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Marvelous Monday with Lexi!

Marvelous Monday with Lexi: Sept 24th edition!

The internet is back up and running, and a lot happened while the internet was down!

Mommy gave me a bath last night and decided to take pictures of me while I was still damp. I don't appreciate it but I'll let it slide because she's been through a lot lately.

Vet Visits

A couple of weeks ago, Mommy took me to see a new vet, Dr. S., to get my vaccinations. I'd been really itchy for a week or two before seeing Dr. S. and we discovered I had a yeast infection. Mommy felt really bad because she thought it was allergies; however, Dr. S. reassured her that the problem was easily fixed with an antifungal medication and showed Mommy what to look for in the future. Dr. S. also said that I have a slight heart murmur, but I don't have to take medicine for it. She told Mommy to call her if I suddenly became inactive, fatigued, and started coughing a lot. Dr. S. also told Mommy that my weight was good and that Mommy needed to keep an eye on one of my few remaining canines since it was starting to look bad and will need to be removed in the future. I also have a luxating patella in both my hind legs; Dr. S. says the reason why one leg doesn't seem to bother me is that my body has adapted to it and my patella doesn't slide around. 

Dr. S decided not to give me my shots during my first appointment because she wanted to wait until I was healthy. When Mommy took me back last week, Dr. S. gave me my shots. Mommy also found out that 1/4 of a Benadryl twice a day wasn't an effective dose anymore because I have put on some weight over the course of the two years she's had me. Dr. S. recommended 1/2 a Benadryl twice a day and told Mommy if it didn't help my allergies, they would discuss other options. Dr. S. also helped Mommy choose a budget-friendly flea preventative, a Seresto collar that lasts 8 months. It costs about the same as a 2-month supply of Nexgard, so Mommy appreciated that Dr. S. gave her an effective and budget-friendly option. Dr. S. likes the fact that I'm getting pumpkin with my evening meals and encouraged Mommy to keep adding a bit to my food since I like it so much.

Even though I don't like being examined and given shots, I like Dr. S. better than I liked the vets at the other place Mommy took me to. They also do their very best to provide Mommy with encouragement and options that she can handle financially. She doesn't feel like she's being judged there and I like that.

Other News

Mike's mother went into surgery a couple of weeks ago; however, it ended before it began. As the surgeon was placing the first pin in her neck, he nicked an artery, cutting off blood flow to the brain. As a result, she suffered from a cerebellar stroke which has caused brain swelling, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and she has a hard time telling up from down sometimes. The damage may be permanent, it may not. Whatever the case may be, she's going to be disabled for at least a year, maybe more.

The whole situation is a trigger and, in Mommy's mind, she is re-living the past. Mommy's mind plays mean tricks on her. When she's awake, she focuses on the differences between what is happening now and what happened in the past. At night, her subconscious takes over and she has night terrors. Uncle Mike is doing what he can to help her; however, there are other factors outside of his control that he can't do anything about. Mommy is tired and struggling with day-to-day living. Her employer has continued to schedule her for 32-hours a week, and I'm wondering how much longer Mommy can sustain this before a co-worker or customer does something really hateful and she just says "Enough."

Mommy has been seeing a counselor at Vocational Rehabilitation to help her find a good job that could develop into a career in the future. Her counselor was impressed with her career aptitude scores because they demonstrated that she is very intelligent, has the aptitude for lots of different career fields, and can learn new things easily. Voc Rehab is in the process of referring her to a "Job Development" agency who will work with her to find employers who might be a good fit for her. Mommy is considering a career in the non-profit field because she likes helping people (which is why she is good in customer service) and quite a few non-profits are a good match for her personal ethics.

Finished Reading, Pending Review

In addition to the books she's reviewed recently, Mommy has finished reading six books:

INIMICAL by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge on Goodreads  DRAGON'S CODE by Gigi McCaffrey on Goodreads  THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Petra Landon

I AM GREAT BECAUSE I BELIEVED IT FIRST by Brandon Richard  THE COVEN HEIR by Lily Luchesi  E M McIntyre on Goodreads

She's waiting for release days on a few of these, but she will share her reviews just as soon as she can.

Currently Reading

THE MEMORY TREE by John A. Heldt
Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T's.

Up Next

Mommy is waiting for the cover reveal and ARC for Defiance, the third book in "The Aerturnum Chronicles" by H.G. Chambers. However, she has a couple more books to read on her list while she's waiting:


Have a marvelous Monday and a great week. See you next week!
Marvelous Monday with Lexi: Sept 24th edition!