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Everyone LOVES taking a vacation. Right? For those of us that have a chronic illness, especially one like fibro, there is definitely a period of re-adjustment needed to get back into the regular flow of life. It’s been just under 48 hours since my hubby and I got home from a trip to California (from Alberta) for my cousin’s wedding and my big 3-0 birthday. I’m trying to stay regular with movement and activities each day, but there are points when I would just love to crawl into bed and sleep for an extra few hours. I know that there is hardly any time zone difference, but the jet lag has turned my brain to mush.
On top of it all, Bella had to go to a dog-sitter for a week. I was so worried about her emotional well-being that I made sure to find a place that offered in-home boarding and treated as one of their own dogs. I am happy to report that I did manage to find a great place close by… and they were even willing to feed Bella her regular raw diet. I just had to portion each meal separately so that all they had to do was plop it into her bowl and wash her bowl after she finished eating. Well, it seems like Bella’s digestive system is needing some healing or at least recoup time as her poop (fellow raw feeders will TOTALLY understand poop watch) has been a bit on the softer side and smellier than her normal. I’m hoping she didn’t get into anything too horrible. For now, I’ll just be adding some extra probiotic to her meals that are these tiny little nugget treats that she loves. Fingers crossed that this does the trick.
For those of you familiar with the struggle of dealing with a dog with allergies, you will know how horrible it can be when dealing with an unknown environment. Mind you, we did go and visit and interview the house and dog-sitter she would be staying with. But, I’m guessing they are not used to dealing with a dog’s itchy skin on quite such a level as Bella needs. They did manage to wash her down with water only in the bath in order to give her some relief. However unfortunately, that relief didn’t last very long. I need to remember to actually place that order for Colloidal Silver so that I can start adding it to her water/food and as a topical spray avec lavender essential oil. Last night was horrible for her itching. And I had forgotten to get her Apoquel refilled before we left on our trip. She did have enough while we were away though, so it was only 24 hours without her medication. Last night, I managed to get her wiped down with a washcloth and some Bag Balm on the bits of skin that were really angry looking. Today she got her Apoquel and things are starting to be better for her skin.
Social Anxiety- please read the next blog post (pt 2) for a full update on that situation.