Thursday, October 19, 2006

Returning To Normal?

Sheba has turned the corner. Blood work and urinalysis were negative; we didn't conduct any scans. The vet's best guess is that Sheba was suffering from indigestion due to tainted cat food and a hairball.

On my own medical front, I'm seeing improvement in my lower-back pain. The combination of medication, medical massage, and physical therapy is working wonders. Finally, after more than a year of searching for a diagnosis, I have an appropriate treatment plan and times with NO PAIN!

Sometimes it takes crises for us to appreciate normality.

31 Comments:

At 10/19/2006 8:32 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

T'ain't that the truth! I'm delighted with Sheba's diagnosis, Her Majesty may not get back to the tasks and responsibilities of her office. Noblise Oblige, you know!
As for you, Hallelujah!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw
P.S. Warren has offered me an apprenticeship, so I can learn how to run blogger! Watch out! You have been warned!

 
At 10/19/2006 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

.^.^.
*0.0*
~.W.~

 
At 10/19/2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
As of late last night, Sheba started moving around and asking for food. Delivering food to her on her mat was a job, and finding what bites would tempt her was difficult. Like old people, Sheba lost her taste for food and was slow to resume her eating habits. If improvement continues, Sheba will see another Christmas. She loves Christmas! The special food and the multicolored lights lift her spirits. Plus, we'll build a fire in the fireplace.

My physical rehab has some distance to go before I'm "restored." In one month, I'll see an ortho who specializes in hips. Meanwhile, I am pursuing PT and massage.

 
At 10/19/2006 9:00 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Anonymous,
Thanks! You don't have to keep your whiskers crossed so much now. ;)

 
At 10/19/2006 9:33 AM, Blogger JoeC said...

Nice to hear that you are feeling better, AOW!

 
At 10/19/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger nanc said...

great news, aow! i was beginning to have sympathy pains for you and i have enough of my own.

 
At 10/19/2006 11:43 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

That's great news for both of you, AOW!

Praise God!

 
At 10/19/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Golf is good. Four! Tee one up for me. I am not nice!

AoW - Do you think I could pass for nanc at a masquerade?

 
At 10/19/2006 12:35 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

How about this one...

Be honest, does my butt look big???

>^..^<

 
At 10/19/2006 1:19 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

No, FJ, just your head!
>^ ^<


tmw

 
At 10/19/2006 1:21 PM, Blogger cube said...

Great news! I wanted to hear good news because I just listened to Laura Ingraham's show & she was grieving the loss of her dog. She had him put down yesterday.

 
At 10/19/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger nanc said...

What do you suppose that nanc is up to today?

 
At 10/19/2006 1:37 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Beats me farmer john (lookin' in a mirror)

 
At 10/19/2006 1:45 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Great news


Be honest, does my butt look big???

 
At 10/19/2006 1:51 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Naaahhhh AC,

You look marvellous! I could eat you as soon as look at your. Me-e-e-o-o-o-w!

-nanc

 
At 10/19/2006 2:12 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

*blush*

I hope this doesn't ruin my evil reputation! (thinking to myself)

-nanc

 
At 10/19/2006 3:20 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I don't feel good. I'm feeling to get a little lite-headed. It kinda smells like ether in here. I think I was mugged by a nancish-looking muse.

O-h-h-h-h my head!


*stumble*

-FJ

 
At 10/19/2006 3:25 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

FJ- You seem to be having a flashback, did you ever do acid when you were younger? You are all over the blogosphere!

tmw

 
At 10/19/2006 11:51 PM, Blogger Mussolini said...

Meow

 
At 10/20/2006 6:52 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Sheba is returning to her usual self, albeit less vocal.

Last night, my husband fell asleep on the floor next to her and her mat. I guess that he must've started snoring so loudly that even an almost-deaf cat couldn't sleep. Sheba moved to "my spot" on the couch, where I found her this morning--all bright-eyed and responsive. I haven't seen her get up onto the couch in years!

Farmer,
Careful, careful! Don't hurt yourself.

Mussolini,
Well, hello. Long time.

Cube,
Losing a beloved pet is losing a member of the family.

Nanc,
As country folk are wont to say, I was having "a bad patch." Too much crisis management!

 
At 10/20/2006 8:24 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

tmw,

Although I made many mistakes in my youth, fortunately THAT was not one of them.


always,

I'm okay. tmw tracked us down and put me and my horses in a cab that took us home safely. But my head does still hurt... like an elephant steppin' on a pumpkin.

 
At 10/20/2006 9:43 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

FJ- PTL! That was very wise of you my salty friend! Try ginger for your head, 1/3 tsp. ginger powder in 8 ozs. of room temp. water. Stir and drink. Doesn't taste bad and the shaogal in it blocks prostaglandins, which cause pain. Works for barometer caused headaches too!

tmw

 
At 10/20/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Farmer,
I thought that maybe you'd been listening to The Doors. ;)

TMW,
Uh, I see that you know some rememdies. Ginger is wonderful. I've used it for nausea--a little trick I picked up from my Korean students in Adult ESL.

 
At 10/20/2006 12:36 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

worse, always...

The Brandenburg Concertos... counterpoint

You know Bach!

 
At 10/20/2006 12:40 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Although I think I danced it about two octaves lower than normal.

I'm trying to do a little research on commedia de'arte, so please forgive the frequent misteps and stumbles. The shoes are a little too big for my feet.

 
At 10/20/2006 12:47 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Farmer,
Bach can make one feel as if the brain is splitting. In a way, that's exactly what counterpoint does--divide the brain. Afterwards, one is exhausted.

How I love counterpoint! Am I a masochist, or am I improving my mental processes?

 
At 10/20/2006 1:14 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I think it helps at inter-hemispheric calibration. It lets my wit dance a bit by distracting my reason. And I hate to say this, but even I don't know what's likely to bubble up from my subconscious. It can be quite embarrassing when I go back and read what I have written.

 
At 10/20/2006 4:53 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Hey there..great news for both of ya!..feel good!!!

 
At 10/20/2006 7:57 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Farmer,
I think it helps at inter-hemispheric calibration. It lets my wit dance a bit by distracting my reason.

I dunno. After listening to or playing Bach, my concentration improves for other tasks.

And I hate to say this, but even I don't know what's likely to bubble up from my subconscious. It can be quite embarrassing when I go back and read what I have written.

But the subconscious can be so much fun. ;)

WHT,
I tell ya, I was worn out today. I had to take a LONG nap. But not before I took Sheba for a walk in the front yard. The weather was outstanding early this afternoon before the winds started kicking up. Queen Sheba doesn't like the wind; it ruffles her fur.

 
At 10/24/2006 6:16 PM, Blogger benning said...

I'm glad for BOTH of you! Enjoy the pain-free days. Savor them!

Tell Sheba, "Meow, Baby!" for me. ;)

 
At 10/24/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Benning,
I'm glad for BOTH of you! Enjoy the pain-free days. Savor them!

Not that the PT has intensified, not all my days are pain-free. And my alleviator--the pulsating shower-head--starting acting up this morning. It's clogged with mineral deposits, I think. Time to visit Home Depot.

Tell Sheba, "Meow, Baby!" for me. ;)

Sheba has become quite vocal in her dotage. When she was ailing, she was quiet, and my husband and I missed her squawking. She's back in full voice now--and will answer you back, Benning. LOL.

 

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