Tuesday tangents and such

There’s a palm tree very close to my house that has been damaged due to the storms this year.  There are two large holes, one in each side of the tree, and on one side a family of red bellied woodpeckers were living and on the other side, (much to my delight), a family of northern flickers.  There were so many baby birds.


“You mean there’s more like me?”

I was so happy to see them but especially the flickers because obviously I’m very fond of the flickers.  Yesterday I went down to the palm tree with the dogs to see the baby birds.  They were all gone.  So I sent MacGyver down with a ladder to assess the situation.

The news was so sad.  All the babies were gone.  MacGyver said they were most likely eaten by the starlings that were circling overhead.


In case you haven’t heard, no one finished the Barkley Marathons this year.  I watched a report on the race mostly because I love Gary Cantrell and you just never know what he’ll say.  He never disappoints.  This year he gave the interview in his geezer hat.  If you don’t know much about Gary Cantrell or Lazarus Lake as he’s also known, here’s a great article about the man and the challenging races he organizes.

And here’s the report about the Barkley Marathon’s this year.

For those of you who have asked about little Hank, he wanted me to let you know that he’s feeling 99% better. He and MacGyver has also started a club since the vet recommend we neuter him.  It’s called the ‘save Hank’s nuts club’ if you’re interested in joining.


‘Join the club and help save my nuts!’

Remember when I told y’all that I had trigger thumb?  Well I went to the doctor about it and he said it was beyond a steroid injection and that I most likely needed surgery.  I didn’t schedule a follow up yet because as long as I don’t bend it, it doesn’t hurt.

Until today.

Trigger thumb

After my eight mile run this morning I was ripping off my sweaty clothes to jump in the shower and my thumb got caught in my sports bra.  It bent, rather forcibly and I heard a tearing sound.  Now it’s swollen and hurts like a mother so I guess I’ll need to schedule that follow up appointment.

And that’s all of my tangents for the day.  Of course it’s only 10:45AM so more could be coming.

What do you got?  Tell me anything.

WTF Wednesday, who needs luck anyway?

This is random but why the hell is Jerry Oconnoll filling in for Wendy Williams?  And more importantly, why is he acting like such an idiot?  It’s hard to watch.  Really hard.


Don’t give up your day job Jerry.

I took Hank into the vet’s office yesterday.  I was concerned about the little lump on the back of his backend but otherwise I was happy with how he’s progressing and he’s feeling much better.  He’s been pretty tired and lethargic but that’s to be expected.  He hasn’t thrown up although he has had a little diarrhea, but it wasn’t bloody.  It’s the little things.

After reading a lot of information regarding dachshunds and health issues I was hoping the lump was just an anal gland that needed to be expressed.  Since he had had some GI issues that would make perfect sense.  So I took him in and the vet tech took him back to see the doctor.  The doctor came out with Hank in her arms about 10 minutes later and said, ‘Hank has a perineal hernia.’

a hernia

So let’s break this down shall we.  Hank takes an unassuming nap while hanging out at the house in Nokomis and wakes up with a spider bite.  After two horrific surgeries he is finally on the mend and then boom, he develops hemorraghic gastroenteritis, most likely from the medication used to treat the spider bite.  Are you with me so far?  Good.

And now the latest, he has developed a perineal hernia, which was most likely caused from the violent hurling during vomiting, which was caused by the hemorraghic gastroenteritis, which was caused by the medication used to treat the wound caused by the spider bite.  My poor little Hank.  Fucking spider.

I left the vet’s office with the understanding that they would call me today to let me know when and how much surgery will be.  They did call but they asked me to bring Hank in today so that they can evaluate him to see if it’s a surgery they feel comfortable performing or if he’s going to need to see a surgeon who specializes in this type of hernia.

Let me guess

I have a feeling what they’re going to tell me because I’ve come to realize that when it comes to medical issues, Hank and I have the same luck.

hee haw

In a strange turn of events I checked my powerball ticket just on the off chance that I might have hit it big.  Don’t worry, I didn’t.  I got one number, or at least that’s what I thought.  Apparently I read the ticket wrong and thought the powerplay number was the powerball number or something like that.  (Let’s be honest, I don’t really understand the powerball lottery anyway).

But that’s not the point, the point is, I won!  I hit one number and the powerball on a powerplay ticket.  At first I thought whoa big deal maybe I’ll get like 3 or 4 bucks but somehow I won 21 bucks and at this point, I really needed a win, no matter how small.  Maybe our luck is changing around here and it will carry over to the vet visit.  *crossing fingers*

WTF, it’s Wednesday.

Those holes in the toes of your running shoes and other tangents

Yesterday I took Hank to the vet again.  I had to leave him there for an hour and a half so that they could run some blood tests.  The vet said that he does not have pancreatitis but he does have hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.  It could have been caused by the antibiotic he was on after surgery or possibly the food I gave him to hide his pills in.  We are almost positive it was one or the other as we ruled everything else out.

Hank at the vet

Where is the nearest exit?

He seems to be doing better but last night as MacGyver and I were putting his pajamas on after changing his bandage we noticed a lump on his backend.  MacGyver feels positive it’s a hernia.  I’m not making any guesses, instead I’m just going to head on up to the vet again today because hey it’s been almost 24 hours and they probably miss us.


Anyway, I’m checking in today because I had a few things to tell you about.  First is this article about running shoes or more precisely holes in the toes of your running shoes.

holes in toes of running shoes

I have many pairs of running shoes that look just like that and by many I mean more than not.  I have always thought that it was either due to uppers that weren’t made well or my toenails were too long but this article from Another Mother Runner explains that there are quite a few reasons you could have holes in the toes of your running shoes and it was surprising to me that it could be due to something completely different than the things I thought caused them.  I found it extremely interesting and I wanted to pass it along.

Another article I read was in Shape magazine this month.  When it came in the mail I was perusing through the articles when lo and behold I saw an article title ‘The Super Nutrient You Need’ and it was all about magnesium!  Do you remember when I told y’all how magnesium has helped stave off migraines for me after my long runs?

Well, this article mentioned how you need more magnesium if you exercise a lot but it went even further and explained how you can figure out exactly how much you need.  It said you need around 310-320 milligrams of magnesium a day but if you exercise add 100 milligrams for every 45 minutes you exercise daily.  I tried to find the article online but was unsuccessful so if you would like to read it, pick up a copy of April’s issue of Shape Magazine.

One more important thing I’ve been meaning to mention, March is MS awareness month.  This is something close to my heart and I wanted to share this video with you.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Do you take magnesium?

Do you know anyone who suffers from MS?