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  1. Dec 21, 2019 #2221

    Gary

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    I can put an and to the debate by saying, it won't happen.

    It could go sideways in a number of ways. Top of the list, she has another test coming up Friday morning at the hospital. When they do a blood draw they would find it in her system. That, after telling the ER doctors that she HAS NOT used weed. They'd probably cancel the test as she is to take no drugs or food leading up to the test. I wouldn't even know where to find it in that short of time. In the process, we'd just be kicking the can down the road, delaying the solution. That and there's a good chance she would be terminated from her job. She works in this hospital's Quality Control Department. It's her departments' responsibility to make sure everyone from the janitors to the top surgeons maintain a certain level of excellence. She knows the track record of everyone at the hospital. She on a first name basis with a good number of them as she's worked closely with them for well over 20 years. It would be hypocritical of her to break the very rules, it is her her job to enforce. So, I suppose technically, she'd have to fire herself .

    Everyone is free to do whatever they feel they need or want to do for themselves. I don't have a problem with that at all. But, we've been living this nightmare 24/7, for what will be 9 weeks this coming Monday. That comes with a certain amount of stress and anxiety, for both of us. We've got a plan in place to do what is best for us, we just ask that others respect that.
     
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    Gary, it sounds like CBD & marijuana are completely illegal even for medical where you live then? If it were legal & a doctor could prescribe it, it would be different. Sounds like that is not a possibility though. Where I live it is legal to use it but not legal to possess it so they love to bust people for possession. Many of the cops use the stuff they confiscate (illegal but they don't care). I've never wanted to use it myself so I understand why you & your wife don't consider it an option.

    My dog has been a little fussy this morning. I've given her water, Pedialyte, and food multiple times. She hasn't finished the last bit of food and pedialyte yet. I couldn't figure out what she wanted last time so I helped her stand up and moved her to the memory foam mat so she could rest on something softer. I'm still trying to get myself up to go get stuff out of the truck but my allergies are acting up.
     
  3. Dec 22, 2019 #2223

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    Nausea and extreme fatigue are common with liver disease or liver failure.

    Many possible sources of liver trouble.

    Also, pernicious anemia can cause these symptoms.
    Inability to process some b vitamins or to make enough red blood cells.
     
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    Jeff, I think those things would have shown up in her blood results but Gary said the tests all come back "normal".

    This morning really sucked. My old dog's urine cleared up-- it was almost completely clear which showed she was well-hydrated although she just couldn't seem to stop peeing. I kept her hydrated and had to frequently change puppy pads underneath her. At some point late last night/early this morning she got up and wandered in to the kitchen & fell down. She scraped one of her bed sores & opened it up wide & it was ugly. I carried her back to the hallway & put her on the puppy pads on her memory foam mat & made sure she wasn't on the side with the big wound. I petted her, brushed, her, fed her, and gave her water & pedialyte. She slept for awhile but this morning she got back up & wandered into the kitchen and fell in front of the fridge. I went out to help her & she wouldn't stop yelping. I had promised my mother I'd take her to the vet today so I woke my brother up to help me with her. I had my mother come out and say goodbye to the dog just in case. I went to turn the truck around and put a dog bed on the back seat (so it would be easier to get her in). I could hear her yelping while I was outside. I went back in & my brother was petting her but she wouldn't stop yelping. I put puppy pads on top of the dog bed & my brother wrapped her in a towel & carried her to the truck and set her on it. She got very still once she was on the bed & only tried to sit up once (when I had to come to a stop). She whined a little and was shivering, but for the most part she was quiet. I put the dog bed on the floor at the vet's office and my brother set her on it and we both petted her while we waited for the room to be ready. One of the vet assistants helped me carry the bed into the room to make it easier on her. The vet looked at her & said she was definitely done. I stayed with her & petted her while he gave her an injection to numb her and help her relax so she wouldn't feel anything or be in pain when he had to give the IV shot. She didn't make a sound. I don't know if she was aware of what was going on or if she could even see. She wasn't really responding much to anything once we got her in the truck. We left her body there so we wouldn't have to come back & try to dig a hole for her.
    She could be a real pain at times but I'm going to miss her.
     
  5. Dec 23, 2019 #2225

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    Very sorry, I have also gone through taking in a family dog for her last ride, so I feel for you.

    Best therapy is to get a new rescue dog after a few days or weeks of grieving.

    Not a puppy that chews and pisses everything.

    Get a rescue that is a few years old, best deal for you and your new dog buddy!
     
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    If we had fewer pets, I'd agree. Right after we lost our rottweiler/catahoula mix we rescued an abandoned puppy from the road (checked to see if anyone owned him, checked w/ vet etc) but things have changed since then & it's been harder to keep up. We currently have 2 cows, 2 dogs, and 16 cats. We're not planning on getting any new pets for awhile.
     
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    My sister called today to tell us she was having to make the same call for her 16-yr-old cat who was suffering from kidney failure. I had just sent her an e-mail seconds before (she hadn't received it yet) so we commiserated about it. Her cat was a snugglebug who LOVED to be petted. When we visited back in October this cat was already ailing & couldn't jump but she could climb & she slept in the bed with me under the covers and wanted constant attention. Very sweet kitty. My sister said she was no longer wanting to be petted, could barely walk, seemed exhausted & in discomfort/pain, and gagged at the smell of food (despite anti-nausea meds). She had been giving the cat subcutaneous fluids and different meds to help her but it was clear she was only going to get worse from that point.
     
  8. Dec 30, 2019 #2228

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    The weather has been crappy & I haven't had the motivation to go paint the door even though I have the materials but in my effort to procrastinate less, I promised myself I would't let it get to 2020 without burying the two cats that were in the freezer (died at night during summer & I never got around to burying them). I got up around 7am and went out to dig the hole next to the shed the cats liked to hang out on (they liked to sit on the roof). It's out back behind the house and there aren't many trees around so I only hit one root (which I broke with a shovel). I found an underground PVC line but fortunately didn't damage it-- it forced me to change the direction of my digging a bit though. I'm really out of shape because I was winded from the digging and started having some trouble breathing. I buried them together & put a piece of concrete over the top (had a chunk from a bag of cement mix my father bought shortly before he died-- never got to use it & it hardened up). My lungs still don't like me, but at least I accomplished something. I'm hoping after a nap I'll have energy to do something else.
    I'm going to try to get my brother to help me clear the back hallway at some point, but he works 6 days a week for the next few weeks so I'm waiting for him to get 2 consecutive days off so he can help me on one of the days.
    I'm having brainfreeze now.
     
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    The past 2 days I've gone down and put filler primer on the door. I'm waiting for the 24 hours to be up to go sand and do coat #3.
     
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    Started working on redoing a bed room for my grandson who would rather stay with us than with his mom and new boyfriend. Had to rip down the ceiling it was just 3/8ths dry wall and really wavy. The walls looked liked they just thru the mud on and then painted, so I had to sand everything and then skim coat everything. I took pictures of the wall before I started and will post the pictures when I get some more time. Then in the middle of all of this the pressure relief valve on the water heater started leaking, so I had to replace it.
     
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    Sounds like you were productive, Tuffy.
    I got the next coat on & the product says I either put the final coat on within 1 hour or wait 48 hours. I'm going to wait 48 to give the primer time to cure. I've found some padding to protect the door when I flip it over, so I'm going to flip it and do the other side tomorrow. Then I'll flip it back and do the main coat of paint the next coat on Tuesday.
     
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    Yesterday I got the final coat of the filler primer put on. Despite going to bed early & sleeping all night I was exhausted today and slept until almost 4pm. I got woken up at 6am by robo calls starting. They kept waking me up every few hours throughout the morning & there was another in the afternoon. I woke up long enough to make myself some grilled cheese sandwiches & tomato soup but then I was exhausted again. Went down to the workshop, sanded, wiped the dust away, and did the last coat of primer (the white primer). It doesn't come out smoothly despite shaking it for 2 minutes (it was spotty after 1 minute of shaking) so I decided to shake it again. It just doesn't go on as smoothly as the filler primer. I've never had spray paint come out that splotchy before so I wonder if the sprayer is defective or something. But I got coverage. I was forgetting about the 48 hour wait after doing a final coat & was thinking of doing that tomorrow (although, I can flip the door over and do the other side tomorrow). I now have plenty of cardboard and buffering to protect it from getting dinged & scratched. I can also do the paint on the door frame and trim tomorrow. I'm hoping the weather will hold up.
    I still need to go over and do touch-up on my friend's cabinets.

    Still trying to find a solution for my friend's roof. Is there some sort of patching material that can be mopped over asphalt shingles to patch leaks?
     
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    Thanks old dog. He just told me there are no shingles over part of the roof. It's just felt over wood. Shingles all rotted off.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2020 #2235

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    Gary, I hope your wife is still doing OK. Haven't heard from you in a bit so I hope that's not a bad sign.

    Checked the local hardware store and 3'x10' metal roof panels are less expensive (almost half the price) than the ones at the big box stores. Gonna talk to the store owner on Monday to get a full material list and really price things out. He installs roofs so he would know what it needs.

    I made myself go down to the workshop instead of taking a nap. I got some pics, wiped the door down with a tack cloth & set it up for painting. I forgot the paint can "key" up at the house but spotted one on the shelf in the workshop. I got some pics of inside the workshop but I'll have to post them in a separate thread. It needs a lot of organizing and fixing up.

    I also got fed up with a round table from the kitchen that used to be covered by a tablecloth, but the tablecloth got ruined. The table had some jagged edges & snagged my new pants and tore a hole in them. They snagged my brother's pants too. So I took it down to the workshop and sanded it. I was going to paint it but I found a little nail sticking up so I'm going to put a dab of wood filler/putty over it and see about doing a coat of primer first. Then I'll do the blue paint I used on the door. I'm debating whether or not the paint the legs or to just put some sort of sealant over them. The tabletop had some dried cat vomit on it that I really had to scrape off. Hit it with 80 grit sandpaper followed by 150 grit.
    Before: roundtable1.jpg
    After: roundtable2.jpg

    I had a bit of a learning curve with the foam roller & will still need to work on my technique but I like the color of the paint & will see if it needs a 2nd coat later on. I took pics when it was still wet so I'll see how it looks when it dries.
    Before: [​IMG]
    After: [​IMG]
     
  16. Jan 14, 2020 at 2:21 AM #2236

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    On Saturday I finished up the stepstool I've been working on, which I made entirely out of scrap I had laying around my garage. This replaced a stepstool I made a few years ago back when I really didn't know what I was doing; that old one was kinda flimsy. This one is solid as a rock.

    This time I didn't use any power tools, and except for one additional support I added later under the bottom step, all the joints are proper joints without mechanical fasteners.

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    I might sand and do a coat of poly if I feel like it at some point (but I probably won't).

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    In the picture above you can see the infamous 1/2" deep dado joint mentioned in a different thread. And check out that joint at the top...not even sure what's called. A half-lap corner-bridle? I dunno.

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    From certain angles the joints look loose, and I'll admit they're not all perfectly square and flush, but they're close enough that it all glued together snug, and the stool feels solid as hell. I've climbed up on it with both my kids in my arms, a.k.a. about 250lbs total, did a kind of boogie twisting motion -- I looked just like Elvis, I assure you -- and it was like dancing on a tree stump.

    Glad to have this project behind me now.
     
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    What...no video of your Elvis victory dance...?
     
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    Geez, I just can't remember the last time I danced on a tree stump:dance chik:
     
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    I actually haven't danced on a tree stump. But I have danced next to one...when I'm chopping wood and have to jump out of the way when I swing wrong and a piece chips off and flies at me!
     
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    Good job on the stool! It looks very sturdy.

    I went down to try to paint the trim but couldn't get the roller off the thingamabob so I decided to try to paint with a brush but I saw it wasn't going well and realized there was some kind of gunk on part of the frame from when it had been too close to the wall. Some kind of mold or something-- not sure. So I'm going to tape it up better & spray it with Killz primer. So I did a 2nd coat of paint on the side of the door I painted first (after a light sanding). It's been raining the past few days so I haven't gone to check on how it dried.

    I got the Killz to use on the little table. I also went back to the store and grabbed a second paint roller thingamabob so I don't have to worry about getting blue paint in with the white paint.

    Since it was too mucky to go to the workshop I instead did sketches of my friend's roof & took them to the hardware store. Talked to the owner about what exactly my friend would need. I showed him the photos my friend sent me of the side of the house & he said that my friend can just use one continuous panel instead of going with the angle. It's the same roofing he used on the store & there is no plywood underneath. He said it can span 4' to 5' and still be walked on. Said my friend would just have to cover the gaps with some rake trim, told him where to put the screws, what kind to get, and how many to use. Also suggested if he wanted to put something in the part where it angles as reinforcement he could. I brought my friend back there today with followup questions. The panels are 3' wide but they overlap so I wanted to make sure it would actually cover & he said it's 3' overlapped. He also said he had some "off color" rake trim in the back that wasn't selling & he would let my friend pick some and just give it to him. That's one of the reasons I like the local hardware store, the owner is a very nice guy.

    Went to the grocery store with my brother, then my brother bought us all food from a small local store. I went into hibernation mode after eating. I'm trying to come up with a plan for tomorrow. If it's not raining I'll try to get some more hay for my cows. The younger one followed me up on the sidewalk yesterday and wanted to see what was in my bags.
     

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