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So Angry at my Neighbors Right Now

They are pet sitting their son's best friend's dog again. Every single time they do the dog ends up roaming around loose. Now if we lived on a quiet street or still a truly rural setting that would be one thing but we don't.

We live on a road where people drive sometimes up to 80 miles an hour even though the speed limit is 45. There was a child hit and killed farther up the road for Pete's sake. Our house got run into by a speeding teenager on his way no joke to driver's education. Do my neighbors who are aware of all of this as I am really think the dog is going to be safe roaming wandering across it anytime it wants?

Now admitted it could have gotten out accidentally but I don't think so because as I said before it seems to happen every time the dog is with them. Plus they said to me a number of years ago that they thought it was wrong to keep dogs on a leash or in a confined area, that they should be allowed to "be free".

In a perfect environment I'd agree but it's not. Believe me if I had any way to confine the feral cats that come to my barn for shelter and a meal I would, or if possible I would relocate them to a safer area. That's what a truly responsible pet person would do, IMHO, and their not even my responsibility technically because I didn't buy or adopt them, or let alone promise a friend to safeguard them.

Sorry to rant I am just angry. Plus I got scared. Here Marnie and I are playing in our fenced in area in our own yard and suddenly there's this strange dog standing right next to it, and I have no idea of its temperament, etc. It seemed friendly but appearances could be deceiving and Marnie is afraid of other dogs which we are working on with her trainer in a controlled setting. We shouldn't have to be on guard in our own freaking yard. I don't know what I would have done if it had jumped the fence of course the neighbor was no where in sight. I did have my cellphone but not their number. They are just lucky I didn't have the dog control officer's number either.

Luckily though Marnie was barking and growling I was able to get her back on her lead and the other dog left when I clapped my hands and yelled shoo.

Had a weird dream last night, need help interpreting

All the clocks in the house were set to 9:15 in the house. It was daylight. I kept thinking this is wrong. I know it's later than that but every time I went to move them ahead they moved back to 9:15.

This was a weird dream and just wondering if it could signify anything?

My Dentist's Office Sent Me Flowers

As some of you already know from other posts, I got hives back in January. The dentist told me when I called to cancel an appointment because the hives were really bad that day that it might be best to postpone any dental work until it can be determined that it would not exacerbate any condition that the hives are a symptom of. It's been several months now.

So I called them this morning and left a message to let them know that I had not forgotten them and still wanted to stay a patient but that I still have the hives pretty seriously and that I am to see an immunologist on Wednesday.

This afternoon a local florist delivery van pulls in. I was thinking he had the wrong address. Instead it was a beautiful floral arrangement for me from the dentist's office staff.

They said my message sounded like I had been through the wringer and they wanted to make me smile again!

I just can't get over how nice that was!

Shaking My Head Over Doctors

I have had daily hives since January. Went to primary care doc they gave me a course of prednisone and when they came back after dose sent me to an allergist. Allergist looked to be about 85, and still using type writer and carbon paper, I kid you not. First thing he does is hand me a stack of copied newspaper clippings saying they often don't find the cause. Ran some tests. My immunoglobulin levels for A E and M were low and my CH50 was high. He just sent me a copy of lab work with note saying he didn't know what to make of this because he expected high immunoglobulin levels and low CH50.

No advice for follow up nothing. So I googled. Turns out not only can my low immunoglobulin levels and high CH50 cause hives but can be signs of more serious things. I call back prime cares office. Got "well we aren't immunologist we don't know what they mean either. So I said so refer me to an immunologist then.

They took forever but finally did. I go on Tuesday. Well the Immunologist's office tells me to stop taking all antihistamines for a week before appointment. I do. This a.m. I wake up, hives all over the place and swollen lip, all of which has been going on all along when I don't take the antihistamines. Doctor knew it, allergist knew it. All acted like oh it's no big deal. That I should just keep talking Zantac ( has antihistamine qualities and it's working) and learn to live with it.

So I call Immunologist's office, got voice mail and I say the hives are all over me again my lips swollen, I know yo don't want me to take antihistamines because they may throw tests off. Is there something else I can take to stop this itching? That's all. Then I left for meeting and had my cellphone off.

I was riding with a friend. She pulls in my driveway and a Sheriff pulls in right behind me. The immunologist had called my doctors office, my emergency contacts and 911 because they were afraid I would go into anaphylactic shock.

Nice they care and now I feel guilty for panicking everyone but I didn't think anything serious was going on. I just wanted relief from the itching.I wasn't saying it was serious because the primary care knows I have been having these symptoms for months and acting like hey it's no big deal. The kicker is there's two calls from them saying to take the antihistamines right away and that I might want to go to the ER. I guess they don't want me to just live with it now a big city doc told them it might be serious.

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