Monday, October 14, 2013

And at the end of this day, there were brownies

Tabbie Hoffman and I both had doctors' appointments today.  Mine, this morning, was just a blood work appointment at Dr. Shirley's office to get my hormone levels and a complete premenopause panel just to see where we are before we start trying to have a baby.  I'll get the results next Monday.  Larry and I have wanted a baby together since the day we met but time hasn't really been kind to us in that department.  My doctor is very optimistic because I am healthy and have led a somewhat gentle life.  I may be 46 years old but those are just road miles on this old girl.  I'm in excellent health!  Blood pressure is fabulous, blood sugar is awesome and since I've lost weight, they shouldn't be a problem during my pregnancy.  Besides, Michelle Dugger is 47 and trying for Baby #20 OMG and Halle Berry just had her baby boy and she's 47, too.  Seriously, though, we know there are certain risks involved but we also know that God is in total control of our lives and the life of our baby and if He wants it to happen, it will happen.  If not, it'll just be the two of us.  Well, and Tabbie Hoffman.  And probably a dog named Banjo.  :)

I have never been very good at giving blood.  I have veins that absolutely don't want to do right.  I only have the one, in my right arm, that will even pop up high enough for them to stick and then it completely, utterly and desperately closes up on itself as soon as they get the first drop of blood out.  I ended up getting stuck twice in my right arm, once in my left and once in my right hand.  It took two nurses and the office manager diggin' and stabbin' to get the six vials of blood they needed for my tests.  I walked out of there wrapped in enough green medical tape to be the Hulk for Halloween.

Tabbie Hoffman had his yearly checkup and shots this afternoon and I dreaded it so much.  He is so scared of every.little.thing.  I've been using Rescue Remedy rubbed on his head and around his ears but it doesn't seem to be working yet.  I had to just force him into his carrier even though we did a trial run yesterday.  I put his blanket in there with him along with a couple of treats. He immediately hid underneath the blanket until I had to drag him out to see the doctor.  And when he couldn't get back inside the carrier ('cause I zipped it up quick before he could!), he got underneath it.  So pitiful.

They took his picture this time for his online account profile.  They took him from me and he was so scared and shaking and shedding like crazy, had a temperature and was just freaking the hell right on out when they took the picture.  But he looks adorable!!

I really like the doctors and staff there at Southwood Animal Hospital.  Dr. Penner is so sweet and gentle with him.  And the nurses and staff just kept saying how beautiful and handsome he is.  His ears looked good and clean and I think we've pretty much beaten his chronic ear infections with flushing and cleaning them at home.  She said his teeth looked great and I told her that we brush them twice a week!  :)  He weighs 14.2 pounds now and she commented that he has doubled in size in a year but she didn't say he was too big.  She said he was healthy, happy, soft and beautiful.  He's just a big boy.  Now if we can just get him to be more comfortable around people.  I know when Larry's home with us, that will help him.  Bwess his wittle heart.

We came home and took a long nap and then made a pan of double fudge walnut brownies.  We'd been stuck six times between the two of us and we needed some chocolate.  Well, one of us did.  :)


  1. Chocolate ALWAYS makes EVERYthing better!!
    Hope the tests go well for you.....after ALL that. !!
    Ariel always has the "shakes" when going to Vet; but she loves Doc and they treat her very well.
    Take care. ENJOY your blogs. ((HUGS))

  2. It's hard to get blood out of me, too. I wish you the very, very best in your efforts. And yes, OMG. If she can try, so can you!

    1. And you know that I'll be knitting up a storm for you. ;-)

    2. Awwwww, thanks, Brandy!!! That would be awesome!! I want a sling, too. :) <3