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Friday, September 29, 2017

My Morkie Saved Us From...

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Since yesterday morning, my Morkie, Lexxi, has been acting funny. I always pay attention to my dogs, especially when their behavior changes. Very often, dogs are warning people about something. (See Max And Golden Lady)
  • A dog alerted a family that their baby stopped breathing. (Rescue Dog Saves Baby)
  • Dogs have saved animals' lives. (Dog Saves Dear)
  • They've saved families from fires. (Dog Saves Family)  Years ago, my friend's dog saved her family from a fire by warning them of wires smoldering in their wall.  
  • Dogs can warn of diabetes complications, epilepsy seizures, and more.  (Girl Gets Dog)
  • While some are still skeptical, others truly believe dogs can detect cancer!  (Can dogs sniff out Cancer?)
  • A dog warned a family about an abusive babysitter.  (Abusive sitter)
  • Of course we all know dogs also do police work, are in the Armed Forces, do search and rescue, and more.
Lexxi on the couch looking out the living room window watching people in the yard.

When Lexxi wants to alert us of something, she will look at one of us and give a low, long growl-like cry.  It's not vicious, it's not loud, it's just a kind of ongoing, "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr," pay attention to me sound.  Most often, she wants dinner.  Once in a while, the water bowl went dry.  Sometimes, she wants to go out into the yard or for a walk.  It's fairly easy to figure her out.

Lexxi did this several times yesterday.  Hmmmmm.  Lexxi, dear, what's up with you, I wondered. Every so often, she gets hungry during the day and I will give her a little snack - meaning a small amount of dry food.  I did that. The dogs eat in the hallway between the kitchen and living room.  She waited there for her snack as usual.   A bit later, the growling continued.  Very strange.  

Lexxi all comfy

At this point, I started  talking to the dog.  Come on dog owners, you know you have done it too!  "Lexxi, what's the matter, honey?  What? What do you want?"  No, I didn't expect an answer, but maybe she'd SHOW me.  She kept looking toward the kitchen.  I don't speak dog, hence, I said to her, "Fatty, you had your snack, enough."  She settled down.

My Chiweenie and my Morkie

After her dinner, she started up again.  I checked the water bowl (it's in the back of the kitchen next to the kitchen table) even though I swore I had given them fresh water (I also have a Chiweenie), I looked all around, I saw nothing.  She didn't want to go out.  Now I started wondering if the dog was in pain or uncomfortable?  I happen to have a vet appointment for Lucy, the Chiweenie, on Friday.  I'll mention it to Dr. B. (which is what all her clients call her at her request).  

At 3:00 a.m. Lexxi woke me with the growling sound again.  Ok, this is VERY STRANGE.  This dog sleeps through the night always.  What the hell is going on?  


Hubby has been sick, he's been staying on the couch being he can't sleep and he has a bad cough.  That way, he won't bother me and if he can't sleep, he can watch tv. turn on a light to read, etc.  (See The Man Flu and How It Could Affect Me!)  Also, we are hoping I won't get sick!

I thought maybe she was alerting me of something wrong with him.  I stood over my sleeping husband watching him to see if he was breathing ok.  Luckily he didn't wake, he would have thought I was nuts. He looked fine.  


I went back to bed.  She did it again.  Ok, then I became concerned.  It was 3:15 a.m. and I was walking around my apartment, looking out windows, turning on the bright motion (security) lights, turning on regular outdoor lights, peeking out all my windows in every room.  Nothing.  

Normally, if anyone or anything (such as an animal) had been prowling around, the lights would be on and  BOTH dogs would be going crazy and barking those deep warning barks.  But, I checked anyway.

One of the pantries in the garage 

I started wondering if I should go check my parents' side of the house.  Is something going on there?  There's a garage between us.  I went out into the garage and listened and sniffed by their door.  The two dogs in there were quiet.  I figured if there was a problem, they'd be making noise.  I decided against entering, I didn't want to mess with disarming alarms and making dogs bark.  


Now I started walking around sniffing my apartment.  Was something smoldering maybe?  I started feeling wall outlets.  The dog kept looking towards the kitchen so I started feeling behind the refrigerator to see if maybe that's the problem.  I listened to the refrigerator, is something wrong with it?  Is it making a different sound?  No outlets felt hot (that could be the start of an electrical fire).  Nothing smelled different.  I even opened the laundry room door and checked in there.  Everything seemed fine.  My last resort was to check the bathroom.  Nothing was wrong there either. 

Lucy, my Chiweenie

By this point, Lucy was annoyed at all of this nonsense.  She walked around following me, very sleepy with this WTF look on her face.  She was not barking, she was  not perturbed in any way, she was just tired.  

I tried calling Lexxi up on my bed.  I thought maybe if I pet her she would go to sleep.  She hopped up the doggie steps onto the bed, I cuddled up with her, Lucy was at my feet and I figured we would all go to sleep.  Not so.  Lexxi stood up on the bed and growled, spun in circles and stared me down.  WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?


Now I got nervous. My anxiety was kicking in full swing. (See What Is Gephyrophobia?)  What did this dog know that no one else knew?  She didn't look sick or in pain, so I didn't think it was really anything with her.  Was a storm coming? When I looked up the weather it said nothing other than a bit of rain.  Could something be wrong with the power lines outside near the house?  That happened once many years ago and the dogs we had back then kept barking at the wires.  My mom called the power company.  They came to check it out and sure enough, something was wrong.  When three dogs start barking nonstop at wires in the yard and they've never done it before, you pay attention.  

Lexxi jumped off the bed.  I put my slippers back on and followed her.  Again, she was staring into the kitchen.  Again, I walked all around the kitchen.  NOTHING looks out of place, I didn't see, smell or hear anything.  


I then realize that Lexxi wouldn't come into the kitchen.  I mean, I was woken up from a dead sleep, I wasn't functioning too well.  I called her, trying to persuade her to come into the kitchen and she looked at me, crouched, spun in a circle, growled and then gave a low, short bark.  I was perplexed.  I was bleary-eyed, annoyed, confused and really tired.  I looked around one more time.  Then I saw it.  

Yesterday was a bad day.  My stomach issues were horrific.  I couldn't leave the house. I cancelled my plans to run to the supermarket.  I didn't even go in mom's house at all last night to say hello.  

Late yesterday morning, I swept up some cereal that spilled.  Being I was feeling so lousy, including weak, I left the broom next to the garbage in the kitchen rather than put it away in the laundry room.  I just plopped it there and ran into the bathroom in a hurry and never bothered to put it away. The garbage is at the end of the hallway leading from the living room into the kitchen.  

I looked at the broom.  I looked at Lexxi.  I glanced at the clock on the microwave.  It was 3:45 a.m.  I called Lexxi again.  She refused to come into the kitchen.  

Lexxi looking cute one afternoon

I went over to where Lexxi was standing in the hallway between the living room and the kitchen.  Even though my blinds were closed, light from the street lamp came in a bit.  I realized that light was making a shadow from the broom.  THE DAMN DOG WAS SCARED OF THE SHADOW FROM THE BROOM.  Apparently, she was afraid all day, as it must have been making different shadows all day long since my blinds were open and the sun was shining in. 

I'm glad someone got a good sleep!

I moved the broom to the laundry room.  Lexxi ran into the kitchen immediately and took a long drink of water.  The dog was thirsty and terrified of the shadows from the broom.  After that, she went to sleep and stayed asleep until 8:00 a.m. this morning! 

I'm happy to report, my Morkie saved us from the broom and it's menacing shadows! 

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Man Flu and How It Could Affect Me!

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I joke around about the man flu.  You know, your man gets sick and the world must stop. Doesn't EVERYONE know, HE'S sick?  He may even die!  He can't stop coughing, his throat hurts, he has a fever, he can't stand up, his nose is sore, his eyes are tearing, he can't see clearly, his head hurts, he can't breathe, his body aches, he's freezing and much, much more.

My man got what we thought was a cold.  Ok, it turned out to be an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection.  He was given antibiotics, decongestants, and we bought Tylenol, tissues and sugar-free throat lozenges since we had run out of that stuff last winter.


He wholeheartedly believes he's dying, but all men do.


As my mom always said in jest, "wives and mothers aren't allowed to get sick!"

It's a good thing I have experience as a waitress as I served up more tea and soup these past few days than I can count. He even got one breakfast too.  Well, at least what I could make.  I can't make him toast or pancakes or anything that has gluten in it because just breathing it in causes an issue for me. (See Oh, I Know, You Have Celiac Disease. Umm, No, Not Exactly)

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Unfortunately, wives and mothers DO get sick and sometimes, it is serious.  I do believe we have the ability to keep going more than a lot of men, who when ill, revert back to five-year-old boys asking for mommy or expecting their wives or significant others to play mommy!

Here is my problem.  I avoid anyone who is sick like the plague.  Why?  Because, most people get a cold, feel ill a few days and it goes away.  Or, if the cold turns into something more, they see a doctor, are given antibiotics and all is fine.


That scenario doesn't fit me.  Every year when my kids would go back to school, as is typical with every family I know, the kids got sick.  They are suddenly all crammed into one room, everyone is in the stores school shopping at the same time and by week two, almost every family I know has sick kids.  Of course, the parents wind up getting sick too.

Back to school and right around the holidays is when both schools and employers report the most absences.  Parents take off work because of sick children and/or their own illnesses.

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For about five years in a row, I was horribly sick on Christmas.  I didn't get to really enjoy a Christmas at all.  In the above video, filmed December 25, 2012, I was so sick, but they insisted on video taping me.  It was a nice surprise, but I felt miserable.  I was sick for New Year's Eve that year too if I remember correctly!

Everyone else who gets sick, as I said, either gets better or simply takes antibiotics, whatever the doctor chooses to prescribe, most often, and they are fine.  Not I.


I NEVER get a cold and it just goes away.  It ALWAYS turns into something more.  Due to my allergies, immunology issues and my mystery illness, giving me medications is not that easy. First the doctor has to figure out what medication I can take.  Generally they need to confer with my Infectious Disease specialist. Taking over the counter medications is nearly impossible for me.  (See Food Allergy Awareness Week - YOU CAN HELP!!)


Once they decide on a medication, then it's a matter of being able to GET it.  I can't simply go to the pharmacy and pick up whatever the doctor sent over via electronic submission.  The pharmacy must call manufacturers and make sure the medication is free of gluten, nuts, corn, soy and eggs!

  • If it's a Friday, forget it.  They can't reach manufacturers after about 3 p.m. and won't get them until Monday.  
  • When they call Monday, we need to wait for a return call most often.  We are three days in.  I'm getting more and more sick.  
  • IF they find a manufacturer then they need to wait for shipment, which could be another one to two days.  
  • So, if the Manufacturer calls back Tuesday, I MIGHT get the pills by Wednesday or Thursday, almost an entire week later!!!!!!!!
  • Generally, before I can get the medication, I'm so sick, the doctors have sent me to the hospital. 

More times than not, I wind up in the hospital on IV antibiotics, the Infectious Disease team called in to monitor me closely.  (See What Is A Compounding Pharmacy And Do You Need One?)  No all medications can be made at a compounding pharmacy, in fact many can't, and so... I'm in a dilemma.


Yes... many men believe they will die from the man flu.  They have no idea what I go through when I get sick.

So far, I have not caught what hubby has.  Let's hope it stays that way.  I've been walking around with masks on, washing my hands constantly (they are chapped), opening windows to air out the house and avoiding him as much as possible.  He's been banned from the bedroom.


People think I'm crazy, but, I refuse to go to stores around the holidays. I started doing all my holiday shopping online when I went back to school as an adult to earn my Bachelor's Degree.  I do it that way today still, not only for convenience, but to avoid getting sick, avoid crowds, long lines, no parking, traffic jams.

I do everything I can to avoid stores, other than the grocery store, which is a germ pit as well,especially around the holidays, but what can I do.


So, the man flu can be much worse on ME than it will be on 6 foot five-year-olds! It's causing me terrible anxiety.  Let's hope I avoid catching it.  Wish me luck!

Disclaimer:  My husband is WONDERFUL and very caring and kind.  He truly does feel miserable and I tease him about having the man flu.  Years ago, when he was able to work, he would insist on going to work even when sick.  This man never took time off, he was a hard worker, responsible, dedicated and respectful!  A model employee who moved up the ranks to lieutenant on merit.  He thanked me several times for taking care of him as best I could during this horrific, life-threatening, mind-boggling illness he is currently enduring!  ha ha.  Well, he really did thank me, the rest is just, well... THE MAN FLU!!!!!!!!!!

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