Nicky, I had forgotten that you had already had BC before the rest of us, it's strange though isn't it how diagnosis dates never leave us. It has been a pleasure for me to know you all, albeit by internet. Hope you have had a chance to catch up on some rest.
Lily how are you getting on with your new computer? Is it a windows one or Mac? I ask because I found it difficult at first to get the hang of windows 10 when I replaced my laptop 2 years ago. Some things about it are still odd.
Lisa seems to be having a great time with lots of photos on FB.
We had a nice time seeing YD in Lyon, although the mobile home we stayed in was a bit dowdy and as we were in the mountains it was freezing at night. The 2 bedrooms did not have any heating Still, we saw some sunshine during the day.
Since we arrived back home on Monday afternoon we have had a couple of very nice days here, the sun is lovely and quite warm too. Pup is still getting me up at night, but I'm trying to extend the time. His nibbling is the same and I think he gets quite cross with the soreness of teething.
Our GD is teething, but doesn't have any as yet. I get lots of photos all the time and she is so smiley and happy, a real cutie. They are very lucky to have such an easy baby.
YD has finished her 2nd year of her Masters, but at the moment she is doing training as part of the studies with a gynie dr. She is doing translating for the doctors and the interns (I think they are the equivalent to UK registrars). So in July she will be home again until she finds a job, or decides to become an independent translator. This will take a while before she is earning enough like any self employment. She has final exams in August and September. I am very proud of her dedication for her studying.
Well I'm off to take little pups out for a short walk, usually I end up dragging him as he doesn't seem to like the big wide world yet
Have a good weekend all love Carole xx
Happy Easter everyone. A late message from me as it’s been a hectic 24 hours with babysitting GS at our house then a few visitors before a family meal, phew. No chance for a sit down o4 even a glance at my phone let alone my iPad. Poor little chap seems to be back with teething problems, having already got his bottom two. Luckily for us he was as good as gold last night, just not a happy bunny today 🐰 😟Hope his mum and dad have a good night with him tonight.
Anyway another landmark was reached today with it being exactly 10 years since my secondary diagnosis. What a roller coaster I’ve been on - with more to come I’m sure. Thank you all for being there' our lovely friendship has helped us all at various times and long may it continue.
Hi, well the computer has arrived but my sites and favourites don't seem to be a priority so I am still waiting for them to all be imported for easy use. Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter. Lisa I am probably too late but have a fab time. You have got me itching to return to New York. We have been offered a place to stay in Florida if we go some time so that is on the list too. I just struggle so much with the flights.Just come back from a funeral only an hour away and been green as green just from that journey. Hopeless. Carole enjoy your visit and Nicky enjoy your gs time. Sounds like a good time for everyone then
Better get back to packing. I have been getting hilarious accounts of what the littles have put in their cases. They were allowed to pack a little case of whatever they wanted to take extra. I can see us having a boxer pants shortage!! Take care love Lily xx
Enjoy your hols Lisa, lucky you, very jealous. It’s what you need to get away from work for a while and spend time with the family - plus the bonus of sun and retail therapy - what’s not to like!
Carole - enjoy being away visiting YD and do hope your rain stops. Ours has stopped this morning but looks like it is starting again, and continuing all weekend and into next week. Not much fun for anyone. Glad pup is behaving himself a bit more. It is like having a baby again but I’m sure once he is into a routine, especially his toilet training, he will become such a companion for you.
Lily - you enjoy your hols as well (lots of enjoyment on this post ha ha) . You will have a great time in your barn with all the littlies running around. Fingers crossed for the weather so you can all get out and about.
Well we’re not off enjoying ourselves, just at home but will see family over the weekend. GS, who is doing so well, and is the smiley-est baby ever (as I keep saying to his Mum, way more smiley than she was!), is having a sleep over with us on Saturday as ED and SIL are out for a birthday celebration. Just hope I manage a decent nights sleep for when they all arrive for lunch on Easter Sunday! We will be pottering around the house and, weather permitting, sorting out a few things in the garden ready for whenever the sun decides to turn up this year.
Have a great Easter/Pacques where ever you are.
CArol, hope pup is improving xxx
lily, enjoy, barn with all family sounds amazing.
Nicky, hope you are doing okay and having some chill time xxx
well, I'm packed finished work at last, just now and off at 5am. Talk to you all in 17 days but may try and get on line. Big hugs all, miss you xxx
Hi, sorry for my absence but the hard drive crashed and as the computer is 6 now its got to be a new one rather than a repair. Sil managed to save all the data hooray and all the emails but there is a queue for Victor's work laptop as I can't be bothered to bring mine home from work or attempt to use a phone. There are a few around but no idea what their passwords are. Anyway that explains my lack of text.
Nicky glad you had a nice trip even if chilly. Did you visit the baths. I tried the water there yukkk ut you have to do these things once and it was my first visit. Any more news from the latest visits regarding surgical options? Also hope the bum stabbing is manageable, I bet your veins were cheering. Little GS sounds so cute and must give you so much happiness.
Lisa yes we are off when the schools closed, staying in a big barn which has 6 bedrooms and is open plan living space so the noise should be impressive when the littles all get round to hide and seek. I have 2 funerals to go to next week so not a good start but not family so a little easier than some losses. I hope you have a lovely time in Florida and New York. i have to go back!! I am really hooked on the West Wing on tv so really want to try to go round the White House if at all possible on our next trip. i don't think it is easy if you are not American though.
Carole are you sure you got a pedigree pup and not a tiger cub!!! Little devil. Ours didn't like the pet corrector either. Isn't he interested in his toys and chewing them? Mine loved her flavoured puppy 'toy' bones and the rustling and squeeky toys. Even tearing up cardboard like toilet roll inners. It seems a long time to still be crying. Ideas are a hot water bottle (if safe and not very hot) to snuggle up to, lots of cuddly toys (with buttons and dangerous parts removed), the radio on low, something safe to snuggle into. Otherwise go see the vet as he might have tummy ache from a food that doesn't suit him or something? Ours pood for ages and it just suddenly stops. Try a good play and walk as late as possible to tire him out. Also think about what times you feed him as dogs have something whereby their food is evacuated certian time after it eats, so changing the time he feeds may allow him to hold on longer. What part of you is he nipping? If feet, give him your slipper or wear harder shoes. i would definitely enrol in pup classes as soon as he is allowed. Most vets here offer and run them to help with socialisation and problems. Or ask the breeder as the problems may be typical of the breed you picked so they would have ideas too. Good luck. Lily xx
Hi to all
Jobey thank you for offering some advice. The situation isn't much better yet and being as I'm home alone (Mr P works away) I am finding it quite tough. We have some lovely moments but many that are quite exhausting. I'm not one for having animals in the bedroom so will have to put up with it. I'm sure it will get better. He is only 11 weeks old so still very young.
Nicky your break in Bath with the snow and deer sounds picture postcard, I have been to Bath it is a lovely City. It's nice when our little ones can join us at the table. I'm so pleased that you had a lovely birthday.
Lisa, where are you off to?? Well in fact gone by now so have a super time.
Lily how are you? Easter soon so I guess you and the family will be having some time together, is it the Haunted House again this year lol??
I saw my GP yesterday about some abdo problems and am having a CT next week. I guess it could be due to adhesions following operations but it's just a precaution. She also prescribed me some stronger sleeping tablets and boy, last night I was out for the count, very unusual for me. Consequently I didn't hear my little pup but ended up clearing up in his cage this morning, YUK? Getting a good nights sleep has made me feel so much better today.
Better get on with things, love to all Carole xxx
nicky that birthday sounds lovely and the hotel sounds really nice and cozy as it's so bitter out. So you've a few weeks off from the hospital now??
carole, poor you with pup, I'm sure he will settle down lol. Omg the rain on your Facebook post was really heavy.
lily, are you due your wee break soon?
nothing to update on here work is bonkers as ever as we move towards becoming a subsidiary unfortunately the governance all needs to be in place very fast so it's hectic but off on my hols on Tuesday and so ready for it.... hope the snow keeps off as I've seen we are due it again.... we've had none this time round but 35mins away and covered, it's very strange.
off to bed now . Nite nite xx
Just got back from a very snowy stay in a hotel just outside Bath. It looked like a picture postcard with the deer in the deer Park and log fires burning in all the rooms. They had upgraded us to a cosy room in the garden where we had a lounge area with wood burner. Very romantic and just perfect weather for it. A day spent in Bath today doing some extra birthday shopping as OH had given me some spending money. Didn’t buy much but a nice top which I wouldn’t have justified for myself! We had a lovely day on Saturday, my actual birthday, when we went to Winchester with ED, SIL and GS for a lunchtime meal. GS was soooo good and had all the servers coming over him as well as the shop assistants when we went (more) birthday shopping afterwards. He now sits in one of those chairs that you secure to the table so he feels part of the whole meal rather than be stuck in his pushchair or car seat and is much easier to keep entertained.
So, a tiring but very enjoyable birthday and a few weeks off now from hospital visits -last week was jam packed but nothing that I hadn’t expected.
Take care and hope the snow has gone where you are - we had loads on Saturday night and Sunday morning but it’s mostly gone now.
Hi peacock, sorry if I'm butting in but we have had two dogs from puppy's and never crated either , they have both slept up with us from day one as couldn't bear to hear them cry if we shut them down stairs! both golden retrievers , the first one was hard work and woke me several times a night to go out but by 6 months was house trained and slept the night through on our bedroom floor , Gracie our current dog who is now 3 is a darling and from 10 weeks old has slept under our bed or on it with only a handful of accidents in the early days 😊
Nipping is natural with a puppy , easily sorted with a stern shriek from you or a squirt of a wonderful thing called pet corrector , it's a can of compressed air that works a treat! Only have to show it to ours now to stop unwanted behaviour! Good luck with it all and hopefully your pup will soon settle down and give you a nights sleep! Xx
Hi everyone. Happy birthday for tomoorow Nick, hope they all spoil you. Have a lovely day.
Lisa how is the job going? Hope things are working out ok.More snow due tomorrow!! So annoying this year, I want to see spring as going away soon. At this rate I will be packing a dozen jumpers and taking my gloves and scarf. Good luck Carole with the toilet training. That's the only part I find hard work about new pups. Its a long time since I had one and I paid people to come in and take her out on days we both worked or she would go out for the day to family to play with their dogs. It was always too long to leave her until she was much older. I did use the crate though as she was really tiny and the kitchen is big with too many little gaps to get stuck in, so I penned off a play area for her and then the crate when alone for short spells.I didn't really have biters from what you are describing, maybe the puppy bones made of plasticor rubbery compounds. Ours loved the chocolate fragranced one. I hear the golden retrievers are surprisingly the dog that send most owners to A and E so labs might be the same at wanting to hold your hand a bit too much!! Its sweet. I never mind unless its my toes. My neighbour says the chocolates are terribly accident prone and theirs could never be trusted with a small ball without getting into danger. I am pleased you have dogy company again. Lily xx
Hi all, will catch up with goss tomorrow just been manic but popped in to wish belated birthday to nicky. I'm off to bed now although just watched celebrity bake off and can't stop giggling xxx
Hi everyone, how are you all? I am enjoying it being so much warmer, so not happy to hear news of more snow being a possibility. Too much already as far as I am concerned. Carole the pup is certainly keeping you busy and that's brillliant to be clean so far. Our dog was in a crate as well when tiny, it keeps them safe and makes sure they don't over do it. Pups can be quite silly and do too much which I believe can become a joint problm for some of the more leggy breeds. Mothers day was lovely thank you and everyone gave me Nanna cards and gifts on top of the mum ones, so i was extremely spoiled. I saw them all which was most important and I really feel for you being apart Carole. From reading Nicky was one down too. So I was fortunate. We had a huge family meal here and everyone ate exactly what they like best. We call it 'everything out' dinner. The little ones love it. I hadn't realised we had started having titles or themes ha ha. My diet is completely useless as we also had 2 birthdays so cakes galore. i also had a box of personalised really beautiful cup cakes just for me. So hmmm cake every day. Lisa are you on a countdown to your holiday yet? so exciting as it gets closer and the thought of hot sun, fab. Nicky when will you hear about the op? Did they give any indication about whet5her you met some of the requirements or is it all down to the surgeon to decide? I hope you will have the opportunity to put your case forward and discuss it. Or even better. Surgery is a big decision which I am sure they will evaluate very carefully. I guess it is all to do with the position of it, so fingers crossed you get what you want. Keep me posteda nd it would be a nice birthday present to get your wish. i hope you do love Lily xx
Hi Nicky, just in case I don't manage to log in again so I will wish you a happy birthday, I've also read briefly about a liver resection and hope that you will be able to have it. The liver is an amazing organ in that it can regenerate in just a few weeks. Good luck with the appointment.
Hi to everyone else. I'm off for an early night as little choccie has had me on my feet all day.
As a bonus, I've lost 1.6 kilos in the last week. All the running about I am doing has benefits. Exhausting though.
A busy time for you Carole, being a new Mum and all ;-) Hope Aero gives you hours of pleasure and not too many puddles or chewed things. Glad you had a good time in the UK when you visited, sounds like you weren't troubled by the weather.
Well, I had a lovely Mothers Day and made sure ED did as well - her first one. We made sure the two menfolk did the cooking and more importantly the clearing up. OH was very much the sous chef (or most likely the washer-upper) and SIL was the chef but he is very capable. YD had left earlier in the day for a two week holiday to Canada to visit a school friend who is living and working out there at the moment. All very odd without her here, even though she's usually working, especially though as it;'s her birthday today. We will celebrate with her when she gets back.
A few hospital visits this week but nothing too bad. Carole, I'm hoping to have a liver resection (ie cut the bit out with the large lesion in it!) so not another biopsy. One of my appointments is to discuss whether or not it can be done. Otherwise everything is just fairly routine.
Have a good week all, I'm looking forward to another weekend of celebrating, this time its my birthday, hooray.