Saturday, February 20, 2010

Idle Hands

It's a curious thing. I started crocheting because it gave my hands something to do while I watched TV.

Then I got this really nice laptop. And instead of crocheting while I watched tv, I played on my computer.

It turns out that I can only play on Facebook for so long.

I can only read blogs for so long.

I can only play so many games.

I can only read the news for so long.

And once again I'm looking for something to do with my hands while I'm watching tv.

It makes me smile, that I'll end up reverting to the same thing that has kept idle hands busy for hundreds of years. Plus, I have some baby blankets to make.

On a Side Note:

I gave a blanket to a married couple in 2007. The wedding was in July but I didn't get them the blanket until probably september. It was HUGE and it took FOREVER. But I ran into the wife last weekend and the saturday night Mardi Gras Parade and she told me how much they liked it that it was super big and covered their bed and was so warm that they used it every night. I'm pleased and honored that they like it and use it and feel like it is something to be cherished. It makes me want to start crocheting again.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spoken like a man.

Men, I'm warning you, this is a girly post. I talk about my girly-bits. You're reading at your own risk.

My job is such that there is no such thing as a 'just a bug'.

When I hit a fever I have to let Environmental Health and Safety know and I have to go to Employee Health. They do a screening to make sure I haven't been exposed to the agent I work with. Unless you haven't been working with your agent for several weeks they invariably give you a series of antibiotics. I'm not a big fan of taking antibiotics unnecessarily. I try to reject them when I can.

However, in this instance I have been working with infected animals for 22 days straight (as of yesterday). I hit a fever or 101 on wed morning. So I was told I had to go to employee health. They of course prescribed me 7 days of antibiotics. Tetracycline. I don't think I've ever taken tetracycline. I don't like it. Eating restrictions, timing restrictions, it makes my stomach upset when I take it and I can't take anything to help it. I am drinking Ginger tea, but it only helps a little bit.

Now, first of all, we don't have an outpatient pharmacy any more. And since I didn't get this sickness at work so that it would be treated by workers' comp, yay, I get to pay for this antibiotic. Also, it's 500mg 4 times a day. Seriously, 2000mg per day? Two THOUSAND? Is that really necessary? I'm also prone to yeast infections, and 2000mg/day for 7 days will definitely give me a yeast infection. So I asked for a prescription for Diflucan, too. His suggestion? Just start with the cream and take it during the course of the antibiotic and then I don't have to worry about it.

Spoken like a man. I HATE the cream. I especially hate the 7 day cream. It's gross, icky, nasty and makes a mess. For 7 days. I was thrilled beyond belief when they made the 3 day, and then the overnight! AWESOME! So when they came out with the pill, I was beyond thrilled. I have a multi-refill Rx from my gynecologist. YAY!

I didn't want to use one of my refills frivolously. So I asked the doctor for a prescription for Diflucan. He sort of rolled his eyes and wrote me the prescription. He said, 'You can't take this until you get an active infection. With the cream it's preventative'. I didn't dignify that with a response. I just looked at him.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

And we haven't been camping since.

Ok, another one that made me laugh.

Here is the whole page but the last one made me laugh out loud, so I'm posting it here.


Outdoor Kids Foundation - First Ever Essay Contest Winners
3rd Grade

Shawna Branch - Honorable Mention Essay
"My Camping Trip"

One fine weekend in the middle of August my family decides to go on a camping trip. Our destination - Rothberry. It just happened to be a very cold weekend. We were not at all prepared. We didn't bring enough blanket's or food. But I had my fishing pole. My dad complained and wanted to go home, but my mom was determined to make it a good camping trip. We went to a grocery store and bought worm's so I could go fishing. Mom said real campers went fishing for food. Well it didn't go well. I didn't catch one fish. Instead I caught a turtle. He was the size of a dime. We put him in a bucket and took him home. Mom had given-up on our camping trip. You see dad forgot the cooler which was supposed to be in the truck first. So we had nothing for dinner. We packed up and went home. The cooler was on the porch. We got the hot-dogs out, roasted marshmallow's over the grill at home and we haven't been camping since. THE END.

That just cracks me up. I can see mom being all mad and then when they pull up the cooler is sitting on the porch. I'm getting tears in my eyes and I can't stop lauging.

hm. maybe my emotions are a little off today. Darn PMS.

You have got to be kidding...

Isn't a Jeff Foxworthy joke?

You might be a redneck if you have part of your wedding reception at Wal-mart?

I know for sure it's a Jeff Dunham Bubba J. setup.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


The final act!

My cat Howler now has the same upper respiratory infection that Annie had. I took him to the vet tonight. He stopped coughing. Apart from a very slightly elevated temp, he had a normal exam. No antibiotics. But got a lecture on how cats can get heartworms and I should have my cat on Revolution ($20/month/cat=$60/month) and that this could be the beginning symptoms of heartworms and I should get a test.

(sigh) I have no money left. I had $71 left in my savings account after all of Annie's medical stuff. That was it. I understand that the vet is probably coming from genuine concern for my cat, that cats do get heartworms and it's a terrible thing when it is something you can prevent. But I am OUT OF MONEY. This is it. I emptied the savings account. Paid some out of pocket. The rest was on my credit card.

I don't have money for a test for heartworms.

Besides, I know what's wrong with him. He has the same upper respiratory infection that Annie had. Cough and sneezes. Because 90% of the time it's not the great big thing that's wrong. It's not heartworms. It's just a respiratory infection.

But did I leave with antibiotic? No. Why? His exam was normal. No coughing, no wheezing, no nasal or eye discharge. But, I said, that's because I caught it really early, that he had started coughing this morning, even if he wasn't coughing right that moment. No. Normal Exam.

Tonight he is miserable. coughing 3 or 4 times a minute. Sneezing every couple of minutes. Poor baby. So first thing in the morning I'm going to call the vet and say, 'He is coughing 3 or 4 times a minute, and sneezing, too. I want my Clavamox, please!'

And will they believe me? Probably not. But that's ok. I'll still get my antibiotic and my cat can start to feel better soon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

You're Not Funny, God~

So, see down below where I thought I had a really good thought about giving my cat antibiotics from work? Yeah. That worked about as well as I was afraid it might.

I started the antibiotic on Friday night. Saturday night I gave her a shot of medicine and noticed a rather large abcess that was breaking open on her left shoulder. It was HUGE, a little larger than a silver dollar.

It was 6pm, the vet had closed at 4pm, and there wasn't a vet for 50 miles that was open on Sunday, so I took her to the emergency vet. That steroid shot on Monday? not so great for the infection. It cost $331 to knock her out, shave and lance the abcess, rinse it out with betadine, wake her up and put an E-collar on her. That, plus the $60 I had spent on Monday, and I'm in the hole $390.

Now, remember WHY I started her on the antibiotic? That whole cough/sneeze thing going on? The long-lasting antibiotic that the emergency vet had given her wasn't helping. In fact, by Monday she had gotten obviously worse. So last night I took her to the vet AGAIN, where I paid Another Office visit, and got a different oral antibiotic for the upper respiratory infection. Which cost me $50.

I have now spent $440 in 1 week for this cat. This is it. I'm out of vet money. I don't have any extra money for 2 or 3 months now.

I have all total probably $1200 into this cat. She's the most expensive pet I've ever had. I'm not sure I can justify putting her to sleep, even if she's really sick, because of how much money I've had to put into her.

Dear God, You're not funny. Amen.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Workplace Ethics Violation

hehe. it's a good thing this is mostly anonymous, because I could get into just a tad bit of trouble for this.

Last weekend my cat Annie was sick. Not bad sick, just staying-inside-the-house-not-moving-but-still-eating-and-drinking-sick. And there isn't a vet clinic within 50 miles of me that's open on Sunday, except for the emergency vet clinic. This wasn't an emergency.

So I took her to the vet on monday afternoon. Not much of a fever, nothing to indicate sick, she just didn't act like herself. Her flea allergy was pretty bad, so they gave her a shot of steroid, thinking she was just a little sick from the flea allergy.

Wednesday she started sneezing and coughing. Upper Respiratory Infection. Simple! So I called the vet this morning to see if they would just prescribe some antibiotic. Because they had just seen me on Monday. This was only Friday.

Nope. They had to see her again, and that would be another exam fee, then plus the cost of the antibiotic.

This annoyed me. Actually, it came close to ticking me off. Not quite, but pretty close. I mean, seriously. It's been less than 4 days!!!

So I was talking to my friend at work, and she says, 'We have Gentamicin here at work'.

*light!* We do, don't we?!?!

So, I got online and looked up some stuff. Gentamicin is indicated for upper respiratory infections, and since they wouldn't do a swab and culture it to see what the actually bacterial infection is, I looked up the dosage for a 12lb cat, made my solution here, and I have 7 days of injectable antibiotic!

Man, sometimes I LOVE my job.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I'm still working on getting pictures on here. I took 174 (I know, I thought it would be more, too) and I would like to be able to link to them at Flickr as an anonymous viewer without giving the ability to link through to a public page.

Sometimes technology is too hard!

Ok, Katie. Help me here! Or Rockle, if you can help more that would be great, too.

edit: I'm not picky here. Anyone who can help me with this is more than welcome to help me!

I refuse to post until I can get these damn pics up!!!

That's a good excuse for not posting, right? I'm being determined, and not just lazy. yeah, yeah. that's it. Determined!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Damn Flickr

I'm trying to use Flickr to post some pictures from the cruise, but for some reason it keeps uploading them in reverse order so you see the last pictures first.

Why, why is it doing that? I renumbered the pictures, so that instead of picture 1 it is picture 001, that way 001 comes before 010 or 100. That didn't work. I tried to re-order the list. Since it seems to be that the last picture uploaded is the first picture in the slideshow, I thought if I ran the pictures with the last pictures on the top and the first pictures at the bottom that would work. It didn't.

So then I tried to make the slideshow run in reverse, but that didn't work either.

Can anyone help me with this?

I would like to post the pictures but I would also like them to run in chronological order.