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From: Saysfaa (
Subject:         Thank you, my Thursday 13
Date: October 30, 2008 at 10:24 am PST

In Reply to: WAKE the COFFEE & SMELL UP, sisters! posted by Punkinelly on October 30, 2008 at 7:45 am:

1. I am back from the vet (sigh, again). At least this time it isn't because she is in an accute crisis. (and it didn't cost me another pay check... she is in training, so she is officially practicing on my dog and therefore not charging anything. Although, I was impressed enough, that I might keep going with it when she starts charging - at least, if I'm still working the extra hours).

2. The vet does Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Chamois went for an evaluation and some accupuncture. Wow. Double WoW. The whole thing was fascinating. It made so much sense. The vet is not Chinese, she just has had training in Chinese medicine beyond her western training.

3. This is what I've thought, not what the vet said, although several of the things she said fit in with it sooooo well: Western med tries to make the symptom go away. Well, usually they do that by treating the symptom as if it were the problem. Quite often that doesn't treat the problem. Chinese medicine uses the symptom (and a lot of other symptoms that people don't notice - like the color of the tongue) to figure out what to treat.

4. That makes sense, because sometimes I can do my homeremedy stuff and make a symptom go away, but soon I notice that I have a different symptom. Like when I worry I get a headache first. I can make the headache go away with relaxation or massage or something. But if I don't also figure out what I'm worried about, I will soon find that my hands are icy cold and my shoulders are tense. I solved the original symptom but not the problem.

5. Chamois' reaction was very interesting. She allowed everything, and I could just see it having an effect... the obvious effect was that she relaxed but there was something else different too, I don't know what it was.

6. Another interesting thing was "Depends". Lol. That resonated with me. The dr said, what she does depends. lol, it depends on whether the dog is young or old, whether the dog is this or that in a lot of areas. The same symptom gets different responses depending.... Actually, that is just another way of saying it don't treat the symptom, isn't it?

7. Today is grocery shopping, errands like taking books back to the library, the recyclables to the recycling center, and as much research on dogs as I have time to sqeeze in.

8. Filled the car up for $2.04 a gallon. Hurray!!!! That receipt is going on the side of the fridge next to the one from last spring where it took over $100 to fill one of the vehicles.

9. Pumpkin and squash season, yummy. We had our first punkin seeds of the season yesterday. They were actually squash, but I call them all punkin. I've got two pumpkins sitting on the counter waiting to be turned into pie.

10. I miss fresh apple cider. I haven't found a good source around here yet.

11. We lost our tomato plants this week, I'd been covering them at night and we kept them going this long. We grew three heirloom varieties and now we know our favorite... as soon as I find the tags again and figure out which name goes with which plant.

12. Maybe we won't get cable or anything after all. It was supposed to be a short term thing, but we've discovered how to get shows through the internet/computer. It puts more demand on that limited resourse (five kids doing homework, five people doing football fantasy league (four doing two leages)), but so far that is managabel. The kids are getting well grounded in working things out. One gets on after everyone else is in bed, another gets up at 5 (or 4 or once 3;30), and so on.

13. The tree outside my window is absolutely beautiful. Its a bright, bright orangy red maple.

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