Yes, the temperatures are hovering
around 30 C ( 86 F ) - humidity is up - this is what a Montreal
summer is all about! All I can say is
thank goodness for having central air when we need it! I've got the central air going - and I'm sitting here in the basement at my PC - cool as a cucumber - tho' I will be going out later - since I feel abit "out of touch" when all the windows are closed - with no sounds of fighting blue jays, foundation work on a house a few houses over (the dust is incredible when you go outside - another bonus with having central air - none of this gets inside the house).
The past few weeks I've been taking care of a friends dog
and cat on days that she goes off on "mini breaks" as she doesn't like to leave
home - but I'm glad she's getting away for a change of pace. I thought, taking care of a dog would be
easy. Feed / take for walk / pat on the
head / pick up the poop - right? Nope, not sure what my friend meant by - "only
come by a couple of times" - when I saw the her dog and cats "schedule". Luckily, she only lives one house over - so I
get my bit of exercise going back / forth.
1) Food at 7:00 a.m. - heat in microwave for 45 secs - force
pill down dogs throat (too easy - I just crush it up and add it to her food -
gulp - gone); etc. - oh and take care of cat.
2) Come back after 10:00 a.m. - take for walk - of course,
I'm meeting up with people - and we gab, I get invited for tea or a swim - but
I have to go back - as the dog isn't very socialable (just about snapped a
little boys fingers off - not good).
3) The list goes on - my friend is a slave to these animals - now I understand why she can't leave.
Every few hours - I am over to pay a visit.
I've just never seen a dog (Peachnut) on a schedule like this - it's worse then
being a child. I mean, I thought I had it bad then - with the injections /
urine testing / eat your food NOW, yadda,
yadda, yadda. She gets homemade food - treats at certain
times - she is one lucky dog! The food looks like
something you and I would make up for our family (chicken pieces in brown rice
with carrots and beans) - I am literally drooling as I heat it up for "45 secs" - and so is the dog - do you blame her? Anyway, the
owner is coming back this evening after a few days away - and I will no longer have a companion to go
with me on my walks.
The one good thing out of this, I have seen a neighbour (the tea/swim pool invite above) - and she's a Type 2 diabetic. I hadn't seen her in about 2 years - and she was asking how I was - and that I looked healthy and younger (getting alot of comments about this lately - I think insulin should be marketed as a fountain of youth product). She is now on Lantus at night time - along with pills - and when I told her what my BG's were in the morning - she said "mine aren't like yours they're much higher" - little bells went off in my head. I asked her about her latest A1C - and she was amazed when I told her what mine was - but she couldn't tell me hers - so I'm thinking they maybe higher then the ADA/CDA standard of 7%. She was interested on going to the pump - but I told her not unless she was totally insulin dependent would I recommend that. So, now our plan is for me to come over to her house and I'll hopefully be able to help her out with her diabetes and offer some sort of advise to approach her doctor with.
Nurse FatCatAnna to the rescue again to make people with diabetes have a better quality of life!!!