May 28, 2010
When I was signing paperwork for anesthesia I opted to skip bloodwork and instead spend the extra (except, not really 'extra' - we don't have a money tree or anything!) money on the better gas (sevoflorane instead of isoflurane). I made that decision based on the fact that she is a healthy three-year old. Well, as I stood there, I changed my mind and skipped the sevo therefore opting to do the bloodwork.
An hour or so later the Dr called me. She wanted to let me know that her bloodwork was fine but there were some abnormalities on her EKG and she was concerned. She said that the EKG indicated first degree heart block and some second degree heart block. She also told me that the wiggly lines in the EKG indicated that her heart may be enlarged and that she had already consulted with a cardiologist in Raleigh that recommended x-rays immediately. I could barely wrap myself around this. I was standing in Lowes trying to find a security thing for my parents' new door as their house was broken into earlier this week. This was NOT the phone call I was expecting. She is three, she is fine. I didn't know what any of this meant. The Dr went on to tell me that they'd given her an atropine response test and she did well - they did this to keep her heart beating normally.
I told the Dr I would need to call our insurance company (thank goodness we have pet insurance!) and I would call her back. With moving and me taking a part time job, our finances have had to change and we are now on a pretty tight budget - getting her teeth cleaned in general was a splurge and not something we really had included so the fact that there was more made this even more stressful. Luckily, insurance would cover the xrays.
Another call from the Dr after xrays was devastating, the first x-ray was inconclusive and showed that her heart may, in fact, be large - BUT - Nola was not medicated and was highly stressed so maybe she was not still and the picture, therefore, not a clear indication. They decided to proceed with anesthesia and kept her heart monitored by EKG (and they administered atropine).
I called several times anxious about whether or not she was done and awake. Finally, a little after 1pm I got word that she was awake, had beautiful teeth, and a normal heart beat.
At 3:30 she was up walking around and had been out to potty. When I was able to get her an hour later, I met with the Dr and learned more about heart block and what it means. Thankfully, she thinks that Nola only has first degree heart block. Since she doesn't show any clinical signs, for her, it just means that any time she is under anesthesia, her heart will need to be monitored by EKG the entire time and she will probably need atropine. The Dr thinks that the second degree heart block was just stress, but to be sure, we will re-evaluate her in a few months.
American Heart has a page about heart block, it's the same for dogs, so if you're interested in reading more, click here. I am SO thankful that my big girl is okay. ...and that she has insurance to help cover the extra costs! And I'm thankful for SO many friends that know how much I love her and called, emailed, commented, texted me over these last few days. Thank you!
May 26, 2010
May 21, 2010
Anyway... it's one of those voice activated things and the guy says, "Calls recorded. Google; say the business then say the city and state."
Often, he doesn't pick up the business name so he'll say, "Just say the city and state." Once you say that he says, "Ok, now say the business name or category." Then you here these fun little noises while he searches...
So I call often enough that I know how to pronounce certain things, like today I was looking for Tweeds Lock and Key and the first time I said Tweeds Mr. Google thought I said pizza. Whaaa? Um, no.
When he asked me to repeat it I realized I didn't spit with I enunciated the "t" nor did I make a long "z" and the end of the word. After I spit and threw in the z, he got it and connected me to the right place.
Last week I needed guacamole - like, realllly needed it. I decided to call up Fajitas and get take out since it was late and everyone had already eaten.
Enter 1-800-GOOG - Mr. Google says, "Calls recorded. Google; say the business then say the city and state." I hesitated, then said, "Fajeetas, X, NC."
What did Mr. Google say, "Fajeetas Mexican Restaurant, you can say details or more results."
I don't think I'll ever say fajitas correctly again... Thanks Google.
May 20, 2010
May 17, 2010
-We went to Lowe's this past weekend and bought knock out roses, petunias, peony bulbs, and tomato plants for the back yard and then dug up some dead sod to make room for a little flower bed. I plan to upload some pictures tonight - I love the way it turned out!
How cute is that?! The back has a different print and the inside is different too - at $68 I can assure you I won't be purchasing it (half off, maybe!) but it is sooo cute, I love it! Hm, wonder if I can find some similar fabric...maybe a Japanese print!
We had to run into Pottery Barn to pick up some curtains on Saturday and I saw this lamp shade. Is it not gorgeous?! I thought it was $29 and was going to splurge but I knew better so I asked the sales person and promptly returned it to its happy shelf - $49. Bummer. I already know where I would put it though - we have this little nook that leads into the master bedroom and I have an old chest there - it would be soooo pretty leading into that space, especially with the colors we have in there.
-Have you seen the new 'Single Ladies' video? The one from World of Dance's recent competition in which five girls no older than 9 or 10 dance to Beyonce's hit song? Oh man... most of the hype seems to be about their outfits - which aren't any worse than some of the jazz costumes I've seen or any ice skating or gymnastics ones - the problem I have is with the dancing. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about dancing - I have no moves and zero rhythm but I have no problems with dancing - what they are doing, however, is NOT appropriate! The entire charade is just wrong. I'm being totally judgemental and can't help it - there is simply no reason why the person coaching those girls couldn't have found a more appropriate song for them to demonstrate their skills - Dr. Phil was interviewed by Anderson Cooper (love him, read his book, it's good - wow, his life...) and was quoted with a response of, "wildly inappropriate." I completely agree. Between the lyrics and the dance moves - I just cannot understand how people think there is nothing wrong with it. It's one thing to have a child see a popular artist and mimic them at home but for a competition - to have to practice and then to be on stage in front of THOUSANDS of people - COME ON! I'm not going to embed the video on my blog but it can be seen on YouTube here. They can absolutely dance, but they look ridiculous.
What do you think?
-I had a few more random thoughts but they've somehow disappeared after that last bit of info. I'll try to post some pictures of the flowers later tonight - and the give away books are being mailed tomorrow!
May 16, 2010
May 14, 2010
May 13, 2010
Updates coming soon!!
May 4, 2010
I love his honesty, his integrity, and his deep love of Jesus. Moreover, I love his ability to reach thousands (hundreds of thousands) of people with the messages the Bible teaches. Often, I've found myself on the middle road. Ever been there? I traveled that road for a long, long time before I realized I was lost. Wow - what a way to look back and pull it all together - thanks Francis Chan. I'm on the right road now and am actually GOING SOMEWHERE after being stuck in the middle for so long. Can you relate?
Too many times I find myself questioning the RIGHT road because it's often longer and harder, but I've found that when I take it, the place to which it leads is wonderfully amazing and I would have never found it had I stayed on that middle road.
If you haven't read Crazy Love, please do. If you can't afford it, email me - I'd love to send you a copy no questions asked.
It changed me and challenged me to my core. I've read it several times and each time I find that I underline something new or tag a different page.
We have a really great park right near our neighborhood - mom and I took a walk after lunch while the guys waited at home for the mattress to be delivered. There are lots of things to do there, tennis, trails, boat ramps, canoes for rent, big grassy areas for picnics, a playground...
Here's the deal, Thomas Nelson Publishing company has a nifty little program that they call Booksneeze. You 'apply' and then get to select books to read - for FREE! All you have to do is blog about it and post a review on a third party's site.
Simple right? How can you NOT jump all over this? I've gotten a few books from them already. Not all of the books I post about are because of this program, typically I've noted in my posts that I got the book from Thomas Nelson. From here on out, I'll continue to do that when it's a book from Booksneeze. Some I've really loved. I loooooove to read so this is a great program. Have you clicked yet?
What are you waiting for? Do it! I requested A Hole in the Gospel - anyone up for an unofficial book club?
May 3, 2010
This book was really neat - a lot of the answers were presented in a way that everyone can understand. Many were basic and simple while others took a while to read through. All in all, it was a nice break down and I think it would be useful for someone who enjoys teaching others about Jesus and Christianity. Should you rush out to get it? Probably not, but it may make a nice reference item to keep on the shelf.
I think my next book will be A Hole in the Gospel. I've been wanting to read it and it's finally out in paperback!
What are you reading???