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Got a call from the hubby tonight. See, he's been out of town all week, and he wanted to let me know exactly when he was coming in tomorrow afternoon. He also wanted to let me know that he found out he'll be going to Thailand the 19th through the 29th.

I knew the Thailand trip was coming, but DANG! Home about NINE DAYS this month???? I miss him.


I'm taking a caregiver class next weekend, to learn how to be a better advocate for my mom and what to look for in her different ailments, particularly the vascular dementia. Having not taken the course, I think I'm doing damn fine. Mom has been taking her meds all three times a day, she is actually eating healthy meals on a regular basis, testing her blood sugar three times a day (at least), and is being prepped for her surgery to come soon (the double knee replacement). I guess she'll be staying with me all month.

I haven't killed her yet. That's something.


On a brighter, yet slightly more Ooogie, note: I stepped into the shoes of a dental hygenist today for a while. Do you KNOW how much it costs to put a dog under and get its teeth cleaned? Double that. Pepper isn't so bad, but Barq's teeth were AWFUL! They were brown in the back, and her canines were brown about halfway down. I brush their teeth sometimes, but not with enough regularity. I do give them plaque prevention stuff, and things to chew. She's just got gross Cairn teeth.

Both of them are really used to me grooming them. During baths, they know which foot to raise up to be cleaned, and do it before you ask. Yeah, we have a routine you could say. They let me clean their eyes and ears. We brush them out. Barqs, on the rare year I feel like doing it, will even let me hand strip her coat. They are ok with their teeth being brushed.

While out at the store today, I saw one of the metal picks the dentist uses to remove tarter buildup from your teeth. I thought it was worth a try because they didn't cost much. I sat down with the dogs upside down in my lap and they LET ME DO THIS! I didn't get it all done, but got a good three or four teeth in Barqs, and a few more than that in Pepper CLEAN. I mean all of the brown tarter just chipped off and their teeth look great...in front. I didn't want to stress them too much, so I called it quits then. I still need to get the back of the teeth, and their rear teeth. It's really hard to get to them because as soon as you open their mouth, they start that licking/chewing thing.

I can't believe I just wrote multiple paragraphs on scraping tarter off my dogs' teeth.


Off to do Sudoku. Thank God tomorrow is Friday. Too bad I have to reschedule my therapy appointment for Monday because I have to go sit for hours and hours with my mom for a nuclear stress test.


Oh yeah, got the weed and feed done yesterday and turned the sprinklers back on. Yes, the same night it stormed. :) In a few weeks, I'm going to transplant a honeysuckle bush that has outgrown its pot and needs to go in the ground, and I want to find a few Crepe Myrtles for the backyard. I'm so glad it's gardening time again. It really relaxes me.


Both of the boys got bad notes sent home from school today. It's not like them. I wonder if they feel the stress of daddy being gone and Gamma being sick and staying with us. We try to keep things as normal as possible.


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Mar. 10th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
you totally cracked me up: "I can't believe I just wrote multiple paragraphs on scraping tarter off my dogs' teeth." ah....still laughing.

YES, i know how much doggie dental work costs--i used to work at a beverly hills veterinary office. that's why i bought my puppy a hartz toothbrush and (eew) meat-flavored toothpaste. not that i ever use them, darn it.

i WISH my dog would let me do anything you mentioned. esp not the tartar scraping! hell no! my dog just would NOT be havin' it.
Mar. 10th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
It took our girls quite a long time to get used to brushing. I don't do it often enough. They HATED the brush, so I found these little treated pads - they look almost like those round Clearasil pads? - and you just wrap it around your finger and rub that way. They got used to that. This last time, I found something that looks like a Q-tip, which has liquid inside, and you just rub with that. They didn't seem to mind that one either.

Now that they are so used to the brushing and letting me look at their teeth, short times scraping tarter off aren't too bad on them. They seem to react worse when I try to brush out the fur towards the back of their belly :)
Mar. 10th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
I am just amazed at the effectiveness of Pedigree Pal Denta Stix when it comes to my dog! ever since she has had them we didn'T have to clean her teeth.

I believe that being a good advocate is not really dependant on classes you take.
Mar. 10th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Those things only help in preventing tarter. Once it's there...no dice.

I think I'm a pretty good advocate for my mom, although I do tend to 'take over', especially when giving medical history. She wanders and forgets to mention things, so I just think it speeds things up. I'm taking the class mainly to get information on what to watch out for in case her vascular dementia gets worse, or if there are resources available we could use that I'm not yet aware of.

You are in a good mental state, but do have medical issues. Does Kevin ever have to act as your advocate? Do you ever resent him stepping in, if he does?
Mar. 10th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Kevin is doing a lot of interpreting for me when I don't understand a particular person's speech. He also has to make decisions for me and concerning me, and he does have power of attorney if i'm incapacitated. (Is that the word I'm lookig for at all?) At first I did have resentment issues, when he took up the tutor role that some sign language interpreters tend to fall into.

One of the things that helped us was sitting down and me making my wishes known. That is important for me to know that Kevin knows what I'd want.
Mar. 10th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found that class it should be good.

My mom needs to go to one for taking care of a spouse in the same situation. She did it for her dad, who died 2 years ago, and she was a care giver for him for about 2 years. Dad is going to be a much slower process and we're only at the begining.

Can you show me how to cleen my CAT'S teeth like that?!! she needs it so bad, where'd you buy that thing?!!! I dont want to pay to get the vet to do it either.

Yes, I'm sure the boys actions are from what is going on at home, sometimes it helps if you tell the teachers what is going on at home.
Mar. 10th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
I would NEVER attempt to clean a cat's teeth without putting them under. Are you INSANE???? :)
Mar. 10th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
She's pretty docile when I clip her claws!
Mar. 10th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so ready to get outside and work in my yard! It's one of my favorite things to do. I'll take a cd player outside, pop in some of my music, crank it up, and stay out there all day long.

I've got 3 dwarf crepe myrtles I'm ready to dig up. They haven't bloomed yet (I've had 'em for 3 years), and I think they're diseased beyond repair. I'd like to buy some of the 'regular' ones to replace them. I could spend hours (and lots of $$$) in Lowes or Home Depot!!!
Mar. 10th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! I can't wait to see how my back garden looks this year, since I planted mostly perennials last year. I know the delphenium have gotten HUGE!!!! My cat mint is already starting to grow bushy, and there are buds on my honeysuckle. I'll have to replant my morning glories to climb my arch. I wish we got more sun next to the house in the backyard. It is almost constantly in shade, and therefore gets kind of mushy when it rains.

AHA! I've got it! I need to build up a little bit with bricks, fill in good dirt for a foot (cha-ching, that will cost a fortune) and plant HOSTAS!!! I love them, but never had a shady place for them here.

I would really like to plant trees in the backyard, but I'm scared (or clueless). We have an in-ground sprinkler system and I am so terrified of hitting it when I dig. I have no clue where the pipes run, only where the heads are. I would love two fast-growing shade trees, like the Bradford Pear we have in the front yard, along the east fence of our yard so the boys have shade to play out there.

Ok, I've gone on too long and am starting to get too many ideas I can't fulfill. A little at a time. A little at a time. :)
Mar. 10th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ayeeeee!!! We need to get together and dig sometime! :p You sound just like me---I have tons of ideas, but I'll never have enough time (or cash) to accomplish all of them when I want to (now!) This year, I've actually forced myself to only buy one 'gardening' product at a time whenever I'm in a Hellmart. 'Course I started in January. So far it's mostly been 'weed and feed' and Round-Up, lol.

If I could "be" anything else in the world, I'd own a nursery and fiddle with plants/trees/flowers/whatever all day long! Someday, when I win the lottery, that's what I'll do.

I need an in-ground sprinkler system, but that's something that will have to wait.

I love my Bradford Pear trees. They're blooming right now.

Oh, and hostas are wonderful! I've never considered myself to have a green thumb, but those actually made me feel better about myself. ;) I followed the instructions, planted them in the shade years ago, and they still look great.

Ok, now I'll shut up. ;)
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