Thursday, July 31, 2008
Brief history: We got Gizmo from a family November 2007. They claimed he had gotten his shots but had no records to prove it. They said he was 3 but once again they didn't know his birthdate. So in March I had his distemper, parvo and rabies shots done at a shot clinic ($7 per shot-Bargain!! You can't find those prices at the vet) So I figured he was now up to date.
So back to the neutering. Once again I had called around and was quoted $285 for pre-op tests, anesthesia and the surgery. I was shocked because I didn't think it'd be that much. Since I'm internet savvy I started looking online for cheaper options. I found a website that you can purchase a low cost certificate to get your pet spayed or neutered. It gave me an option of one vet in my area (guess we are secluded-and I thought we lived close to everything?!?!) So I called them and they said yes they accept that certificate and the only additional costs would be for pre-op bloodwork, anesthesia and pain medicine to take home. So the certificate was $64, they never did quote me on the bloodwork, and anesthesia they said would be around $50 and pain meds $20. So I'm thinking okay-that's way better than $285, so I made an appointment.
Fast forward to today. I take Gizmo to the vet. Come to find out that he didn't have two shots that he needed and they wouldn't see him until he had the shots-Corona and Bortadella. So $14 each wasn't bad so they went ahead and gave him those. Then there was pre op bloodwork and also the vet checked him out since it was Gizmo's first appointment. They also did a stool sample, pee sample, and heartworm check. Come to find out what we thought was ear mites wasn't.
1. Gizmo has a yeast infection in his ears
2. He has a skin allergy
3. He DOESN'T have heartworm but needs to be on preventative heartworm medicine.
So I end up having to get
1. Heartworm medicine
2. Prescription pills to take once a day for the ear infection
3. Ear drops 2 times a day in each ear. Quote by the vet assistant "Make sure after you put the drops in and rub his ears that you close your eyes because once he starts shaking his head all the loosened yeast will start to come out and you don't want to get this in your eyes" OH MY FREAKIN' GROSSNESS!!!!!!!!!!! I have passed this task onto Brian :o)
4. Medicated Shampoo for the skin allergy. He needs bathed in this once a week and it has to soak for 10 minutes before rinsing.
So tonight I gave him the heartworm medicine, pill for his ears, bathed him and now I'm just waiting for Brian to get home to administer the ear drops-hehehehe!!!
The shampoo is great. It's the first time ever after giving Gizmo a bath that he hasn't chewed at his skin.
Oh...Wait-I almost forgot the reason I went to the vet in the first place-neutering.
So next Friday (8th) Gizmo is going to get neutered-Add at least $50 for anesthesia, $20 for pain meds and who knows what else.
Then the following Friday (15th) we go back to have the stitches removed and post op checkup-who knows how much that will be
And lastly Friday (22nd) we go and get the booster to the two shots he got today and a checkup of his ears and skin.
So the Grand total for just today which I have no clue how that happened is...
Yep...that's disgustingly right-$300.98 before taxes. I about passed out!! And we still have three more weeks worth of visits and surgery!! How'd that happen?!?!?!?!
:::staring at Gizmo wondering if it is all worth it or not and knowing that it is but experiencing a bad case of sticker shock:::
"Amber read the book skinny bitch too, and she liked it, but she read me some of the stuff and I HATE that book. The authors are not certified to talk about some of the stuff they talk about, especially the organic stuff. Obviously I work for a chemical company, but to say those things and that organic is the only healthy way, is a total FARSE!!!! It it weren't for EPA approved pesticides, there would be NO WAY we could produce as a country or globally the amount of food we currently do. And in the US for domestic consumption and for what we export globally, and for what is produced globally, we still can't produce enough food to feed the world. So if everyone produced organic food without fertilizers, pesticides, corn, soybeans, etc with traits and bioenginered crops..... we would be in a world of hurt. Plus they are all government regulated and safe to apply and use. If we couldn't spray fields with herbicides for weeds and insecticides for bugs, they would totally take over the crop and instead of getting 240 bushels per acre for corn, a person would get probably 20 bushels per acre. Sorry for the tangent, but I'm pretty passionate about that, and those women who wrote that book have no credentials to write those things in that section..... and some others."
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Can you see it yet? Let's look a little closer...
Yes-a gross, slimy tree frog. So as Brian is in the shower I'm yelling at him to look at the frog. He quickly finishes his shower and starts the recovery process :-)
So he catches the frog by his body, then slipped to two legs, then one leg, then......................yep you guessed it...the frog escaped Brian's hands. I'm screaming because the frog is now in our bedroom. He starts heading towards the hallway out of the bedroom then stops and jumps behind my 800 lbs dresser. As Brian tries to reach him he then jumps under the dresser.
So we remove everything from the top of the dresser and Brian moves the dresser from the wall to get to the frog. By now I've gathered a measuring tape to reach the frog, flashlight and a magazine to create a border so the frog won't go to the opposite side of the dresser. Brian is poking the frog with the measuring tape and he won't budge-the frog is now playing dead...ugh!!!!!!!!
So Brian finally moves the dresser some more and is able to reach the frog. He has caught him but once again emits a slime and slipped right out of Brian's hands. I'm telling Brian that he better find the frog because there is NO WAY I'm going to bed with a loose frog in the house. The frog hopped away from the dresser and Brian was finally able to capture the frog.
We took him outside and placed him on the sidewalk. He took one jump towards Brian then jumped his way up the grill and into the base of the grill. Grilled frog legs anyone???
Thursday, July 24, 2008
And my new favorite drink is V8 Fusion-Acai Berry. It's a full serving of fruits and vegetables and it's yummy!! So I'm starting to drift away from low carb and get back into things that are healthy for me.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet," Ho said.
He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they're sanitary.
Ho was skeptical at first about the fish, which are called garra rufa but typically known as doctor fish. They were first used in Turkey and have become popular in some Asian countries.
But Ho doubted they would thrive in the warm water needed for a comfortable footbath. And he didn't know if customers would like the idea.
"I know people were a little intimidated at first," Ho said. "But I just said, 'Let's give it a shot.' "
Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Maryland, heard about it on a local radio show. She said it was "the best pedicure I ever had" and has spread the word to friends and co-workers.
"I'd been an athlete all my life, so I've always had calluses on my feet. This was the first time somebody got rid of my calluses completely," she said.
First time customer KaNin Reese, 32, of Washington, described the tingling sensation created by the toothless fish: "It kind of feels like your foot's asleep," she said.
The fish don't do the job alone. After 15 to 30 minutes in the tank, customers get a standard pedicure, made easier by the soft skin the doctor fish leave behind.
Ho believes his is the only salon in the country to offer the treatment, which costs $35 for 15 minutes and $50 for 30 minutes. The spa has more than 1,000 fish, with about 100 in each individual pedicure tank at any given time.
Dennis Arnold, a podiatrist who four years ago established the International Pedicure Association, said he had never heard of the treatment and doubts it will become widespread.
"I think most people would be afraid of it," he said.
Customer Patsy Fisher, 42, of Crofton, Maryland, admitted she was nervous as she prepared for her first fish pedicure. But her apprehension dissolved into laughter after she put her feet in the tank and the fish swarmed to her toes.
"It's a little ticklish, actually," she said.
Ho said the hot water in which the fish thrive doesn't support much plant or aquatic life, so they learned to feed on whatever food sources were available -- including dead, flaking skin. They leave live skin alone because, without teeth, they can't bite it off.
In addition to offering pedicures, Ho hopes to establish a network of Doctor Fish Massage franchises and is evaluating a full-body fish treatment that, among other things, could treat psoriasis and other skin ailments.
Ho spent a year and about $40,000 getting the pedicures up and running, with a few hiccups along the way.
State regulations make no provision for regulating fish pedicures. But the county health department -- which does regulate pools -- required the salon to switch from a shallow, tiled communal pool that served as many as eight people to individual tanks in which the water is changed for each customer.
The communal pool also presented its own problem: At times the fish would flock to the feet of an individual with a surplus of dead skin, leaving others with a dearth of fish.
"It would sometimes be embarrassing for them but it was also really hilarious," Ho said.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
They had the best cake EVER made!
After several years of long hair I also cut my hair the day before
We all had TONS to drink...and here's a couple of my favorite drinking pictures...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Brian is definitely my rock. He's the most considerate, kind, giving and loving person I know. Since the beginning of our relationship he has always put me first and always asks "How are you" He treats me like a princess everyday and I'm so blessed that he is now my husband. Several times a day he tells me how much he loves me and how much I mean to him. He is so expressive with his feelings and makes me feel so loved. I love him for all that he is and all he aspires to be. We have so much fun together and he has such an adventurous side to him and he's so ambitious-he sets goals and he strives to attain them. He works so hard everyday and if it weren't for him we wouldn't be where we are at this point in our lives. I can't wait for us to start a family because I know he'll be the best Dad ever! There is no way to measure the amount of love we have for each other. Thanks for being my rock...I love you!
:::stepping off of my soapbox:::
Monday, July 14, 2008
I forgot to charge the camera battery on Saturday so I only got a few pics on my camera before the battery died and had to resort to my camera phone for pictures during the Shamu show. Bummer...but next time we go I will make sure to charge my camera battery beforehand :-)
Here's a few pics from our day at Sea World.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The 4th of July we went to the beach during the day with Brian's mom then spent the evening at Aunt Diane's house. We had a blast!!! We cooked out, sang karaoke, watched fireworks and enjoyed some beverages.