My mother! A year after I brought my DM to live with us, we discovered that my DH had Stage IV colon cancer. So I had two adults to take care of & help run the business. 3.5 years later he was gone, 2.5 years after my DH passed my DM passed. All & all I had my DM for 7 yrs or so. Then Chloe began to have problems. 4.5 years after my DM passed away, my DH's son, my DSS, passed away from Stage IV colon cancer @ the age of 35, 7 months post dx. Basically it's all in my signature, sans Chloe.
So that little Chloegirl & I...well we have been through a lot together. She has my heart. And so it goes...

So you're "on the road again", eh peanut. Car Week pics sound great. Glad DH is recovering well & back to doing what he enjoys. My mother used to say that men never grow up, they just get taller. :roll: :lol: :mrgreen:
I, on the other hand, say little boys, little toys; big boys, big toys :!:

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FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby peanut_8 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:15 pm

Really appreciated the story of how Chloe came into your life, BS. She's a really special girl. Many internet hugs to both of you.

And that carrot! :shock:

Here's a few pics from car week last year.

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DH is getting a last minute pep-talk from his driving instructor.

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Umbrella girl aka DD

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Waiting to get on the track, DH has a quick chat with the driver of car 65.


Best Wishes,
peanut
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MSS
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Postby bitchslapped » Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:15 pm

First time I have accessed forum not using my desktop. At the hairdresser who is removing the snow on my roof. :shock: = I AM NEW TO THIS...smart phone stuff. Sure don’t have the visibility like a 23” monitor. Would be so easy to miss posts from such a small screen.

Anyway, I say that race looks like some serious business (aside from the umbrella girl). :mrgreen:
You’re such a good sport peanut.
And on the run (as usual). You two could easily live out of a motor home or 5th wheel, me thinks. :)
Hope you some fun @ this year’s race too!
Time for me to figure out how to get off of here...

BS
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FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby bitchslapped » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:55 pm

Portable container garden 2018 (on casters for the most part. After all it IS an RV pad). Gets hotter than H-E-DOUBLE L working on that concrete, let me tell ya.
IMGUR must have changed something. Little more challenging to post this time, but I like the pics better cropped @ 640x480 as this time around.



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FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
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Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
DM dx CC 85YO,CC,CHF,stroke,dementia,aphasia

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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby Lee » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:02 pm

BS nice veggies. Good growing, makes me think of Brownbagger. Sure miss him and his beautiful garden. Your Chloe looks beautiful. My dear Harlee passed on June 2. I'm still dealing with her loss.

Peanut, Have you or your husband ever looked into SCCA Sports Car Club of America. Before kids, my DH and I were volunteers. Beautiful pic of DH and car.

Lee
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46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
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Postby bitchslapped » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:13 pm

Thanks Lee. I can't compare to in-ground gardeners like brownbagger & some friends of mine. I've gotta go where the sun is (aside from the front yard). Most success on the RV pad on my property, but container gardening is about as inexact as it gets.
I did post on your thread re: the passing of your sweet Harlee. Losing our furbabies...well, I just don't want to think of it, yet we know it's coming. Again, my condolences to you.

Big Cyber hugs
BS
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Stent 9/'14
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Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby bitchslapped » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:37 pm

While I'm in IMGUR I might as well post a few more. These were NOT fun:


Refurbished the Wishing Well couple of years ago. Finally pulled it out of retirement. DH had paid my special-needs nephew to build it many years ago. It was a bitch to find a planting container suitable in my mind, drill holes & stain it. Working with jute & tying knots not exactly exact either & get everything balanced. Found the block & tackle @ a nursery to bring my vision together. Ummm, maybe if I had gotten everything together sooner I'd like it more.


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Another "bitch" to put together: succulent wall frame. Again...late on everything. So much outside work @ my place. Usually don't get around to EVERYTHING that needs done! May have to make a decision on what to hire in for coming seasons. Some work undone carries over from season to season. :(


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Got my "colonoscopy-due" letter a few days ago. Haven't opened it yet. Went 5 years this time. Can't wait. :shock: Think this w/b #4. :roll: Yes, I am full well aware that it is a small price to pay to avoid a cancer dx! I'd much rather have a colonoscopy than not or putting it off. In fact, I would have been more comfortable going out 3 years vs 5.

BS
DSS,35YO,unresect mCRC DX 7/'14,lvr,LN,peri,rib
FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby mobrouser » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:39 am

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I saw the tea cup pot and had a WTF moment (inspired by Risky Business) a month ago.
I blew $25 on a ceramic pot. That's just not like me.

Seriously I haven't bought anything that wasn't essential since last October.
I need a belt to hold my all pants up, but I haven't replaced them because I don't know if I'll gain the weight I've lost back.
My eyesight has been blasted by chemo but I haven't been to the optometrist because maybe it will come back or maybe I'll need more chemo and it will get worse.
And many more examples.

But I bought the tea cup. So that's good.

8) mob
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat :wink: ) - Clear

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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby stu » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:56 pm

I love all these photos . I used to wait for BB to post his harvest . I think he would have liked this thread . Keep it coming .
Stu
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stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
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73% of liver removed
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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby bitchslapped » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:01 pm

I'm loving that teacup, mob, but more so the flower in it. What is that? Once in awhile ya gotta blow a few bucks on something that is pleasing, brings a smithering of joy. If one can do it for $25 + a pretty plant, then that is the gift that keeps on giving every time you look @ it. Good for the spirit. Something you don't have to leave home to enjoy. You deserve a small reward, considering. Consider it cheap therapy :wink:

Stu, how about a pic of what you've been up to...or anything else!

BS
DSS,35YO,unresect mCRC DX 7/'14,lvr,LN,peri,rib
FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
DM dx CC 85YO,CC,CHF,stroke,dementia,aphasia

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Re: O/T...Post Your Pics Here

Postby MissMolly » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:54 pm

BS, Peanut, Mobrouser:
Lovely. Simply lovely. Gardening as art.

Being at one with nature, digging in moist soil, planting spindly seedlings and bulbs . . each are innately healing and soothing.

I appreciate being able to stop by this thread and enjoy your gardening adventures and musings on life. A lite pick-me-up. Keep it coming.
Karen
Dear friend to Bella Piazza, former Colon Club member (NWGirl).
I have a permanent ileostomy and offer advice on living with an ostomy - in loving remembrance of Bella
I am on Palliative Care for broad endocrine failure + Addison's disease + osteonecrosis of both hips/jaw + immunosuppression. I live a simple life due to frail health.


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