Puff H. Bailey's "new blog" (belated)

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Re: Puff H. Bailey's "new blog" (belated)

Postby sweetiepie9 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:01 pm

Gabriel is still puffing but I can't hear anything in his lungs, but he has no energy. He walks a little bit but not like before the RI where he could walk across the living room without any issues. He's 8 years old at least, if not older, as I rescued him in 2012 and he was about a year or so old, my vet couldn't tell either. So he's back to the vet next Wednesday and we'll see what she says. I can hear his heart beat so hopefully no more fluid around his heart. So I'll update when I see her.

I only have talk and text on my phone, no data, even though my son set it up on my WIFI I have at home, but only at home. But I'm getting good at texting and it's good that my son can reach me at any time, even if I'm at work.

So Eric, my son, got Safara, my granddaughter into ballet lessons, every sat for 1 3/4 hrs. She starts this Sat. She's also going to StrongStart at school, it's a pre-kindergarten thing at the school. So she told Eric she wanted to go to school like Leo (he started kindergarten this year) so they've started going to StrongStart before he thought she'd be ready. She's also going to start play therapy beg of Nov, to deal with her mom being out of the picture now. Leo will need therapy, too, but after school is done in the summer. I'll set that up next year. It takes a year to see a therapist of any sort thru the school. I'm glad I'm getting partial retirement benefits early, that pays for her therapy. I don't think she'll need it for long, but we'll see. My son and I want her seen for a while, just to make sure. At $107/wk, glad I have the $ now.
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Re: Puff H. Bailey's "new blog" (belated)

Postby SHBailey » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:18 pm

So Puff continues to do well, and our new light fixture arrived a couple of weeks ago. It's a flimsy, cheap little thing -- just the bare essentials. It cost almost as much as it was worth to ship it to Alaska, but the important thing is that it seems to work, has a nice reflector, and with a new tube, shows a good output on the meter. It also has a detachable cord, and my husband says the connector is something fairly standard so that we should be able to replace the cord if necessary, without having to replace the whole unit. We've had bad luck with the Zoo Med terrarium hoods -- the built in power cords don't tolerate hardly any moving or twisting and tend to short out. Even though they look nice and slick (and cost more), they're poorly designed and poorly packaged. So we'll see how this little cheap thing holds up -- it might actually turn out to be a better option. I guess it isn't always true that you get what you pay for.

Anyway, Puff seems to like it. He spent the whole afternoon basking under it the first day that it arrived, then crawled over to the corner of his basking platform, snuggled down in the towels, and took a nap once he'd had enough.

We're settling back into our normal routine with 2-3 feedings of live bugs per week, salads available daily although they don't get touched much anymore, and of course daily baths and cuddles. Still working on a very messy shed, but it doesn't seem to be bothering him at all -- just looks a little shabby.

My husband and I talked about trying me with a "flip phone," but it's not an urgent need for now. I'm home most of the time, so the land line usually meets my needs.

I'm glad to hear that you managed to find yourself a little extra income. I could file for benefits next year when I turn 62 if I wanted to, but the monthly benefit will be larger if I can hold out till I'm older, so as long as my husband is still working and we can still live on his salary, I figure it will be better to wait. I have to check in with the advisor for my health insurance again because "open enrollment" starts in November and we have to redo the whole thing for next year. She says she can help me run the numbers for social security benefits too and that we should, just to get an idea of what the best options are. I just want for us to have enough to live on when we need it the most -- not expecting to ever be "rich." I like to think that I know how to pinch a penny when I need to, but it's probably a good thing we never had kids -- couldn't afford them. Puff has cost us enough as is in food and medical bills these last few months. Solid 24 karat Golden Dragon :roll: But he's worth it, and it's not his fault he got sick, so we just do the best we can for him.

Hopefully your grandkids can get the help they need to recover from whatever trauma they got from their mother. Pre-school and play therapy both sound like good ideas for them.
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Re: Puff H. Bailey's "new blog" (belated)

Postby sweetiepie9 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:05 pm

Safara starts counselling on Nov 8, my mom paid for the 1st 2 weeks. So that helps. And Leo will start when Safara is done but probably next summer as he's in school and seems to be alot. He's there from 8:30a to 2:30p. As for their mom, she called Healther, her mom, and got her to take the kids to the mall so she could see them. They both went behind my son's back and he gave Heather hell when he found out. He's fully responsible for those children. The mom doesn't help financially at all, even though Eric lives on just over $900/m. His partner Traci works p/t and pays for the food. It's been a rough 1 1/2 yrs for him. The mom had weekends last fall, court ordered. After 4 weekends she stopped picking them up. And then to see them on a random weekend and not show up again, it's 3 weekends now. So yes, the kids are confused. I can't wrap my head around it, so how can they? I think this play therapy will help them both. The counsellor is really sweet and smart.

I'm so glad Puff is doing so well, keep up the good work! See what your advisor says about Soc Sec. I'm going for my survivor's pension Nov/2020, so close now. I apply for the other 3 pensions 6 mo before I retire. And I have to start savings, so once I get my regular income back, I can start putting $ away. I'm going to owe more on income tax because my pension is going to add more to my income. It's a drag but I need that extra. It's been rough on 25% lower income for the last 4 months. But we all got through. I just have to find the strength I had yesterday.
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Re: Puff H. Bailey's "new blog" (belated)

Postby SHBailey » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:18 pm

So time slips away, and it's getting harder and harder for me to keep up with anything anymore. Someone mentioned that they'd noticed my absence around here -- I just don't seem to find the energy to read and post messages like I used to in the last year or two. But I'm still lurking around on the few threads I've been following...

As for Puff, his weight has been dropping a little in the last couple of weeks, down to 509 grams from around 530. Not time to panic yet, but my husband and I had the discussion about if and when it will be time to check in with the vet. The iron injections seemed to help last time, so if he's headed into another adenovirus flare up and another bout with anemia, maybe it will help again. On the other hand, we don't want to stress him out by hauling him to the vet for every little thing (not to mention the stress on our financial situation), so in the meantime we are planning to feed him some extra bugs this week and see what happens. We also realize that the total weight includes things that are just passing through (food, water, and poop) so we try to minimize the variation we get from that by weighing him at the same time every week after his bath (and hopefully a poop in the water and down the drain) and before his big meal for the day.

Meanwhile, the passing of two beloved beardies (Sweetiepie9's Gabriel and Gormagon's Peaches) has reminded me to cherish every minute with Puff, because you just never know how long they're going to be with you. And Puff will probably be the last one we will ever have, due to the fact the we are not likely to have sufficient time, energy, and resources to care adequately for any more of them in the future. That makes me sad to think about, but I try not to let it spoil our enjoyment of the here and now.

My husband and I are both in the process of dealing with the hassles of "open enrollment" for next year's health insurance, although I've come to regard professional health care as a luxury that I can't afford -- it's the only way that I can stay even halfway sane. But I have an appointment next week with the advisor to go through the yearly hassle I have to do for my "Obamacare", if for no other reason than to protect us from the tax penalty. :roll:

So Puff just gave me a big black beard and a head bob or two, and I thought maybe he was going hormonal, since he missed mating season this last spring because he was too sick, but then he dropped a big sloppy poop right on his basking platform, and now he's sitting in it and giving me "The Look" so I guess it's time to go clean up the mess...
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Re: Puff H. Bailey's "new blog" (belated)

Postby sweetiepie9 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:22 am

Yes, love him as much as you can because you never go. I was so blessed to get all that extra time with Gabriel, but I sure miss him. I love Grr already but she will never replace Gabriel. I can still feel his beard on my left cheek that's what he always did when he snuggled with me :love5:

I can understand you not wanting another dragon, they do take alot of physical work. So keep him close.

As for the annual renewal of insurance, I have 2, national healthy that pay for docs, hospitals, specialists and extended health that covers prescriptions, ambulances.

So the only think I have to review is my extended health at work, which I leave as is every year. When I retire in 2000, I'll be put on the retirement extended health, don't pay for it, but only get 80% back on everything. So my costs will go up, but being on 3 less pills for diabetes, we'll see how I do when I see my specialist in Feb.

I'm glad Puff is doing well, they always lose weight in the winter, and plump up again in the spring.

I had a big scare yesterday, I had the balcony door open because it got warm yesterday afternoon. I put Cierra out, went to check on something, came back & she'd hidden. I didn't realize she'd actually climbed the big tank top I use to cover the doorway and I found her last night out on the balcony and she was almost frozen. Thanks god I found her when I did, I never realized she'd climbed the mesh. She was so cold, I put her against my skin, with a heating pad on low on her back & covered by a fleece blanket and held her until everything was warm. The put her to bed all wrapped up. She's up this morning, looking and acting perfectly normal, as if nothing happened. I have more grey hair as a result. No more opening the door when it's going to be cold at night. She out was in 32F weather from early afternoon until 9p last night when I finally found her.
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