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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Doctors, Dogs, Butterflies and Birds

Buddy sitting on the footstool listening to thunder.

Buddy has a foot infection.  It looks to me like an impacted dew claw.  I looked it up on the internet and there are videos on how to fix it but I just couldn't.  I took him to the vet today but they were booked so I made an appointment for tomorrow.  He has never been to a vet for a problem.  I take him for his shots and that's about it.  The cheapie shot place I go to no longer treats dogs so I am trying a new vet.

I joined this Club recently. Hahaha

Speaking of, I went to a new doctor this week.  She is a D.O. which I had heard of but didn't really know about.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, doctors of osteopathic medicine regard the body as an integrated whole, rather than treating for specific symptoms only. Allopathic medicine, also referred to as “Western medicine,” treats disease symptoms using remedies such as drugs or surgery.
Physicians with a D.O. are licensed in all 50 states to practice medicine and surgery, as well as to prescribe medications. The education for both D.O. and M.D. degrees is similar, and both are required to complete accredited medical residencies.
I really liked her and felt taken care of with all the questions and suggestions.  I went for that aching shoulder of mine. We talked about my sleep problems and anxiety.  We talked about my cataract and how I couldn't make myself go for my eye check up like I should every year with diabetes.  I felt like I was spilling the beans on all the peculiar things that worried me.  Come to find out, all of my complaints, including the shoulder, are known symptoms of autoimmune disease which is caused by my diabetes.  She is going on maternity leave next month - just my luck - but I made an appointment for the end of August and plan to see if I can get myself in better shape.  We talked about my insulin intake and she wants to do a full workup and maybe make some changes when we get started.  I am considering switching my diabetes treatment also.

I got all my flowers planted and am very pleased with the result.  I haven't seen any butterflies yet.  I am a little worried that there might be too much breeze on the second floor.  I read that wind could be a problem.  I have learned over the years that gardens have their own personality as to what will work.  This first year will be a trial and I'll just learn as I go along.  Summer will be the real test.  I bought all sun-loving plants but the Texas sun can be a killer.


I also have good news on the bird feeders.  I have moved them many times in the month and a half I have lived here.  I kept hearing the morning doves so I knew there were birds around and if you could get the morning doves to come the rest would follow.  So I've been putting out bread crusts in front of my apartment and today I saw 3 little birds in the feeder and 2 morning doves on the ground.  Looks like all my hard work is paying off.


  1. Lots of changes Barbara. Good for you. You sound busy.

  2. I love the soft cooing sound of doves. I hope Buddy is better soon, poor little guy.

  3. I hope Buddy's visit to the Vet goes well! It sounds like you are really looking into how to get as healthy as possible and that's great. I love your butterfly flowers and can't wait to get out and garden. Still too cold here to garden and am still waiting for the tulips and daffodils to bloom.

  4. Sure hope Buddy's ailment is a simple cure. I too hate it when my little one is not up to snuff. So glad you found a doctor that can tackle all your ailments at once. Too bad you have to wait so long. Maybe she could recommend someone who could see you sooner.

  5. I hope Buddy is all well by now with an easy treatment. That is good you found a doctor that is a match for you and who sees your whole self. Buddy looks a bit like my Bounce, they are cuties.