ex sailorette

A disabled navy veteran's attempts to help a friend

Saturday, August 27, 2005

I'm Back


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Hey folks, I'm back again, been real busy, my appt. with a neurosurgeon for myself is on the 1st of Sep at the VA I will learn then when and if they are going to do back surgery to get things rolling. If they do surgery, my friend Leucanthemum b has graciously agreed to stop her world for a day or 2 and be my
driver to and from the hosp for which I am eternally grateful. Have you ever noticed there at times is so much going on you feel like you can't catch your breath and other times there's nothing going on and your bored to death thank God for my dogs or I would go even more nuts than I already am. Jack is well, getting better by the day, has been off the prednisone for more than a week now and does not appear to be regressing at all though he is getting quite impatient with the crate rest. I still need to raise the money though for his back surgery though and if you can help it would be appreciated just go to paypal.com click on send money and type in fleet765. By the way, how many of us are glad school is back in session, I for one am elated, though I love these kids to death I need a break and I look forward to helping them with things like school work vs. finding something for them to do to curb the boredom. I feel like I spent most of the summer saying go play, what about your video games, go swimming, what do you want me to do. Some things I said so many times I needed to take a nap ha ha. I decided toward the end of the summer I was going to change my name that way when they called for me they wouldn't get me,mainly because I wasn't going to give them my new name ha ha. Well enough of that folks, hope your summer went well and I will keep you informed about whats happening with me and Jack. Thanks for listening to me and have a great day.

Friday, August 19, 2005

such a sweet couple


such a sweet couple
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
Well folks I'm back after a week of comp. troubles then a condition I had forgotten about until it hit me again just a few days ago. I have reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). I don't know too much about it except it always sets itself up in my food and is very painful so at the current moment I am sporting a moonboot and doing desenthasizing routines to help the condition to go in remission until then its just a bunch of pain and irritation. Jack is doing well, he is off the prednisone and still ambulatory though not as wobbly. Jill is getting along well without him there all the time seeings how hes still crated with 5 weeks to go and he is being quite good about that. He does have his moments when the barking seems non-stop but all in all he doesn't bark long and he is doing much better. Again, if you want to help with his surgery go to paypal.com click on send money and type in fleet765 anything you can give would be a great help, thanks folks and have a good day.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

really tired jack


really tired jack
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
Hey folks, as you can see, Jack is doing well. He is on day 2 of his crate rest and doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all. I on the other hand miss cuddling with him through the day. I have a puppy named Clyde who thinks it's funny to go up to the cage and bark thus getting Jack to barking and a simple knock it off doesn't work especially where Clyde is concerned, he is 9 months old and very much a toddler. I swear, it is like a madhouse here sometimes. I get a break from him from time to time because my sister and her kids rescue me by coming and taking him for the day then, the house gets real quiet. It is amazing to think that some things that make you feel like your going nuts are the things you miss the most when they're gone. I'm off to the VA tomorrow in Iowa City which is 2 hours away and it is sure to be a long day. I have 3 appts. starting at 10 and not ending until about 3 so, wish me luck. Spoke with Leucanthemum b the other day and she is really having problems with her knees, I feel her pain, I know how difficult it is to take care of little furry ones when your in pain and she is a cat lover as we all know. She has one cat in particular (Peanut), from what I know that is demanding and if she doesn't get the love she needs when she perceives she needs it, she just takes it. Oh, the things we do for our beloved pets, I know my friend always trys to accomodate Peanut knowing what is coming if she doesn't. What I have learned from her is that cats and dogs aren't too different from each other, Jack and Jill at times feel the need to lick, lick my face my feet, you get the picture and Peanut grooms her head by licking until she is pretty much soaked and her head hurts. I have 2 questions for you to ponder, what person in their right mind doesn't like animals and just how boring would the world be without these amazing little creatures to amuse us. With these two things to think about, I'm going to sign off and would love to hear from you. Have a great day and I'll keep you updated.

Friday, August 12, 2005

jill gets in on the teddy action


jill gets in on the teddy action
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
hey folks, I'm back. Got a question for you, does anyone know where Naploeon keeps his armies? I was told he keeps them in his sleevies ha ha. Would love to hear some jokes from you, I love to laugh and laughter helps the spirit. Jack is doing well, I have been able to secure $1,000.00 in grants but need more and am still asking for your help. I thought you might enjoy this photo, don't know if you can tell or not but Jill is definitely the leader of the 2 unless of course she goes for his toys, though he is more apt to play with her than the others. I was advised yesterday by an ortho rehab specialist at the University of Illinois in Champaign to crate rest Jack for 6 weeks, he can come out of the crate only to go to the bathroom. I will start this today, wish me luck, it is going to be hard on both of us. I'm sure there will be a lot of whining on both parts but it needs to be done to really rest his spine. If you can donate any money towards his surgery, please go to paypal.com, click on send money and type in fleet765, anything you can give will help. Thanks for reading my blog, have a nice day and I will blog some more in a couple of days unless I get a wild hair and just feel the need to blog sooner ha ha. Heres a couple more jokes for you, hope you like them. Who are the longest speakers? Prisoners, they can spend a lifetime on a single sentence. What do you call a sleeping bull? A bulldozer yada yada. Bye Mary

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

two tired babies


two tired babies
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
Jack is really swaying these days, it seems his back condition is worsening though he still keeps trying to do those 2 back steps to come in from the heat. He and Jill still play though he doesn't play much, mostly he just lounges around and does as little moveing as possible. He gets a look in his eyes that says pick me up and for me that is becoming even harder because of my back. Currently I am still fighting with the VA on 2 claims they are saying could take them 2 years to decide though it is very clear I am qualified for both claims. I honestly think it is their desire that if they put me off long enough I will drop my claims and that would be less work for them and they won't have to come up off the money. My back also seems to be getting worse, I know all to well what pain on a daily basis means and when everything hurts it makes it almost unbareable. Like I've said before, I can't help myself at this point but I can help Jack that is with your help. Please if you can donate anything for his surgery go to paypal.com click onto send money and type in fleet765@yahoo.com and my account will be credited thanks for your support and any help you can give. Mary

Sunday, August 07, 2005

jack and his teddy pillow


jack and his teddy pillow
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
hey folks I'm back, hope the last couple of days have been good for you. I enjoyed the car show with fellow blogger leucanthemum b and though we enjoyed the show we both over did it a bit. I was fortunate enough to have my electric wheelchair though leucanthemum b had to rely on mo and joe and I think she did herself a little more harm then I did to myself though she got to see the weinermobile, yeah, and what a sight it was.
As far as Jack goes, this weekend has proven to be a bit more difficult for him, he is really wobbly and has opted against doing even one step. He still has a lot of puppy in him and has enjoyed playing with his toys of which he has a full basket. I would like to say the other loves of my life had toys but Jack always manages to get them away from them and they always end up in his basket.
I was hoping we would have more time to raise the money for his surgery but it looks like he isn't going to improve much more from where he is right now so if you can help with even just a small donation we would both appreciate it. I still have not been able to figure out how to put the link up to pay pal so, if you can give please go to paypal.com click on to send money and type in fleet765@yahoo.com and my account will be credited. Thanks for your help and support, have a great day and stay cool.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

jack and his teddy


jack and his teddy
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
I wanted to give you a new pic of my boy. This is his favorite teddy, he rarely shares but when he does he must play too. Jack is doing well, though he is gaining weight from the prednisone, he looks quite stocky and if it weren't for the sway in his hind end, he looks healthy. Hope you can help, if so the place you need to go to is paypal.com then to send money and type in fleet765@yahoo.com. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated by myself and Jack. Thanks for your support and have a nice day.
Mary

asking for your help


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This is where I need your help, Jack needs spinal surgery so that he won't end up in a doggie wheelchair. Jack is 8 1/2 and has a lot of good years ahead of him. I live on a limited income and his surgery is going to be about $3,500.00 and this is where you come in. I have set up an account with paypay and any donation you can make towards Jack surgery will be greatly appreciated. I have been unable to figure out how to add a tip jar thus far so, if you want to help with a donation just go to paypal.com then to send money and type in fleet765@yahoo.com and paypay will credit my account with whatever you are able to give. As soon as I raise the money Jack and I are off to the University of Illinois where he will have his surgery and spend about 4 days in intensive care and my vet assured me that he should do fine with the surgery and most likely it will return some neurological function to his hind quarters. Jack is a really sweet dog and he and Jill are quite the pair, I don't think Jill would fare well at all if anything happened to Jack and visa versa. If you are unable to donate any money that is fine, keep reading my blogs and I will keep you updated on Jacks progress before and after his surgery. Thanks for your attention to this matter of the heart and I'll write more in 2 days. Mary

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

feeling better


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Well folks I'm back and the rest did do me good, I feel much better. Jack appears to be doing well also, he played hard with jill and his teddy bear yesterday and seemed to really enjoy himself. My back is still giving me fits but all in all it's much better today then the last time I blogged you all. My heart really goes out to Jack, it is hard to see such a "puppy like" lovable soul be in pain and struggle to walk so when he has good play days like yesterday it was truly refreshing. I myself will be seeing my Doctor at the VA on the 15th and my back, neck and knees will be the topic of discussion, Jack will be seeing his Doctor at the end of the week and his surgery will be the topic of that discussion. Keep us in your thoughts and have a great day, will update you more on Thursday.
Thanks, Mary