Pets

How to tell if your dog is impacted and swallowed something…

So on Thursday night, my parents adorable, sweet, friendly English Springer Spaniel, was not feeling well. He is usually a very energic, friendly, happy, hyper, dog, and is always trying to get into everything.

Well, I went over to their house on Thursday and “Hootie”, the dog, was lethargic, pacing back and forth, leaning on the couch, and had vomited quite a bit, and had no bowel movement for the day. My Mom and I took him to the animal hospital. We waited and waited, my Mom is older, and retiring soon, and she had to leave because she had to work the next day, and she also has arthritis.

The next day, no improvement. Poor sick baby boy. We took him to an animal hospital, they didn’t help much. They did a physical and said his heart sounds really good, and that he is a healthy boy, except for the sickness. His blood work was good as well. They did an X-ray and his bowels were dilated. The vet said he would call back at the end of the day, which he didn’t. Bad review for him. Spent $600 but at least we found out he is a healthy 9 year old pup.

So we took him to the animal emergency room. These doctors were great! We waited for 2 hours, with my daughter, we were exhausted, falling asleep, but it is worth it, we love this dog so much. They did a scan to view more areas. The doctor called us over and said “Did he swallow a corn cobb”, I said “this defiantly makes sense”. This pup gets into everything, he is really strong, and my parents are older. You could totally see half of a corn cob in his intestine! He digested it out of his stomach and into his intestine.

So we had to take him to another hospital where he would at surgery STAT, before something worse happens.

We drop our sweetie pie off for surgery and he doesn’t want to go. He pulls on his leash and tries to go towards us.

When we are walking out the door, they tell us what can go wrong with surgery. This didn’t help my anxiety. They explained anesthesia risk, and the risk of having the bowel cut and reattached.

The next day we go to pick him up from surgery at 8PM, after he has time to recover. He is wagging his tail and jumping up on everyone, he is not supposed to jump up, but he is a dog. He couldn’t go home until he ate, but he grabbed that food out of our hands so quickly.

He is at home and recovering. He seems fine. He keeps jumping up which is going to make his recovery longer. He is his energetic, friendly self, and trying to get into everything. So now he is getting a mussel, so this doesn’t happen again. He had to have 8 inches of his intestine cut out and the intestine reattached. I don’t know the long term effects. He is such a healthy dog, that he is back to normal already.

So how can you tell if your dog is impacted or have eaten something and it is stuck? They will be lethargic, loss of appetite. vomiting not pooping. They will be shadowing or pacing back and forth trying to get comfortable. They need to go to the vet asap for surgery. If the vet says theres a dilation in the intestine. Probe them or convince the vet to do a better scan where you can see more. It is very pricy if you don’t have the money you may need to apply for a credit card, ask for a payment plan or go to the bank to get a loan.

I hope this never happens to you. It was $4,400.

This is the poor baby at the vet
This is cutie pie in his little bonnet “The Cone of Shame”.
This is Mr. Handsome Pants sleeping. He is drugged up on pain pills.

See he is all better. We are telling him to be quiet in this video because the vet said to discourage barking because he could possibly heal better and so on, and he has many, many stitches.

Nature

Once in a blue moon.

Tomorrow is the full blue moon. Where did the term “blue moon”, come from might you ask? It just means that there was two full moons in a calendar month. Also the Native Americans, as sturgeon moon, because sturgeons were easier to catch during the blue moon in the Great Lakes area.

So tomorrow is the full moon. I am assuming my co workers are going to be one edge, and that my patients more confused. It seems like it always happens during a full moon.

The moon looks very pretty right now.

Pets

Kitties love string…

This is miss Mabel kitty. She somehow always shows up when I am crocheting. She can be hiding somewhere sleeping and when I start crocheting, all of a sudden, there she is! She loves to help! 😂😂😂😂😝😝😝

She loves string. Why do kitties love string? Does it remind them of snakes. More than once, while playing with string, she got her nail stuck in my hand. She gets carried away.

My house is a mess
Crafts

Step by step instructions on how to crochet a bow.

Crochet hook size H 5.0 MM (side note: This is for a bigger bow, if you want a smaller one, use a smaller crochet hook and chain less chains in the beginning when you start out.

Pink Red heart super saver yarn, and cut a long piece of yarn out for later to tie around the bow.

Scissors

Tapestry needle.

Let’s get started on our pretty bow.

Row 1: chain 15 (loosely) then turn and 1 DC in each stitch across. Chain 3 turn.

Rows 2-4: Double crochet in each stich across, chain 3 turn.

Now you need to single crochet into every stitch of the bow all the way around the bow, when you get to the corner of the bow you need to make 3 single crochets, into the corner of the bow.

Fold bow in half vertically to find the middle, pinch bow how you would like it or think it looks good and tie yarn around bow, create a knot in the back of the bow. All done! Enjoy your beautiful bow.

Crafts

Having trouble with the “magic loop”, for crocheting? Well, here is an alternative.

Are you struggling to keep the magic loop in place or having trouble even creating it? Struggle no more!! =) There is a easy alternative that works just the same. All you do is chain three and then slip stitch into the first chain you created and pull it through two loops. You’ll create the magic circle, that you can crochet into (that is if you are crocheting a hat.) I created a video to help as well. Here you go have a look.

Environment

Yes! It’s about time.

We are finally getting rain! The prayers and rain dances worked! Our air quality is horrible, due to California fires. We are under thunderstorm warning and have a tornado warning but the tornado is not near me. I can go hiking tomorrow, hence the air quality will be better, yay!

My kids are back in school, after 1.5 years of hybrid, it is so nice! I cannot even pick them up, they are in a shelter in place, due to the tornado warning. We don’t really get tornados, I’m not concerned, they are safe.

I’ve barely slept because they start school early in the morning, and I am a night owl. I also work until 10PM.

Here is the sky. Let it rain, let it rain.

Crafts

How to crochet a Minnie Mouse beanie.

Materials:

Crochet hook: I (5.5 mm).

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: Pink, Black, White, and Yellow.

Scissors

Tapestry Needle

White and Black Thread

Buttons

The Size that I am using is for a child aged 5. (Circumference 19 inches, measures 6.3 inches top to bottom). I will add all the sizes to my post.

U.S. Crochet terms:

Hdc: (Half Double Crochet

HDC decrease:  yarn over.  Insert hook into next stitch, Yarn over,  Pull up a loop,  Yarn over, Insert hook into next stitch,  Yarn over.  Pull up a loop, Yarn over, Pull through all 5 loops on hook

DC: Double Crochet.

Magic circle (You can chain 3 and slip stich of the first chain as an alternative to the magic circle)

(Sc): Single crochet

Slip stitch

~ Round 1: With the Black yarn, start with the Magic Circle (or the alternative to the magic circle as show above).

Chain 2 and make 8 HDC into the magic circle. Join with a slip stitch at the top of the first stitch.

Round 2: Chain 2. 2 HDC into each stitch all the way around. Join the the top of the first stitch.

Round 3. Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stitch and 1 HDC into the next. *Repeat 2 HDC and 1 HDC* All the way around. Slip stitch into the first chain. (increase 1)

Round 4. Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stich. 1 HDC into the next stich, and 1 more HDC into the next *repeat 2 HDC and 1 HDC and 1 more HDC* all the way around. Slip Stitch. (increase 2)

Round 5: Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stitch. 1 HDC into the next, 1 HDC into the next and 1 more HDC into the next. Repeat 2 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC* All the way around. Slip stitch. (Increase 3)

Round 6: Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stitch. 1 HDC into the next, 1 HDC into the next, 1 HDC into the next, and 1 HDC. *Repeat 2 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC* all the way around slip stitch. (increase 4)

Round 7. Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stich. 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC. Repeat *2 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC* All the way around, slip stitch in the top. (Increase 5)

Round 8. Chain 2. *2 HDC into the next stich, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 I HDC* All the way around. Slip stitch. (increase 6) this is the last increase.

Now attach the pink yarn. Chain 2 and 1 HDC into the next stich and each stitch around, slip stitch. Repeat until the Hat measures 6.5 inches top to bottom vertically, for a child size. My beanie was for a soon to be 5 year old, so I made it 6.3 inches, because she is small for her age. When you have the appropriate measurement, you can chain 2 and add a single crochet in each stitch around. Slip stich when finish. Cut yarn, and weave in extra yarn.

For the ear ties: Fold the hat evenly front to back like so:

Count 6 stiches in the front and the six stiches in the back. This is where you are going to make stiches to create “ear muffs”.

You care not crochet these two stiches together, this picture is a little misleading, You care going to crochet in the single stiches by themselves 6 in back and front.

To start attach yarn. Round 1: Chain 2. 1 HDC in each around, chain 2 turn.

Round 2: 1 HDC in each around, chain 2 turn

Round 3: Round 2: 1 HDC in each around, chain 2 turn

Round 4: 1 HDC DECREASE. 1 HDC into each stitch, when you reach the last stitches, you need to 1 HDC DECREASE again. Chain 2. turn.

Round 5: 1 HDC DECREASE. 1 HDC into each stitch, when you reach the last stitches, you need to 1 HDC DECREASE again. Chain 2. turn

Rounds 6-8: *1 HDC in each stitch chain 2 turn* Fasten off yarn.

Cut 23 inches of black, yellow, pink, white yarn.. 16 pieces of yarn total.

Take 8 pieces of yarn and put them together evenly, and put into the bottom of the ear muff. Like this:

Make sure it is even.

Put something on the hat like a weight, or have someone hold the hat. You are going to braid the pieces of yarn together like a regular braid. Look at the picture above. For the middle piece of the yarn you are taking yarn from both sides. Braid yarn together, and have a stray piece of yarn to tie the braid together like if you were braiding your own hair, and using a hair tie. Do the same thing for the other ear.

For the Mouse Ears:

Black yarn. (it is the same thing for the hat but we are going to stop at the 3rd increase, you can follow hat pattern above or I’ll post it below.

Round 1. To start Magic circle and Chain 2 and make 8 HDC into the magic circle. Join with a slip stitch at the top of the first stitch.

Round 2. Round 2: Chain 2. 2 HDC into each stitch all the way around. Join the the top of the first stitch.

Round 3. Round 3. Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stitch and 1 HDC into the next. *Repeat 2 HDC and 1 HDC* All the way around. Slip stitch into the first chain. (increase 1)

Round 4. Round 4. Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stich. 1 HDC into the next stich, and 1 more HDC into the next *repeat 2 HDC and 1 HDC and 1 more HDC* all the way around. Slip Stitch. (increase 2)

Round 5. Round 5: Chain 2. 2 HDC into the next stitch. 1 HDC into the next, 1 HDC into the next and 1 more HDC into the next. Repeat 2 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC* All the way around. Slip stitch. (Increase 3)

All done. cut yarn. weave in ends. You can sew the ears onto the hat, or attach with yarn. leave room for the bow at the top. Make sure to put ears more to the side.

Bow: Row 1: With pink yarn Chain 15. turn. in each stitch across 1 DC. Chain 3 turn.

Row 2: In each stitch across 1 DC. Chain 3 turn.

Row 3: In each stitch across 1 DC. chain 3 turn.

Row 4: in each stich across 1 DC.

Now in every stich all the way around make a 1 single crochet all around the bow, complete around. Cut yarn when finished weave in ends.

Have a long piece of yarn ready, (to tie around the bow). Fold bow vertically, in three pieces, tie yarn tightly around in the middle of the bow. Tie a tight knot on the back of the bow so not visible.

Sew or use yarn to attach the bow to the top of the hat, right in the middle evenly. I am also going to sew bow onto the ears.

Now, weave in all loose parts of yarn, because you are now sewing buttons on. When you sew buttons on you do not want to get yarn cut up in thread.

Look at the picture of the beanie, sew buttons on accordingly or how ever you would like best. I sewed 4 buttons on the bow, and 5 on the hat.

Another tip. If making for a baby or toddler. I would not use buttons, I would use yarn. I would use a small crochet hook like “F” or “G”, and use the hat pattern to make a circle with no increase maybe just a magic circle, chain 2 8 hdc, then slip stich, chain 2 and 2 hdc in each stich around for buttons.

I hope this post is helpful. My kids are back in school, and I haven’t slept much the past few days. I should probably edit this post some more. I used to sell Minnie Beanies on Etsy. First item on the page, and last item I sold was the Minnie Beanie. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MichelleRoseBoutique?ref=profile_header

I will be editing this post to make it perfect, and adding all sizes.


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Medical, Uncategorized

Qmap study guide for the state of Colorado.

This is a study guide for getting you QMAP (qualified medication administration person). I scanned, copied and pasted my study guide. I hope you find it useful. Study, study, study, I only missed on question on the test. If you memorize everything it will be easy. Due to covid you do not even have to go into class, you can take the test remote. For more information: Go to https://cdphe.colorado.gov/medication-administration/qmap

You can create a login for for learning at: https://www.train.org/colorado/login

List of instructors here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LdZr12VPRO833LgA7AYVF8LEAn_PsKUBlfiY-xCn2Wo/pub

Credit to this post goes to: Colorado state health department

My Aunt was an instructor, on and off again due to covid.

This is for assisted living. Your QMAP certificate does not expire anymore, unless they change it.

There is going to be questions like this! learn the math!!

This is important!

Work life

How to ace your next job interview, and land that dream job!

So you want a new job, or you are applying for a job that you have in mind. You think to yourself, “If only I could work here”. You feel nervous, and start to doubt yourself! (Don’t do that), you’re a boss! Be cool, calm and confident.

First off don’t be nervous (try not to be nervous). Easier said than done. Talk yourself up and have confidence. Tell yourself you deserve this job, and practice positively. Write 10 things down about yourself that you know applies to your work ethic. What am I good at? For example, “I have people skills, I am good with people, and I have good communication”, or “I am hardworking, I don’t leave at in the evening until the job is done”. Think of the compliments you have had throughout your work history, and think of those. Hype yourself up. The more confident you are, the better you will do. They will probably ask you why you think you a great candidate for the job. Write down 10 reasons why you think you should have this job, and why you deserve it.

For example:

  1. I am a great leader, I influence people for the better
  2. I am a hard worker, and I have not called in sick, in over a year.
  3. I know what is expected of me, I know what needs to be done, and I do it.
  4. I am a great team player
  5. I have people skills and know how to get along with various personality types.
  6. I have problem solving skills, and can find a resolutions.
  7. I have job experience for this many years in ___________.
  8. I get complimented on such and such in my previous job.

You should also write down questions that you would like to ask about the job and company, and be prepared for your interview. You should do some online research about the company online, and read reviews from customers, on google review, and look on Indeed.com and glassdoor.com, to see what you may be in for. This might put your mind more at ease.

You should tell the interviewer how great you are but don’t talk too much, and over do it. Make sure when you speak that you get straight to the point, be clear, but at the same time, answer questions completely, and get your point across. Make it short and sweet. Make it simple. Don’t go on and on.

I remember when I was 18 years old and I was applying for Kohls. I was so nervous, I could barely talk. The manager giving me the interview was rude. I didn’t get the job. Interviewing is a skill. By the time I was 20, I had a great job, I was a supervisor and making decent money. Have a good friend or relative pretend to interview you so that you can practice this skills.

Pretend that the person interviewing you is one of your good friends, so that you can speak, and answer questions confidently. You will be more at ease. Don’t imagine them in their underwear, you might start laughing. Be friendly with her boss that is conducting your interview. Firm hand shake, a “nice to meet you”, and “thank you for having me”.

Sell yourself, but don’t be fake or arrogant. The talking yourself up is for confidence for the interview. Remember this is an appointment for them to meet you, and see if you have the skills to qualify for the job. Assure them that you are more than capable, and will be a great addition to the team. Tell them that you work hard, don’t call off, and get the job done. Basically explain that you will work hard for them, and do what is expected. Explain what you did at your previous job, what you excelled on, and what you can do for their company. Do not forget to make a resume, where you sell yourself as well. Be sure to include if you were a good student, if you volunteer.

They are going to ask you why you are leaving your previous employer. This is a hard one be careful. For example, I am going to a job interview, I am going to say that their location is closer to my house, and I know about their company, and that I think their company is great, and would love to be a part of their team.

They may ask you what your goals are in life, and at their company. Be honest and be ready to answer.

Make sure you are dressed well, on time, and pumped to land your new job.

Try to get an old co-worker, supervisor, or manager to write you a letter of recommendation. This will increase your chances.

If you do not hear back from the employer, call or email back, to see if you got the job. Then they will know you are interested. If you do not land the job, do not let it “rain on your parade”. You must try again to get that job that you want. Build your confidence up again, and write down positive attributes about yourself, and what you contribute to the work place. Tell yourself that you can and you will do this, no matter if this is your 2nd interview or your 10th. It is their loss that they didn’t hire you not yours. You can find something better. Do not get yourself down and out if you didn’t get the job, and that this employee didn’t think you were the best fit, because another place will! Keep on keeping on, do not give up!

P.S. is there really a “dream job”, retiring and traveling the world sounds like a dream for me….