M-I-A

Apologies , these last few months I’ve been MIA .

A lot has happened . 

Starting off I’ve developed a food allergy again . I’m now extremely allergic to milk . Which is a bit of a pain as most foods contain milk . 

I’ve been veggie since I was 13 , so I’ve now had to go vegan . Not that I have anything against the vegan diet , it’s just difficult when you don’t know much about it and have no choice but to take it up . 

I was however a fake vegan , as I wasn’t fussy if food had egg in it . Until the last few weeks where I now also have an allergy to egg ! 

There is a plus side of this diet . As I mentioned in previous blogs , I was on all natural medications . I didn’t take the steroids my gastro gave me and researched natural alternatives instead . I was on cumin and CBD oil . 

I saw my gastro a few weeks ago and he can’t believe it . I’m in remission !! Although he was concerned about the “flare ups” . Until I mentioned my milk allergy . 

My gp has been refusing to send me for allergy tests and just said to eliminate the foods . However , as it’s so severe it can become life threatening , so my gastro has now demanded an allergy test be done . I’m still waiting for that . 

I’ve also lost 1 stone 4lbs in 3 months , without even trying to . This hasn’t happened in 8 years !! 

On top of it all , earlier this month I lost my Uncle . My Aunty found him dead in bed . He was fit and healthy as far as we all knew . Turns out all the arteries to the heart were clogged and he basically walked upstairs after having breakfast , sat down on the bed and died instantly . 

It’s been hell in all honesty . 

We are all taking it in turns to stay with my Aunty as she’s not well herself . 

We are also all still , very much in shock . 

My father more so as he was the first one there to do CPR . My Uncle was his best friend . He worked for about 20 mins before the first responders came , then took it in turns with them to keep going . He even still kept trying once the paramedics got there . So you can imagine what he must be going through ūüė¶ 

I did go to see my Uncle in the chapel of rest . First time I’ve ever seen someone like that . But it was peaceful . He looked like he was going to wake up any second , do his usual snort like he did so often in his chair , and go “Uhh I wasn’t sleeping” . If only ūüĖ§

There is something that made us all a little happier , if you can be happy at all in this situation . Before he passed , he had the grandchildren down from London for a week . It was a trial to see if they would stay with them for a while so they could have little holidays in Wales . The grandchildren adored my Aunty and Uncle . 

Then the weekend before he passed , he had my Nieces and Nephew over for a party for my Aunty , she had recently turned 60 but they couldn’t make her original party so they held one just for them . Myself and family went too . It was fab ! My Uncle made sure they were full on good food and then spoiled them rotten , as he always did with children , cake and Ice cream with the chocolate mint wafers . YUM ! And not forgetting the crisps and pop ! 

My Uncle was a sucker when it came to kids . They seemed to bring out the child in him ūüôā He did the same for me when I was a kid too . 

So basically , we figured out , he had his goodbyes . Everything had fallen into place . It’s something we can take some comfort in . 

His funeral was a lovely send off . The church was full . People had so much to say about him , all good . My Aunty wanted to celebrate his life and that’s exactly what we did . 

The song she chose to play him out in the church was from Dirty Dancing . The Time Of My Life . 

https://youtu.be/WpmILPAcRQo

Because my Uncle loved to dance ! 

I’ll never forget him grabbing me at my engagement party and making me dance . I can’t dance at all so he put me on his feet , like you do with a child , and made me dance with him for a while . I only got up to go to the bar , and I ended up dancing at my party . But that’s the kind of man he was . He was a loving , fun , gentle man . You could always rely on him and nothing was ever too big . He’s helped me out so many times over the years , I can’t thank him enough for everything he has done . 

I’ve had a few tears , but not enough . I feel like I really need to cry and scream and blame someone . But I can’t .  I think it’s shock . Even writing this , I’m crying a bit but no where near as much as I need to . I just cannot believe I won’t be seeing him in this life again . It’s heart breaking . 

It’s safe to say , this world has lost a fantastic man , and life will never be the same again . 

I truly hate September .  Last year I lost 2 close friends and now this year my Uncle . 

These last 7 years have been hell for my family , and I’m sick and tired of life always taking from us . 

Next year , I’m 30 . I’m not sitting back waiting for something else to happen , I’m grabbing 2018 by the balls and I’m living . Because one this I have learnt the hard way is , life is cruel and it’s selfish . It takes and takes and will drain you of everything if you let it . It’s taken enough from me now , it’s my turn to take something back . 

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Previcox (Firocoxib) 227mg nearly killed my dog !!

These last few weeks my dog , Ellie , has been up and down . She had a major ear infection which¬†wasn’t fun at all ūüė¶ She got given drops and Previcox .
At first , all was great , her ears were clearing up nicely and she was beginning to get a lot better.
We went back to the vets after 10 days and things were looking up . 


Then after 20 days she went down hill and FAST !!


She had hurt her paw which was causing her some discomfort . The vet thought it was a problem with her nerves . He put her on more Previcox for another 20 days .

Ellie was on them for about 25 days in all (including ear infection) and we had to stop giving them to her .
She was very lame . Not wanting to go out to pee or poo .
She was eating but we had to feed her and water her in her bed or where ever she was lying .
She¬†couldn’t walk straight . Ellie looked liked she had been drinking alcohol heavily and bumped into every wall , fell over hitting her legs and face on the floor . She would walk into doors / door frames and she would hurt herself .
We decided to pull her off the meds as it kept getting worse . To the point it took 2 of us to help her walk !!
It was like her whole body was giving up on her !!

Yet her nose was wet and her eyes were bright . She¬†just¬†couldn’t function .

After being off her meds for a little over 72 hours , she has now FINALLY started to walk alright again . She is eating from her bowl , wanting to go for walks and being herself …. Minus the slight depression . She¬†isn’t as bright today .¬†

I am furious that we¬†weren’t told about the side effects of this medication .
One gentleman wrote a review about them saying his dog went through everything my Ellie has been . But a lot of people ripped into him for it as they helped their dog etc etc .

The thing is , not every dog is the same . Just like every human-being .
There are side effects to any medication and we should know about it !!
We are told with a child , that if symptoms¬†occur , to go and seek medical advice . Why¬†aren’t we told this with animals ? We did not know that it was the medication at first . If we had kept my Ellie on these meds , she would have died … WITHOUT A DOUBT SHE WOULD HAVE DIED !!

Ellie is 10 in June . She is an older dog , so we do have to be more careful with her . But age¬†shouldn’t matter.

When you get meds as dangerous as these , they should come with a warning . Not just a brown paper envelope with her name on !! 

Please , any dog owner who gets given these meds for their baby. Please please please be careful ! Keep a close eye on them and if they seem off in any way , STOP using them and take them back for different medication .

It’s not fair what my baby has gone through . It’s been a horrible road .
I for sure , will NOT be giving her these meds EVER again .

Sorry this¬†isn’t my usual blog , but I felt it was important to share this horrible experience with everyone .