Monthly Archives: October 2012

canine polypharmacy

about a month ago, we hired a dog walker for birdie three days a week. she LOVES it. she comes home exhausted, happy, a little scratched up, and limping. sigh. we noticed after the first week she would have an intermittent limp after her walks. 2 weeks ago the dog walker began taking the dogs for off leash beach play. in a text she described our dog as a “maniac” on the beach.

with her friends at the beach

heh, thats our girl.by the end of the week the limp was undeniable. birds was reluctant to go on a morning walk with me. we took her in to the vet and the verdict is likely elbow and possible shoulder involvement on BOTH sides (right worse than left). ugh! for the record: dogs are NOT cheap. even free ones. the treatment? rest ie: no off leash play or strenuous walks for our extremely social and energetic girl. oh, and of course meds. she is on doggie advil for the next 10 days to get rid of that inflammation in her joints. its possible that she could have arthritis or a congenital dysplasia. noooooooooooo!!!!! i can hear the $$ signs swooshing in the wind as i type.

she was in so much pain she wouldn’t come out of her crate to greet us when we got home. 😦

not to mention the fact that the last thing i want to know is that my dog is in pain all the time. boy can i relate to that! total suckage. she still is damn cute though. even when she takes up half of the bed and i wake up with her kicking me and snoring in my ear. 

as for me, i have been taking some supplements to help with fatigue. for awhile there i was feeling pretty frustrated with not only the inconsistency of my fatigue but just that simple activities seemed to bring it on. i am currently taking cordyceps capsules, 20 mgs of astaxanthin and a mystery dose of vitamin d (from the double blind clinical trial i am participating in) and it seems to be helping with endurance as well as brain fog. i seem to be able to remember information better which is helpful with my internship and all.

as for the lack of updates here, its hard to think after coming home from a full day of physical and mental work at my internship. i never seem to have enough time to fit it all in. one day i will learn to be the world class juggler i long to be.

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