Carry On, Carry On 5

This afternoon the doctor that Humana wanted me checked out by came by the house. She was much nicer (and more competent) than the home health nurse that they had checking Mom out. She’s not going to be a repeat visitor–or I don’t think she will. It was just a way for Humana to figure out what services I need from them and from my regular doctors. She told me that I need the pneumonia vaccine (the one I had wondered if my insurance would cover), a bone density test, and a cholesterol screening, an HbA1C. She also said that I need to discuss with my doctors ways to become more active, ways to keep from falling, how to deal with my depression, find out what is causing the ongoing issue with my digestive tract, and find out what is causing the tachycardia.

She wanted the bone density test because I’ve had fractures in the past (back when I was a teenager) and because of the Vitamin D deficiency. I understand that, since I think my mom had to go through one of those after she started breaking bones a few years ago. She said that, despite what a few doctors have said, the doctors that said I had a heart murmur were right. She was also concerned that I may have Celiac Disease because of all the vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I told her that I’d been tested and that, according to the tests, that wasn’t the issue. I told her that there were certain things that you just end up having problems with in this family: vitamin deficiencies, mental illness, and heart murmurs. And that is pretty true. (I forgot to mention that asthma was another thing that just comes along with being in this family.)

In non-health news, I guess I better introduce Amy Pond, who has (within a very short timeframe) become the boss of me. She’s a dachshund. She was born on December 21, 2012, which I didn’t know until after I had picked the name out. I might have gone with something like Maya, if I had known. Nah, I probably still would have chosen Amy Pond. She is a spunky little ginger and she likes to boss everyone and everything around, so it’s a very fitting name. (When we took her to PetSmart to pick out toys, she snapped at a cat. When we took her to our vet to get her checked out, she growled and barked at a huge lab. I guess it’s a case of little dog, big attitude.)


This is Amy and me the day after we got her.
Mad, impossible Amy Pond

This is her earlier this week on my mom.
Mad, impossible Amy Pond

And this is from yesterday, on her bed, with her toys Bobo (pink thing) and Little Puppy (brown dog toy).
Mad, impossible Amy Pond


From right after we got her. This basket was supposed to be her bed. (We were cleaning the blanket/puppy bed that went in it at the time.) She never would stay in it, though. She used it mainly to get on mom’s couch/bed or on my couch.

This is her last week on my shoulder. She loves to sit or sleep on shoulders, so I joked that she was a parrot.

And yesterday on what she’s chosen as her bed, my mom’s bed/couch. She loves sleeping under the covers, as well as playing under them.

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.

5 thoughts on “Carry On, Carry On

  • Danielle

    I love the puppy! She’s very beautiful – congrats! I miss when my puppies sat on my shoulder but will settle for them just sleeping on my lap 🙂

  • Amber

    I just had to tell you that “daaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww”. Such a cute hot dog. ^_^

    Also, I know we don’t talk much, but I read all your posts. I subscribed by email. *hugs* Hope you get some good luck. I’d send you some if I knew how.

    And again, daaaaaawwwwww puppy.

  • Kate

    Haha awww, Daisy is part dachshund, so Amy killed me dead the first time I saw your video. ^^ She’s beautiful. I too hope you and your family receive some good luck and this year turns out better for you all, you deserve it!

  • Alex

    I’m sorry, didn’t you JUST lose custody of your dogs because you were unfit to own them? Do you really think it’s fair to a helpless animal to take her on when you guys can’t even take care of yourselves? What’s going to happen if she gets sick and you’re faced with a giant vet bill you obviously cannot cover? I understand the desire to have a pet, but she deserves to be with people who have the financial and physical capacity to take care of her.

    • Janet
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      Why say I’m sorry? Obviously, if you were concerned about upsetting me, you wouldn’t have said anything.

      We lost custody of the dogs last year because our house was unfit to be lived in and we couldn’t pay the thousands of dollars in fines that they were going to charge because they had to stay in the shelter while we lived at my grandmother’s house. It wasn’t because we were unfit. Even the people with the city believed we were fit to take care of the animals and encouraged to get a pet in the future.

      As for the financial situation, which isn’t really any of your business, we are on a payment plan with the vet that we use. There are also organizations that exist to help in the event that something catastrophic happens. Being poor shouldn’t prevent someone from having a pet. Maybe you should have looked at things like this, this, and this before making your comment. Obviously, there are support systems out there for lower-income pet owners.

      Oh, and did you know that in the last few weeks that we’ve had Amy that my mom’s blood pressure and blood sugar have improved, my pulse has lowered, and we’re all less stressed most of the time. It may be completely selfish of me to say this, but I think Amy might save our lives or just our mental health. And maybe that should be the thing that you think of before making this kind of comment.

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