Another day

I have been convinced by Deb to take the antibiotics so I have started. I think it was the right decision. I am still having trouble breathing and can feel that my lungs are congested. I have 5 days to get feeling better before I am back to work. This illness is really colouring my view of the world. I just feel so crappy.

In other news – all the dogs are doing well. Our dogs are so well behaved it astounds me at times. This afternoon (I didn’t wake up until 1:30 pm) Kiefer, Sienna, Piper, Sawyer and Zoe all wanted outside. As soon as I opened the door, Diesel[1], started to bark scream. Piper ran the fence and barked for about 45 seconds then she stopped. Diesel continued until one of his people started to scream at him to stop. Zoe started and I asked her to stop, which she did immediately. Meanwhile the rest of the dogs were just frolicking and running and not barking. It must make the neighbours crazy how well behaved our crew is outside. Our saving grace over the years of having many dogs at a time is that we have never allowed txhem to bark outside. We try to be as considerate as possible when it comes to the neighbours.

She just ate something good!

Right now Zoe[2] is harassing me for my dinner. She is absolutely relentless. This is a daily ritual. First she starts by pawing at my leg. When that is ineffectual she does it harder while growling and barking at me. If I recline my chair then she jumps up and starts climbing up on me. We have learned that we can never win with her. I am guessing she needed all this tenacity to survive her previous life where she was made to produce puppies. Now, she is queen of the Swamp and couldn’t be happier!

The 'eye'


She is so cute!

[1] The barking machine who lives next door.

[2] Whose nickname right now is ‘Cindy Lou Who’ because of how her hair is cut. She is actually answering to Cindy right now.

Health Update

I went to see the doctor today and I have fluid on my lungs. I am going to have pneumonia if I am not careful. So I have antibiotics (blech) and I am staying home tomorrow to try and rest and shake this thing. I am really having trouble breathing as the fluid is wreaking havoc with my asthma. My doctor also gave me a prescription for a stronger asthma inhaler. I hope I feel better soon as it has been a really long haul.

Completely Opposite Day

As horrible and dark yesterday was today has turned out to be the complete opposite. Something that had been done to me and had reminded me of all the hurt and insult I went through was righted today by a group of kind people. It has certainly made me feel better about my place in the universe. I have also decided to challenge something else that has been nagging at me for months now. It is fixed now and I hope it will change my overall outlook.

I am beginning to ponder some other changes. There is nothing much I want to say about it right now but it has to do with enhancing our quality of life. Right now between my ulcerative colitis and Deb’s MS plus working full-time, our quality of life is pretty much in the toilet. If either of us gets a virus (like the one I have had for over 10 days) we are even sicker and it takes much longer to recover. I am not quite sure what is going to change at this point. What I have come to realize is that I do not see how things can continue without some way of improving my health.

I often complain about my daily calls to my mother. Tonight was different. She gave me very good news that will ease pressures on us. I think she hopes we could be of more help to her as she is now facing having to use oxygen. She was able to breathe much better when she was on the cruise and when she was here. Anyways, it was very, very good news that has really made my day.

One of those days

Today is one of those days where every thing seems dark and hopeless to me. I am tired and (still) sick. I feel unappreciated for the things I do and I really don’t feel like going on. I am sure it will pass eventually. It is just a dark day for me.

Stephen Harper Exposed

Well if anyone wondered how Stephen Harper would behave with a majority the questions are over now. The way he has legislated Canada Post Workers back to work. By imposing a lower amount than Canada Post offered he is insulting all working people in Canada. He has a good job with a good salary and, in typical Conservative fashion, he doesn’t care if workers can support their families.

Even though Harper promised a ‘kinder, gentler’ government it is clear it does not extend to public sector employees. This does not bode well for the other public service employees whose contracts are going to be up for negotiation. Yet the Harper Conservatives will happily cut corporate taxes. Does he not realize that it is working people, spending their wages that drives the economy? I am guessing he missed that day at economics school.

At least we have a robust opposition. Jack Layton and the NDP staged a 58-hour filibuster trying to stall the passing of the legislation. The purpose of the filibuster was to give Canada Post and the Union a chance to engage in more discussions. Unfortunately, Canada Post had nothing to gain by going back to the table because they knew that they would prevail when the government passed the legislation.

This is a horrible message for Harper to send to Canadians. He has completely undermined collective bargaining in the country. Unionized workers provide many of the services Canadians rely on. This country has been built by strong unions and the idea of a living wage for workers. The erosion of wages and benefits for the public workers will help to justify lower wages in the private sector. Yet again the Harper Conservatives are ignoring the fact that it is people spending money they earn that drives the economy.

As most of us know, there is no ‘kinder, gentler’ Stephen Harper. Sadly, we are just beginning Harper’s majority government. He will do a lot of damage in 4 years and we have given him a mandate to do just that. Harper is now accountable to no one for at least 4 years. He will continue his fear mongering, union busting, corporate tax cutting ways until he is thrown out of office.

This and that

What the hell is up with the weather? I have turned the heat off in the house like 3 times since May. Again, today, I had to turn it back on in the living room as I was freezing. Not that I want it to get hot but really it would be nice not to have to heat the house.

I have been so sick this week, I have not even had the energy to eat and cook. I managed to marinate some chicken today and hopefully I will have the energy to cook it and eat it. This virus has been the worst thing I have had in a very long time. I know I have been whining and whinging about being sick for days. I am a little concerned that I am developing bronchitis as I am coughing and I have crackly lungs – never a good sign for an asthmatic.

I plan to do nothing this weekend. I have to work on Monday, which never makes me happy so it is a short weekend. At least I have a long weekend next week with Canada Day. I really need to recover my energy as I am going to be extremely busy over the next couple of months.

Gratutitious Pet Shots

I can’t string too many words together today. I am still sick. Instead I shall regale you with pictures of the crew. Enjoy!

Zoe - her smaller, blind eye
Pipes looking very serious
Great shot of the boy!
Molly looking good!
Kiefer licking his lips
Clio getting a treat


Isn't Bella adorable!!!

Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘I need the plague to go away’ edition

  • We decided to get Bella groomed this summer. Mostly the decision was made because I was going away for a week and she mats as soon as I am away. She got a lion cut. She looks absolutely adorable. We could certainly see all the weight she lost as a result of her hyper-thyroid. She lost about 8 pounds. It was very hard to see how much she had lost under all that hair. Her demeanor has completely changed since she was shaved. She is much more interactive and demanding for attention. She preens around as if to say: “look at me, aren’t I cute?” It is too funny!
Isn't Bella adorable!!!
  • I have named this virus the ‘motherfuckervirus.’ It is one of the worst illnesses I have had in a long time. I have had a sore throat, congestion, fevers, hot sweats, cold sweats, and fatigue plus it has settled in my lungs and I am coughing. It also never seems to get better. It is slowly going away but after being laid out flat for 3 days I have to go to work now. I am tired of sweating and feeling like I am going to pass out every time I move. It looks like everyone here is coming down with it too. I am very sorry.

Gratuitous Piper Pug picture.!

Piper is so cute!


I went back to work today after my vacation and being sick this week. Wow. I did not check any email for the whole time. Funny thing, the longer I went without checking my email the less I wanted to check it. When I finally checked this morning, I had 239! Uggh. Other than that it was fine except I feel like crap.

I am feeling slightly better today. But the roving fevers have been a little much. I seem to be ok as long as I don’t move around too much. If I do, I seem to sweat uncontrollably and cough.  At least my hands and arms don’t hurt today. Yesterday, I couldn’t even make a fist yesterday.

I hope to be back to some sort of normal content soon!

Still sick…

… day 4 of the plague. I have not been this sick in a long time. I slept 14 hours and it still took all I had to take a shower. In fact, I am so sick that this is the first time I have even been in front of the computer. I have to get into work tomorrow so I hope I feel better soon. This has been a very strange virus. I have had a lot of pain in my arms, wrists and hands for 3 days. I literally cannot grasp things with my right hand today. I am going to bed early again tonight and hope that it will break over night. Wish me luck.