If You Don’t Like Something Change It …

Hi All

How is it possible to hate something you love so much? No, I’m not talking about Richard, although he has been winding me up to eruption point recently. Bloody Chea has just brought another baby bird down to the house and it isn’t dead – yet. I so hate her at this moment. Hate. Loath. Despise. I’ve had to cover it up with a bucket – the baby bird, not Chea. I feel like covering her up, or beating her up, or something. Why do they have to be so sodding bombastic and cruel? Oh I know. That’s a cat’s mindset. She is now sitting on the table licking her backside like butter wouldn’t melt (??) I can’t bear to look her – or her backside!

I have to sadly report that all the chucks bum washing has come to a sad end. Beautiful died early Sunday morning. We took her to the vet on Saturday and were met by a vet who looked younger than the chicken. I have no faith in ‘chicken’ vets. The last time we took Beautiful, a year last Christmas Eve, the vet then palmed us off with lotions and potions and charged us £60 for a condition that I later found, by Googling chicken sites, was perfectly normal. I couldn’t be bothered with the charade of the vet pretending she knew what she was talking about so I just told her I needed her to fill Beautiful with antibiotic. We came away with the powder to place in the drinking water and when, on Saturday evening, she guzzled down a bit I thought that we might be in with a slim chance. But no. She was alive when I went to her at 6.00 am Sunday morning – but dying. I made her comfy in the corner of the shed, away from Dust, and she quietly and peacefully died.

I totally believe that Beautiful had a growth and that nothing could have saved her. She had the best life possible and was a lovely friendly chuck. We buried her in a spot in the garden that she loved. I think it’s nice to spend eternity in a place you loved in life. Our Burmese, Oscar, is buried under the lawn, next to the pond, because that is the place where he often sat. Meg, our collie, and Mishka, our moggie cat, are buried side by side just outside the kitchen door. They were both home bodies and had a great affection for each other. Wow! Not much cheer and riotous fun on here today, hey?

My problem now is that Dust is on her own. I’ve decided to give her 5 days antibiotic treatment and then review the situation. Chucks shouldn’t be kept on their own. They are flock creatures but I don’t want to introduce a new chuck/chucks until I’m sure she is 100%. She has recently gone into the heaviest moult possible and is moth-eaten and bare in places. She is sad that her friend has disappeared and searches for her in the garden making little clucking noises that remain unanswered. Alas she won’t find her. I retrieved the radio from the greenhouse yesterday and put that in her shed. Now she can listen to the ‘tunes’ throughout the day and not feel so lonely. Not too sure I should inflict Jeremy Vine on her though? Probably finish her off? Sorry Jeremy but you do have some shit on your show.

I went to my neurology appointment yesterday. Huh! If it wasn’t for people like me people like the consultant I saw wouldn’t have a job.  Obnoxious? Yep. Condescending? Totally. I appreciate that they see some weird people, myself included, but that doesn’t give them the right to speak to you like you are an amoeba. I heard him ‘short-change’ the girl he saw before me and she flew out of the place like the devil was after her. I firmly believe this … if you don’t like something change it. I didn’t like his attitude …so I changed it!

He seemed hell-bent on dishing out medication of all types and was most rude when I said that I didn’t want to take it because of the possible side effects. He said, ‘you won’t know till you try it, will you?’ Later, he enquired what type of books I wrote because I’d said that as things are, with all these headaches and migraines, I couldn’t think to write and he said he was going to look on Amazon. I said, ‘yeah, you do that. I know it’s romantic suspense but you won’t know if it suits you until you try it, will you?’ Touché.

At this point I discovered the cocky little shit could smile and hadn’t had a humour bypass, performed by one of his colleagues, on the cheap. From that point on we had a riot. I told him to go ahead and buy Mulligan’s Reach in paperback and then the next time I saw him I’d sign it. Ha ha! You ain’t so tough Mr Consultant Person. In conclusion he’s referred me for a scan. Probably wouldn’t have done that if I hadn’t talked him into buying my book? Maybe it’s Mr Consultant Person who needs the brain scan?

And on that note I shall bid you bye-bye.

Take care my lovelies x

Sad little moulting Dust.


12 thoughts on “If You Don’t Like Something Change It …

  1. I know, in your heart, you know that Chea cannot help what she does. It is a factof life. As a cat owne, you have to accept that cat kill. You must accept and embrace the fact that she could feed herself. Be sad that the creatures have to die, but that she, as a young cat, can and ha learned this thing Evelyn


  2. Very sad to hear about Beautiful but at least you did all that you could for her and she had a good and natural life with you.

    I could almost feel sorry for your Consultant …. almost but not quite 🙂 Hopefully the scan will provide some answers and a solution to your migraines xx


  3. Thank you Babs. Dust is spending a lot of time rearranging the nest box so I’m thinking she may be going broody. If that’s the case I might buy some fertile eggs and pop them under her and she can hatch out her ‘new friends’ herself? xx


  4. -hugs- We lived in a rental for over ten years and I had to bury two of my beloved cats there. I planted special rose bushes on top of them and I believe their essence is now in those two roses. They have come with me through a number of moves and now they are at rest at last in our own place.


  5. You’re a really good person with a great heart (Beautiful had a good happy life, and a peaceful ending, all thanks to you) – so how could the consultant not be charmed by you?! You can make friends with just about anybody!
    Congratulations on getting the scan – am really proud of you!
    Ask for a printout of the results couple weeks after you’ve had it – hopefully no major abnormalities in the blood vessels.
    Hope the beta blockers are still doing the trick & you haven’t had to take any imigram? x


    • Hi Archna You’re too kind! I’ve had the appointment come through now for the scan – 17th July so it’s all in hand. I’ve felt that I’ve had 3 migraines trying to establish and so I took Imigran at the outset and it stopped them. Unbelievably I’ve been migraine free for some weeks now. Still feel ‘spaced out’ and pretty crap a lot of the time BUT I’ll go with that for now. Anything is better than migraine pain. I’ll be in touch as soon as I know anything and hopefully have a ‘session’ with you. Take care. Missing your smiling face and jolliness! xx


  6. From the sounds of it, the Beta Blockers are definitely in your system, and largely controlling the neuro-vascular issues. I suppose you’re on them for life now?

    Imigram is used to constrict the blood vessels which occurs during a migraine attack, and is currently one of the most effective drugs around to stop the migraine from materializing. So glad to hear that it’s working for you! Here’s a useful link: http://www.nhs.uk/medicine-guides/pages/MedicineOverview.aspx?condition=Migraine%20Headache&medicine=Imigran

    If on your MRI it shows enlarged or dilated blood vessels, (but hopefully not serious enough for surgery), then ongoing medication is probably what the consultant will prescribe.

    Maybe you can ask what else you can take to ward off the side-effects from the Beta Blockers (for excessive tiredness etc)?

    Have you had a chance to record your own blood pressure esp during stressful times, or when you feel like a migraine is trying to brew? Would be interesting to see how high it’s getting while on the Beta Blockers…

    Take care & keep up the super blogs x


    • Yes good idea. They could probably sort out the side effects. The consultant I saw gave me a prescription for an increased dosage of propanolol, (160 mg LA to be taken once a day, in the morning) but I haven’t decided yet if that sounds like rather too high a dose? I haven’t taken the prescription to the doctor yet as I’m still mulling it over. I’m currently on 40mg twice daily. xx


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