Thursday, February 19, 2009

My 50th post!!!!

Alternately titled 'I had a visitor last night'

On my way to class I call daddy to find out that he was driving a truck to Baltimore for a company, and that he could come visit me for a couple of hours! We decided to eat supper together, and I cooked 'brupper'. Also known as breakfast for supper. :) It was yummy, very southern. Biscuits with pepper gravy, bacon and scrambled eggs. The grits were thought about, but then I got side tracked and didn't end up cooking them, oh, and you can't forget the sweet tea! Poor thing had been up since 3:30 am since the night before, so he was zonked, but he stayed until 9pm, and drove to Richmond to sleep for the night. His truck was oh so humongous and really nice! I got to ride in it a little bit when we were looking for a place for him to park.

Here's some pictures:

I just love my daddy.

Can't send a man on the road without some sweet tea.

Don't be hatin' on my horse slippers. You know you want some.

Terrible Tuesdays?

I've been thinking lately instead of me having Freaky Friday's, my Tuesdays have been Freaky. So to make the name a little more easy on the tongue, i'm naming them Terrible Tuesday's, even though they aren't so terrible. It's just that the last 2 weeks at work we've had some wierd patients come in with these unexpected things...I guess I should give you the back story on this... hopefully it isn't going to be a regular occurence.

So two weeks ago this 90 pound Lab/Dane mix came in that was a regular client, so we saw her and her sibling often enough to know that they take really good care of her, and care about her well being. She has always been a little on the hefty side, great appetite, sweet as sugar. Suddenly she stops eating, just seems off, and was starting to cough occasionally. We ran blood work, and did x-rays. Well, the x-rays showed up as one big blur of white. Which meant that our technique was off, or there was something reeeeally bad in that picture. We shot the xray again, same thing. Unable to determine what was wrong with the picture we recommended she come back the next day which was a Tuesday to get an ultrasound done. Our radiologist comes in, does his thing, and was only able to only tell us that part of the liver was normal, and part of the spleen was normal, the rest was just one huge mess. So after relaying this (in not so harsh words) to the owner, they decided to do exploratory surgery to see what the heck was going on. Well, this is where it gets nasty....and if you have a weak stomach please don't throw up on your keyboard. So for those of you who aren't so inclined, i'll just let you know that the doctor found a 15 pound tumor in this dogs abdomen. It was the most outrageous thing i've ever seen in my life come out of a dog. Here is a picture:

As you can see it is a foot across and was probably 8 inches wide. It had maybe 2 inches of normal spleen poking out of the grossness. The dog did great under anesthesia and was a little sore afterwards (obviously) but did well. She looked average weight when the thing was removed, which makes me wonder how long the thing had been growing and she wasn't showing any symptoms and the people that saw her regularly only assumed it was weight gain from eating so much. Makes me wonder!

So....That is the first story. The second story which happened a week after the last one (as in 2 days ago) is the poster child on why you should spay and neuter your pets. So people, if you've heard all these wives tails about why you shouldn't spay or neuter your pet, or just want to let your dog have a litter, or want to make a buck in selling the litter. Please don't get a dog. I'm sorry to be blunt, but just don't even think about it. I've seen it once, i've seen it a hundred times, there are some IGNORANT people in this world. Our next "Terrible Tuesday" case was a 9 pound poodle. We hadn't seen this client in over 3 years, overdue on every vaccine possible, NOT spayed, and she was 10 years old, suddenly she wasn't 'doin' right'. We took bets on what was wrong with her being that she wasn't spayed, and I won with the correct guess of Mammary cancer. The other guess was pyometra (puss filled uterus). Poor dog. Stupid owners. I wanted to punch them both in the mouth followed by a swift kick in the husbands crotch. This dog was a MESS. She has matted fur all over her, something black and hard in her ear that I don't even know what was going on with that, puss filled teeth that were basically rotting out of her head, and a belly full of mammary tumors (atleast 5). The owners only could feel the really huge one because it was the only one that could be felt over her matted belly, apparently it had been there for about a month, these people, gosh, lets hope they don't have human children. Short story: we removed the tumors and began to spay her only to find pyometra, all of which could have been avoided had she been spayed when she was 5-6 months old, and the uterine wall had ruptured causing all that puss to leak out everywhere. Not good. The doctor cleaned up the train wreck as much as medically possible, but still, who knows how long this dog suffered. These people also knew that the dogs teeth were rotting out of her head, but still chose not to clean her teeth due to not having the funds. Sure I understand that you might not have money to do those things on account of having to drop a chunk of dough on the other 2 things that you did to your dog...but come on people, if you can't afford to take care of your 4 legged children, then don't get one. Please? Spare us all your sob stories. I am sorry I get really heartless when it comes to people who selfishly aquire pets who can't take care of them, and just think these people had 4 other dogs. It crossed my mind about taking the dog outback and stowing it away in my car away from these ignorant people. Austin would enjoy a little playmate. So anyway, all that to say, that she did get her teeth cleaned. For Free. Because we felt sorry for her. She needed about 4 teeth pulled because they were all so loose, but since it was free, and this poor dog had been through enough already, we left them in. We just cleaned up her mouth to get rid of most of the infection. I ended up plucking one of her K9's out with my index finger and thumb, along with another incisor that were so rotten, had I continued to clean the plaque off of them they would have fallen out anyway. We also shaved off all her matts. She wouldn't have one a beauty contest, but atleast she left our clinic feeling like a brand new woman. On drugs. (for pain). Again the picture isn't for the squeamish. Here is her pyometra:

Those buldges at that size should have been puppies. The uterus should only have been the width of maybe an inch at her age, but instead were atleast 6. Filled with puss. So let this be a lesson to anyone you know that intends not to spay/neuter their pet. Sorry if I sound a little preachy, but this all could have been avoided. Males also get cancer from not being neutered, mainly testicular and prostate cancer.

Hopefully these terrible Tuesdays won't be a trend, for the animals sake!

SPAY AND NEUTER! And while i'm at it, ADOPT, don't breed!

Thanks and have a good day. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I just thought you all should know....

THAT I GOT A 92 ON MY MICROBIOLOGY TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Late Valentines Day!

My Valentines was a little different, but in a good way of course. It started out about a week and a half ago with Uriah telling me he wanted ME to take HIM out and make all the dinner plans and do any other surprises. Long story, but I ended up deciding on a restaurant called 'Timbuktu' it was a seafood/everything else restaurant, but they were especially known for their crab cakes. I am not a fan of seafood, but when in Rome right? So I got the 'Best crab cakes in Maryland' and they were just okay. Their crab dip however was oh so yummy and delicious!

My Valentine's started on Friday the 13th with a special delivery for me at work. Uriah ordered 18 red roses along with a pretty vase and a very sweet note just so I could receive them while at work. He heard me make the comment the other day when we had the 'me take him out to dinner' discussion that I was going to miss having special deliveries (if there were to be any) at work because V-day was on a Saturday this year. Boo. I guess he took that brief mentioning seriously and took matters into his own hands. I love that man. I love surprises. I love red Roses. When I got home later that night, he wasn't home which is rare, because when I work late, he always beats me home, but I could tell that he hadn't made it home yet, mainly by the way Austin was crossing her legs trying to not pee on the floor, but nevertheless, I could tell he hadn't been home. So I waited patiently downstairs surfing the web, mainly just trying not to fix dinner when I thought I heard someone quietly slip through the door, and then tip toe downstairs, I couldn't even hear him come in which is rare because when a mouse walks in the door, you can hear every creek the wood floor makes when you are in the basement listening for anyone on the 2nd floor... I digress. So anyway, he came home with a pretty little pink box and 2 petite little paper bags and put them neatly on the table and told me not to open them until after dinner was over, which he then proceded to cook, which was oh so yummy spaghetti and meatballs. I helped a little, but this was all him. I love my husband, I love spaghetti and meatballs, I love my husband when he cooks spaghetti and meatballs, AND he did the dishes. I am one lucky woman.

We ate dinner, and then watched Greys Anatomy, and then I coudln't wait any longer, I had to open the little pink box since it was after dinner. Uriah got us 2 cupcakes from the and another dozen cupcakes for me to take to the girls at work since I had to work on Valentines Day morning. HOW SWEET. And let me tell you, these cupcakes aren't your regular run-of-the-mill cupcakes, they were extra spiffy! It was almost too sad to eat them because they were so pretty. Why am I kidding you guys, I sucked these things down like the vaccum cleaner. They were very sugary, but oh my gosh good. So that was my Valentines day! Made extra special by ending the night getting comfortable in my sweats cuddling up on the couch with a nice Microbiology book. Nothing like studying for Microbiology on Valentines day, but even less romantic is a big fat 'F' on my test on Monday. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Oh-on a side note. I have to have the MOST accident prone horse on the face of the planet Earth. I get a message on my phone that was left earlier in the day, I just didn't see it but just as I am about to go enjoy dinner with Uriah I saw it and listenened to it and it said that "Tuff has torn his new blanket, and ripped his ear open on a briar and the blood dripped down to above his eye, but not to be alarmed because it is fine, it is really small, but I just wanted to let you know in case you came to visit the barn and didn't want you to be surprised/worried". Well bless her heart for calling me, I love this new barn. But anybody wanna invest in some bubble wrap stock because I think i'm gonna need some, and I might make you rich. This horse is worse than me with the clumsiness. But, atleast it wasn't a fractured bone, the 1st anniversary to that is coming up in a couple of weeks. Thank God that is over with. Praise the LORD! By the way, Tuff's ear is fine, the cut is very small, and his leg looks WONDERMOUS! It looks as if nothing ever happened to it. His extra time in the pasture is really making things look great.

Really, now, i'm gonna go study some Micro...again. Later!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Up to no good

Today is officially a lazy day. Sort of. I have alot of things to do, but I can't help but not want to do them. One of which is to go to the barn and to go shopping for a saddle pad and girth, but I just really don't feel like it, and when I don't feel like going to the barn or going shopping, well, then you know i'm feeling lazy. I plan on hanging a picture frame today, I finally added pictures into one of my collage frames that I got for Christmas, and I have 4 more to load, and so 1 down 4 to go. I haven't decided where to hang it.

Uriah is coming home today! Just in time for the Super Bowl. I plan on cooking some appetizers, and some sausage dip, and not sure what else. We start our diets tomorrow so we don't want any left overs! We are going to try to motivate ourselves by giving ourselves 10 dollars for every goal we reach in 1 month. So every month means more cash to ourselves when we reach our goals. I'm down with that! It is so hard to get motivated to lose weight. Heck, I can't even get started. We bought a treadmill this past summer, and I've not been on it at all. Uriah is alot more dedicated in using it, but I just look at it and get tired. After wrestling with dogs and cats all day, especially this weekend, the last thing I want to do is run on a treadmill. I'd much rather curl up on the couch with a bag of cheetos. I'm just sayin'!

I also have to study Microbiology (my only class this semester, but definately ENOUGH class) today, along with some other random house chores which i'm dreading a ton. I also think a nap is in order since I had to wake up early to go to work this morning. There is nothing like a mid morning nap after breakfast. I think I get that from my dad. Great minds think alike! Maybe i'll be feeling more motivated whenever I wake up from this possible nap.

Sorry for the random post, just felt like blogging. Hope I didn't bore you to tears.

Definately taking that nap.