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Dallas Texas
I teach technology and computer science in Dallas, Texas and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002. I blog about both of those topics, along with training my dogs.
Interests: Dog Agility, Diabetes, Computer Science, Java, Visual Basic, programming, web design
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I fell on May 2. I'm still going to PT and we think I have 3 more weeks to go. Yesterday I had Physical Therapy at noon, and then went to conformation class with Obi. Everything was easier but 6"... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I've been frustrated because I'm still limited in what I can do. Before I fell, I could get my dogs to the show ring, show my dogs and get them back to the car myself. I didn't need a mobility aid. Physical therapy has been kicking my butt, and on physical therapy days, I've haven't been able to do much. Today was a PT. I took it easy in the afternoon, and ordered pizza for dinner. I usually try to cook. I got my husband to put the puppy in the truck for me, and we made it to dog... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
Still have lots of odd pains in my leg. Most my butt, the band of tissue above the knee, and knee pain when I'm tired. Unfortunately about 5 steps makes me tired. I'm learning to take the afternoon off after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
This should be 5 weeks since I fell. I went to dog agility. The drive didn't bother me as much -- some of the rougher roads as I got close but not like last time. I parked halfway between the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I will admit some serious frustration with the office staff at my optometrist office so I dropped into an EyeLab Is remote optometrist a thing now? She could have been in India. The video connection between us was working but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I’m almost walking, and I’m walking just a bit better each day. I’m doing 5 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the recumbent bike, and all the exercises the PT people have me do. I am going to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
It’s been three weeks and three days since I fell. I’m walking but it wears me out and I limp badly. I did 5 minutes on treadmill today. I’ve had days when my knee ached, and that makes me scared... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
It's been just over 2 weeks since I fell. Yesterday was a good day until PT. It kicked my butt. I was able to walk into Fry's, Chili's and Starbucks. I didn't get to shop at Fry's because they don't have an electric wheelchair shopping cart and I sure thought I saw one. I keep hoping I'll wake up and be able to put full weight on my leg, but my knee alternates from not hurting, to itching, aching. I did more yesterday in physical therapy than I had before but had muscle spasms when they iced me, and was... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
Here’s another Udacity link: I like their latest pricing, as you pay as you go. You get a mentor — someone like me — that will guide you through the course, and help you meet your deadlines. Come join us! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Technology and CS in Dallas
I have been working with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for over 4 years now, and have loved it. I really like working with those students. The only drawback is that I am limited to 27 hours a week... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Technology and CS in Dallas
I went to physical therapy on Friday. We came up with a plan for the dog show. Basically, I’d use the rolling walker (rollator) when I was setting up the dogs, putting them on the table, etc. but lose it... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
Yes, the blog is still here, just haven’t had a lot to say. I fell last Thursday. Was cleaning, pant leg got caught on a dog cage and I went down, hard on my knee. One of my Facebook /... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I haven't been to the sleep doctor in a year -- on purpose. My sleep hasn't been as good as it could be lately, I think wearing the same type of mask for multiple years is causing the problem. I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
That is the Biggest program I have had with personal trainers. I had one that came to the house and we worked out at my gym, but I dismantled it. I may be putting it back together, not sure. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I started to see some temperature sensitivity in one of my teeth. #14 to be exact. After 4 years of going to Baylor and it taking 4-5 visits of half a day each, I've decided to go back to a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
It's been estimated at just under $19,000 and 5 days. They showed up on time. They have huge piles of dirt in front of the house and in the back of the house and they just keep getting bigger. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I've gotten a bit side tracked on web development because I have been dealing with some chronic injuries. Good news, they are getting better. I'm doing a website for a friend. The first step was to determine what the website... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Technology and CS in Dallas
Friday I had a bunch of injections in my knee. Dextrose, I believe. It has not affected my blood sugar and my knee is not bothered me. They asked me to not take my Celebrex as it would affect healing.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
I have been having trouble with the Dexcom G6 staying on me for the full ten days. A lot of us have been having this issue, according to Dr Google ;) I have figured out the overlay tape doesn't last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Living with Diabetes and Lapband
For those of you who think breeders are the problem with dogs, you are so wrong. They are doing the best they can to keep their breeds improving. They are thrilled when puppies get great homes, even the ones that aren’t showing. Beagles are generally easy keepers. It doesn’t take much food to keep them alive and healthy, doesn’t take much owner interaction. I once read a statistic that only 3 out of 5 puppies born make it to adulthood. Some days that number seems high. This is one of them. A reputable breeder just lost the two puppies her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
People were surprised he was bigger. He is teething so didn't like having to show his bite. However, he is still infinitely better than Summer was on the table. He stands still and lets me fool with him. Same with the judge. Also likes loving on the judge. He is really great on the leash, which surprises me as we have only had a few leash outings. First confirmation class, Nordstrom's visit, and the vet. He really seems to enjoy the attention. And he learned! He learned that you don't play with chihuahua's but that pugs are fun. I hope... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
I just cancelled my Nationwide Policies. When Marcie had a pancreatitis attack that cost a $1000 a day, I got pet insurance. I have kept it for 10 years, but cancelled all my policies this week. My original plan, was to breed a litter of beagles, and include the pet insurance with the purchase of the puppies. That meant no preexisting conditions exclusions. However, I called and asked about coverage for breeding costs, and they told me after this year, they weren't covering any breeding costs. I didn't explore that further, but let it rumble around in my brain. Then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
There are a couple of reasons to take a pup to the vet the first week you get them. In Texas, the microchip is important if there is every a loose dog and ownership issue. In fact, our city has been paying for resident's dogs. In males, if you want to show, they need both testicles. Obi has both of them. My conformation instructor thought so, I thought so, but its best to get it from the vet. Free heart worm preventive. So we have his records set up at the vet's office, he's chipped and has been declared healthy.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
Yesterday, Obi figured out that he could climb the slates of the play pen. He was also extremely sharkie - as was his sister — which I am sure is caused by teething. Everytime he bites, he gets a loud ”Ouch” or ”No” and a little tap on the face. I also praise every time he licks or interacts appropriately with my hand. Today was MUCH better, though he is testing the limits. He did stay in the pen for a few minutes today, and didn’t try to climb it, but I didn’t push it. I am looking for another... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Adventures in Training the Beagles
He came close to getting out tonight by pushing the pen close to the sofa and using a blanket. I caught him just in time. Actually he has made more attempts, so he can't be left in the pen unattended any more. Time to puppy proof! We have been having thunderstorms and like the rest of the beagles could care less, though he doesn't like being wet. Today's excursion was Nordstrom's -- I had to return something so he went with. He loved getting admired, loved on and generally spoiled. Walking on a lead is going quite well. Didn't like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Adventures in Training the Beagles