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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

A trip to the hospital and a new arrival

Ah...that got you wondering didn't it?  No I haven't just given birth..I'm far too old...thank goodness!

We did go to the hospital today, reluctantly on my part.  I do have a habit of putting up with things for too long.   I saw an orthopaedic surgeon today and I have tendonitis in my right arm from above the elbow down to my fingers.  It's been painful for weeks now, and then two days ago a ganglion appeared on the top of my wrist and seemed to get bigger overnight.

I had x-rays which confirmed his diagnosis.  I now have a splint on my wrist and lower arm which I
have to keep in place for a minimum of 2 weeks, and four lots of medication.  The doctors really overdo medication here.  In fact one lot of tablets is to counteract the side effects of one of the others.  It's hoped that this will deal with the problem.  If not I may have to have an operation.  To ensure that I don't reach that point I am not allowed now, or any time in the future, to lift anything heavy or put any strain on the arm and wrist.  Hmm...easier said than done.  Everyday life consists of lifting, carrying and moving things about.

And the new arrival?  Well he hasn't arrived yet, it will be a further 10 days or so.  His name is Tommy, and he lives in the Fethiye area. He is about a year old.  He was abused and neglected as a pup until rescued by an English woman who could only keep him for 6 weeks, he was then fostered by another English woman, but it was only going to be a temporary measure to prevent him going to the council shelter.

Time is running out, he had to be re-homed or it would be the shelter for him.  It is a heartbreaking situation.  Little dogs that have learned to live with people have no chance of surviving in these shelters.  So he is coming to us.  Today he was neutered and is recovering well.  The fosterer is arranging transport to get him to us, because we daren't risk using the car at the moment while it's not yet registered in our name.

I wondered if it was too soon after losing Poppy.  I didn't think I could do it, but then I looked at her empty bed and just knew it had to be filled with another in need.

22 comments:

  1. You have a big heart....big enough to see that little Tommy needs you - just as Poppy did.
    And as to the arm, thank goodness you have Mr.A with you and not off working somewhere.
    But for goodness' sake be careful that lifting etc with one hand and arm doesn't put your back out.

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    1. There are just so many dogs needing homes Helen, and I don't know why certain ones just seem to jump out at me.

      I'm certainly relieved to have Mr A around now to stop me from lifting and moving furniture about....and I'll make the most of it for as long as possible :-)

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  2. Sorry about your arm and congratulations on the new addition!

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  3. Linda, it is hard not to lift. I was told I could not lift for at least 8 months, but knew that it was impossible.Nothing untoward has occurred so far, but I know Mr. A will help you all he can. I hope he doesn`t start work again until you are over the worst. Please take good care and I hope you will be better soon.
    You are so right about being over medicated. The doctor` s here need to get out of the habit of prescribing everything in the chemist`s shop!!
    I am so pleased you are taking in another dog, he will never replace Poppy, but he will help you with the grieving process I am sure, he looks a real cutie.
    Love. F.X

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    1. Fleur, it must be very difficult for you to avoid lifting with no-one except Charlotte to help, but do be careful! I am not sure I will take all the meds prescribed. I have searched them all on the internet and will decide which are necessary and which are not. I always do this, and it seems to work. I think all this over-prescribing is more to do with money the doctors get from the drug companies than anything else.

      No of course we can never replace Poppy. When I took in the other 4 this year, they would never have been considered replacements for Beki either. Those we lose are always in our hearts. But each dog is unique, and we love them just the same.

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  4. I know how you feel İ have had carpol tunnel syndorme for years but due to long recovery period have not had the op done and have to say since gong to the gym against doctors orders has improved. İ also hate the amount of medicines given here so usually ignore and keep calm and carry on.
    Re your new addition dont think you could have said no anyway there are all lovely but some of them just creep in and claim a piece of your heart foreverxxxx

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    1. Hi Anna. Sometimes going against the doctor's orders can be the best thing, as you've clearly discovered. I'm just selecting which meds I think are ok, and will only take them short term.

      You know very well how these dogs affect us. It's impossible sometimes to ignore them. xxx

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  5. Hope you get well soon ,and thank you for taking the little boy he looks so bonny ,he will put a spring back in your heart bet Poppy sent him to you she knows what LOVE you give them all xx Dawn

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  6. Georgina and Scruff xx12 December 2013 12:38

    Have just read your blog for the first time, thank goodness for people with big hearts! As to the ganglion - did they not used to be hit with the family bible to get rid of them???? Look after yourself - Georgina and Scruff xx

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    1. Hello Georgina and Scruff (I bet Scruff's a dog) and welcome to my blog. You are right I also read that ganglions were dealt with by hitting them with a bible...I'm glad we don't do that anymore, I'm sure it would give me a heart attack!

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  7. Glad that you eventually went to hospital to get yourself sorted, Ayak, even if it means your capacity to do as much as usual is reduced. And a good job Mr A is at home now to help you. I do hope you heal quickly and completely although these things don't usually go away, but have to be looked after. Take care and just take what you need!
    Tommy looks an absolute sweetie. I like Dawn's idea that Poppy sent him to you - hope he helps fill the gap she left.
    Axxx

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    1. I'm making the most of Mr A being around Annie, and I have settled on one lot of tablets and the anti-inflammatory gel. This splint makes a huge difference. It is removable which is necessary for showering of course, but when it's in place it does act as a reminder not to lift anything.

      Tommy will have Poppy's bed when he arrives. I'm sure she would have been happy for him

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  8. OMG!!! Hope your arm gets better soon and thank goodness Mr. A is home and not working away from home. I know it's hard not to lift or move around so do be careful and really take care of your self....I know I have such a bad back now that I can't even sit to long to write to anyone or even sometimes just plain read blogs. I also have a Dr. who is a pill popper......everytime I go he prescribes different pills for my back. BUT I take the prescription paper but don't fill it out.
    ....your new addition is so adorable and you and Mr. A are really true 'meleks'.....he is so cute and and who wouldn't want to take him in.
    Tommy doesn't know this but he is one lucky doggy...who will be loved in a way he never imagined.

    Take care of yourself.....XXOO

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    1. I'm against popping too many pills Erica. Now I know what the problem is I will only take what I feel is necessary and most important try not to damage the tendons any more.

      We are looking forward to welcoming Tommy to our home xx

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  9. You are going to love Tommy. I had him for around 6 weeks when he was took off the people who were abusing/neglecting him. He is so friendly and energetic and so full of life. Cant wait to see photos, its such good news that he is finally getting the forever home that he deserves so badly! Katie

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    1. Hi Katie. Welcome to my blog. I'm sure I will love him. It's thanks to people like you and Kathy that he hasn't ended up in the shelter xxx

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  10. Hi Linda, I had a Ganglion on my hand for ages, it only rarely hurt and didn't bother me apart from the looks. One day I accidently hit my hand against the door frame and it was gone. Never returned :)

    Tommy looks like a very friendly and lively little chap. Good luck with him.

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    1. Hi Johanna. Well maybe the old idea of bashing with a Bible made a lot of sense! The ganglion isn't bothering me at all, it's the elbow and wrist that's really painful. It does seem a bit better today though. I've just heard that Tommy will be arriving on Monday so we are getting ready for him x

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  11. So sorry to hear about your bad arm, Ayak. It's difficult to avoid lifting things with your right arm, so I'm glad you have Mr A there to help out and give your tendons time to heal. In the UK we tend to be given only the medications we really need, but French doctors are also (in)famous fro over-prescribing.

    As for Tommy, you really are incorrigible, but I can see just why you couldn't resist him. :-)

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    1. Thanks Perpetua. I don't like taking any medication unless absolutely necessary, so I've taken the bare minimum now for two days and there is some improvement.

      Tommy does look very cute doesn't he?

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