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Time….Where does it actually go??

May Be I Just Getting Old lol….

The truth really is that since Pups was stolen  all available time has gone on her search….3 years on and we are failing to get anything on her at all.  I know (or I feel strongly) that all I personally do is let Pups down yet I think the others in this ‘We’ don’t let her down….Its all a huge junked up mess in my head and its caused so much stress that flares via the psa have been  far too common.

They asked me about the mtx ….I find it makes me so sick and always have from the start of 10mg tablets through to the 25ml injections.  4 anti emetics by the end and still throwing up or feeling dead…..

I don’t miss that at all.

The flares  have stayed the same. The increase since Pups was stolen is hardly surprising..All of us  connected to her are having issues with stress, upset etc 24/7…..

In my case the psa have gone after the neck, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and the feet….Lol I sitting here thinking yep and the oa the back, also in the neck,  hips, base of skull and knees so  whats left to get trashed BUT I still  have  not been as much as my nightmares at the start of this all those years ago  had in them.

I walked like  drunken gorilla so long now I hate that bit and always have especially since I began the lurching wobbling side …. Its never felt fair that  I don’t drink yet my body behaves as if I am drunk….

There are big changes here… The Lodgers are no longer  here…. There are still 2 of them living with us for ever as I got them  them both off the owner….I also got 2 others off him,  they included Primmy and Blossom and they went to a lovely Rescue who have now  got them in to good solid caring new homes 🙂

Alba is still very much here along with 4 others and the old geriatric mare is still here as well…..Thats the short version but promise to up date on each of that lot as well.

This place went under water 3x the last week…..The weather has been so bad. Its brighter to day so with luck some of the mud will go sticky rather than the  lakes its now being… I hate winter 😉

Where ever you are though PLEASE  keep an eye out for Pups. We have no idea where she is or even if she is still alive….

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I wish so much we knew where she was……

Some Old, Some New……..

……Its been too long…..
My nightmare began when Sequel’s sister got stolen on the 16th November last year as you all know. Its been a very hard time and still she is in the ether….
Will come back to that though…..
You remember I was given beautiful Flower? She was meant to have another foal as part of the deal….but…..2 years running she isn’t in foal 🙂 She has had 5 and will be 11 in the spring so I am hoping she wont have to now.
I did think about breaking her in ….Got a saddle and bridle that would fit her but don’t have too much strength in my body now a days lol Pup’s theft has trashed me so much…..

I have Farley the 26 year old T/B cross now for the rest of her life…..I did managed to get the 4 ponies into rescue (oh one was so bad he really did need a rescue so fast) Their ex owner is non too well mentally and sadly she wont let Farley go to rescue so she is now permanently here. Got her some decent rugs and getting a lot of feed into her and quietly worrying about how much feed she will need over winter…..

Got 6 sheep but heartbreakingly one isn’t my beautiful Bre….I lost her to a heart problem back in August….She was special in a real way but is now with Wish again. She did seem to miss Wish so much….

She went without lingering, indeed a few months before she left us I lost her ….Hunted high and low and eventually found her in a gully …between a 7=8 foot high bank and a really well made fence actually chatting up a young 6 month old ram lol.

She was a beautiful girl and will keep her for my profile still….

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Some will always be that bit more special.

Ementrude is actually….Her and Ethel her sister (and the 2 little ones Esmarelda and Evlyn) are all doing so well lol. The two bigger ones must be 9 years now. The two little ones are 4 I think….and Alba…she is a giant and my big baby lol.

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All growed up now but still a horror lol.

Seeks Pup’s sister is a spoilt brat who might benefit from going to boot camp with Albi lol. She is so like her sister so we use her for the posters as Pup won’t look like this any more…..

Pup At the same age Seeks was so like her too……So must still be really. We haven’t seen Pup since one day off 5 months old…..

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She is still small but for once she can be her self…so …her is the mental not missing Sequel lol

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The bones have got quite bad I guess. The OA is starting to really impact and due I think to the stress of Pup being stolen the PA will not give me any rest but thankfully the drug trial worked so well that I am still on the Tapentadol They and the Pregabs do help so much and I am a still good for 20-30 mins before I have to sit….I mean have to as well or I just flake out.

Looking for Pup has meant we got a foster dog and two pigs lol….. The pigs are huge but quite sweet …the dog…oh he is hell!! Have made some progress with him but he is still a handful and then some ……

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The pigs were nearly sent to market and they had been raised as pet pigs so it would have been so hard for them…..They came here instead lolo They will never be eaten!! They did get out…..

Minnie wanted to scare the horses ….Flower decided she would stop and say hello so Minnie decided to run lol….

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They really are nice….but huge!!

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I have become obsessed with checking the lost and found sites so its been so nice to just spend a bit of time doing this./…I promise I will keep it up dated again and will just leave you all some more of these x

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A Very Quick Up-Date…….

I am sorry its been quiet here…The tumble weed can go now and later I pronise you an up-date…..
Been so busy trying to find our stolen dog…..
Its almost a year now and I have failed biut will pop back tonight with a full up date.
Can I ask you all to share Pup’s page and posters  though please x

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Our-Springer-Pup-Please/520885531344185

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Food delivered by trailer…..

well…. nearly ……… lol

Had this ‘really good’ idea yesterday… would get a big bale as it works out a lot cheaper.  The horses were still here and a small bale wouldn’t last a night so….

Hitched up the trailer, which sounds easy but its hell! Big its not but its twin wheel and so heavy to lift up to get t on the tow bar.  The advantage of that is it doesn’t tip no matter how much weight you put in the back end lol maybe that’s why its was made like that.

Both my trailers are home made but both, what ever their faults, tow lovely…. So off we go, late by now of course but I turned up the field straight and it began to slide a bit…. Its an automatic so not as good on mud as a manual… we had to go back down and come up at a better angle and still it slipped…. but not enough to go sideways lol.

Sideways you loose and the number of times I have done just that…. I used to have this big 4 x 4…. LWB and was almost as good as a Landy but she wasn’t a tractor and did a massive slide right down the front fields slope and into the worst wettest bit…. The tractor got stuck trying to pull her out it was that bad but once he didn’t have the weight of the car he got out and we then used a very, very long rope lol.

The farmer got the bale, he only got haylidge, and as he loaded it on to the trailer 2 things became obvious…. A) the trailer is just not wide enough and B) the bales so heavy it was going to break it… so back to small bales till I can find someone to bring one right in as most will only drop it at the gate.  That gets muddy enough without them eating there…..

Had the jabs today and they so have helped the neck. The botox makes that muscle stop spasaming…. its the only thing that does now a days. When it locks up like that it really hurts and effects the left arm even more… it sort of effects that all the time anyway but when its locked it 5x worse.

She has upped the new tabs, hardly new any more but they are so effective and luckily the only side effects I have had has been a slight hangover feeling for a few mornings…. oh and sleeping 23 hours the first night 8-/  When I think how ill I used to be with the oxy’s and these are better pain relief and so clearly suit me 🙂

Its all a bit sore though just now …. and actually quite yellow having been plastered in iodine lol.

She hopes to avoid the bi-lats that way as I have had so many but she said she will not restrict me so much to numbers as to how many years…. I had the first lot in 1986 but those notes are long lost 😉

I shall leave you with more of the reprobates but just quickly before I forget…. the Pup has both a blog of her own so I don;t bang on about it here (Diary of a stolen springer pup on the blog roll at the side) and her own facebook page…. I have only joined for the pup though I can’t modernise that much 😉  Hey have even now got a laminater for her posters lol

Her page is

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Our-Springer-Pup-Please/520885531344185

Over to these as the jabs do sting a ‘bit’ lol

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Oy Where Is Our Dinner!!!!

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Hey same chair same pup… she is really growing and look how much black flecks she is getting…. I wonder if her sister has the same now?

I know wrong blog 😉 Please publicise the Pup’s page as well as her anywhere you can though.

Right the pain in the lumber (I wont tell you why, suffice to say Alb’s doesn’t like her feet doing 😉   ) has eased enough to lie down so you all take care x

From Normal To A ……

Old crone overnight lol

Something happened yet again this morning… Woke up in the normal pain and grumbling from the lumber …. went into the kitchen and out the kettle on then without reason or revenge the lumber gave out and I was on the floor……

Many things in this place are dodgy but the floor first thing…. before any clearing up…. can’t say I would recommend it….. lol.

Made it to the armchair and pulled my self up but oh it so hurt I just sat and cried… now that is not the way to fight arthritis….. that’s letting it win and besides i had dogs to get out, horses to let out and chicken to let out… though tell me this…

I have a few hens, I count them odd so there are 5 greys, 5 blacks, 3 speckled and then 2 buff coloured and one black and white one…. so tell me how come I am buying eggs…….

They are all having a huge moult just now but they doing it all together …. lol blame the weather 😉  The 3 young ones will soon be point of lay and with luck I might get a few roadies soon as well ands they should lay well too… note the word should 😉

Anyway back to the armchair and the useless pile of pain sat in it…

I was next to the phone and could  called have called for help but I was only wearing slippers and a t-shirt and nobody deserves that lol.  Bit like when I got in the bath and couldn’t get out… 3/4 of and hour that took lol. …… but who you going to call in that state of undress ……

I know I said this a lot but I truly do hate this arthritis stuff! It and I have battled for control of my body for so long and its sort of starting to win… but it wont 🙂

Back to this poor pup…. sorry

Well since starting this draft I have become a pup obsessed  moron…. That pup could so easily have been this little horror quietly pushing me out the armchair….

I choose Seeks instead of her sister that’s been stolen and well I keep thinking it could have been Seeks had I chosen the other little one it would have been. That is a good reason to really be looking for that pup.

I know her Mum and dad want her back and are both shocked and stunned and like me they are feeling it more each day. It will be 3 weeks on Saturday and well she has just disappeared and all that needs to happen is her ‘wonderful’ new owner takes her to a vet….. the chip will flag up …. but her new owner hasn’t bothered to as yet!

That’s when you worry. She isn’t with a responsible person where ever she is.

I don’t do face book…. its beyond me but she on there here

https://www.facebook.com/groups/233412240160911/

on my young-un’s facebook page and please anyone on facebook could you plaster here all over it… let them feel some heat!! She needs to get hot and its beyond me to do that side it really is.

She was picked up here ( the petition…. its a good idea and actually it surprised me it wasn’t already mandatory …. The UK dog laws etc are a mess and not for the first time Deffra need to take a look and make it harder to deal in stolen dogs!

http://www.vetsgetscanning.co.uk/help-us-to-spread-the-word/

You know I have had a bit of a shock one way and another…..a whole murky side of selling and easy market for stolen dogs….

Where the hell do they think the cheap wanted  dog comes from?!! I mean is that what they mean by stolen to order? Then you have the awful side of pups being used as fighting dog bait (though they tend to go for specific breeds of pups….Poor mites don’t have a chance! )

What a world eh? The UK is supposed to be a nation of dog lovers and yet under it all there is an ileitis trade in stolen dogs….. Add in the breed machine dogs who only know cages and puppies…

I really think that the representation of dog lovers does still hold but its under threat by this horrible trade in stolen dogs.  There does seem to be a lot going missing from their gardens and cars….. Especially near here so have become a bit paranoid I think 😉

Oh and don’t even start me on cat lovers….. I disrepair at some people but will have 2 unspayed cats, one just had kittens and the other probably will…. lol the soap box is getting taller 😉

Well taller it might be but speyed they will be! Long as I get them that is…..

Anyway back to the pup…

Have put up posters, have done leaflets, talked to dog owners asking them to keep an eye out. Have emailed all Cornwall’s vets (a lot have said to add her to their wall and have printed out her poster for their waiting rooms) Have done up-country vets on the off chance she was sold via one of these ‘wanted cheap dog and I don;t care if its been stolen’ adds… that’s really got to me I have to say…. and I hide it so well lol.

Contacted dog wardens and am now working my way through up-country ones as well as local…. I don;t know what else to do and please any ideas just say.

She has been on twitter via Dogslost (who are so good at helping) and everyone I know who uses it… facebook I think the same but we need to make her hotter…. I have no idea how to?

You read about making them ‘Too Hot to Handle’ but I just don;t know how to do it….. I know we have to but how beyond what we have done?

I almost joined face book…. If she had her own page …. would it help though? Could do a second blog on WP as I understand that but would it help get her out there and hot… really hot so they dump her and she can be picked up and scanned and we get her back?

Actually that’s an idea eh?  This blog is about us here but the pup has become so important and I feel so worried and its in the back of my mind all the time… Imagine how bad her Mum and Dad feel?!

I look at Seeks and I think what would she have done had it been her, how would it have effected her and round the circle we go….

See we do need to find her lol.

Right soap box away and I have the jabs in the spine and neck again Monday… its the 9th I think lol.  The big ones had to wait as I had quite a cough and do that at the wrong time it will hurt at least lol.  They are not pleasant to have but boy do they help especially with the endless spasaming that ‘probably’ isn’t helped by being so worried 😉

Seeks is growing up, the puppy has morphed into an adolescent that has more strength to push me out the chair lol.  She is now house-trained (that was easy you know she wanted to be… side glance at River and Imbie who both have separation problems …. Those 2 …. well they are def work in progress .. and in so many ways lol.

Imbie has good recall mind…. side glance at Haz…

Haz goes deaf…. he just disappears over a bank and seems to think if he comes back in behind me and comes from that way i will think he has been here all the time….. he really does believe us humans are thick lol.

He will be 8 in March and that means we have been lumbered with each other 7  years…. lol he is magic but can be so naughty…. He was hand raised (his mum died giving birth) and then he was not given enough boundaries….. well you can imaging how hard he was at 9 moths old when he and I became lumbered… lol it took me 18 months to love him he was so bad…. Chewed like a giant termite as well. He would drag the armchair into the middle of the room and then shark round it ripping out mouth fulls as he passed.

He ate every car seat out the car except the drivers one….

Now all he does is trash the chair covers indoors and a duvet in the car so a huge improvement eh 🙂

He has a bit of a clown in there as well 😉

Right i will think about the pup having her own blog….. it might take a long time to get her back but we will!!! We simply just have to and please keep her plastered everywhere you can think to put her.

Stay warm and take care x

Sorry its been a long time but…..

So much has gone wrong…. and some right ….

I got very down for a bit there… worry about Wish and my own health to a degree.. or cheesed off might be better than worry in the health case. I have had so much pain and swelling typing became hard… and then so much pc trouble (that’s still going on lol)

In march i lost my beautiful Slurpy Lilly lab… It was a tragic accident. She got out in the lane and despite being a over knee high dog on a straight bit of road….with good visibility…… the driver wasn’t looking and that was the end of Lil…. I took it hard to be honest as no matter what it was my fault she was out there but bless her she left such a hole.

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In May the worst happened and Wish left us… bless her 13.5 is a good age for a sheep but oh I missed her. So did Bre

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R.I.P to two of the best animals I have ever had the privilege to know.

The day I lost Wish (it was on my birthday actally…. not the best way to celebrate) I was  given Flower…. now I was worried about her, and have been for the last 7 years as is obvious in this in blog lol. She is now safe!!!  She is not in foal this year (though he wants one more foal from her which is fair enough I guess).

I kept her and Phoenix over winter as she needed a rug and food!  Got her a light weight turn out rug though as you can see she looked some silly lol.

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It took me a long time to get him to agree to a rug, and then I had to say I had borrowed it but of course I brought it….. it didn’t look quite so shiny and new in a few weeks lol. Now I can just save up and buy her a heavier one that will keep her a lot warmer as well as dry!

That one was before I knew I was going to keep her over winter…. I couldn’t let her not grow a coat as when she went she would be out in the full force of a hideous cold, windy and wet Cornish winter….. they are so long now a days as well lol.

She has a shed to be in over night (he would never have agreed to that) and now by fluke she has a companion……

Farley is a beautiful 22-24 year old part thoroughbred (though it might be some Arab.. infact I thought she was an Anglo but the vet said not…) anyway she has a bit of blood in her. She came here as her owner needed to find her other livery and couldn’t part with her so her she is as a companion to Flower and a really nice additional shadow….

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I hate arthritis and it hates me! I have had more facet joint jabs, a ton and a half of botox in the triggers (hell i wish I could get my face in the way lol) Then a couple of months ago the pain doc put me on a trial of a new drug….. its been developed as an alternative to MST and the Oxycotin (i am sorry as any USA readers will have different names but they are both morphine based… well actually morphine one in liquid form the other in tablet.

Both make me very sick

That is why the new drug has been developed They wanted to give the same pain coverage but not have sickness as a side effect. Its a bit like Tramadol very big brother… still licensed so could be addictive (I keep heaving to remind my self to take them though lol)

The have been incredible and the drugs company… I am so pleased with them, to have pain relief and not the grinding sickness lol.

Still on the pregablin (for the USA folk that’s Lyrica) and that is such a good drug and again I am lucky and can take 600 per day with no real side effects as such… well a night with a singing tree was interesting lol.  At the time my only issue is he sang a song from a musical and I would have preferred something modern lol.

Even with the pregabs and the tapadol i have hideous pain… but.. we made the shed into 2 stables… what did I expect? Did some finishing off with bread baskets as well as wood 😉 what did I think would happen to the useless body?!

Really the one I will not have  (the Fibro) is growing teeth as well…. I been put back on the MTX and at least some of the joint swelling is going down but I feel like fill in the blanks 😉

It is rough after finishing off the stables as it was a lot of sawing and reaching up…… I am so stupid but then I long ago vowed to fight it and I really do…. I feel like some one has a knife in my spine between the shoulder blades and the left arm is so painful and doesn’t like lifting…..

Least I am better mentally….

That bit was horrid, I was just so down and had no good news or even normal just bad news and sadness….. Its better now and the fates have smiled on me and I have ended up with a baby Springer…. she is beautiful, wilful and a monster lol

The first one I asked someone to pin her down lol

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And yep that is a kitten….

Have 2 now and they have been so ill. Fluids and milk every 2 hours for 6 weeks… three of those weeks they were at the vets each day for injections… the vets saved them though and they are going on ok….. They look a bit odd but they are alive and 4 weeks ago that looked very unlikely….

Hey this is the sheds transformation……

It was hard work but I had a very nice willing helper and she sis so much of it leaving the useless body to be a lot less challenged. The finishing off… well that was just me but it will do eh?

The other side now needs some finishing off. i am planing to bored it and then put in some sawdust to bring the floor to all one level and then shavings on top… I can’t get the concrete up from the bases that are there so it will have to be levelled with the shavings and then really packed out with shavings eh? Can’t have the dust and its possible the shavings will do the job…… I might try that first as sawdust really is dusty stuff.

Its not brilliant but it will get them out of the cold and rain at least.

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Its a temporary thing and will do the job though they have the length the width is only just under 10 feet….. they fit but I wish it was wider but being broke means I can’t build one but in time they will have nice stables up near the sheep shed 🙂

Hey with bedding it looks ok on the side that’s now finished. I had to poach a few feet fopr a small feed store as it would be easier that way but as you can see Farley been in as a test it out five mins thing and she does fit… Flower will as well but i still have to make a door and finish her side…… tell that to my back, neck and arms……. lol I seriously hate arthritis!!!

Then meet Ethel, Ermentrude’s sister 🙂 She came in June (I think) and Bre was happier to have 6 again….  Ethel came from Surrey Dock farm and as last time I was amazed at how well they had laid it all out. Its got to be good that kids in a city can see cows, sheep pigs etc and even in London there is a farm lol.

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Lastly…… In late February I took in a full blown collie….. bit messed up but so lovely…. I have actually called her Imbie…. and her surname is Sill…… and yes she is! lol

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Bored you long enough now…

Alba said she needs to have a photo call.. man she is big now! Still Alb’s though

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Alba would like to point out she didn’t say they could have her hay!!

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You all take care and stay dry if your weather is like here but if you have sun…. send it please… oh please lol x

Life Isn’t Always easy eh……

Now how much do I say…….

At the moment the UK is locked in the most horrendous child abuse revelations….. the news is full of it (as it should be actually) and at last some justice might get done….

However…..

I was a very abused and neglected kid and the news has this downside…. Memories long locked away do have this tendency to re-surface….. I was interviewed about a historical case a while ago and at that interview I realised I was abused in another case as well… came as a shock and as ever it brings the deep inside shame that just never goes away.

Its triggered the flare I think, something has anyway and that combined has kinda floored me….. I keep feeling this wave of absolute shame and its just gets hold of me deep down and renders me back to a defenceless child if any of that makes sense?

Its not what the blog is for but I just had to mention it… well yell it I guess….

Right the neighs have all but gone 🙂 The mud has got so bad and the break-ins of the sheep shed were becoming an issue lol. It was also becoming a bit scarce of grass time and well its good to just have….. Flower and Phoenix 🙂 They are special but I have not got the feeling for the baby as I had for Primmy cus I realise now the rule of never getting fond of someone else’s animal is best not broken eh?

The girls….. oh they are just so lovely and thinking about it we have saved 6 here from meat! Mind Bre said she was expensive lol. Before these there were 7 others so I think I have paid my debt to my old friend Bengie…. Oh he was lovely and even came walks with us.

No point saying I know what happened to him……Its so obvious but these will never go the same way!

Right rambling away and only half a brain to use lol. The one I haven;t got and the circulation are acting up as well as the swollen fingers and the aches and pains lol. Age was never  going to be a friend lol.

Took these the day before they left and they are only over the village so I still see them but don’t have them making mud everywhere lol.

and he still has fluffy ears lol!

They re a like you know….

then guess who spooked her lol

That is your girl Elna and the rest are just so lovely as well lol.

She isn’t 100% sure about the sheep just now but today… She was talking to Wish and was happy about it all. Wish her self is now on  a high dose of meds… when they stop working … lets not go there eh?

She is a nice little filly actually and so like her brother from last year….. She certainly carries the name Phoenix well 😉

and finally… at last… he did something right lol

Right the cats are massing… with their bowls and bibs lol. Best go feed them otherwise they might get nasty lol.

You all take care. x