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Good news and bad dog

February 10, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Nothing new on the kidney transplant/health front.

I did finally get back to walking every day. Between recovering from a month of sickness before and after the holidays, and the extremely cold weather, I stopped walking. But now, I’ve walked every day at work for the past week, and yesterday, I’m back to the distance I was walking last fall before getting sick. I feel the difference (for the better) already.

The highlight of the week is that my wife Jackie got a teaching job! She had been teaching in the local school district for the past 3 years, and lost her job at the end of the last school year (bumped for a political appointee, as her position was non-contract, and there is a lot of corruption in PA with teaching positions). She started working at a private school for special needs students. She worked in a classroom with an autistic adolescent as a professional assistant (for lack of a better term), and started back to school for her Special Ed. certification.  One of the teachers just left his position in the middle school-aged Emotional Support classroom, and she was hired yesterday for the job. It’s been a long time coming, and we are all thrilled.

Digger, our GoldenDoodle, has decided that he likes meat. He never was that interested in food before; he ate when he needed to. Last week, Kevin cooked sausage for supper on the night Jackie had class. I wrapped the leftovers in foil, as Kevin wanted to take them to his friend for him to try. Well, we forgot to take them, and when we got home, there was nothing but foil on the floor.

Today, Kevin came home from school to find that Digger had reached up on the counter, and got a hold of Kevin’s almost full 1 lb bag of Sweet and Spicy (VERY spicy) beef jerky. Needless to say, the only thing left was the empty bag (I’m sure Kelsea was right there eating as well). No adverse GI effects yet.

Digger is mischievous, but he’s the type of dog who is easy to forgive.  He’s actually quite smart,and some of the things he does are funny.

Suprisingly, the intestinal virus that I had back in December seems to STILL be making the rounds. At work, we are also starting to see influenza, and I think I heard on the local news that a strain of influenza that closed down a school north of here was different than the strains in the vaccine.

This is the first year in about 18 years that I haven’t gotten a flu shot; the Transplant Surgeons’ policy is that I need to be at least 1 year out from my surgery. I’m not at all worried, as there are far worse infections with the immunosuppression than flu, although I’m more likely to get influenza than, say, pneumocystiis or a fungal infection.

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