Friday, October 12, 2018

FMM - Medical Reports, Both Canine and Human

Well, I messed up with Paco - I let too much time go by between his Cytopoint allergy injections, and his skin is infected.  Now, it was barely six weeks since his last injection, but apparently he needs one every four weeks.  Duly noted.  So we had a nice visit at the vet on Wednesday, got him all fixed up and went ahead and did his yearly tests and immunizations, which was about a month early but hey, why not get it out of the way as long as we were there and already torturing him?  I kid, but let's face it, we all know that's what he's thinking - until they give him some treats.  Then everything is awesome.  I've made a practice of taking selfies with him while we're waiting for the vet to come in, and Wednesday was no exception:
Dis my gud side, rite? 
This is still my favorite vet picture, taken just over five years ago.  He was on my lap because he was nervous, but his doggie smile is so cute!

I forget that he's aging until I see an old picture and realize that wow, he's really graying up.  He's 12 years old which is about 69 in dog years, according to the charts for a medium-sized dog.  And just to give everyone an extra case of the Paco awwwws, here's a picture from when he was a puppy:
About 8 months old here - just a tiny little puppy!

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I've been experiencing some right shoulder pain for a couple of years now, and over the summer I decided to stop carrying my much-loved leather shoulder bag that was heavy when it was empty, never mind when I put things in it, and switch to a cross-body bag in hopes of reducing the pain.  I was not a fan of cross-body bags because as anyone with a full bust knows, it's not super attractive to have that strap dividing your chest in half.  But I was desperate, so I gave it a try and found a purse that I loved, which helped my attitude toward wearing that style quite a bit.  It's not leather, so it's lightweight, and I can't shove a ton of things in it because it's fairly small, so that helps with the weight issue as well.  

My only problem has been that my old wallet was just bulky enough that it made getting my sunglasses or phone hard to put in and take out of the purse.  Recently, Diane and I were having dinner at Salata when we saw Andi getting a salad to go, so she sat down with us for a while and took out her new slim wallet and I had a revelation - THIS would solve my problem!  Only problem was, and it probably won't surprise anyone who knows me, I couldn't find one in a color to go with my purse, because you know that kind of thing is important to me.  I'm happy to report that I finally found my wallet and everything is awesome when it comes to my purse now (I know you were worried, LOL):
It's like they were meant for each other!  I got the purse last summer at TJ Maxx - but, ahem - in looking at my blog you can probably see why it caught my eye in the first place.  What can I say, I like polka dots!  I found the wallet at Steinmart for $9.99 and it did the trick with easing my purse overcrowding.

My shoulder pain is better although it still hurts with certain movements.  I'm pretty sure this is connected to that time I broke my humerus when I was in fifth grade and this is some arthritis kicking in as a result.  Working out with weights doesn't seem to make it feel any worse; I keep hoping that maybe I can strengthen the muscles surrounding it and that might help.  Worth a shot; it doesn't incapacitate me so I'm not bothering with getting an exact diagnosis from a doctor just yet.

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I ran yesterday and it was wonderful!  I have to say a lot of that great feeling was due to the weather - it was 60 degrees with only 88% humidity, woohoo!  I did 2:1 intervals and my calf felt OK during the run.  It was a little sore afterward - I don't know if that's the right descriptor - it's not like it hurt, but I can tell it's still not right.  Still, I was really happy that I got to run, and I'm going to give it another go tomorrow.  

Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. I stopped carrying a purse a few years ago. I have a big shoulder bag that I take to work and that has everything in it. Otherwise I use a wristlet. I found a really cute Coach one last winter and decided to splurge on that--still cheaper than a purse, right?

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    1. Wristlets are super cute but what do you do with your sunglasses and phone? Otherwise, I think I could downsize to that...

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  2. Awww puppy Paco! :)

    Oh gosh I don't even know how long I've been carrying crossbody bags, probably since I started college in the late 90's. I find them really handy when walking around, and always felt safer having that type of bag while walking around Chicago as opposed to a shoulder bag that could easily be stolen. I'm glad switching bags is helping your shoulder, and I can't help but notice the new bag and wallet match your car :)

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    1. It's funny, I do feel safer when I'm walking in public with my crossbody purse. And yes the purse matches my car, but look at my blog on a PC. ;)

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  3. Baby Paco is so cute!!! That's interesting to hear, because its been a month since Zoey got her Cytopoint shot, and I've been wondering if I should get another one. She's back to itching a little.

    That's also interesting to me about your shoulder. Because I've had a pain in my left arm near my shoulder for quite a while. It actually doesn't bother me until I go to bed! And I feel the same--its not bad enough to go to the doctor's for. I never even thought that maybe it was just arthritis.

    I love your purse and coordinating wallet!

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    1. Honestly, I'd get Zoey another injection - and at her price point, why not?

      Any bone-type pain, I go directly to arthritis now. I don't do anything about it, but I go there, LOL.

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  4. All three of my puppies (all 11 yrs old) are getting grey faces. It doesn't seem like they should be that old already!

    Super cute purse. I don't usually carry one, but have a small one for those rate occations.

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    1. I know, it's crazy how old our dogs are! Of course Paco will still chase a squirrel in the backyard at full speed, but then he comes in for a recovery nap.

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  5. CUTE bag and wallet! I'm glad you found one that matched...that's TOTALLY important in my book too!! Love the pictures of sweet Paco! I'm the same with my dogs - I forget they are aging until I see old pictures of them.

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    1. Thanks! And yeah, it's fun to look back at older pictures of your dog, but then you realllllly notice how much they've aged, eek!

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  6. I have had such a purse dilemma recently, too. The problem is that I use my purse for so much more than just the stuff I regularly carry in it. I didn't realize how much until I tried to downsize - mistake! It took so much work to pull out my wallet, I got lazy putting my credit card back in after a transaction - you know, it honks at you to "REMOVE CARD!!!" so I removed it, then stuck it...um...somewhere around here. Yeah, after I had to cancel the card we use for all our regular expenses, I bit the bullet and went back to a bigger purse. Your purse/wallet/car/blog match-up is perfect, but I would overflow that purse in a hot second! Hope Paco feels better!

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    1. I hate that REMOVE CARD beeping - makes me feel like I need to do it fast or else something will blow up, Mission Impossible-style (and I'm talking the old TV series - wasn't that tense to watch??).

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    2. LOVED the old series! I wanted to grow up to be Lesley Anne Warren and hang out with Peter Lupus LOL

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  7. Woohoo on the fabulous run!!!

    Love the purse (and wallet). My mother had always insisted that you can’t look at polka dots and not smile!!!! When they built their house she painted polka dots on her kitchen walls. :-)

    Learning curve with Paco! Now you know and it will be all good!!!

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    1. I think your mother is onto something - and I'm intrigued by her polka-dotted walls!

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