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My first impressions of all of my classes (though I've not yet attended my field/internship course), are incredibly positive. I will be taking a course in groupwork for social workers, Social research and Human Relationships. All oof them seem interesting, and I have very favorable impressions of all of the professors. I'm getting organized, and plan to create more structure to my days this semester.

On the down side, pain is worse this week. It's very challenging to eat. I'm hesitant still to call the pain clinic because quite frankly, I don't have time to go any sooner than next week's appointment. I guess I could call, but when I report that things are going worse, they always want me to come in. I don't know what the best solution is.

It's also very cold out. Very very cold. And that isn't helping anything, my orientation, my pain, my stress level are all effected. We won't get started on temperature challenges, because I don't want to go there.

Julio is much better, thanks to all of you who have asked. He's feeling good, and still fighting me on the pills. Dad showed me a way to get them down the boy's throat, but that seems to have increased the tension level between Julio and I around medication. It's frustrating, but was worth the try. Since I know Dad reads this, and I'd say it even if he didn't, I DON'T BLAME him, it was a good idea. Julio just doesn't think so. The peanut butter technique, suggested by the vet tech, is okay, but messy. Anyone else have ideas? He's not supposed to chew them, so I haven't put them in his food.

Well, it's getting late, so I'd better quick take a look at a few things and get to bed. Good night!Oh, one more thing. I will not be stopping my journalling. I don't need a contest to keep writing, this blog will keep going, hopefully with more of the wonderful things i learned from the LJ Idol contest. Hope that clears things up, I realize from the comments on yesterday's post that that wasn't clear.

Okay, now really, I'm going.

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jenandbronze
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
I don't deal with pain, but I get stiffness in the spine due to the rods inserted back there, so I have some idea what you may deal with, but I will say I can't really put myself in your shoes completely. However, the cold affects my body somewhat as well, as it has been -30F, and I don't think you'd be too terribly happy or comfortable in that temperature!

Hugs, and I hope the pain relieves soon for you!
minikin
Jan. 30th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I've had a lot of luck with Pill Pockets. They seem to like them so much, they wolfed them down without chewing.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: taking pills
Warren Eckstein is a pet psychologist, and has a national radio show. I remember him recommending that people place a pet's pills in a container, beside a piece of grilled chicken or anything that has a nice strong smell. Not mixing it with the food but just placing it next to it without touching.
Leave this over night in the fridge, and in the morning, the pills would have taken on the scent of the food.
I'll tell you, this has worked each time with our cat and dog. It is much easier to give them their meds quickly and without much resistance.

HTH,

Carlos
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