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Cafe / Re: Cats
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 12 Aug 2022 02:34PM »
Round here, we've a team of cats that are confusing us and guilt-tripping us. 

I live in a short, quiet road, and on my side, there are four small black cats, with only about a dozen houses between the two that live furthest apart.  Also, confusingly, one female has a name that one might think of as male, although actually if a human had it, it would be a traditional 'trade' surname so isn't actually gendered.  (Not the actual name, but think of Smith, Carver, Baker.)

I joke locally about the cat I spend most time with being ageist because she lets children do what they want, but if I don't stroke her exactly the way she wants, she kicks me and on three occasions has bitten me.

Of course, what it really is, is that like many cats, she understands the difference between human kittens, which, like cat kittens, are there to be played with, and human adults, which like cat adults, should have learnt life's rules and acquired some common sense.
Talk / Re: Getting a GP appointment and NHS 111.
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 12 Aug 2022 02:17PM »
I hope the eardrum and HRT referrals result in prompt and effective treatment.

I don't quite understand, though, what's burst your eardrum, since I'm too far away to have damaged it with my incessant talking.   :f_winkeye:

Cafe / Re: Cats
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 11 Aug 2022 10:31AM »
Cat's always make you think it's your fault......
Cafe / Re: The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 11 Aug 2022 10:29AM »
Benji was a rescue at four years old. He had been abandoned in kennels when his owners moved to Europe. They were going to come back for him then changed their minds. When the vets got his old notes through, it turns out they had thought of removing him several times before because they thought he was 'difficult ' and 'aggressive '. So they had no intention of coming back for him in the first place.
It makes me really angry.

When the vets delved further into the notes, it was truly horrifying. The previous owners bought him from a puppy farm, obviously knew nothing about the breed, and kept asking the vets 'why is he behaving like this? ', 'Is this normal? '

He arrived into our lives a week after our old boy Barney had been put to sleep. We were devastated and decided we would wait a while until we got another dog. Then the vets called my husband and told my husband about Benji saying 'We know it's a bit soon after Barney but we were asked if we knew of any experienced Basset owners and thought of you guys........'

And what would be the harm in just looking?  :f_laugh:
So we went to visit, he came straight home with us (purely on a trial basis! ) and never left!

He's just turned 11 and is the best behaved Basset we've ever had! There's not an aggressive bone in his body, he's an absolute poppet, loves everyone, rarely barks or howls, and is incredibly easy going.
He's also a sneaky little escape artist, as are all bassets, and is a food ninja. If you can't see him or hear him then assume he's up to mischief! He can be stubborn, independently minded, and unusually for a Basset very fussy about what he eats for his breakfast and dinner. He'll happily scavenge through the bin and eat crap but not his food! We're forever changing his food brand! Fussy little git!

I just think his previous owners had no idea what they were letting themselves in for with either a dog or a Basset. When we collected him he arrived with a dog crate and had been used to spending all day crated. Now he has full run of the place.
His paws were so soft and tender where he hadn't been walked, we had to be very careful where and how long we walked him for until his pads hardened up.
He doesn't know how to play with toys, and even though we've tried to teach him with a ball he just looks terribly confused at why we're throwing things at him! He has a couple of soft toys that we try to encourage him to mouth on however he's not interested and just doesn't understand the concept of play.
He's very good at playing with other dogs though.

Sorry, I've given a complete biography of Benji  :f_whistle:

Sunshine, Dogs and newly dug holes - they just love them don't they?   :biggrin:
Talk / Re: Getting a GP appointment and NHS 111.
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 11 Aug 2022 09:40AM »
I'm sorry you're in so much pain Sunshine  :f_hug:

But what a lovely doctor! It really renews your faith in the health system to hear of such good service and I'm so pleased for you that you were able to arrange so much in one appointment.

I do hope the antibiotics start working their magic soon.

Take care  :f_rose:
Cafe / Re: Cats
« Last post by lankou on 11 Aug 2022 08:26AM »
Apparently according to the way a "Sylvester" type of cat looked at me in my back garden at 06.00 this morning, it is my fault.
Talk / Re: Getting a GP appointment and NHS 111.
« Last post by Monic1511 on 10 Aug 2022 10:38PM »
I hope you’re feeling better and nice to know some systems work
Talk / Getting a GP appointment and NHS 111.
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 10 Aug 2022 03:58PM »
Last week I was in a huge amount of pain and knew there was no way I was going to be able to stay on the line for the GP appointments like or NHS 111 so I used the online Triage option on the GP's website. It was the first time I had used it and the word limit on each section meant I did not rabble on which helped bother me and the potential reader. I have a stick camera from Amazon that let me get a picture of the back of my throat and right ear. A GP rang within an hour diagnosed a sinus infection- the reason for the pain levels reaching  agony was that I also have Trigeminal Neuralgia which I of course already know. The GP wrote a prescription for ten days of antibiotics and it was picked up in the afternoon for me. The GP also said he needed to see m e face to face and made an appointment for today. I have no been additionally diagnosed with a chronically busted eardrum and seemed a little surprised I could hear anything - its like my right ear has been deep sea diving sounds are distant but they are there. I got a referral to get an op at Derby Hospital and the GP also made an appointment with my actual GP to talk about HRT next week. Brilliant so much done for me because I gave Triage a try. I mean it makes it worth trying again doesn't it?

In the course of me chattering as he did computer stuff I asked is there anything we as patients can do to help and he said know that NHS 111 calls get pushed across to 999 and it has meant people who just need a new inhaler get sent an ambulance. I think it is a call centre call handler thing where calls have to be answered and handled with a time period and if they are not the technology pushes the call to 999. He mentioned he is retiring soon I asked I asked to shake is hand, it was a small thank you for all his and others work but I believe it matter as he said yes of course and we shook hands.

- Sorry about any typos I cant check pain is on its return and I need meds ttfn.
Cafe / Re: The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 10 Aug 2022 03:36PM »
It sounds like Benji needed his Mum and you were there for him. He looks so sweet in the photo is he an adult rescue or have you had him from a pup?

I dog a hole in the garden for Alec to drop a Acer tree into in its pot so it gets cooled by the wet soil after having its leaves frazzled by the sun. I pointed at what I was doing and Bran got straight into his new bed  :biggrin:
Cafe / Re: The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 09 Aug 2022 12:30PM »
Sleeping it off?  That's no good, he should be licking up the tea and cuddling your overworked hand!

I bet Benji's glad he lives with someone like you, not like me.  Not only do I have a terrible sense of humour, I have to have cats.  They tell me what to do, not ask me what to do.
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