Tyler Returns to Normal-ish

by Terry 5/14/2009 10:12:00 AM

Apparently the pain medication, an opiate, the vet prescribed was a bit strong for Tyler. This explains the vomiting and general unhappiness Tyler was displaying yesterday. Today, on a half dose of the medication, he is much more normal. When I can, I give him breaks from wearing the Elizabethan collar but I have to watch him so he does not start chewing at his stitches.

I nearly got a full night of sleep too. Tyler slept with us again, which is not normal for any of us, so I am happy I got relatively good rest. I cannot wait for Tyler to go back into his crate again. In reviewing some of my work and writing from yesterday I realized I was on autopilot and not as clearheaded as I like. I am still off my game today, but it is more physical exhaustion than mental.

I am still in training classes today. Karen is home with Tyler, having changed her plans to go on a school fieldtrip with Kaitlin. Kaitlin really wanted Karen or me to go with her today, but she was thankfully understanding to the need to watch over Tyler for the day.

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Tyler is Recovering from Surgery

by Terry 5/13/2009 9:31:00 AM

Tyler’s recovery from his neutering surgery hit a rough patch this morning. He has to wear an Elizabethan collar for the next ten days so he does not chew his stitches. This means he cannot comfortably use his crate. So, last night he slept in my bedroom, sometimes on his bed, sometimes with Karen and me. He slept through the night well enough, but then vomited this morning. After cleaning up his digestive aftermath, I set the spare bathroom as his new ‘crate’, if we need to leave him alone for any reason.

Karen cancelled her appointments for today and tomorrow to stay at home and minimize him being left alone. He was an unhappy dog when I left for work. Karan put a call into the vet for advice, as the vet did not really mention what after affects we should expect. Neither of us feel comfortable about leaving Tyler alone at the moment, particularly in a different ‘crate’ than he is used to. I feel bad, because I normally work from home. I am in training classes all week, so this is not an option. The burden falls on Karen.

I am not overly worried, but preventing undue harm is wise.

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Tyler gets Neutered Today

by Terry 5/12/2009 10:58:00 AM

Tyler, our puppy, has come of age, contractually at any rate. Our adoption agreement requires us to have Tyler neutered by the end of the month. Since I left for the office early this morning, Karen walked the dog to the vet and I will pick him up this evening. Actually, I assume Karen got the dog there this morning. I have internet access, but limited opportunity to call Karen to see how things are going.

Karen and I are wondering how much Tyler’s behavior will change.

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Fun, Frustration and Fatigue

by Terry 3/19/2009 12:48:00 PM

Life with Tyler, our new puppy, is still evolving. His sleep patterns change each week, which is good and bad at times. We are still trying to keep him in the crate at night, but it is clear that Tyler likes companionship in the wee-hours of the morning. During the day he is still just a big (27 lb/12.3 kg) puppy that likes to play, eat, sleep, poop, play and play more.

Karen and Kaitlin have been sick this week, which puts extra pressure on me. I have to work and help take care of everyone. Naturally, Karen and I are getting none of our tasks met this week, which is exceedingly frustrating at times. I am trying to run through my lab demonstrations for next week’s science fair at Kaitlin’s school and I am having a hard time getting the time and energy to pull it all off. I am pretty well fatigued by day’s end.

I recently made several purchases at HMS-Beagle for my science fair materials. The people there have been very helpful. I wish their online ordering system were a bit more search and sort friendly and would take credit cards. They take PayPal, which works for me – if I have the funds in place. This turns out to be trivial, for the most part, as I can call them with my order number and pay by credit card on the phone.

My only complaint so far (and not really HMS Beagle’s fault) is with an order of Erlenmeyer Flasks I made. The flasks all have a larger opening than I expected (based on the flasks I have already) and the number 6 stopper is almost too small and number 7 stopper is almost too big. I only discovered this after I received my flasks. I made a follow-up order for a range of stoppers and am making it work out. The solid number 7 stopper and the number 6 with glass tubing in the holes do not fall into the flasks. I wish I could have ordered size 6.5 stoppers, but that will have to wait for another day.

Now I just need the time to have some fun with the science fair projects…

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Too busy to keep up – The Dog, Taxes and a Science Fair

by Terry 3/9/2009 6:11:00 PM

I have been lazy. I would like to say I have been too busy, any in truth I have been, but it really feels like laze from exhaustion. Most notably I have been deprived of sleep as we have a new family member.

Tyler, the Dog

We adopted Tyler, our new puppy, three weeks ago. Tyler, estimated to be born around Christmas of last year, is a mixed breed Terrier-Beagle-Cattle Dog-Somethingorother. Karen was a little uncertain about him for the first week. It turns out he is a darned good dog. Tyler almost never barks, is healthy, good natured, good to other dogs and kids and is basically the best dog our family could hope for. I have grown pretty fond of him.

The big surprise, other than we quite suddenly had an about face on the idea of having any pet, is that I really like having him. I have never been much of a dog person. I think I had too many roommates in my college years with ill-mannered and poorly cared for pets. I should come as no shock that a well cared-for and owner-attended pet will respond well. It definitely helps that I work from home most of the time.

The most significant impact at the moment is two-fold. Firstly, I am suffering a real lack of sleep getting up one to three times a night to ‘water the dog’ – a task that is exclusively mine, as Karen and Kaitlin seem to sleep through everything short of nuclear attacks. Secondly, as a family we are trying to adjust to a permanent toddler in the house. We have been a pretty spontaneous family, but our traveling days have changed. Fortunately our neighborhood has a good network of dog owners and I am slowly learning the ropes. It will be nice to have sitters should we travel.

Taxes

I have taxes to do. Not much to say. We all have to pay taxes. It sucks. Rather, the sucking sound from my paycheck never stops and I am further penalized by having to spend a dozen or three hours of my time to itemize the government’s abduction of my money.

The Science Fair

I have ordered the supplies and glassware for the science fair where I have been asked to have a demonstration booth. This is for my daughter’s elementary school. Not surprisingly, it takes a bit of thought and planning to put a show together. I need my theme, my props and supplies. All of this is different than what I have and need in my garage lab.

My family manager, Karen, also known as my loving and supportive wife, has scheduled time in the garage for me to work on stuff. I have cleaned up the garage (again) after the winter of abandonment, I have started to arrange and expand my chemical stocks on the new shelving I acquired around last Christmas, fabricated some glass tubing I hope to use at the science fair and started to plot out my experiments/demonstrations. I will report more on this later.

So, it is back to work I go.

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