Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EXPECTATIONS

Isn't it funny when you have an expectation about something but then it happens another way?  Here's what happened.  I was in charge of a meeting and I had an expectation that it was going to end badly.  There were four people and they had met before and disagreed on a decision.  Last night they were meeting again to make the ultimate decision on the same subject.  I was sure it was going to end badly with two of the people on each side of the decision. 

That didn't happen.  They all acted like adults and discussed the topic like responsible people.  Even though they didn't agree, they ended the meeting agreeing to disagree. 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, March 23, 2015

UPDATE ON LUCKY BEHAVIOR APPOINTMENT

Today was Lucky's behavior appointment.  Turns out it should be called Adrienne's behavior appointment.  They told me I have been doing many things wrong with Lucky.  So we made a plan.

I needed to get some items.  I needed to get Lucky a new small cage for her to sleep in.  No more bed downstairs.  She is too anxious in the morning and is guarding her area so she needs to be sleeping in a pen with a new cushion.

I bought a new bed for her to use upstairs (the old one was falling apart) that is hers.  It is too small for Happi.  This way each dog has their own bed, no arguing.  Lucky has not gotten out of it from the minute I put it on the floor.

I bought a movable pen for her to be put in when I am home.  She wants to guard me from, well, everything so she can do it from a pen.  The new bed will go in the pen.  This way she will not be charging after anyone or anything. 

I needed to get over my feelings of putting her in her cage for long periods.  She is cage-trained but I was feeling guilty about putting her in her cage for longer than 15-30 minutes when we were home.  We put the dogs in cages when we go out and sometimes they are in their cages for 3-4 hours at a time but that is different.  Both dogs are in cages and we are not home.   The docs explained that she needs to be in confined areas right now to feel secure. 

Now that we have a plan, I think the situation will get better.  Nothing in life is free is the mantra in our house.  Treats when things are done right and nothing when it is done incorrectly. 

The cage and pen will be arriving in about 5 days.  Meanwhile I bought some high value treats (treats that a dog will do almost anything for) and boy do they stink!  Roasted Chicken.  Ugh. 

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

CLEANED THE HOUSE

Today I cleaned up the house.  I went through that pile of junk mail.  I put away the table that I did my taxes on.  I vacuumed and dusted.  The house looks all sparkly.  I even cleaned the bird cage.

Then I took a rest.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

MADE A NEW DISH: GRAINS AND ASPARAGUS

Today I made a dish called Spring Grain Salad with Asparagus and Meyer Lemon.  It is really good.


It is very tasty.  I put the asparagus in the oven instead of cooking on the stove top.  I used wheatberries and pearl couscous as my grain. 

Delicious!

Until tomorrow...

Friday, March 20, 2015

CAMERA LENS OR NOT

I went down to pick up my camera lens and it wasn't there.  Someone at the store accidentally sold the lens that was meant for me.  So it was a wasted trip.  I did get to see it on a Nikon camera and liked it.  I didn't get to buy it.

They said it would be available in one week.  I was incredibly bummed.  I was already to buy it and go out and take photos.  Oh, well.  I needed to clean up the house and probably would not have done that if I got the lens.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GOT MY TEST RESULTS

Today I got my blood test results.  I can barely understand them.  The RA doctor ran all sorts of tests I am not sure I ever had run before.  IgG test.  Anyway it looks like I am negative where I am supposed to be negative and in the range on the other tests.

I don't know how the x-rays came out.  I will see the doc in May and find out the results.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NOT DECREASING PREDNISONE

When I saw the doctor last week she told me she wanted me to decrease the prednisone by 1 milligram every two weeks.  I have decided I am uncomfortable with this plan.  I have some big client projects coming up and a vacation.  I do not want to decrease the prednisone and possibly go into a flare with all this going on.  I mean, who wants to flare before a vacation?  Be miserable on a long awaited holiday?

I am going to wait until the projects are done and the vacation is over before decreasing and I am sure the doctor will understand.

Until tomorrow...