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Posts from January 2013


The Beautiful Bulldog

I'm pretty surprised to find the bulldog muscling it's way into the top 5 breeds of dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.  When we got our bulldog, Prudence, back in the late 70's, I got a lot of flak from my friends.  Prudie was a fully grown, sweet beauty when she arrived in our home.  Of course we thought she was beautiful, but many people didn't.  Sure, they're adorable as little pups, but the jutting jaw, bulging eyes and snoring wasn't attractive to all.  The AKC now says the bulldog has moved to #5, displacing the Yorkie.  

 

To be honest, I always felt bad for the bulldog.  Our Prudence was in shape, but their barrel chests and small legs really take a toll on their bodies.  It was quite an effort for her to hop up on the couch.  Many a time I'd have to grab her from the butt and pull her up.  Getting down could be as hard as getting up. She'd have an awful time breathing, and could be prone to hip problems.  Then there is hygiene to contend with.  Like Pavlov's bell, wherever I was in the house, if I heard her slurping at the water dish, I'd run to grab a towel to wipe her clean.  If you didn't get there in time, there would be a trail of slobber.  

 

Prudie was a great dog, but didn't live as long as we had hoped.  A few years later we noticed a large lump on her shoulder. The vet confirmed our worst fear, it was cancer.  We kept her as long as we could, for as long as she was comfortable.  One morning I was home from school and the poor girl was not doing so well.  I called my mom and we made the dreaded trip to end her pain.  The average lifespan for a bulldog is about 6 1/2 years.

 

10 years ago the bulldog was around #20.  Now they are? a rising breed.  Because they don't require a lot of exercise, they are extremely popular with apartment dwellers, and are the most popular breed in the Big Apple.

 

Here's the AKC Top 10 list.

 

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Beagle
  5. Bulldog
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Boxer
  8. Poodle
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Dachsund
 
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1-24-13 Who is "Your Person"?
My mom just got out of the hospital after having her knee replaced.  I took her there last week to have the procedure done.  She says I am "her person".  "Your person" is the person in your life who you can call on to do the tough stuff.  Someone you trust to know what to remind the doctors or nurses before treatment, to speak for you when you're under anaesthesia, to know who to call if something goes wrong, what to do, how to deal with an emergency. 

You may have a few people who fit that criteria- call it 'your people'.  When you're in a hospital, you definitely need them.  Being there recently, reminded me of the myriad of issuesI dealt with in my multiple surgeries and treatments.  The worst issue was the medications.  I feel like a druggie when I would go through the pre-op discussions telling them exactly what I needed.  Zofran is a must for surgery.  Morphine or Vicodin are my top pain meds, forget the Percocet or Demerol.  Give me Xanax in the evening for sleep. Of course, after I was in my room, I would have to have that discussion over and over again.  It was maddening how often the lines of communication got criss-crossed.

The biggest lesson I learned about surgery was staying ahead of the pain.  It seems as though they don't want to give you pain meds anymore on a schedule.  They wait until you ask for it.  When you're recuperating it's tough to keep track of the meds, but you have to.  I would write down when I took a pill and then ask for it when I could safely take it again.  I learned that after a few experiences where I nodded off, only to awake to terrible pain and begging for  relief.

Thank God for the great nurses who make you feel better during a bad situation.  I had one real funny lady answer my call in the middle of the night at Geisinger in Danville back in 2007.  I was miserable and in pain after my mastectomy, and having a hard time sleeping.  She brought me an Ambien and a Xanax and told me to choose one of them.  I picked the Xanax.  After I took it, she smiled and said "If that doesn't work, I'll have to bring out the rubber mallot."  I remember laughing out loud and soon fell asleep with a smile on my face.



 
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President Obama's Second Inauguration
The President has been sworn in for his second term.  His acceptance speech was positive, and you know it was effective when the most the Republicans can say is that it sounded like a campaign speech.  When the biggest complaints are that the President chewed gum, Beyonce lip-synced, and the First Lady rolled her eyes during lunch, it must have been a good day.


We had some pretty nasty texts the morning after from Obama's detractors- when we talked about Alicia Keyes singing "Obama's on fire", one listener said they wished he were.  Another added "it would have been a great speech if Mitt Romney had given it".  We had a caller who offered light at the end of the tunnel for the detractors. Mike said he was reminded that we are now "more than half-way through Obama's Presidency".  If it's any consolation, I know how you feel, having suffered through George W's two terms.  It'll be interesting to see which Republican will rise in the next few years, and if Hillary Clinton will do what I fully expect;  run for President of the United States.  An unsettling thought, I bet, for Republicans looking for some good news.  

 


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