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08-19-2017, 05:23 PM   #2521
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Yes, I think I'm going to catch up on a lot of exercise after she is gone. The vet had advised us to plan to do things out of the house a lot once she passes, because the vet said that when her own dog died, her house felt very empty especially at first, and she found it was best for her to not be home except to sleep for the first few weeks or so. So I think I'll be doing a lot of hiking and things like that away from the house once Lily is gone. I have already started preparing for that - I went through my hiking backpack and organized it. I'm all set for longer hikes whenever I feel the need to get away.
Yes, that was the hardest for me after our dog was put down - being in the house alone. I didn't have a job and was just getting ready to start school at the state university so I had a lot of down time on my hands. I already struggle with depression, so that was especially difficult to cope with. About a week before school started for me, my mom finally relented and said she was ready for another dog (I think the house felt lonely to her, too). About a month had passed by and we had done most of our grieving - I think it was easier for us because we selected the day that she would pass away and were able to be there with her thru the entire thing. It gave us closure, but it didn't make the loss any easier since she had been with us for over 15 years. Well, I ended up going to PetFinder since we knew we wanted another rescue and wanted a dog that was still young but not a puppy - especially since no one would be home during the day and we didn't need a dog chewing up furniture or shoes. We found a 2 year old hound dog/doberman mix (they said she was Rottie, but she is a Dobbie for sure) named Ladybug who we renamed Daisy. She's been with us ever since.
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Yeah, I know the house is going to feel empty, because for the 2 overnights that she spent at the emergency vet (once for her surgery and then another time when she started having seizures and they wanted to observe her for 24 hours after giving her the loading doses of the anti-seizure med), the house did feel really empty when she wasn't there. I'm going to bring her with me in spirit when I go hiking. I already know that I want to have Lily cremated, and I'm going to put a small amount of her ashes into an urn necklace so that she can go hiking with me. I'm also putting a tuft of her fur into my hiking bag, and I had ordered a small notebook online that has her photos printed onto the cover. I like having a journal/sketchbook when I go hiking, so now Lily will be on the cover of that (my grandpa is on the cover too). That's currently how I'm planning to cope, I'm going to get out of the house but still bring her with me in small ways.

I know I won't be ready for another dog for awhile, for months or maybe years. But when I am ready, I will get another rescue too. Lily is a purebred pembroke Welsh corgi, but she's a rescue. Her previous owner could no longer keep her, and none of her friends or family could/would take Lily, so then she put the word out at work that she had a dog to re-home. Hubby and I had recently bought our house, which is right near a large dog park, and we were looking for a small-ish dog and we were actually thinking a corgi mix would be nice. So I worked with Lily's former owner, and I heard though the grapevine that she had a dog that needed a home - and when I found out the details (corgi, she was 2 years old at the time so not a crazy puppy anymore but also not by any means an older dog, fully trained including crate trained) I said yes immediately. It was like the perfect dog just fell into my lap! I got so lucky finding Lily, and even with her cancer, I regret nothing. She's been the best dog ever.

So, when I am ready, I'm going to put in an application to foster with a corgi rescue group. But I know that won't happen for quite some time. I might even wait until my cat goes. She's 14. I've been telling my cat that she has to hang around for awhile longer, hopefully a few more years at least, because I don't think I could handle losing both my girls at once. And I can tell that my cat is giving me a bit more affection lately, maybe it's because she's feeling starved for attention because I'm focusing so much on Lily, or maybe it's because she knows I'm going to need to lean on her heavily in the near future. Our only other pet besides Lily and Lydia (Lydia is my cat's name) is one very old gerbil. My gerbil is nearly 3 years old, which is extremely old for a gerbil, so I don't expect him to be around much longer either. It's going to be the Lydia show very soon. She was an "only pet" and the queen until we got Lily. So I'll let her be the queen again for at least awhile if not for the rest of her life.

Lily isn't feeling super well this evening. She had a very big appetite, but was acting pretty lethargic. Then she vomited up what seemed to be everything she had eaten this evening. She's been resting ever since. Hasn't vomited since so that's good news. We were told that her anti-seizure med could make her nauseous, so maybe it's that, or maybe she just ate too much. I'm a bit worried though because of course it could be the cancer doing this. Cancer complicates everything! And I don't want to see her feeling unwell, that sucks. So we're just monitoring her closely right now. I haven't given her any food since she vomited, but she's still drinking & peeing & pooing, so mostly everything seems okay. I'll just try not to indulge her huge appetite quite as much in the future and will keep a close eye on how she's feeling.
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Thanks Tony. She hasn't vomited since last night, so that's good. I think she's just been eating way too much. When I came home on my lunch break today, she pooped 4 times in about 30 minutes! And one of the bowel movements was so large, so much volume, I couldn't get it all into one bag. So much poo. So, we've eased way up on the amount of treats that she's getting tonight, and that seems to be working, except that she keeps bugging us for treats.

So yeah, I think she's doing better and fortunately that one was an easy fix. Phew! I'll be more careful about how much she's eating from now on. She'll still get plenty of treats, but just not quite as many because I don't want her to vomit again if we can avoid it. Not fun for her and not fun for me. (Also really not fun for hubby because I made him clean it up!)

Tony, how are you doing? I hope you're reasonably okay - I'm sure things are still really tough and painful and sad right now. Please take care of yourself. I'm here if you need to talk at all.
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Thanks Tony. She hasn't vomited since last night, so that's good. I think she's just been eating way too much. When I came home on my lunch break today, she pooped 4 times in about 30 minutes! And one of the bowel movements was so large, so much volume, I couldn't get it all into one bag. So much poo. So, we've eased way up on the amount of treats that she's getting tonight, and that seems to be working, except that she keeps bugging us for treats.

So yeah, I think she's doing better and fortunately that one was an easy fix. Phew! I'll be more careful about how much she's eating from now on. She'll still get plenty of treats, but just not quite as many because I don't want her to vomit again if we can avoid it. Not fun for her and not fun for me. (Also really not fun for hubby because I made him clean it up!)

Tony, how are you doing? I hope you're reasonably okay - I'm sure things are still really tough and painful and sad right now. Please take care of yourself. I'm here if you need to talk at all.
At least, with her going so often and so much, you know she's not obstructed. If she were vomiting only, it would definitely be cause for concern since you said she had the cancer on her intestines. That's very good news that she is still able to go relatively normal. Have you been adding pumpkin to her diet? Definitely make sure she gets plenty of water since pumpkin has a lot of fiber and will bulk up her stools. If there is not enough moisture, it could cause impaction and you don't want that! Regardless, I'm glad she's doing better.
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The cancer was found to have spread to the omentum, which I believe is technically its own organ and not part of the intestines. I think I read that scientists just determined recently that it's its own thing, it's a separate organ. But yeah, it's the fatty protective layer that covers the intestines, so it's very close to the intestines and might potentially affect how the intestines operate. And yes, we've been giving her pumpkin regularly, and she seems to like it.

She gets plenty of water as well - she's been drinking a ton of water lately. The phenobarbitol that she's on for the seizures, that makes her drink a lot, so we refill her water bowl 2 or 3 times per day (previously it was typically once per day). So she's good on drinking water. She also loves ice cubes as a treat, so I sometimes give her ice if she seems like she's a bit too warm.
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Thanks Tony. She hasn't vomited since last night, so that's good. I think she's just been eating way too much. When I came home on my lunch break today, she pooped 4 times in about 30 minutes! And one of the bowel movements was so large, so much volume, I couldn't get it all into one bag. So much poo. So, we've eased way up on the amount of treats that she's getting tonight, and that seems to be working, except that she keeps bugging us for treats.

So yeah, I think she's doing better and fortunately that one was an easy fix. Phew! I'll be more careful about how much she's eating from now on. She'll still get plenty of treats, but just not quite as many because I don't want her to vomit again if we can avoid it. Not fun for her and not fun for me. (Also really not fun for hubby because I made him clean it up!)

Tony, how are you doing? I hope you're reasonably okay - I'm sure things are still really tough and painful and sad right now. Please take care of yourself. I'm here if you need to talk at all.
Hey Cat , its tough but the tears are not coming as much now , its still and always be the small things that get me most , like always getting the end of a sandwich and always giving him a piece of anything i was eating , or last thing at night bringing him out for a small walk , but its part of life , the pain will decrease but the love will remain , I think apart for a parents love for a child the love we have for our furry friends is a very close second .
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Tony, sending you a big hug. I think I'm going to miss a lot of the small things, too. And I know what you mean, I don't have kids (I am just not a kid person, I don't really like kids) so my hubby and my pets are my family. It's like losing a member of the family. And even though I know on a rational level that pets tend to die before their human counterparts, I just wasn't prepared to be losing her so early. She's only 8, and corgis can live to be 15, so I always expected that I'd watch her grow old, you know? Now I'll be lucky if I see her reach her 9th birthday next month (Sept 15th). It sucks. I know you lost Joey at the same age as Lily is so I'm sure you understand what I'm talking about.

And if she does make it to Sept 15th, you'd better believe she's going to have an amazing birthday party! I'm going to invite her corgi friends and buy an expensive doggy birthday cake, there will be party hats and balloons and everything. Wait, maybe not balloons, as she doesn't like them! It'll be a party with everything except for balloons.

Lily seems to be feeling pretty well today. Still a bit lethargic but that seems to be our new normal. No further vomiting and bowel habits are going back to normal. Hubby said we should take her for a walk tonight - the weather is looking nice and she seems to be feeling up for it, so we'll bring her and her wagon over to the dog park and see if her friends are around. We'll let her walk as much as she's comfortable with, and then put her in the wagon when she starts to tire out.
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Thanks Cat great that Lily is still able to take small walks and the cart is a great idea , seems she is still enjoying life thanks to you and your oh ,
as you said its the young age thats gets you the most , 8 is so young for a corgi ,
we have a grown up son and Joey was really like a second child to us
I have had two younger brothers die a few years ago and the pain and loss is comparable ,
people might think Im nuts because of this but its the truth ,
Joey was a part of our family for nearly 8 years
I saw him every day and he was at my side apart from my hospital stay last year and a five day holiday I had in Portugal , we even got him a doggy passport so we could take him with us
Some days I have doubts about whether I put him to sleep too soon but even the vet said better a week too early than a day too late
I miss him and I will always miss him but I know he will be in my heart forever .
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I definitely agree, the pain is comparable to losing a family member. Lily is my first ever dog so I've never been through this with a dog before, but so far it's a very painful process to know that your animal is actively dying. I lost my grandpa last year, and I have cried more about Lily than I did about my grandpa. To be fair, he was quite old and very ill and was ready (he had told me for awhile that the only reason he was sticking around was to be there for my grandma, and then a couple months before he died he told me that he was ready to go). So I couldn't be totally sad about that, because I knew he was ready and that he was in a lot of pain and didn't have a good quality of life and he was old (84) and it was his time. I was sad about it, but it wasn't a surprise.

With Lily, it was totally a surprise, she's not very old and I feel like it's not her time yet, or at least it shouldn't be. It's not right, you know? With my grandpa, it was sad, but it was right - he had a long full life and his life had reached its natural end. With Lily, it's sad, and it's not right - she's only lived half her life. The only comparison I have for it in my own personal experience, is that when I was 19 I lost a very dear friend very suddenly - he died in a house fire. Obviously it wasn't his time as he was also 19, that hit me very, very hard and still affects me to this day. Lily's illness is a lot like that, it came on very suddenly and it's so unfair because both she and my friend have/had a lot of life left. My grandpa's death felt fair, and Lily's and my friend's are very unfair. That's just life though I guess. Nobody ever said it's fair. It just feels extremely unfair, though.

Anyway. We had another walk yesterday, didn't take the cart as we only went a couple of blocks. There's a small creek a couple blocks from my house, so we walked down to the creek and back. It wasn't very far, but I could tell Lily was getting tired out on the way back from the creek. Her energy and stamina are definitely taking a hit from her illness. She stopped a lot to sniff things, which is typical for her, but when she was walking she was going pretty slow and was panting fairly heavily even though it wasn't particularly warm out (about 70 F) and we were not going at a fast pace. She's never been a dog that enjoys warm temps anyway, though, she loves cold and winter and snow. So even though 70 doesn't feel super warm to me, it seems to feel warmer to her. (Oddly enough, she came from a warm place! Her original owners lived in California, she came to Wisconsin when she was 2 years old and her former owners could no longer keep her so she became my dog.)

We'll probably walk again tonight, if she's feeling up for it. Might take the wagon out again so that we can go to the dog park.
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Didn't end up walking last night. Hubby needed me to drop him off at his boss's place so that they could do some work in anticipation of a big convention this weekend (they are costume vendors so they go to a lot of renaissance fairs and sci fi conventions and things like that). So that ate up a chunk of my evening, fighting rush hour traffic to get hubby over to his boss's and then fighting traffic again to get home.

Probably won't walk tonight either, I seem to be at the start of yet another migraine, ugh. Woke up with a throbbing head and lots of sinus pressure. My guts aren't super happy either which is exactly what happened with my last migraine. In addition to that fun, I've had a few med switches lately - as of today, I tapered from 5.5 mg down to 5 mg of pred, and a few days ago I had to switch mesalamine formulations. I had been taking name-brand Lialda, but then for some reason either my doctor or the pharmacy switched me to generic mesalamine (which, from what I've read, is closest to Asacol HD, which I did not do well on). I've talked with a nurse at my GI's office, and they can switch me back on the next refill, but for a month I've got to take the generic and I'm not sure that my guts are super happy about it. Add in a migraine and my guts are really not pleased with me right now!

So, no walking tonight, I'm just trying to survive today. Will likely rest all weekend, which is frustrating because I had wanted to go hiking, but I know I need to do what's best for my body. Right now that is definitely rest. I do plan to venture out a few times - I need to go to the compounding pharmacy tomorrow morning to pick up a refill of my LDN. And on Sunday, there's an event at a local pet store where free goody bags of dog treats are being handed out and other dog treats are on sale, so I'd really like to take Lily to that and get her some treats. And, if I'm feeling up to it, I'd like to briefly check out the convention that hubby will be working at - his boss invited me to come, they have a free pass for me to get in, and I know that there will be a vintage kimono seller in the vendor area and I loooove vintage kimonos. I love fabric, sewing, vintage clothes, and of course I love Japan, so it's like a lot of things I love all in one! So wish me luck, hopefully I'm feeling well enough to do all of that. Aside from those things, I'm going to rest and eat blandly until I start feeling better.
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I'm so happy that Lily is still toddling about and enjoying her food.Alfie used to love the pet supermarket,it was his favourite place in the whole world.Second was a river or lake to swim in.You've got a busy weekend ahead so I hope you start to feel better so you can enjoy it.It's a long holiday weekend here so we've been out on the bikes a couple of times as it's doubtful we'll get out again before Tues.I've not been feeling well either so we will probably just walk local.There's live music on at the park over the road on Sunday.
Have a good weekend Cat.and remember ....one day at a time.
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Yes, definitely one day at a time. I'd get overwhelmed if it was any more than that! We don't have a holiday weekend this weekend, but the weekend after is Labor Day so we will have a long weekend then.

Lily is definitely still enjoying her food. Immediately after having her lunch today, she looked at me as if to say, "More?" So I gave her some yogurt and she gulped that down and again looked at me to ask for more food. She's a bottomless pit when it comes to appetite! I don't want her to vomit again if we can avoid it, so I'm not giving in to her every single time she wants food. But I also still do want to spoil her and want her to be as happy as possible, so I'm giving in to a lot of her food whims. So far so good, we haven't had any further vomiting from her yet.

She is going downhill bit by bit, though. I am not sure if the cancer has spread to her sinuses, but I'm guessing that might be the case. In the past, she'd occasionally get a bit of sinus/nasal congestion and make a loud "snerk-snork-snerk-snork" sound to try to clear out her sinuses. Before she got cancer, she'd maybe make that sound once or twice per year, it hardly ever happened. Now it's happening almost every day. It seems to happen after eating, especially after she has lunch. It didn't happen today, but I think it happened every day this week aside from today. She'll eat, and then immediately snerk-snork and sometimes she'll cough too. It's very disconcerting. I presume it's another sign that she's dying. I hate that.

On a good note, I went to the pharmacy and got some extra strength acetaminophen, and my headache/migraine is much improved. My guts are also feeling less grumpy, so I'm feeling better all around. I'm definitely still going to rest for tonight at least, and will re-assess how I'm feeling tomorrow. My migraines can last for days and can sometimes come back with a vengeance when it seemed like it was on its way out, so I don't trust it yet. I could very easily wake up tomorrow feeling worse, so I'm going to rest and take it easy.
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Oh good! The pharmacy just called and they can refill my Lialda now! Phew. I did not want to have to take the generic. Don't want to flare if I can avoid it. It's nice when stuff actually gets done on a Friday afternoon! I was not expecting to be able to get my Lialda so quickly, I'm quite happy.
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Good that you were able to get the right meds Cat , and than your migraine is easing up , no matter what they say with some drugs generic is not good enough ,
good that Lily is still eating well , its good that she is still enjoying her food , it was a good indicator with Joey when he couldn't eat his favorite food and started getting sick that it was nearly time ,
I really hope that you get as much quality time with Lily as possible , its hard to know what to say but I'm thinking of you and Lily and sending you my support .
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As I said earlier we had three good years with Alfie after he was dx'd with Lymphoma.I should say mis-dx'd !!! But he did have something,that's for sure.I dx'd Cushings through the web but by then it was too late.It was only the last 3-4 months that a noticeable deteriation showed up.I know we were very blessed to have him for so long but the daily anxiety made me physically and mentally sick.So you take good care of yourself Cat.We know when we first bring them home that we only have a short time with them by comparison,but for whatever reason it always comes way too soon.
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Carol, I know that daily anxiety all too well, as I'm living it myself. I'm sure it's affecting my health as well - my stomach is often in knots, I've lost a few lbs and don't have much appetite, I'm more tired than usual even though I am usually sleeping pretty well, etc. I'm trying to take care of myself, but usually failing. It's just a very difficult time and I feel like I just have to survive it. That's all I'm doing right now is surviving.

My migraine is almost completely gone, and although my guts weren't happy this morning, they've calmed down now that it's afternoon. I was actually thinking about going on a brief hike, but then I checked the weather report, and there's a rain storm headed right for us. Ugh! I swear I checked the weather report yesterday, and there was nothing about it raining today. It was supposed to be overcast today, but no rain. Oh well. It's probably best for me to rest anyway. And there's plenty of things to do around the house.

Tony, thank you, no need to say anything as I know you've been through the same situation that I'm going through with Lily. I know you get it. Fortunately she's feeling pretty well today, no snerk-snork sounds and her appetite is still very good. I just fed her lunch, and immediately when she finished eating she looked to me to see if she could get more food. So I gave her some treats and now she's napping. Tomorrow we're going to the pet store to get a goody bag and some treats (apparently there will be treats for the humans as well, in the form of donuts - yum!). I hope you're doing reasonably okay and taking care of yourself.
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Hey Cat thats put a smile on my face ,great that both of ye are doing ok and I know that look that Lily gives you after getting fed well
Im doing better but I find myself talking to Joey and forgetting that heís not there anymore ,
I know that anxiety feeling as well waiting and hoping but its getting a little easier,
when we get his ashes back we will bury him in his favorite spot in the garden and will bury the ashes of our last golden Charlie next to him along with some toys and bits of wood for chewing ,
it will be like a pharaohs burial with all his favorite
possessions .Hugs and kisses to Lily.


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I tried to put a picture on here of Lily but it didn't work. We did go to the pet store yesterday and got the free goody bag, and it was huge! It's like half the size of Lily. I got a photo of her next to her goody bag, and she's got a great big smile on her face. I'll try again tonight to get the photo on here.

Health-wise I've been feeling crummy. I've had diarrhea and low energy for the past few days. Hopefully this isn't a flare. I took a 3.5 hour nap yesterday and I still felt tired. Feel very tired today too (slept very poorly last night). Still just in survival mode.

No walking with Lily tonight as thunderstorms are predicted. We'll see what the weather does tomorrow and how I'm feeling and how she's feeling.
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Feel better soon Cat ,
hope its not a flare , the worry and stress with Lilly canít be helping
Great that Lily got her goodie bag
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I'm feeling a little bit better this afternoon. I was able to eat and haven't had to run to the bathroom since this morning, so that is a definite improvement. I'm going to rest up as much as I can to hopefully continue improving.

Usually on weekdays I go home every lunch hour to care for Lily - let her out to potty, feed her, and just generally check in on her. Today, though, hubby was home, so I had a rare day of not needing to go home to care for Lily because hubby was already caring for her (usually he and I both work weekdays). So instead of going home on my lunch break, I went to the park and sat outside - it was in between thunderstorms and I even saw a little peek of sun which was nice, although then the thunder started rumbling again. It was nice to just go to the park and be by myself and soak in some nature and a bit of sun. That definitely helped me feel a bit better. I know I need to take better care of myself or I am going to flare. I need to find more times like that to escape to the park/forest, getting outdoors into nature always does good things for me. I have to make more of an effort to do that and not focus 100% on Lily - although it's hard not to focus on her because I know that she'll be gone soon, and I really want to focus on her as much as possible while she's still here. So I need to find some sort of balance between focusing on her while also making sure my own stress gets relieved. Easier said than done!
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Guts feel better today. I've had a bit of gas but otherwise I'm feeling much improved. Unfortunately, my body just can't ever seem to let me just be okay. I somehow tweaked my back - while I was asleep! Ugh. I woke up and there's a lot of pain in the left shoulder blade area. Pinched nerve maybe? The pain is going from my back into my left arm and up into my neck. I can barely even turn my head to the left side. Not fun. And it makes me feel really old, that I essentially threw my back out by sleeping!

Lily is doing okay, but I'm a bit mad at hubby. Lily gets her anti-seizure med (phenobarbital) every 12 hours. He completely forgot to give her her evening dose yesterday! Neither of us realized he had forgotten it until this morning, when I saw that yesterday's half pill was still in the pill cutter (she gets 1.5 tablets every 12 hours). I really hope she doesn't have a seizure because of this! So far she seems okay, but I'm even more anxious about her than usual now.

On a good note, today is 6 weeks since she had her surgery, and she still seems to be doing reasonably okay. Still eating voraciously and doesn't seem to be in pain. And, her best friends invited themselves over yesterday! A lady who lives a few blocks away has 2 corgis, and they are Lily's best friends, they play together often at the dog park in the neighborhood where we live. Well, my neighbor was walking her dogs yesterday and they happened to walk past our house, and rather than go past, her 2 corgis were suddenly leading her up our driveway to our front door! Lily saw her friends and started barking with excitement. I looked out and saw corgis! So she got to visit with her friends for a little bit. That was very nice. And how cute is it that Lily's friends just head right up to the front door and invite themselves over! I thought that was adorable.
08-29-2017, 09:10 AM   #2543
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Glad you're feeling better Cat and also that Lily is making happy memories for you.
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great that Lily had a good visit with her friends
I find when I have a pain like you have in your back and back a really hot shower works wonders and failing that a diazepam (if you have available and prescribed) works wonders in relaxing the muscles ,
hope you feel better soon Cat .


08-29-2017, 11:15 AM   #2545
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Tony, I don't want to take meds if I can help it, because I'm on LDN and I'm not supposed to take anything that's opioid-based (LDN is an opioid blocker, so basically anything that's opioid-based, including stuff like imodium, can potentially make me really sick because it essentially would turn into poison in my body because I wouldn't be able to absorb it or whatever - that's my rudimentary understanding anyway, my doctor said I'd get "very sick" if I took anything that's an opioid). I think I do still have some muscle relaxers left over from when I had whiplash from a minor car accident a few years ago, but I shouldn't try it. I don't know if diazepam is opioid-based or not, but I'd rather be safe than sorry and just deal with the pain. I'm at work currently, but when I go home I'm definitely going to put my heating pad on my back, and might take a hot bath too (obviously not at the same time!). If the pain doesn't ease up in the next couple of days, I'm also going to try to get in touch with my massage therapist and see if I can have a massage.
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Tony, I don't want to take meds if I can help it, because I'm on LDN and I'm not supposed to take anything that's opioid-based (LDN is an opioid blocker, so basically anything that's opioid-based, including stuff like imodium, can potentially make me really sick because it essentially would turn into poison in my body because I wouldn't be able to absorb it or whatever - that's my rudimentary understanding anyway, my doctor said I'd get "very sick" if I took anything that's an opioid). I think I do still have some muscle relaxers left over from when I had whiplash from a minor car accident a few years ago, but I shouldn't try it. I don't know if diazepam is opioid-based or not, but I'd rather be safe than sorry and just deal with the pain. I'm at work currently, but when I go home I'm definitely going to put my heating pad on my back, and might take a hot bath too (obviously not at the same time!). If the pain doesn't ease up in the next couple of days, I'm also going to try to get in touch with my massage therapist and see if I can have a massage.
Just to clarify, diazepam (aka Valium) is in the class of benzodiazepines. It is not an opioid which include narcotic painkillers like Percocet, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, etc. It also includes loperamide (aka Imodium). This link provides more detail:

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management...-medications#1

You can always ask your pharmacist if you're unsure of interactions or you can use drugs.com drug interaction checker (here is the link for interactions between diazepam and naltrexone):

https://www.drugs.com/interactions-c...1684-0,862-441

Of course, Valium is highly addictive if abused, so I definitely understand your desire to abstain and use other relief methods.
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Thanks for clarifying! Yeah, when it comes to pain, if it's at a level that I can tolerate and function at, then I'd rather just deal with it than take something for it. Shortly before I got sick 8 years ago, I was kayaking a lot and was taking a lot of ibuprofen for the muscle soreness. I'm not sure but I'd be willing to bet that all that ibuprofen at least played a part in me getting sick (with stress and possible food poisoning being two other factors at play during that time - the stress was, I had been downsized from a 10 person department to a 2 person department, so I still had a job but somebody still had to do at least some tasks from all those 8 people's jobs, and that person turned out to be me). So ever since then, I've not been a big fan of taking any sort of pain meds. I'd rather just deal with it than go through anything like that again. I know that even a relatively benign med like tylenol can mess with the liver, so I tend to just not take pain meds unless absolutely necessary (and even then I pretty much only take tylenol and that's it).

The good news is that the back pain has eased up somewhat over the course of the day. It's still hard/painful to turn my head, especially to the left, so driving has been a bit interesting. I have decided I'm just going to get in a lane and stick with it! No unnecessary lane changes for me right now. And I'm not getting on the highway unless necessary. Hopefully my heating pad and hot bath will help, plus I'm hoping that I can get a good night's sleep, and maybe tomorrow I'll be able to turn my head better.
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My back pain continues to improve. I am still having a bit of a hard time turning my head to the left, but it's better than it was. There's still some pain, but not nearly as much as yesterday. I think my heating pad & hot bath plus a good night's sleep really helped.

We've got a long holiday weekend coming up as Monday is Labor Day, so most people don't have to work that day including me. I'm hoping to take at least one walk/hike. I just got some new hiking boots and I'd like to try them out. I probably will hike solo, without Lily, as her energy levels just aren't great and I don't think I can take the wagon on uneven hiking terrain (that's more of a paved path thing). There's a few local parks that I've been meaning to explore, so I'd like to check out at least one of them.

Hubby is going to be away working again for the entire long weekend, so it'll just be me and the pets again. I'll walk Lily if she's feeling up for it and if the weather cooperates. I'll probably also do more sewing and crocheting.

Lily was snerking and snorking again this morning. I can't see anything externally going on with her sinuses, but my guess is that there must be a tumor that's blocking some part of the sinuses or nasal area that she keeps trying to clear. Poor pup. I'm still making sure to give her tons of treats, and she hasn't vomited for something like 10 days, so she seems to be feeling reasonably okay otherwise.
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Sorry that Lily is having some discomfort ,
hopefully its only temporary ,
Hugs to Lily and support to you .


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Well, I know that Lily is only temporary, so I guess any situations pertaining to Lily are also temporary. (Gah, that's depressing.) But, two weeks from tomorrow is her birthday! She'll be 9. I'm really hoping she makes it that long. She's still feeling reasonably okay, so I'm fairly hopeful and optimistic about it. I know things can change in an instant with her, but I have so been wanting her to make it to her birthday. She needs one more birthday and I need her to have one.

I somehow managed to get some exercise today! My co-worker needed help moving around a ton of boxes, some of them quite heavy, so I helped with that for a few hours. It felt good. I know I need to take better care of myself and make an effort to get to the gym. It always just seems like such a low priority compared to Lily's needs right now. But I will try to make it a higher priority.
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