Monday, 24 November 2008

Uncomfortably Numb

I won DJ Kirby's Wordless Wednesday competition this week. I'm still in shock. The judge, Trousers, is far too kind, but thank you anyway.

On to an update: I've been to see a specialist about my shoulder, which has been in pain since February. I had an MRI, which showed fluid in the tendon. He offered to give me a cortisone injection tonight. I took him up on the offer. He must have put some Lidocaine in there because the arm is pretty numb and he didn't tell me there would be Lidocaine. And I had to drive home on the motorway for half an hour in the dark. I damn near cried but was too worried I would crash. Should I go on about how thoughtless orthopedic surgeons are? Or do you all already know about that?

Hubby still doesn't have a job. It's beyond a joke. It's downright scary, though I try not to think too hard about it. And when I do I focus on the positive (he and I are getting along better; he and the kids are getting along better).

Jake continues to improve. He is 99 percent great dog. The one percent bites sometimes -- hard. He doesn't bite me. He wouldn't dare. But he's bitten hubby four times and daughter once and the vet surgeon once. I happened to be at the vet's today with one of the cats and mentioned the biting. She gave me the number of a behavioural specialist. I just have to get hubby to agree to phone them. I don't know how many bites that will take. The biting seems to happen when someone seems to approach his rear quarters so I think it's associated with the surgeries. I'm scared he might bite someone outside the family one day so we really need to get this sorted.

Here in the UK we have lots of bad news about the economy: deflation, credit crunch, layoffs, etc. But what has been the big news this past week? John Sergeant, a former political correspondent for the BBC, resigned from Strictly Come Dancing because of so much flak from the judges and other dancers because he's got two left feet and really should have been voted out ages ago but the public like him too much. Now for all you who don't live in the UK I will describe John Sergeant's looks. In the U.S., he'd have a marvelous career in radio. Seriously, when I first moved to this country, I couldn't believe he was allowed to be on TV. In America we only have blowdried Kens and Barbies on TV news (not counting PBS, the "educational channel" as my stepmother calls it). So it was a shock to see a droll troll, intelligent as he is, actually reporting the news. Here's what he looks like. He's kind of cute in a teddy bear troll sort of way.


-Ann said...

We had a behaviourist come out to help with Toby, who developed a bad habit of growling and snapping at the vet. I can't remember how much it cost, around 100 euro, maybe a bit more because we had to pay travel costs of about 80 miles. It was invaluable though. They're not trainers, they don't do obedience stuff - they're really the troubleshooters. It's like the difference between a teacher and a child psychologist.

Good luck with it!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

I love old Johnny Seargent and have his autobiography which is excellent. He should re-issue it and rake in a few more bob. He's very very funny and great when he hosts have I got news for you.

Not a great time for job hunting as so much grinds to a halt at this time of year. Best to refocus new attempts come January. As for your pooch, good luck with the behaviourist but crikey you could do without the expense but the alternative isn't good if you ignore it.

Chin up, deep breath and sink a bottle of wine!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

-ann: I'll have to get hold of the behaviourist. Just to save my husband from himself.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

MOB: Yeah, I like Sergeant too but it was getting a bit ridiculous. Seems like every day brings more bad news about the economy. Wine is definitely the answer.

Expat mum said...

I've been following the Strictly saga. Can you imagine the cheek of it all? I can't even think what the equivalent would be over here. They seem to put up with anyone and anything.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

expat mum: It was getting a bit ridiculous. My husband thinks John Sergeant should be helicoptered into the jungle now for I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

DogLover said...

I hope that when Jake bites he is immediately admonished; it would be fatal not to make it clear to him that he is in absolute disgrace because otherwise he would assume that it's OK to bite people.

I have a rescue dog that began fighting with other dogs and I really told him off each time, even slapping him across the face [it looked as if I was slapping him hard, but in fact I hardly touched him]. It's a terrible humiliation to a dog to be slapped by his owner, so it really works. Now he is as good as gold.

I agree with you that it's entirely unacceptable to have a dog that bites. I hope you can sort your canine friend out.