I’m eating another bowl of veggie soup because *somebody* brought their gross school/work germs home and infect everyone. I thought I was doing pretty well, Josh felt awful for about 4 days and I felt awesome. I was bragging all over the place. Then Monday night I felt it coming. Tuesday it hit, I’m pretty sure getting stalled for 45 minutes on the Red Line took me over the edge. Soup (with sriracha) and tea cures all, though! Oh and these: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/18/chocolate-chip-blondies-and-theyre-good-for-you/
We have still been lucky with Elliot not really getting sick. I thought he was sick a couple of weeks ago but it turns out his molars are just making him cranky. Duh. By the time I learn the difference between teething and sickness he’ll probably have all of his teeth in.
This weekend Josh’s brother Jordan and our sis-in-law Jaclyn came to visit. We had a great time with them! Elliot loved seeing some new faces and having someone else to play with for a change. I can’t deny that’s it’s great to have visitors instead of being the visitors for once! We walked around our neighborhood and down to Millennium Park and The Field Museum.
J & J set out on their own the past couple of days which worked well since I was sick and Josh was overloaded with school stuff. We had breakfast with them this morning and said our goodbyes, so sad!
Indie news: I just wanted to report that things are getting a lot better! On Monday my train being stalled meant that I could not make it home before our lovely dog-sitter, Jacob, had to leave. Indie had to be home by herself for a little over a half an hour, and she did ok. Apparently no barking and she was quiet when we came in, but when we let her out of our bedroom she was really over-excited and had gone potty in our room. But she hadn’t been outside in a few hours so I hoped that was the cause. Today, we wanted to go out to breakfast to we tried leaving Indie at home again. She barked a couple times when Josh left but stopped quickly. We were gone about 2 hours and she did great! No potties in the room, though she did want to go outside right away! :-) She was not as overly-excited as she was on Monday and completely calmed down in a few minutes. We decided to leave her in the bedroom when we leave, with all of her blankets, bed, treats and water, to try and make her feel more comfortable and it’s working out well!
Just wanted to clear something up: Indie is not on a tranquilizer! She is on Fluoxetine (Prozac). Here is a description from the US National Library Of Medicine:
“Fluoxetine (Prozac) is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won’t go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks)…Fluoxetine is in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.”
In dogs, it’s commonly used to treat severe separation anxiety. It does not actually “sedate” her in anyway, in fact she seems like a normal, energetic dog. The real difference is that she’s not constantly nervous and she doesn’t freak out barking (for hours on end, literally), squealing, throwing up, pooping everywhere, etc. when we have to be away from her. She’s also less nervous around Elliot and other dogs. We don’t really know how she became this way, I’ve never had a dog with this issue, maybe it’s her personality. But what I do know is we were scheduling our lives around our dog and she was not getting any better. She’s now at a point where we actually can work with her on being calm and on modifying other behaviors because she no longer freaks out the second she feels unsure. She is far from being the most confident dog on the planet but the fact that we are now at a point that we can HELP her and not just TOLERATE her is really amazing.
We also take any and all medications, be it for people or animals, very seriously around here! I honestly never wanted it to get this far with her but after a long talk with our veterinarian I felt more comfortable, also knowing that she may not need to be on them forever helps a lot. She seems so much more content and comfortable, I’m glad we took that leap now.
That’s all for now. Some hot tea is calling my name.