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  1. I am spending some time with my son and family in Edinburgh. Cleo has not heard fireworks as we don't get any- just low flying jets. There were fireworks going off all night last night but she was not bothered. She did look at the window at one pint when several went off one after another but other than that she never stirred. She even went out in the garden where she found a hedgehog. That Shark mop is on sale from Lakeland Plastics for the same price. Lakeland have very good customer service and you can return things if you aren't happy. My H2O mop packed up a few weeks ago so I am looking for another one and rather fancied the Shark one. Reviews on Lakeland were good. I made Golden Paste - it is easy and cheaper to make your own- for Murphy to help his arthritis and gave it to Cleo as a preventative due to her cruciate repair. The basic recipe is suitable for animals and humans but it gives me the runs. it was fully researched by a vet who oversees the website and the very informative facebook group
  2. Thanks. Our GP is really a rarity these days . He does really care about his patients. Being a rural area he gets to know the person and os a friend as well as a GP. I couldn't have had more support both before and after. He has told me he is only a phone call away. He has no time for you if you are not ill but when you are ill he is excellent. He is not liked by a lot due to his dry sense of humour . Unfortunately, he retires next year .The other partner is very good but not as open as he is.
  3. Hello, fugees. I have been reading although not posting. Life goes on but it is hard some days. It is a big adjustment to make. I met JIm when I was 16 and am now 72 so he was always there for me. w e were married for 51 very happy years. Everything happened so quickly it shocked even our GP. Our GP was excellent all through it, even giving the nurses his private mobile number to call him when he was off duty. I couldn't have asked for more. At the weekend I am going to spend some time with my son and his family in Edinburgh.
  4. He has Domperidom form GP and ondestaron from chemo department. Injection was also ondestraon. Locum said that ws the strongest they had. He only had 3 days supply from chemo so he gave us more to use if necessary. However, the queaziness ands sickness has gone. He has been able to eat more today. He is feeling slightly stronger today and has managed to get up to sit on the couch. Our GP service is very good and is checking on him daily. Constant rain here today and everything, even the road, is sodden. I keep looking for a dry spell to take Cleo out but it is not happening. I have had to light the wood burner as well. Summer has definitely gone now. I hope the vandals can be sorted out, Owl. It is a sad world when that is how they get their kicks. Teenagers are committing murder. There is some thing very sick with our society . There is no respect for other people or their property. You take what you want and lash out if you don't get your own way.
  5. Sorry about Max, Suzeanna. Another arrival at rainbow Bridge. I agree about the People's Vote. if people have changed their minds or didn't know what they were voting for , tough . You had tour chance. I don't understand the 'it's the end of Democracy'. Is it not Democracy that the higher vote wins? . Does that mean we can ask for another General Election when the party we voted for doesn't win? How can we say we will not leave without a deal. I tis not up to us- Parliament can't agree a deal amongst themselves, never mind with the Eu.They act like a lot of school playground kids. I hope the news about the fences helps you , griff. Good news about the car. JIm has been quite unwell since his chemo this week but we have been to the OOH locum and he has had an anti sickness injection which hopefully will settle his stomach. The anti sickness pills he has aren't working.
  6. Sorry about Dex, Griff. It is much cooler here today. It did rain earlier but is dry but breezy now. Will take Cleo out before it rains again.
  7. Haven't posted but have ben reading. We had to have Murphy PTS on Saturday when his condition deteriorated and it was no longer fair to keep him going. Then JIm had a very bad Sunday with pain and exhaustion. A gp appointment on Monday gave us the diagnosis of advanced cancer. Things are bit up in the air at moment.
  8. Suzeanne, the oncologist stressed it was JIm's decision. He was happy with whatever he decided to do. I think he got a fright with the fluid in his chest and the possibility of it happening again. He also showed the report that the mass was very near a main artery and could cause it to burst.That would happen with no warning and cause massive internal bleeding. He hopes the chemo will shrink it away from the artery. Side effects do worry him but he is resigned to it . We will have to see what effects he gets. The plan is an infusion in his vein then two weeks tablet and one week off, repeated for 6 cycles. Sorry you are in the same boat with Dex. Their time is never long enough. Murphy's diagnosis has been a shock as until two days ago he was fine except for not eating., probably due to nausea. He has not lost any weight and looks alert and bright. He still jumps up on the couch and barks at whatever. Yesterday he ate some dried food which I hand fed him. I am sure he thought he was getting treats. Today he has eaten tinned Chappie . We will just have to go from one day to the next.
  9. Hello Loobie. Welcome back. I know what you mean about lurking but not posting.
  10. Not a good day! Found out Murphy 's kidneys are in a very bad way. He stopped eating two days ago . Most unlike him so I thought maybe the Metacam was upsetting his tummy. Have been in contact with the vet the last two days who also suspected that but I took him to the vet today for a check and they did a blood test. Kirsty was surprised as he looks good. Not at all like a 141/2 year old dog but his creatin level is very high. So, we have to stop the Metacam and the paracetamtol and try tramadol for his sore hips and a kidney diet but It is a case of how long we can keep him comfortable. She did say that if I hand back the paracetamol I got today they will credit my account for them which I thought was very good of them. JIm had a good visit with the oncologist this time, He was on time and very on the ball. Not at all like he was the last time. He starts chemo next week. Thankfully he can get his infusion at our local hospital rather than having to travel 100 miles each way . JIm had always resisted chemo but the oncologist showed him how , after being stable for 21/2years , the cancer in his lung had grown between the two scans he had recently.
  11. Chocolate and coffee sound good, Jazz. Not so keen on the beer . Eve, you wonder if some rescues really want to rehome some dogs. They put up obstacles instead of working to sort them. I have answered requests for home checking up here for rescues I do not know. They have been happy to supply details of what they want checked. Being in such a rural area in the far north it is only recently that there has been a local rescue so folks had to go further afield. For breed rescue they still have to. When I adopted from IRR they had nobody in the Fife area and hadn't had any success finding somebody. They asked me is I knew anybody who could do it. I suggested one of the local rescues and the lady there obliged. She knew me by association with my dog training class. A lot of her rehomed came to them. But we had never met. It was a very short homecheck . She did say of it had been anybody else it was have been much more. I was asked recently, by IRR, if I knew anybody who could do a homecheck on Mull. I didn't but they said they would manage somehow - a different attitude. Being volunteers is no excuse. All the ones I have dealt with were volunteers but they go all out fro the dogs. It is a shame for Harvey but there will be another dog out there waiting for you.
  12. had a busy couple of days last weekend with visitors but they enjoyed themselves, despite the language barrier. It was their first time out of Romania and were amazed at the shades of green in the vegetation. They have grass for a month or two. Outside that it is too hot or too cold. My nephew went gluten free and says he feels much better for it. He is a PE teacher who plays sport in his free time so needs his health and energy. I cut down some overgrown rhododendrons yesterday. They were taking over the bit of garden. The space is bigger now. Some branches were thick and were difficult yo cut, Last night and this morning I could hardly move my right arm. It is slightly better now but my elbow is painful. JIm is still in a lot of pain in his chest. She thinks it is scarring from the drain removal and should resolve itself. After we told her about our last appointment fiasco she contacted the oncologist and he agreed to another CT and blood test before his appointment on Tuesday. Only problem was the CT machine was broken. It was fixed on Friday so a scan was arranged for Monday. I think she is just being cautious- I hope so. Meantime he is dozed up with Morphine and anti inflammatories and spends more time asleep then awake. I hope you can return to normal life soon , griff. Having nightmare neighbours is no fun. You should be able to lead your own life without interference from people like that.
  13. Jazz, of course you will be upset. There would be something wrong if you weren't.
  14. Hi, everybody. A lightning strike fried our internet hub on Monday so haven't been able to get online. BT replaced the hub and took the old one back for testing as it became red hot. It didn't cool down when switched off and had to be totally disconnected to cool down. If we had not been in it could have caused a fire so is deemed a health and safety risk. They need to find out why that happened. I have been catching up. A lot has happened in 6 days. Can't go over it all but good wishes where needed. I hope your medicine works, Yantan. It must be very uncomfortable. Griff, my grandad concealed his real age from my grandmother until he received his old age pension when he had to admit it. He was 18 years older than her , which is why he made out he was younger. Our visitors have gone out so we are enjoying some down time before heading out to meet up with them . After torrential rain with the thunder and lightning on Monday It has been rather misty and drizzly on and off for the last few days but reasonably warm. - autumn has definitely set in here. Murphy had perked up now he is getting the paracetamol so he is to stay on it. He has lost a lot of muscle in one of his back legs which the vet doesn't expect him to get back and he may have a tumour on that leg . . No point in an MRI scan as we wouldn't do anything further anyway. As long as we can keep him comfortable we will carry on.
  15. Puppy cuddles, Jazz. Another hot day here but I have managed to get a good bit of weeding done.Not finished yet but the end is on sight. If the weeds would slow down a bit.
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