Monday, January 28, 2013

14-day Waiting Period

It would be our luck to provide a home to yet another animal that isn't "healthy".

Years ago, we adopted two cats and within the first week, one of them presented health issues. These issue stuck with her/us for the duration of her life in our home.

We have had Rocco for 10 days and yes, he is sick.

We aren't really sure what's wrong with him other than GI issues. Kind of ironic, since Travis was born with so many GI issues. Our cat, Lily had GI issues. Joey has had GI issues in the past.

What is it with us and GI issues?

I am not one who is normally very spiritual, in the sense of God. But I do believe in something. What that something is, not sure, but something.

Something, or someone is testing us. We wouldn't be given these challenges if we weren't thought to be able to handle them. Right?

Nothing is easy, I get that. But, come on, really? We adopt the most loving, mellow, passionate little pup and he too has GI issues?

Of course, when we brought him in to our home, we "applied" for pet insurance. We have paid a lot of money in tests and medical bills in the past for our cat and didn't want to take that chance with our new dog.

Of course, there is a fourteen day waiting period for coverage. So, what are you supposed to do in those first two weeks of ownership if the pup gets sick? Yes, you have to pay. And yes you still have to pay for coverage of insurance. I'm not really understanding the whole logistics of it, but it is what it is. I'm sure once his policy goes in to affect on February 7, he will be the healthiest dog for the next 365 days. At least we know if he isn't, we will have help...

I just want my pup to be ok. He's miserable and lethargic and there isn't anything I can do to make him feel better. It's almost the same as when Travis is sick and I can't explain to him why he feels this way. I'm sure he's confused and scared and other than love him, I don't really know what I can do for him.

We wait.

And see how he does over the next couple of days.

During our 14 day waiting period.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A new year, Rocco and less chocolate.


It has been so long since the last time I wrote in my blog that I forgot my login information.

Instead of writing a recap on the last nine months, I'm going to keep most of it in my handy dandy brain that I've got. So much has gone on that I couldn't even begin to write about it.

Travis is almost twenty months old. That means terrible twos are just around the corner. Joey is thirteen and starting high school later this year. Scary. What's even more scary is that I was a freshman in high school when I met his father...

2012 was sort of like a soul searching year for me. I started meditating more, practicing yoga, running, working out in a manner I'd never done in my life, and I connected with my friends and family more than I had in previous years. I made diet and lifestyle changes that have helped me tremendously and I've now had to give up on my favorite relaxing activity, the sun.

I was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma in October and had a pretty large area of subcutaneos tissue removed from my lower back. Needless to say, it scared me. It isn't something I got from the sun, but the sun could make it appear elsewhere, quicker. It's genetic and I "got it from my momma" (along with  many other beautiful assets I got from her). She too, has been diagnosed...

They did get all of the cancer, however, I have to be seen every six months by my dermatologist for pretty much the rest of my life.

I've made some amazing friends this past year and I think that too plays a part in me not typing away at my computer. My classes kept me busy over the last two semesters and I didn't really have free time to just, write.

Our latest news is our newly rescued Maltese, Rocco. He is nine months old and so far, deeming to be an excellent source of therapy. While Travis has gotten jealous of his new little brother, I think that over time they will become best friends. Joey is still "bonding" with him and I'm waiting for that special moment when they cuddle on the couch together.

It's gloomy today. I feel that it is quite appropriate as I sort of have a dark gloomy cloud lurking over me this week. My ex-husband, who is now one of my close friends, left for his fifth tour in Afghanistan on Monday. My heart goes out to his wife, their four year old son and our own son, Joey. I'm not sure why this tour is affecting me like it is, but I'm hoping the time goes quickly and he and his group are home safely at the end of this year.

I work out. A lot. Some weeks more than others, but lately I'm participating in some sort of "challenge" through the bootcamp I attend. I know I won't win, but it's still fun to challenge myself to the diet changes and the workouts. I'm succeeding with the workouts, failing on the diet. I'm not going to lie, I divulged more than once into the leftover Christmas Hershey Kisses...

Hoping now that life has slowed down I can write more. Wait, didn't I say that last time?