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06 May 2015 @ 08:52 pm
What's in a week  
This time last week I was a miserable curled-up ball of snot huddled on the lounge under a blanket, shivering, and afraid to swallow because it hurt so damn much. I was fine when I went to bed on Tuesday night but woke up Wednesday with knives in my throat. Fortunately I'd already planned to work from home as I'd discovered an abscess on my old cat, and had to take her to the vet - turned out I had two days of working from home. The wonder of it all, though, was that I woke up on Thursday feeling halfway decent. Weird - who has a cold that only lasts a day? Anyway, signed my life away at the chemists' to get some of the good drugs (ie pseudoephedrine) and I shall credit that with doing the trick.

Meanwhile Ratty is back to the vet tomorrow, to get her dressing changed, so I'll be working from home again. It's good not to have to travel into the city but I do miss working with other people (and didn't that little discovery surprise me). And I miss my daily walk to and from the bus stop, but am far too lazy and unmotivated to walk just for the sake of walking. Now if I had a dog to take for walks, that would be motivation enough.

At the moment, having a dog is really out of the question. I'm away from the house for far too long each day, it wouldn't be fair on the animal. At least the cats can sleep the day away. Still, when I retire, I plan on adopting a greyhound. They are such sweet-natured dogs, very calm and loving, and also rather lazy so they should fit in quite well *g*. And they're gorgeous dogs - just look at those little faces! I want All The Dogs!
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byslantedlight: BD bed temptation  (norfolkdumpling)byslantedlight on May 6th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Colds are very much not fair - even quick ones. Yours sounds severe but fast, which I guess is more do-able than those ones that linger forever... I thought my mild-and-reasonably-quick cold had gone, but it's sort of lingering as an almost-cold, not a real cold, but not properly gone either...

am far too lazy and unmotivated to walk just for the sake of walking
Yes! I don't mind walking to places at all, and I walk miles in cities, but somehow walking just for the sake of walking doesn't happen - even though I like walking... Weird, innit...
miwahni: Pros Never far awaymiwahni on May 7th, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
My cold was just mental but I'm not complaining. I hope yours packs its bags and heads off into the distance soon.

Walking needs a purpose. I regularly clock over 10000 steps on a workday, but here I am after a day working from home and I've only just made 2000 steps, and it's 8pm. Just no motivation.
mrua7mrua7 on May 6th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
Wow that's record time for getting over a cold. Good for you.

My friend adopted a greyhound many years ago and loved him. They do require a bit of maintenance though, especially if the dog raced for a long time. Nothing strange though. I found this site that gives great advice for when you get your dog....:D

Excellent companion for a retiree....http://www.recycledracers.org/FAQ/greyhound-care-manual.html
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on May 7th, 2015 10:10 am (UTC)
That is a brilliant resource, thanks very much! Very informative, and I've bookmarked it so I can find it again. Will also hunt up the books recommended. Mind you, I've got more than a few years to go before I need them, unless my lottery ticket does the right thing by me.

I also have a friend who adopted a hound, and he was the sweetest most loyal lazybones of a dog. He even got on well with her cats, which I think is more than I can expect (although I hope!).

There are two organisations locally that either rescue or take in ex-racers, and both foster the dogs with carers to socialise them before they go to their new homes, which is a big help too.
mrua7mrua7 on May 7th, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well you have lots of reading to do so I think you're covered for quite a while. Here's hoping you win that lottery! Wouldn't that be wonderful? I still play once in a while...not even close. I'm not a very lucky person that way.
Lil Miss Morgan Dork: B&Wbadfalcon on May 6th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was a very fast recovery from the cold, I'm actually kind of jealous. I always get the ones that just leave a cough hanging around forever

Good luck at the vet tormorrow :)
miwahni: Cats Cardimiwahni on May 7th, 2015 10:13 am (UTC)
Back in the days when I used to smoke, I'd get one or two colds per year and they would always linger as a cough for weeks too. Since giving away the fags in 2001 I feel put upon if I get a cold every second year, and they just don't seem to stick around any more. I'm not complaining!

Thanks, everything went well at vet, dressings have come off and stitches come out next week. She still has to wear her elizabethan collar though (I like to think of it as a Jacobean ruff).
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on May 7th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)

Sorry to hear about the cold and the cat. ♥
miwahni: Cats Cardimiwahni on May 10th, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
Thank you lovely. Fortunately we have both bounced back.